Asolo Rep Theatre Guild Play Readers to bring author MacDonald’s works to life at county libraries

Events are part of One Book, One Community program; next performance set for April 1 in Venice

Image courtesy Sarasota County
Image courtesy Sarasota County

As part of Sarasota County’s ongoing One Book, One Community celebration, the Asolo Repertory Theatre Guild Play Readers will perform theatrical readings of excerpts from this year’s featured author, John D. MacDonald, at several county libraries, the county has announced.

“The performances will bring to life the writings of MacDonald, a prolific novelist and short story writer who lived and worked in Sarasota from 1952 until his death in 1986,” a news release explains.

MacDonald completed 78 books across several genres, including thrillers and science fiction, the release notes. He is most well known for his 21-book Travis McGee crime thriller series and his novel The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear, the release points out.

The Asolo Play Readers’ performances will be featured at Sarasota County libraries as follows:

  • 2 p.m. April 1 at Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice.
  • 2 p.m. April 8 at North Port Public Library, 13800 S. Tamiami Trail, North Port.
  • 2 p.m. April 11 at Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
  • 6:15 p.m. April 14 at North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.
  • 3 p.m. April 18 at Gulf Gate Public Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota.

More One Book, One Community programming may be found at

For additional information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 861-5000 or visit