Venice Theatre's Stage II opens the door to Tracy Lett's 'Superior Donuts'
With “Superior Donuts,” director Kelly Woodland says playwright Tracy Letts has created a play that she likens to a poetic essay.
“It’s a sweet, funny play about redemption and it shows Tracy Letts as a matured writer, a lot less weird.”
“Weird” is a reference to Letts’ off-Broadway play “Bug.” But he’s better known for his widely praised and honored Broadway hit “August: Osage County.” The film version, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, opens in the Sarasota area Jan. 10.
“Superior Donuts,” which opens Jan. 9 at Venice Theatre’s Stage II, is set in a Chicago donut shop that has been vandalized, forcing the owner, named Arthur, to “come to grip with himself and things that change in his life,” Woodland said.
She’s directing a cast that includes Jerry Zezas as Arthur in his stage debut. “I love having people with no experience. It’s one of my favorite things to do as a director,” Woodland said.
Zezas shares the stage with some other newcomers and longtime favorites, including Brandon Butler, Lynne Buhle, Neil Levine, Margie Spies, Steve O’Dea and Jim Abde.
“Superior Donuts” continues through Jan. 26 at Venice theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. Tickets are $25-$28; $10-$15 for students. For more information; 488-1115; venicestage.com