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Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune

By Terrence McNally

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Oct. 6 – 23, 2005

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $16.50 – $21.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

This bittersweet comedy combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance that develops between two middle-aged “losers.” Out of their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious interplay, the promise of a relationship beyond a “one-night stand” emerges. Though their personal details may be unique, the problems Frankie and Johnny face are universal. Who among us has not longed for acceptance or been afraid of facing the future alone? Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune was recently revived on Broadway starring Stanley Tucci and Edie Falco and then Joe Pantoliano and Rosie Perez. That revival yielded a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play and Best Actor.


By Michael Blieden

Directed by Kari Goetz

Extended! Jan. 20 – Feb. 12, 2006

Fri. – Sat. 10:30pm, Sun. 7pm

Tickets: $18.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Set at a hip eatery, Phyro-Giants! is a fly-on-the-wall’s perspective into a candid conversation about love, sex, and infidelity, all played out in real time. In this snapshot of four troubled 30-somethings looking to fill their lives with an impossibly paradoxical mix of excitement and emotional safety, the backbiting gossip and self-revelatory banter take the comedy on some wicked turns as the evening progresses and the empty wine bottles multiply. Phyro-Giants! was turned into a film re-titled Melvin Goes to Dinner.


By Suzan-Lori Parks

Directed by Paul J. Potenza

Jan. 26 – Feb. 12, 2006

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $16.50 – $21.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

This darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks’ latest riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of two African-American brothers, Lincoln and Booth, whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future. Topdog/Underdog won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, making Suzan-Lori Parks the first African-American women to receive that honor.

The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia?

By Edward Albee

Directed by Karla Hartley

March 23 – April 9, 2006

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $16.50 – $21.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

The Goat or Who is Sylvia? is the 2001 Tony Award winner for Best Play and was nominated for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. If everything is going right, then one can be sure that soon, everything will go wrong. Such is the case in the household of successful architect Martin, his adoring wife Stevie and their son. When Martin reveals a forbidden love that threatens his marriage, career and life, all bets are off as comedy and tragedy intertwine in the most humane and surprising work from one of our greatest living playwrights.

We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!

By Dario Fo

Directed by David M. Jenkins

June 1 – 18, 2006

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $16.50 – $21.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

With the price of groceries rising every day, what’s a poor girl to do? Spontaneously protest by stuffing bags of food up her sweater and pretend to be pregnant, of course! In a new translation, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! is a side-splitting, anarchic comedy of errors. Think classic commedia dell’arte meets The Honeymooners. At the heart of all the high jinks is a basic human need – hunger – and the very human desire to satisfy that need with one’s dignity intact. Dario Fo was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997, sparking a revival of We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! in New York starring Marissa Tomei.

Grimm’s Faery Tales

Directed by Kari Goetz and Katrina Stevenson

Aug. 11 – 27, 2006

Fri. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $18.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Jobsite continues its commitment to produce new, original works! Grimm’s Faery Tales is a contemporary take on the Grimm Brother’s dark tales in the spirit of past productions such as The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and Murder Ballads: A Tribute to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, using a new approach certain to be uniquely Jobsite.


Job-side Productions

Commedia Dell’arte Master Class

Featuring David M. Jenkins

Jun. 10, 2006

Patel Conservatory, TBPAC

Jobsite Theater holds a commedia dell’arte master class for grade 10 to adult led by David M. Jenkins, Jobsite Artistic Director and director of We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! David has studied with the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the clown troupe Gams on the Lam. This master class emphasizes the basics of commedia dell’arte in regard to the stock character types, their physicality/movement, the fundamentals of status and basic character interaction. Participants should dress in comfortable clothing and be ready to move.

The Guys

Sep. 9, 2006

Sat. 8pm

Clearwater Central Catholic

Sep. 11, 2006

Mon. 8pm

Jaeb Theater, TBPAC

Five years after one of the most shocking attacks in history, The Jobsite Theater remembers with an encore performance of The Guys to benefit the Tampa Firefighters Museum.

Less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He’s looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words.

Job-side Staged Readings


By Steve Patterson

Featuring David Frankel, Michael C. McGreevy, Caitlin Eason and Christen Hailey

Jan. 31, 2006

FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

As part of both TBPAC’s Breaking New Ground series and our own Job-side Projects, we host a staged reading with a talkback to follow of Steve Patterson’s one-act play Deuces. Set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, join a couple as they play an interestingly high-stake game of cards with a mysterious figure.

Grimm’s Faery Tales – Staged Reading

Featuring Summer Bohnenkamp, Jason Evans, Kari Goetz, David M. Jenkins, Shawn Paonessa & Roz Potenza

Jun. 13, 2006

FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

As part of The Center’s Breaking New Ground series, Jobsite hosts this staged reading of a draft of Jobsite’s latest original production Grimm’s Faery Tales. Be there to hear the play out loud for the very first time and have a chance to offer feedback before a script is finalized and we go into rehearsals!

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