May 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Hermitage Artist Retreat Palm House
6630 Mansota Key Road
FL 34223
PROGRAM CHANGE: Fridays @ 5 @ Hermitage Artist Retreat Palm House

The previously scheduled “Musical Theater in the Making” program has been changed.

Adam Gwon had to fly back to NYC because of a family medical emergency. We wish him all the best.

For those of you with existing reservations: We’re grateful that Hermitage fellow, Broadway star, and Sarasota-based singer-actress Ann Morrison will stand in for Adam at tomorrow’s Fridays @ 5 event. Ann will share songs from her show, “My Furniture Set,” accompanied by pianist/composer John Shirley.

“My Furniture Set,” created by Ann Morrison and John Shirley, lets Ann take you on a musical journey through the furniture moments of her/our lives, in stories woven from Ann’s life and songs—both original songs created for the show and timeless classics from musical theater, jazz, pop, and sometimes the blues. John mischievously interacts with Ann, which makes for a satisfying emotional musical adventure.

ANN MORRISON –As an actress and singer, on Broadway: LOVEMUSIK; CHILDREN AND ART; MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (1982 Theatre World Award). London West End: PEG. Off Broadway: GOBLIN MARKET (Drama Desk Nomination), FORBIDDEN BROADWAY. Ann has done massive regional theater including Free Fall Theatre’s SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, INTO THE WOODS, and BERNARDA ALBA; American Stage’s ON THE VERGE, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, DRIVING MISS DAISY, and NEW CENTURY; Asolo Rep’s BEATSVILLE, and MURDERERS; and Banyan Theater’s A CLEAN HOUSE. As a writer/ performer:  THE FURNITURE SET, THE AWEN TRIOLOGY, ANNIE’S CELTIC KITCHEN, WORD PAINTING: SOLILOQUIES AROUND AN EASEL, TREVOR’S FIRE and LINDA LOVELY GOES TO BROADWAY (Best Actress award from the United Solo Festival). Ann is also the co-founder/artistic director of Kaleidoscope Theater, musical theatre program for persons with developmental differences, and SaraSolo Productions Inc. which produces the annual SaraSolo Festival in Sarasota, Florida and celebrates solo performances and new small cast plays that illuminate the human condition, especially that of those who are perceived as “other than.”

JOHN SHIRLEY has performed in many venues from L.A. to New York. He has accompanied Harriet Leider, Richard Skipper, Meredith Patterson and many other performers. He has written two musicals, THE LITTLEST WILD WEST FIGHTER (13th St. Theater, NYC), and HIT THE SURF (Cedar St. Playhouse, Wilmington, DE). John studied music composition at East Carolina University. He currently sings and plays piano three nights a week in Gulfport, Florida at Isabelle’s in the Historic Peninsula Inn.