Escape to Create Celebrates 21st Season

January 7, 2013 by SoWal Staff

Seaside’s popular Escape To Create artist residency launches its 21st season with the arrival of five artists selected from an international pool of applicants for the renowned creative retreat.

The only artist residency of its kind in the Florida Gulf Region, "E2C" and the community of Seaside have welcomed artists to Scenic 30A since 1993. Drawing audiences from as far as Tallahassee and Pensacola, a variety of cultural programs showcasing the multi-disciplinary artists are offered throughout January and February.

The 2013 performance season opens on Saturday, January 12th at 7:30 pm at Seaside’s RepertoryTheatre with composer-in-residence Alan Goldspiel. An internationally acclaimed classical guitarist, Goldspiel will perform works including Latin classics, traditional Klezmer and original jazz-influence compositions.

He will be joined on clarinet and saxophone by composer Lori Adrovino in a special performance of contemporary chamber music. Drs. Goldspiel and Ardovino teach at the University of Montevallo (AL). As E2C’s 2012 composer-in-residence, Ardovino encouraged her fellow educator and performer to consider the community sponsored residency for his compositional work. Goldspiel will spend the month writing a multi-movement work for soprano saxophone and guitar. The piece is inspired by Middle Age narratives of war that were once performed on an early version of the lute.

As a contribution to the community in support of music education, Goldspiel will also perform and lecture at the Seaside Neighborhood School and hopes to visit music classes in South Walton County schools.

Tickets are $25 each for the world-class performance and are available online at SeasideRepTheatre or by calling The REP at 850-231-0733. Tickets can also be purchased at Amavida coffee locations in Seaside and Rosemary Beach.

Schedule of E2C performances coming in January and February

Jan 12 | 7:30 pm
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Acclaimed guitarist and international performer Alan Goldspiel performs a kaleidoscopic program of Latin classics, traditional Klezmer and original jazz-influenced compositions. Also featuring guest artist and 2012 Escape to Create Fellow Lori Ardovino (clarinet/saxophone) in a performance of contemporary chamber music.

Jan 19 | 10am-1pm
Sundog Books
A front porch book-signing with author and Florida historian Jack E. Davis. An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century received the 2009 Gold Medal for Non-Fiction, Florida Book Awards. Share our history with this awarded scholar who is researching our region for his next book!

Jan 25 | 7:30pm
Seaside Repertory Theatre
An inspired collaborative program showcasing 30A Singer/Songwriter Festival performer Julia Othmer, awarded art video with multi-media artist Jena Serbu and the debut of their exciting new works for music theatre.

Feb 8 | 7:30pm
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Internationally acclaimed filmmaker, director and cinematographer Petra Haffter screens breathtaking footage from her awarded series The Colors of The Desert. The artist recounts her journeys during the making of the film.

Feb 15 | 7:30 pm
Seaside Repertory Theatre
A program of musical delights with the lighthearted “antique pop” duo Jeff Freling and ErinMcGrane (Victor & Penny) and singer-songwriter Kyle Carey’s critically praised Celtic and Gaelic-themed songs.

Feb 16 | 7:30 pm
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Playwright Rich Orloff’s refreshingly funny take on the battle of the sexes in their attempts to understand one another.  Produced internationally and written for anyone who has loved, lusted, or acted like an idiot, the sparks will fly at The REP’s reading of "the perfect date play." Variety

Feb 20 | 7:00 pm
Buddah Lounge in Blue Mountain Beach
Poet and Singer-Songwriter KyleCarey performs at the popular“Say The Word Poetry Open Mic Night.”

Feb 22 | 7:30 pm
Seaside Repertory Theatre
Playwright Melina Neet presents her work of representational theatre in a reading of Cooth & Sergeant’s Tavern, a two-act play probing the unsolved mysteries surrounding Edgar Allen Poe’s final days. Audience feedback is welcomed.

Feb 23 | 7:30 pm
Seaside Repertory Theatre
an over-the-top comic fable about what men value and desire, BIG BOYS “boasts the kind of rapid-fire repartee with which Matthau and Lemmon would have had a field day.” Variety  Produced in regional theatres across the country and now taking Europe by storm, Rich Orloff’s two-character play is the perfect screwball material for a side-splitting reading by The REP.

Stay tuned for more to come with Florida Historian Jack E. Davis, fiber artist Rachelle Gardner, and playwright Rich Orloff!

For more information about Escape to Create Artists in Residence 2013 please see E2C website:


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