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Escape to Create: The Escape Trio and Calvin Arsenia

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What: Escape to Create: The Escape Trio and Calvin Arsenia
When: Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Seaside Meeting Hall Theater

Come out for a memorable evening celebrating Escape to Create’s 26th performance season in Seaside, Florida.  The 2018 Escape to Create (E2C) performance season opens Tuesday, Jan. 9 with The Escape Trio and Calvin Arsenia on stage at the Seaside Repertory Theatre at 7:30pm. Performances continue throughout January and February at The REP and other various locations in Seaside and throughout the community of South Walton as announced.  Tickets to performances at the door or online:  Some E2C events are free to attend.

The Escape Trio and Calvin Arsenia
Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | Tickets $25 at 

Escape to Create 2018 season opens Tuesday, January 9 with a one-night only performance by four musicians already redefining their genres as emerging artists. Miami virtuoso pianist Jacob Mason, UK violinist Andrew Samarasekara, and Venezuelan-American cellist Sebastian Ortega represent the next generation of international classical music artists. They have each achieved international recognition while current students at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. Their performance of classical and jazz repertoire as The Escape Trio showcases astounding individual virtuosity and eloquent interpretation.

Fresh from his European summer tour and following select appearances on the West Coast, Kansas City’s ascending star, the Neo-folk harpist and singer-songwriter Calvin Arsenia, defies categorization and is credited with “turning the arts world on its head...” ( At 6’5,” the multi-instrumentalist is a commanding presence on stage and his alluring 5-octave range voice leaves audiences transfixed.

Escape to Create in Seaside Florida
Seaside’s Escape To Create (E2C) artist residency launches its 26th season with the arrival of a dozen artists selected from an international pool of applicants for the renowned creative retreat in Seaside, Florida. E2C artists are in residency this January and February as they escape to create their individual projects in the music, literary, visual, theater and performance arts. As a residency requirement, artists give a public performance as a contribution to the community. Often produced in partnership with The REP Theater in Seaside, their readings, screenings, lectures and performances bring outstanding cultural programs to the South Walton community.

Tickets to performances: Some community events are free.

Escape to Create 26th Performance Season 2018
details for each event at Events, or - ticketed. 

Tuesday January 9
The Escape Trio | Calvin Arsenia
​Two performances in one night featuring The Escape Trio performing classical and jazz, and also neo-folk harpist and singer-songwriter Calvin Arsenia
Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | tickets $25

​Tuesday January 16
Film Screening: Sicily: Land of Love and Strife with Writer and Filmmaker Mark Spano​
Appetizers served
​Walton County Coastal Branch Library | 11am - 1pm | FREE | Reservations: 267-2809

Sunday January 21
The Escape Trio Concert & Reception
Pianist Jacob Mason, Cellist Sebastian Ortega and Violinist Andrew Samarasekara
Seaside Institute Assembly Hall | 2pm | tickets $25

Thursday January 25
Book Reading, Signing & Reception with Authors Dennis Covington and Mark Spano
​Wine and hors d'oeuvre reception, reading and book signing with two awarded authors  
Seaside Institute Assembly Hall | 6pm | tickets $20

Wednesday January 27
Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean hosted by John K. Melvin, International Artist
Melvin will co-host a screening of the awarded adventure documentary film A Plastic Ocean
Seaside REP Theatre | FREE | 4pm | FREE community event with film screening, potluck and conversation

Sunday January 28
JOLEY Script Reading with Playwright Caitlin Saylor Stephens
JOLEY is Stephens' dramatic new play about a Tennessee mountain woman who, inspired by self-help television, kills her abusive husband in hope of building a life of integrity.
Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | Tickets $25

Thursday February 8 
Jazz, Ragtime & Blues Piano Concert feat. Anthony R. Green 
Composer, performer, and social justice advocate dedicated to the rich legacy of African American composers in American Music.
Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | $25

Tuesday February 13 
Kim Richey is LIVE at The REP:  A Valentine Concert
Singer Songwriter Kim Richey debuts new works and revisits old favorites in E2C's 5th annual Valentine To 30A concert. 
Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | tickets $25

Thursday February 22 
Award Winning Theatre Arts and Poetry Collide Onstage At The REP
Featuring: Artist & Set Designer Ana Ines Jabares Pita and Poet Sam Taylor
Internationally awarded artist and set designer Ana Ines Jabares Pita and citizen poet Sam Taylor present groundbreaking works in a unique immersive theatrical event.
Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | tickets $25

Tuesday February 27 
Playwright Kevin Doyle: Dramatic Script Reading
International playwright Kevin Doyle debuts his newest play inspired by the viral photograph of the albatross and the ingested plastics that endanger our planet. A dramatic script-in-hand reading by the company of The REP.
Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | tickets $25​

Tickets for the Escape to Create performance series at The Seaside REP are available at or via telephone at 850-231-0733. Ticket purchases support Escape to Create Residencies and Educational Outreach throughout Walton County.

Come out to enjoy the work of visiting artists from all over the world on stage here in SoWal. Experience the performances in the Seaside REP's intimate theater located in Seaside, Florida just behind Modica Market on Quincy Circle.

E2C artists in retreat are devoted to their individual projects in the music, literary, visual, theater and performance arts. During their stay as guests of our community, artists share their works with the public through contribution of performance at The REP Theatre, the Seaside Chapel and other iconic venues in Seaside. They also support teachers and serve as mentors to the Walton County student population through classroom visits and after school workshops.. They will live and work in Seaside cottages donated for their month-long creative projects and in support of their contributions to the larger community through educational outreach and performance. Read about this year's E2C artists online.

Escape to Create is a nationally recognized multidisciplinary artist residency hosted since 1993 by the Seaside community. E2C is a volunteer non-profit organization that represents the unique character of a community deeply invested in the arts. Residencies are made possible through the generosity of Seaside homeowners, merchants, and donors. For more information about Escape to Create, visit

To be in a place where the art, new generative ideas and critical thoughts are appreciated is a beacon of hope for all artists.
~ David Wayne Reed, Writer and Playwright Towns: Seaside


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