JAN 7-28, 2017

Tony Award-Nominee Carmen Cusack Stars in the World Premiere of
Do This

by Karen Siff Exkorn
Directed by Tony-Award Nominee Sheryl Kaller
Presented by Special Arrangement with Tony Award-Winning Producer Ken Davenport

Follow one woman’s journey through marriage, motherhood and a maze of obstacles as she navigates an unexpected life-changing experience. Written by the bestselling author of The Autism Sourcebook, Do This is a solo tour-de-force that celebrates the trials and triumphs of the human spirit and the resilience of the human soul. Filled with humor and heartbreak, Do This is the universal story of a woman who finds hope in the face of hopelessness and faith where she least expects it.

2016 Emmy Winner!

Coverage of the source material for Do This just won an Emmy Award for the Nightline segment for:
Outstanding Feature Story in Regularly Scheduled Newscast

Evening shows begin at 8:00 PM
Matinees begin at 3:00 PM.

$30 Preview Performances JAN 5 & 6

News & Reviews

  • REVIEW: ‘Do This’ paean to mother’s devotion, despair


    The Gulfshore Playhouse production of “Do This,” which runs through Jan. 28, is actually the play’s world premiere, one proposed to Founding Artistic Director Kristen Coury by Broadway producer Ken Davenport (“Spring Awakening,” “The Visit”). As such it was being fussed over even last week in preview performances; there are plans for this play to go further, and by the look of Wednesday’s performance it certainly should.


  • ‘Do This’ details dilemmas facing autistic child’s mom

    ‘Do This’ takes on the array of autism treatments, theories
    In these times, the problem may not be finding advice. The problem may be there’s too much of it. A flood of counsel threatens to carry away the mother of a child with autism depicted in Karen Siff Exkorn’s play, “Do This,” which has its world premiere this weekend at Gulfshore Playhouse. When her young son is diagnosed with the syndrome, the heroine finds herself nearly drowning in a tide of advice — harmful, confusing and ineffective, as well as helpful. (more…)

  • Getting ready to ‘Do This’


    GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE’S WORLD PREmiere of “Do This” opens Jan. 7 at The Norris Center and is the third world premiere the professional company has mounted in its 12-year history.

    What’s most compelling about a world premiere is that it can’t be compared to anything else. The audience experiences a new work for the first time, stepping into a world of the unknown, though there are some things we do know.


    Getting ready to ‘Do This’
    BY KATHY GREY Florida Weekly Correspondent
  • Carmen Cusack Will Star in World Premiere of Do This



    Carmen Cusack, who was Tony-nominated last season for her performance in the new musical Bright Star, will star in Gulfshore Playhouse’s upcoming production of Karen Siff Exkorn’s Do This, which will play the Florida venue January 7-28, 2017, in Naples, FL. (more…)

    Carmen Cusack Will Star in World Premiere of Do This
    By Andrew Gans Playbill.com
Carmen Cusack

SHERYL KALLER‘s (Director) direction was seen this season on the world premiere of Winnie Holzman’s play CHOICE at the Huntington Theater. She also recently directed  the world premiere of Billy Porter’s play WHILE I YET LIVE at Primary Stages, the world premiere of Nick Blaemire’s new musical A LITTLE MORE ALIVE (Barrington Stage, Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Roundabout Theatre Company’s Underground production of TOO MUCH TOO MUCH TOO MANY by Meghan Kennedy, and the LCT3 production of MR. JOY by Daniel Beaty.Sheryl directed Terence McNally’s Tony nominated play on Broadway, MOTHERS AND SONS with Tyne Daly. Ms. Kaller received a Tony Nomination for Best Director for the Broadway production of NEXT FALL by Geoffrey Nauffts. She has directed at many theaters including The New Group, Pasadena Playhouse, Primary Stages, Williamstown Theatre Festival, A.C.T., New York Stage and Film, The Geffen, Philadelphia Theater Company, Bucks County Playhouse, the York, EST, National Theater of the Deaf and Naked Angels. She has directed and developed a plethora of new plays and musicals with writers including Christopher Durang,  Regina Taylor, Dick Beebe, Theresa Rebeck,  and Alan Menken. Sheryl is currently in development with David Henry Hwang, Annmarie Milazzo, Jonatha Brooke, Josh Radnor  and Geoffrey Nauffts, among others.

KAREN SIFF EXKORN (Playwright) is an author and playwright.  Do This was a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2015 National Playwrights Conference.  Karen’s multi-media performance piece, Body & Soul, was performed at the Gene Frankel Theatre in NYC and her solo play, Who’s They, was performed at the Knitting Factory in NYC.  She is author of the bestselling book, The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing—From a Mother Whose Child Recovered (HarperCollins 2005).

