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Heading to Sarasota in October, 2021!

Murder, Mystery, and Poe-Powel Crosley Theatre @ Manatee Performing Arts Center, Sarasota FL (Oct 21-31, 2021)

An Evening With Gwendolyn? 

conceived and performed by Eileen Earnest, written by Edgar Allan Poe


Gwendolyn Crosley, wife of inventor Powel Crosley, thoroughly enjoyed last night's séance. It's a shame she didn't get to speak with her favorite author, Edgar Allan Poe. She did make contact with an enigmatic friend of his, Sarah Royster. Alas, the encounter was brief and Gwendolyn returned home alone.

Or did she?

Eileen is an actor, improviser, and singer based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of OTRimprov (Citybeat Magazine's Best Improv Troupe 2014-2020) and

ComedySportz Cincinnati, a Red Nose Doc for Healthy Humor Inc (Cincinnati Children's Hospital), and 50% of the comedy team, Two Sketchy Dames. In 2019, she became the Associate Artistic Director of Powel Crosley Theatre in Sarasota, FL

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A Literary Feast: Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald-Powel Crosley Theatre @Manatee Performing Arts Center, Sarasota, FL (Jan 13-23, 2022)

Join literary titans Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald for an evening of storytelling and comedy.


It's the 1920s and the party is jumpin' with Hemingway and Fitzgerald sharing excerpts from two of their lesser known short stories: The Capital of the World and Winter Dreams. Then, with a few suggestions from the audience, the authors will create an entirely new story about the Jazz Age.


The fun continues when their wives, Hadley Richardson and Zelda Fitzgerald, reveal that they have transformed the library into their own Radio Drama Studio and have created a new program to blast across the airwaves: Taming of the Pen. The audience decides which story will go "live" each night and then the wives will perform the entire piece as a radio drama. Will we hear about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button? Maybe take a ride with The Great Gatsby or even join the hunt with The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber. The only thing we know for sure is that the Zelda and Hadley have taken over the storytelling and they've had some help from their friends: gin and tonic. 


This party is gonna be the bee's knees and full of dramatic storytelling from the genius minds of Fitzgerald and Hemingway and comedic hijinks from the wives who had to endure them! So c'mon down and celebrate all this ishkabibble.

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Crosley Christmas-Holiday Songs and Fables-Powel Crosley Theatre @ Manatee Performing Arts Center, Sarasota FL (Dec 9-19, 2021)

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