2008 – 09 Season

Winner!

  • Creative Loafing Best of the Bay – Best Theater Company

2008–09 10-year Retrospective


Mainstage Season

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Blackbird

By David Harrower

Directed by Karla Hartley

Sep. 11 – 28, 2008

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Winner!

  • Creative Loafing Best of the Bay – Best Director – Karla Hartley
  • Creative Loafing Best of the Bay – Best Scenic Design – Scott Cooper

A southeastern US premiere!

Two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later. Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrives unannounced at his office. Guilt, rage and raw emotions run high as they recollect their relationship when she was twelve and he was forty. Without any moral judgments, the play never shies away from the brutal shattering truth of the abandoned and unconventional love. After years in prison and subsequent hardships, Ray, fifty-six, has made a new life for himself with a new identity, thinking that he could no longer be found. Una, twenty-seven, has thought of nothing else, and on finding a photo of him, sets out to find Ray. Though she seeks answers and not vengeance, the consequences are nevertheless shattering.

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The History of the Devil

By Clive Barker

Directed by David M. Jenkins

10th Anniversary Production

Oct. 30 – Nov. 16, 2008

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Jobsite’s 10 year anniversary production, and by all accounts the show that put Jobsite on the lips of area theatergoers. Jobsite is excited to revisit this epic courtroom drama where the Devil is up for parole that sold out every performance in 1999. The trial of the new millennium is about to begin – and you’ve been called for jury duty! Old Nick believes he’s done his time and deserves to be readmitted to heaven. History is examined (Christ’s temptation, Nazi crimes), witnesses are called (including a belligerent Dante Alighieri), and the audience is left to consider whether the Prince of Darkness has spent his time as an outcast, as a mastermind or in the service of man in this black comedy.

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Picasso at the Lapin Agile

By Steve Martin

Directed by Kari Goetz

Jan. 8 – 31, 2009

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. In his first comedy for the stage, the popular actor and screenwriter plays fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso’ agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark haired singer time warped in from a later era.

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The Lieutenant of Inishmore

By Martin McDonagh

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Extended! Mar. 19 – Apr. 12, 2009

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Winner!

  • Creative Loafing Best of the Bay – Reader’s Poll Best Actress Finalist – Kari Goetz

A Tampa Bay premiere!

On a lonely road on the island of Inishmore, someone has killed an Irish Liberation Army enforcer’s cat. The enforcer loves his cat more than life itself, and when he returns from a stint of torture and chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland, someone is going to pay.

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Rabbit Hole

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Paul J. Potenza

Jun. 4 – 21, 2009

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Winner!

  • Creative Loafing Best of the Bay – Reader’s Poll Best Actress Finalist – Meg Heimstead
  • Creative Loafing 2009 Top 10 Production

A Tampa Bay premiere!

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

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Pericles

Based on the play by William Shakespeare

Music by Joe Popp, Brian McCabe and Tylor Durand

Lyrics by Joe Popp

Book by Neil Gobioff & Shawn Paonessa

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Winner!

  • Creative Loafing Best of the Bay 2009 – Best Theatrical Composer – Joe Popp
  • Creative Loafing 2009 Top 10 Production
  • Creative Loafing Best of the Bay 2010 – Best Theater Production, Reader’s Poll Runner-Up

World Premiere!

Jobsite Theater proudly concludes their 10th anniversary season with the world premiere of a rock musical based on William Shakespeare’s Pericles. Joe Popp brings his power-punk music and oddball sense of humor back to Tampa and teams up with perennial Jobsite contributors Neil Gobioff & Shawn Paonessa in this 11th year of bringing new work to the stage. Jobsite’s Pericles is a wholesale adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Pericles, Prince of Tyre – shifting in time and space to modern era United States. Perry, “Prince of Tires”, gets caught up in a web of intrigue, incest and the mafia as he tries to balance having a family while also running a “family.” As his epic journey reaches an end, he learns that saving both his biological family and his mafia family are rooted in truly understanding the value of loyalty, honor and love.

