Romantic Comedy MAYTAG VIRGIN Opens at ArtStage Studio Theater

The Florida Repertory Theater’s 2021-2022 season concludes with the humorous and heartwarming romantic comedy “Maytag Virgin” by Audrey Cefaly. The new play is a romance that follows a year with Lizzy Nash and Jack Key, two teachers from Alabama who thought love had passed them by, and plays at the ArtStage Studio Theater from April 15 to May 22. previews from April 12 to 14.

Audrey Cefaly, who also wrote the world premiere of Florida Rep’s National New Play Network’s “Alabaster” in 2019, is scheduled to visit Fort Myers and participate in a post-performance discussion of her play at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Florida Rep is also pleased to announce that as of the first preview “Maytag Virgin” masks are no longer required in its ArtStage Studio Theater after the CDC relaxed its guidelines for masks at indoor events. Masks are optional in its largest space since March 15 since CDC data began showing a marked improvement in COVID-19 cases in the region. Florida Rep is now able to ease restrictions at its more intimate and popular venue, while the number of cases and hospitalizations is considered “low” in Lee County.Tickets for “Maytag Virgin” start at $59 for a regular performance and $39/$35 for previews. Seating is limited at the ArtStage Studio Theater and tickets are available online at www.FloridaRep.org and via the box office at 239-332-4488. all perfect notes for the final offering of this momentous year. This is the story of two people discovering that love is still possible for them, and over the course of a year, we see them both recover from personal tragedies and take a step towards love a once again. I know our audiences will love this tender, funny and uplifting story of making a connection – a story we all need right now.” “Maytag Virgin” is a heartwarming new comedy and an old-school romance about two people who thought they would never find love again.Cefaly’s tender story follows Lizzy Nash, an Alabama teacher, and her new neighbor, Jack Key, as they face a personal tragedy and embrace the healing power of connection, forgiveness and renewal.One of the hottest new titles being produced on regional stages across the country, “Maytag Virgin” was voted Best Comedy by “ArtsAtlanta” in 2018.“Maytag Virgin” stars Tyler Layton as Lizzy Nash and Duke Lafoon like Jack Key. Layton returns to Florida Rep after appearances on “Time Stands Still” in 2013 and Florida Rep’s world premiere production of “Split in Three” in 2015 – and is no stranger to Southwest Florida after spending several years as a theater teacher at the FGCU. Ms. Layton is a former company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and on the small screen she has had recurring roles in ‘Ellen’, ‘Charmed’ and ‘Silk Stalkings’.Duke Lafoon makes his Florida rep debut with “Maytag Virgin”, but is a veteran of the area and New York whose recent appearances include Off-Broadway, Gateway Playhouse, Goodspeed, Orlando Shakespeare, Florida Studio Theatre, Signature and The old globe. Mr. Lafoon also works extensively in television with roles in “Hostages” and “Mindhunter”, among others. Ensemble member and artistic director Greg Longenhagen (“Barefoot in the Park”) is leading the production and is joined by an expert creative team including the Ensemble’s set designer Ray Recht (“Barefoot in the Park”), costume designer Alice Neff (“A Fox on the Fairway”), ensemble lighting designer Todd O. Wren (“Driving Miss Daisy”), sound designer Katie Lowe (“A Doll’s House, Part 2”) and set manager Janine Wochna (“Morning After Grace”).Tickets start at $59 for regular performances and $39 for discounted previews and are available online at FloridaRep.org and through the box office at (239) 332-4488. Discounted previews fill up fast. Memberships are on sale now for Florida Rep’s 2022-2023 25th Anniversary Season. “Maytag Virgin” is generously sponsored by Emily Eason and Shelley Wilson & Terry Kelley. “Maytag Virgin” plays at the ArtStage Studio Theater from April 15 to May 22 with discounts. previews from April 12 to 14. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m., Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2022 for the opening night performance. The Florida Rep parking lot opens 2 hours before each performance and offers guests FREE PARKING in front of the Arcade Theater. The Florida Repertory Theater is committed to ensuring the safety of its patrons, volunteers, employees and performers. Until further notice, Florida Rep is operating with enhanced health and safety measures, and current protocols are outlined on the theater’s website by clicking this link: https://www.floridarep.org/buy-tickets/protocols-for-safety/The Florida Repertory Theater performs at the Historic Arcade Theater and ArtStage Studio Theater on Bay St. between Jackson and Hendry with free parking in the Fort Myers River area. Visit Florida Rep online at FloridaRep.org and by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Memberships for the 2022-2023 season are on sale now and offer the best seats with the biggest savings. Packages for 9, 8, 7 and 6 shows start at $216 for 6 shows. Tickets and information are available at the box office at 239-332-4488 or toll-free at 877-787-8053.

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