FORT MYERS, Fla. — Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) music and theatre programs will hold outdoor performances this week. All performances are free and open to the public. Face coverings and social distancing are recommended.
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, the FSW Music program presents Music in the Garden, in the FSW Lee Campus Garden of Inspiration, behind the BB Mann Performing Arts Hall. FSW’s Concert Band, Bass Ensemble, Trombone Choir, String Ensemble, Choir and Jazz Ensemble will perform. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.
At 7 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, the FSW Theatre program presents “The End of the Rope” on an outdoor stage, built by the FSW Theatre department, in the breezeway between buildings H and O on the FSW Lee Campus. A musical performance by the FSW Jazz Ensemble will precede the play at 7 p.m. The play begins at 8 p.m. and runs approximately 45 minutes. All actors will wear face coverings and seating will be socially distanced.
“The End of the Rope” is a devised work based on a double lynching that took place in Fort Myers in May of 1924. It is based on reporting and interviews found in the local press and research into race in America. Playwright and FSW adjunct professor Michael Scanlan, FSW Theatre professor Stuart Brown, and FSW Theatre students created and wrote the play through a collective process combining press reports with research and the personal experience of the students in the class.