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Job-Side Productions

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LOL: An Evening with Tony Gaud

Jun. 12 – 13 & 19 – 20, 2009

Fri. & Sat. 11 pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Tony Gaud has attitude and confidence that set the tone for his personal perspective and fearless observations. He unapologetically tackles life with hilarious resolve. He spellbinds with stories, hits hard with truth, and converts with lies. He is the guilty laugh you have when no one else is looking. So WTF? OMG, come LOL with Tony Gaud.

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Short Comings: Over the Edge

Directed by Ami Sallee

Jun. 13 – 15, 2009

Sat. 3pm, Sun. – Mon. 7pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Ami Sallee coordinates an evening of short pieces of theatrical tastiness, including new work, by up-and-comers and old friends.

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LOL: An Evening with Arnie Ellis

Aug. 14 – 22, 2009

Fri. – Sat. 11 pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

ROTFL as you get delivered by “The Prophet.” Arnie Ellis is a comedian who ignites spirits with words and audiences are never the same. This Central Florida stand-up comedy vet will save you without laying hands on you – although he has been known to try.

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Jails, Hospitals and Hip Hop

By Danny Hoch

Directed by Christopher Rutherford

Featuring Curtis Belz

Aug. 16 & 18, 2009

Sun. & Tue. 8pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts


Job-Side Readings

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The Ballad of Johnny 5 Star

By David Hauptschein and David Vlcek

Directed by Lori Shannon

Nov. 10, 2008

Mon. 7:30 pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Yellowman

By Dael Orlandersmith

Directed by Karla Hartley

Featuring Fanni Green

Feb. 2, 2009

Mon. 7 pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Yellowman, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, opened at the Manhattan Theater Club in October 2001. It is a two-actor piece in which each actor plays multiple roles. Orlandersmith examines intraracial racism and its effect on friends and eventual lovers Alma and Eugene, chronicling their relationship from childhood to adulthood in spare, uncommonly beautiful language with a South Carolinian/Gullah inflection. Their families and “friends,” fueled by alcohol and incomprehensible rage, bend this relationship to the breaking point.

 

Brown Silk and Magenta Sunsets

By P.J. Gibson

Directed by Lori Shannon

Feb. 23, 2009

Mon. 7:30 pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Regrets don’t fade just because the sun goes down. In fact, they take on a life of their own. Ugly things come in pretty packages in this psychological drama.

Starring Sybil Barnes Johnson, Jayne Trinette (from The Lion King), Joshua Goff, David Wharton and Tia Jemison.

 

Two Gentlemen of Corona

By Jim Geoghan

Directed by Lori Shannon

Mar. 30, 2009

Mon. 7:30 pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

A workman is only as good as his tools and a criminal is only as good as his cohorts in this tale of criminal intentions set at the 1964 World’s Fair.

Starring Jan Ray.

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Pericles Staged Reading

Lyrics by Joe Popp, book by Neil Gobioff & Shawn Paonessa

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Jun. 8, 2009

Mon. 7:30 pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Catch a preview of Pericles and see how a show gets created, as the cast, director and writers meet for a public staged reading to prepare for our next World Premiere!

 

Nerve

By Adam Szymkowicz

Directed by Lori Shannon

Jul. 13, 2009

Mon. 7:30 pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Nerve is a dark comedy about falling into a relationship on the first date. Elliot has never had an online date before…at least not one that showed up. Susan has had far too many but would prefer not to discuss them. When they meet in a bar one night, all their personality flaws are revealed, along with a puppet, some modern dance and a desperation that may or may not be love.

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Black Girl Speaks

Directed by Lori Shannon

Jul. 20, 2009

Mon. 7:30 pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

This one woman show features internationally acclaimed artist, Talitha V. Coverson performing a series of monologues and poetic pieces that illustrate the black female experience. The show has been performed throughout the country but never fully duplicated. Bring your mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters and anyone who was born of a woman to this evening of cultural exploration.

 

The Sublet Experiment

By Ethan Youngerman

Directed by Lori Shannon

Aug. 17, 2009

Mon. 7:30 pm

Tickets: $5 at the door; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

This romantic comedy revolves around mistaken identity and psychological voyeurism in very cleverly written package.