Miramar Beach, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2019) — Emerald Coast Theatre Company continues its 6th season with a new offering, the StoryTeller series, featuring professional actors and authors presenting compelling stories and dramatic works.
There are four StoryTeller presentations on Wednesdays in February (6, 13, 20 and 27) at 7 p.m. staged at ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, located in Miramar Beach, Florida.
The series begins on February 6 with “An Evening with Thom Gossom.” Spend an evening with Renaissance man Thom Gossom, Jr. as he shares excerpts and stories from his career as an athlete, actor, business owner and author. A master storyteller, Gossom’s anecdotes include excerpts from theatrical performances in “Fences,” and “Ali,” his critically-acclaimed memoir “Walk-On,” back stories from starring roles in “Fight Club,” “Jeepers Creepers 2” and “NYPD Blue.”
“So Others May Live: Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Saving Lives, Defying Death” on February 13 features the telling of 14 true, amazing, and inspiring stories of some of the bravest men and women you’ll ever meet. From deep ocean caves on the Oregon coast to the chaotic streets of post-Katrina New Orleans, these are the untold stories of U.S. Coast Guard’s quiet, but resolute rescue swimmers presented by Niceville’s Captain Martha J. LaGuardia-Kotite, U.S. Coast Guard (retired) and author of the award-winning book.
February 20 is “Winston Churchill: Through the Storm” a one-man show featuring DeFuniak Springs actor, writer, editor and former public defender Bruce Collier set in July of 1945. Nazi Germany has surrendered. Adolf Hitler is dead. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is representing the United Kingdom at a summit conference in Potsdam, Germany. He is relaxing after hosting a banquet for President Harry Truman of the United States and General Secretary Josef Stalin of the Soviet Union. In the morning, Churchill will leave the conference and return to Britain to learn the results of a general parliamentary election. The outcome will determine whether he will remain in power as prime minister. Over brandy and a cigar, he reminisces about his life’s many defeats and victories, and the challenges of accepting both.
The series concludes on February 27 with “The Iliad,” adapted by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare and featuring actor/teacher Allen Walker of Panama City. “The Iliad” is a retelling of Homer’s classic story of the Trojan war and the clashing of its two greatest warriors, Achilles and Hector. Come see and hear how one man relives that conflict over and over and illuminates the innate rage of mankind that drives him toward war.
“Stories are the heart and soul of theater,” said ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “The stories we tell bring us together, remind us of the wonderful world we live in. The StoryTeller series is about sharing some stories from local talent. We have sought to bring a wonderful variety of stories to the ECTC stage with the personal sharing of Mr. Gossom, the sharing of the rescue swimmers of Ms. LaGuardia-Kotite, and the theatrical productions of Winston Churchill and the Iliad.”
Theater patrons are encouraged to come early (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) to browse artwork by local artists showcased in the ECTC Lobby Gallery curated by Lori Drew, founder of Lowkylzart. A portion of proceeds from each sale benefits ECTC and its education outreach and scholarship programs.
Major sponsors for this season are Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Isidro Dunbar Modern Interiors, and Howard Hospitality. For more information on sponsoring ECTC, call Nathanael Fisher at (850) 684-0323 or visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org/sponsorship.
ECTC is a non-profit professional theater company founded by Anna and Nathanael Fisher, MFA, in 2012 with a mission to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. After six years, ECTC has clearly established itself as a professional theater company focused on staging thought-provoking productions, festivals and creative collaborations as well as a valued community resource for professional acting, educational theatre for children, and theatre for young audiences.