Producing Executive Director
Murray Chase is the Producing Executive Director of Venice Theatre, a position he has held since 1995. He is an active participant — and former board member — of Florida Theatre Conference and Southeastern Theatre Conference. He recently completed his term as President of the American Association of Community Theatre, and currently works with the organization as a member of the national Festival Commission. He has served as a frequent grant review panelist for both the Florida Arts Council and the Mississippi Arts Commission. Recently he represented the United States as a delegation member to the World Congress of the International Amateur Theatre Association. Under his leadership, Venice Theatre will host for the fourth time the aactWORLDFEST June 20-26, 2022. Chase is also a former chair of the CEC for Sarasota County Arts Council and a former president of Venice MainStreet.
Actor/Director Credits: Besides the daily aspects of his job here, directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Mary Poppins, Our Town and the award-winning productions of The Pillowman, The SchoolFor Wives, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Tartuffe and Fool For Love. He has also played a few roles on the VT stage, including Johnny in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Stuart in the Award-winning Boom Town, and George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? all with wife Lori
Jasmine has been seen both on and off the Venice Theatre stage since she was 11 years old. Starting out in the Theatrefest camps, she has been apart of multiple productions serving multiple roles from stage manager, choreographer, and performer to deck crew chief and costume changer. She graduated in 2011 from the Booker High School Visual and Performing Arts Program with her A.A. in Musical Theatre.
Technical Director/Lighting Designer
John is in his 12th season as Venice Theatre’s Technical Director. He has a B.A. in Technical Theatre from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA and has continued his technical career with lighting and scenic designs for productions such as: Handy Award winning Metamorphoses; The Jungle Book; Urinetown; Inherit the Wind; Peter Pan; Ragtime; Sweeney Todd; Godspell; Boeing Boeing; Avenue Q; Hello, Dolly!; Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Radio Gals; Dreamgirls, and A Christmas Carol.
Resident Scenic Designer
Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, Tim is VeniceTheatre’s Resident Scenic Designer. In Des Moines, he has designed for Stage West, DesMoines Onstage, The Des Moines Metro Opera and was previously the Resident Designer forThe Des Moines Playhouse. Prior to returning to his home town of Des Moines, Tim worked in New York City. While there he served as the Window and Creative Director for Saks Fifth Avenue for 12 years, in addition to designing numerous theatre and television projects. He is a graduate of Drake University. Recent acting credits include 42nd Street, The Santaland Diaries and Crazy For You at VT.
Resident Sound Designer
Casey is an audio engineer and sound designer with over six years of experience in the audio industry. As a recent graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, FL with a Bachelor’s in Music Technology, he has spent time in recording studios as a tracking engineer, producer, and musician. He has worked in live sound as a Front-Of-House engineer and in education as a mixing and mastering instructor. In addition to his production work, Casey also composes indie electronic, house, and experimental noise music, under the artist name of [tides].
Starring Murray Chase as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III
and Lori Chase as Melissa Gardner
Well-known to Venice audiences, Kim was last seen in Menopause the Musical. Favorite roles include Penelope Pennywise (Urinetown), Mother (Ragtime), Muriel (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Adelaide (Guys and Dolls). She has been nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!) and won for Diana (Next to Normal). Kim would like to thank her friends and family for all of their love and support.
Candace is a community theatre actress, director and “retired” teacher. Prior acting credits include Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage, November, The School for Wives, Anton in Show Business, Cosi, The Comedy of Errors and Nuts. Sincere thanks to director Murray, stage manager Jasmine, Designers, Cast, and Crew. And, to my husband of 33 years, Craig and our son, Elliott for their continued love and support.
Laurie has volunteered at VT since appearing in Assassins in 2004. She joined the staff as Marketing Director in 2008. Some of her favorite roles include Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Annette in God of Carnage, Essie in You Can’t Take It With You, and Marian in The Music Man. This is her second time performing in The Vagina Monologues. She lives in Sarasota with her husband Evan and their chihuahua mix, Jack.
Love Letters was presented at The Long Wharf Theatre,
M. Edgar Rosenblum, Executive Director;
Arvin Brown, Artistic Director.
Love Letters is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
Please note that Venice Theatre reserves the right to refuse admission to – or to remove – disruptive, unruly, or visibly intoxicated patrons or participants. Patrons or participants who refuse to leave the theatre upon request by house staff shall be considered trespassers and are subject to removal by law enforcement.
Use of electronics is prohibited during the show. Failure to obey this rule will result in removal, without refund.
Venice Theatre thanks our sponsors!
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Eric Styren & David Towne
The Ehrhart Family Foundation, Jean Trammell, Trustee
James & Joanne Williams
Elizabeth & Edmund Campbell
Steve & Redenta Picazio
In Memory of Barbara J. Bluhm
Dennis & Ruthanne Neeser
Ken & Lynn Fromer
Martin Pfister & Maria Bradley
Joe & Kathryn LaDu
The John & Barbara Freeman Family Charitable Fund
Laura B. Kopple
FourThought Private Wealth, Scott Pinkerton, President
Richard C. Morton
Melbourne “Mac” MacFarland
Elizabeth & Frank Ossmann
Ernie & Polly Skinner
The Taylor Family
Ulla & Kent Crickard
Patricia Janssen & Jim Begley
John & Rosemarie Morse
Earl & Cheryl Baumruck
B & P Family Fund
Stephenson Eye Associates
The Boone Law Firm
Tarpon Shores Dental
Gene & Carol Kraus
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Reopening Guidelines Summary
(full copy available below)
- TESTING: Staff and contract workers must be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks until further notice.
- VOLUNTEER/STAFF/STUDENT ENTRY: Everyone gets a temperature check. Everyone answers a series of COVID-related questions upon entry.
- VOLUNTEER/STAFF/STUDENTS WHILE IN BUILDING: Mask-wearing is mandatory in all public spaces and when not alone in offices. All must wash hands frequently and maintain proper distancing. Greenroom use is limited to brief meal consumption only, with a maximum of four people at a time. Office hours will be staggered for multiple-employee offices.
- AUDIENCES: Showtimes will be staggered for each theatre (7:30/8:00 and 2:00/2:30), as will lobby entry times (7:00/7:45 and 1:30/2:15). We will use reservations, but no tickets. All seats in both theatres will be reserved. Audiences will also be temperature-checked and answer a brief questionnaire. Each group will be ushered directly to seats after entry. Restroom usage will be monitored: 3 at a time per ladies’ room, 2 at a time per men’s room. There will be no post-show meet-and-greet for the immediate future. Playbills will be digital-only for 1st phase; hard copies will be distributed in 2nd phase.
- FRONT OF HOUSE: Staff will operate as Front-of-House staff through first two phases of reopening.
Bar will operate as follows: It will be closed for 1st phase of reopening. It will feature closed-lid drinks only for 2nd phase. Phase 3 will be fully operational. Presidents Club will be closed for first phase of reopening, but open with limited service for Phase 2.
- Upon re-opening, BOX OFFICE will operate by phone and internet only until further notice.
- STUDENTS/CLASSES: The same entry and use protocols will apply. No visitors will be allowed. Restroom use will be staggered.
- SANITIZATION: Extra cleanings will occur throughout the day—hard surfaces, restrooms, etc.– and between the use of each theatre and rehearsal space. Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned liberally throughout the building and at each audience entrance/exit.
- SIGNAGE: Prominent professional signage and floor markings will help all audience and personnel follow protocols.