Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks at Players Circle Theater

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Players Circle Theater is slipping on its dancing shoes for their production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks playing now through April 7.
Richard Alfieri’s international smash hit comedy will mark the fifth production at Players Circle’s new home, located at 13211 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.
“It’s a different kind of love story – the kind that starts with hate at first sight,” chides Players Circle’s artistic director Robert Cacioppo, who directs the play for the first time.
Lily, an aging but formidable retiree, hires Michael, an acerbic dance instructor, to give her dance lessons in her condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. Antagonism between the two gives way to profound compatibility as they dance their way into each other’s hearts.
“Beyond the rapier wit lies a story of loyalty and compassion. Both characters learn how to overcome their intolerance as they transcend fear and mortality,” adds Cacioppo.
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks received its world premiere in 2001 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, starring renowned acting teacher/actress Uta Hagen, alongside “Frasier’s” David Hyde Pierce. That production celebrated a sold-out run and was extended six times. In 2023, it received its East Coast premiere on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre with Polly Bergen and Mark Hamill (from “Star Wars” fame.) In 2014, it was adapted into a feature-film and has since been performed in 24 countries and translated into 14 languages.
The two-person tour de force stars Players Circle veterans Carrie Lund and Thomas Marsh. Audiences will recognize Lund from her memorable performance as the overbearing Mrs. Baker in Players Circle’s acclaimed production of Butterflies are Free, as well as Marsh from his starring role as Mike Francisco, the intimidating mob boss in the theater’s season opener, Breaking Legs.
Cacioppo adds, “That’s what I love about forming an ensemble of artists – it gives the audience an opportunity to see these actors in varying genres, showcasing their versatility.”
In addition to the two Players Circle veterans, the theater has hired former Broadway performer Parker Slaybaugh to help Lund and Marsh master the art of ballroom dance style, including swing, tango, foxtrot and cha-cha.
Cacioppo is joined by an expert team that includes set design by Steven McLean, lighting by Andrew Zebroski and costume design by Sallyanne Bianchetta.
Performances are held Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m., and select Saturdays at 3 p.m.
Tickets range from $35 – $55. This production is staged in the round. Details regarding subscription packages are available at or by calling the box office at 239-800-3292.

Godspell on stage April 19 – May 12
Next up on the Players Circle stage is Godspell. The immersive rock musical will be performed April 19 – May 12. Discounted previews will be presented April 16 – 18. With book by John-Michael Tebelak, the music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz. The local production is directed by Ted Wioncek III.


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