“Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens” @ Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Jan 22 @ 5:30 pm
"Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens" @ Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

“Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens” featuring Claire Chase, Friday, January 22, 5:30 p.m.

Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.

Registration fee of $5 per person.

Claire Chase – flutist, composer, MacArthur ‘Genius,’ Avery Fisher Prize winner – will present an intimate evening of music against the backdrop of the setting sun as part of our “Hermitage Sunsets @ Selby Gardens.”


Audience members are invited to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Capacity will be limited, so registration is required. All seating will be socially distanced; audiences are requested and encouraged to wear face masks. 

In the event of rain cancellation, registrants will receive a notification via email no later than 3pm on the day of the event.

“In Conversation with Emily Kaczmarek” @ online
Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm
“In Conversation with Emily Kaczmarek” @ online

“In Conversation with Emily Kaczmarek”
Friday, January 29th @ 5pm EST (via Zoom)
In partnership with Urbanite Theatre Company

Register here. $5 per household.

Hermitage Fellow Emily Kaczmarek is a bicoastal playwright, screenwriter, librettist, and performer. She is the author of Afterwords and The Mirror Stage, amongst other works.

In anticipation of the reading of her original play Sam & Lizzie on the Hermitage Beach February 13th, Kaczmarek will give a talk about her work and her career on Friday, January 29th at 5pm.

To register (required) and hear more from this rising star in film, theater, and television, click here. A Zoom link with instructions will be emailed to all registered guests 24 hours before the event.


Sam & Lizzie will be presented live on the Hermitage Beach on Saturday, February 13th, with presentations at 5pm and 7:30pm. More information and tickets for Sam & Lizzie can be found here.


“Sam and Lizzie” Play Reading @ Hermitage Artist Retreat beach
Feb 13 @ 5:00 pm
"Sam and Lizzie" Play Reading @ Hermitage Artist Retreat beach

The Hermitage Artist Retreat, in collaboration with Urbanite Theatre, presents two readings of “Sam & Lizzie,” by Hermitage Fellow Emily Kaczmarek, on the Hermitage beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL 34223.

Saturday, February 13th

5pm (sunset)

7:30pm (under the stars)

Click here to purchase tickets. ($25; $5 student ticket with valid ID)

Classmates Sam and Lizzie have their first playdate on 9/11, co-creating an imaginary, fanciful queendom in order to make sense of the day. Over the next 20 years, the game recurs at startling intervals as the two women navigate their fierce, fraught, electric friendship. Directed by Summer Dawn Wallace.

Capacity will be limited to accommodate safe social distancing, so early reservations are recommended. Masks are strongly encouraged. Designated, distanced seating areas will be established, but seating will not be provided. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs or blankets.

Click here to purchase tickets.