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FGCU Theatre Lab Opens "A Performance Constellation: Suit My Heart"

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Theatre Lab and Footsteps to the Future (a non-profit group dedicated to helping the lives of women who have aged out of foster care) collaborate to present "Suit My Heart," an original, ensemble created-performance, April 6 through April 17 in the Theatre Lab at the Arts Complex.

Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and a matinee performance on Sunday at 2 p.m.

"Suit My Heart" is the second in the Performance Constellation series of civically engaged theater works created collaboratively under the direction of Michelle Hayford, assistant professor of Theatre at FGCU.

The play was developed over an eight-month period where FGCU theater students interviewed the mentors, mentees and volunteers of Footsteps to the Future, and then transcribed those interviews as the basis of the script. The play uses many performance mediums including dance, song, music, film, ensemble scenes and duet scenes.

"I feel the play exploits what is exciting about original, ensemble theater, in that we have not been constrained by only one way to tell these stories. The diversity in the performance mediums accurately represents the diversity of those we interviewed," said Hayford.

"Talking to these women and interviewing a volunteer at Footsteps who advocates for foster youth in court, really made me step back and take a look at my life and realize how privileged I am to be where I am today," said Armando Rivera, cast member and a sophomore majoring in theater.

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at or at the door the night of the performance; 20 percent of ticket sales proceeds will be donated to Footsteps to the Future.

Footsteps to the Future is committed to providing former foster youth with the opportunities essential for self-sufficiency and a healthy, productive lifestyle. Footsteps to the Future's goals are to inspire and encourage young women to recognize their personal power and potential, to become self-sufficient and to ultimately become leaders and role models in the community.

For more information, contact Danielle Ranno at (561) 602-5529. For ticket information, contact the Theatre box office at (239) 590-7268.

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