JOHN PATRICK (Vocal Coach) is in his 5th season supporting Gulfshore Playhouse. GP credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, Master Class, Whipping Boy, I Am My Own Wife, The Importance of Being Earnest, Venus in Fur, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, The God Game, All My Sons, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, The Butcher, Boeing Boeing, Informed Consent, Enemy of the People, The Who and the What, and My Fair Lady. JP is currently the Head of Voice and Speech for the MFA Professional Actor Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also serves as the resident vocal coach to PlayMakers Repertory Company. JP co-founded the Miller Voice Method Studio in NYC and trained as a teacher under the mentorship of Scott Miller hosted in part by NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. JP considers Naples a special place of artistic invigoration due to the inestimable leadership of Kristen Coury. JP resides in Durham, NC with a wife named Erin and two children named Hazel and Sebastian from whom he receives daily master classes relatively pro bono.

GENEVIEVE V. BELLER (Costume Designer) is a Florida-born costume designer with a career spanning three continents. Notable projects include personal costume designer to RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar, Ginger Minj and associate designer for Fiasco Theatre’s groundbreaking Into the Woods at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Genevieve has a MFA in Costume Design and technology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. While there, she co-founded Play On…Productions, an organization dedicated to producing new work by local playwrights. When not working hard to achieve her goal of designing in all 50 states by age 50, Ms. Beller resides in the NYC area where she and her husband take long walks and experiment with wearable tech. Past Gulfshore Playhouse productions include, Informed Consent and Constellations.

JIYOUN CHANG (Lighting Designer) This is Jiyoun’s second show at Gulfshore Playhouse. She designed The Glass Menagerie in 2015. She is the recipient of the OBIE AWARD special citation in Lighting Design for The World is Round (Ripe Time). New York credits include Ugly Lies The Bone (Roundabout Underground), brownsville song (Lincoln Center Theatre LCT3), Goldberg’s Variation (BAM Next Wave 2013), The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre), Sojourners (Playwrights Realm); T. 1912, Peter and the Wolf (Guggenheim Museum); Light Within (Carnegie Hall) Other credits include Straight White Men (Studio Theatre), The Parchman Hour (Guthrie Theatre), Aubergine (Bekeley Rep), tokyo fish story (Old Globe San Diego), The Unfortunates, Troilus and Cressida (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) MFA in Design at Yale School of Drama. http://jiyounchang.com/

JASON SHERWOD (Scenic Design) Set Design Credits Include: Frozen, directed by Sheryl Kaller for Disney Creative Entertainment. New York: Her Portmanteau (New York Theatre Workshop, upcoming); Vox Lumber’s Phantom (Daryl Roth Theatre, Upcoming); Sojourners (Playwrights Realm); Songbird (59E59); Charles Francis Chan… (Walker Space, NAATCO); Seawife (Naked Angels); Wringer (City Center); The Mysteries (The Flea). Regional: Frankenstein (Denver Center), The Mountaintop (Trinity Rep), Constellations (Portland Center Stage); Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theatre Company); PaintYour Wagon (Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater); Cake Off (Signature Theatre); The Circus In Winter (Goodspeed); Jasper In Deadland (Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater); The Whipping Man (Alliance Theatre); The CA Lyons Project (Alliance Theatre); Company (Bucks County Playhouse), Choir Boy (Studio Theatre). Sherwood is the 2013 LiveDesign Magazine “Designer to Watch.” He has been a guest artist at NYU and for the Yale Dramat. NYU grad. www.jasonsherwooddesign.com

LEON ROTHENBERG (Sound Designer) Select Broadway: Violet, The Realistic Joneses, The Nance (Tony Award), The Heiress, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Nom). Select New York and Off-Broadway: New York City Center, Private Theater, Culture Project, Primary Stages, Second Stage, Tectonic Theater Project, Women’s Project, Manhattan Theatre Club, Public Theater. Select regional: Huntington, A.C.T., WTF, HVSF, Merrimack Rep, Deleware Theater Company, Portland Center Stage, Arena Stage, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, NYSF, Two River Theater, North Shore Music Theater, Long Wharf, McCarter, Theatre By The Sea. International: Cirque du Soleil, National Theatre of Cyprus, and Dijon Festival. klaxson.net

TELSEY + COMPANY (Casting). Broadway/Tours: Anastasia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hello, Dolly!, War Paint, Present Laughter, Come from Away, Paramour, Waitress, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Wicked, Something Rotten!, The King and I, An American in Paris, The Sound of Music. Off-Broadway: Atlantic, Classic Stage Company, LAByrinth, Second Stage, Signature. Regional: A.R.T., La Jolla, McCarter, New York Stage and Film, Paper Mill, Williamstown. Film: Miss Sloane, Into the Woods, Margin Call, Rachel Getting Married, Across the Universe, Camp, Pieces of April. TV: “One Day at a Time,” “Time After Time,” “Hairspray Live!,” “Conviction,” “This Is Us,” “Grease Live!,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Flesh and Bone,” “Masters of Sex,” “Smash,” “The Big C,” commercials. www.telseyandco.com


Telsey + Company:

Bernard Telsey CSA, William Cantler CSA, David Vaccari CSA,
Bethany Knox CSA, Craig Burns CSA, Tiffany Little Canfield CSA,
Rachel Hoffman CSA, Justin Huff CSA, Patrick Goodwin CSA,
Abbie Brady-Dalton CSA, Cesar A. Rocha CSA, Karyn Casl CSA,
Kristina Bramhall, Adam Caldwell CSA, Josh Einsohn CSA,
Conrad Woolfe CSA, Rachel Nadler, Rachel Minow, Rikki Gimelstob,
Rachel Dill, Ryan Bernard Tymensky, Rebecca Scholl, Scott Galina,
Madison Sylvester, Lauren Harris, Laura Wade, Ally Kiley,
Rose Bochner, Jaime Jaget, Kristian Charbonier

Tickets begin at $45    Box Office: 1-866-811-4111

Evening shows begin at 8:00 PM; Matinees begin at 3:00 PM.

