The lights go down, a hush falls over the audience and the curtain rises on Sarasota's most storied theater. U-shaped, with three tiers of boxes, this architectural gem provides a rare sense of intimacy between audience and performer that adds so much to the theater going experience. Created in Asolo, Italy in 1798, brought to Sarasota in the early 1950s and painstakingly restored in 2006, the Historic Asolo Theater is one of the most beloved objects in The Ringling collection.
Historic Asolo Theater
An unknown batter takes a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league. TriStar Pictures; Directed by Barry Levinson, Rated PG; 134 minutes; 1984.
The story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Warner Bros.; Directed by Brian Helgeland. Rated PG-13; 128 minutes; 2013.
Artist Series Concert. The music of Franz Lehár’s classic comes to life on stage with the countrymen of a wealthy widow scheming to keep her money in the principality by finding her “the right” husband. The operetta has enjoyed extraordinary international success since its 1905 premiere in Vienna.
During World War II, with much of the male population in the trenches, the all-women’s baseball league kept the sport alive. Columbia Pictures; Directed by Penny Marshall. Rated PG; 128 minutes; 1992.
An Iowa farmer hears voices telling him to build a baseball diamond – and a magical journey begins. Universal Pictures; Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. Rated PG; 106 minutes; 1989.