All performances at The Norris Center
755 8th Avenue South, Naples, Florida 34102

Office:  239-261-PLAY (7529)

Show Attendance Not Required.

Actor & Director Talk-Back

Members will be able to join the cast after the show for a Q&A about the process, the show, or even just to learn what it’s like to be an actor. Actor & Director Talk-Backs will take place the second Thursday of each production following the evening performance.

Following the performance on Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Pre-show discussions
Delve into the themes and topics of a performance before you see it by engaging in a group discussion with a member of the Gulfshore Playhouse artistic staff! Pre-show discussions begin 45 minutes prior to the show on their specified date.

Wed, Jan 11 at 2:15pm and 7:15pm
Sun, Jan 15 at 2:15pm
Sun, Jan 22 at 2:15pm
Wed, Jan 25 at 2:15pm and 7:15pm

Script Club

Learn how theatre artists translate what’s on the page to the stage! Through a unique partnership with the Collier County Public Libraries, Script Club will consist of book club-style discussions surrounding the scripts for Gulfshore Playhouse’s 2016-2017 productions, diving into the themes and topics of each text as well as teaching the art of script reading and interpretation. With meetings at Naples Regional Library and South Regional Library, this free program is accessible and open to all in our community!

Dates, Times, Locations:

January 24
South Regional Library
4-5:30 PM

TBD at Naples Regional Library

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussions will feature experts from Southwest Florida discussing the themes and topics from each play, which will allow audience members to continue exploring. Moderated by Producing Artistic Director, Kristen Coury, the panel will be interviewed briefly about its experience with the play and then the discussion will be opened up to field questions from the audience.

Karen Siff Exkorn, playwright
Sheryl Kaller, Director of Do This
Ken Davenport, Broadway Producer from Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Inc.

Sun, Jan 8, 2017

Please contact us for Group Rates. Office: 239-261-PLAY (7529)

or email us at: info@gulfshoreplayhouse.org


Sharing a son’s journey from Autism to Recovery
Date: January 9, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: The Ritz Carlton Beach Resort Naples
Price: $175

Join us for a spectacular afternoon of dining and conversation, while supporting a great cause.  During the luncheon like only the Ritz can provide, you can get behind the scenes with Karen Siff Exkorn, author of the bestseller The Autism Sourcebook and playwright of the World Premiere of Do This.  Karen’s son was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and fully recovered at the age of four. Though controversial, this compelling true story will shine a light on the challenges of motherhood, familyhood, and bringing your best self to life’s ups and downs.  Karen will also talk about the different ways in which a non-fiction book and a fictionalized live theatrical piece touch people’s souls and fills people’s minds.

75% of the net proceeds will go to the Gulfshore Playhouse Annual Fund for Artistic Excellence, and 25% of the net proceeds will go to New York Collaborates for Autism.

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If you need assistance with booking your tickets, please call (239) 261-7529

About the Speaker:

KAREN SIFF EXKORN is an author, playwright and consultant. Do This was a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2015 National Playwrights Conference. Karen’s multi-media performance piece, Body & Soul, was performed at the Gene Frankel Theatre in NYC and her solo play, Who’s They, was performed at the Knitting Factory in NYC. Author of the bestselling book, The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing—From a Mother Whose Child Recovered (HarperCollins 2005), Karen is also a contributing writer for Huffington Post and Today.com. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Today Show, CNN, CBS, The View, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. An internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, Karen is founder of Speak On, a corporate training company that specializes in presentation skills and media training. Karen has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, where she serves on the board. She is also a board member of New York Collaborates for Autism (NYCA). Karen lives in upstate New York with her husband, son and dog

Broadway Producing 101 with Tony Award-Winner Ken Davenport

Ken-davenportEver wonder how a show gets to Broadway?  Come hear Tony Award winning Broadway Producer (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening) explain the business of Broadway in this intimate discussion and Q&A.  Ken will talk budgets, and unions, and marketing (oh my) and even give you some insight on his plans for taking our current show Do This to New York.

Date:  January 28
Time:  5:30 p.m.
Location:  Norris Center Theatre
Cost:  FREE
Reservations are not necessary!

Special Thanks to

Season Benefactors: Patty and Jay Baker
Season Ambassadors:
Dottie and John Remondi
Corporate Partners:
Cohen and Grigsby Law Firm
Executive Producers: 
Jane and Steve Akin, Christine and Terrance Flynn, Mosey and Don Gunther, Linda and Bob Harden, and Christine Paddock
Karen Orman and David Lewis