All New People

By Zach Braff

Directed by Paul Potenza

May 7 – Jun. 1, 2014

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

cool, fresh choice … Paul Potenza and the cast deftly handle [the script] … fast, full of rimshot jokes … packed full of pop culture references. – Tampa Bay Times
I have to admire the actors who bring us Braff’s parable … Paul Potenza’s staging is first-rate, and Brian Smallheer’s modern living room set is attractively realistic … All New People offers several good laughs, several choice obscenities, and a couple of late stabs at deeper significance … See it for its surfaces — and just maybe for its insights. – Creative Loafing
A Huffington Post writer hails All New People ‘the defining play of a generation.’ I have to echo endorsing the play. If you can, drop by Straz Center and catch it before Jobsite’s final show on June 1st for a darkly funny, poignant look at our own existence. – The Sunlit Tome

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay

Theatre Tampa Bay Nominated

It’s the dead of winter, and the summer vacation getaway of Long Beach Island, New Jersey is desolate and blanketed in snow. Charlie (Chris Holcom) is 35, heartbroken, and just wants some time away from the rest of the world.

The island ghost-town seems to be the perfect escape until his solitude is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A hired beauty (Katie Castonguay), the townie fireman (Jack Holloway, making his Jobsite debut), and an eccentric British real-estate agent (Meg Heimstead) desperately trying to stay in the country suddenly find themselves tangled together in a beach house where the mood is anything but sunny.

the defining play of a generation … so side-splittingly funny line after line that one almost thinks his brain should be donated to science.

About The Playwright


Zach Braff’s feature film writing and directorial debut, Garden State, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and earned him a coveted WGA nomination for Best Original Screenplay. The film also earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature as well as a nomination for Best First Screenplay. In addition, Braff was awarded Best Directorial Debut by the National Board of Review, Breakthrough Director by the Hollywood Film Festival and Most Promising Filmmaker by the Chicago Film Critics Association.

Braff recently starred in the independent film The High Cost of Living and also starred alongside James Franco and Michelle Williams in Oz (Sam Raimi’s prequel to The Wizard of Oz). Braff was nominated for a 2005 Primetime Emmy Award and 2005, 2006, and 2007 Golden Globe Awards for his portrayal of Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian in NBC’s comedy Scrubs. He also won a Grammy for compiling the soundtrack to Garden State. His film credits include roles in The Broken Hearts Club, Getting To Know You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Dreamworks’ The Last Kiss, and The Weinstein’s Company’s The Ex. In addition to his role in last summer’s Trust at Second Stage, Zach’s stage experience includes roles in The Public Theater’s productions of Twelfth Night and Macbeth directed by George C. Wolfe. Zach is a native of New Jersey and graduate of Northwestern.

Jack Holloway, Chris Holcom, Katie Castonguay and Meg Heimstead in Jobsite's All New People. (Photo by Crawford Long.)



Why Zach Braff’s All New People Is the Defining Play of a Generation – Huffington Post

Zach Braff’s ‘All New People’ opens at Jobsite Theater – Tampa Bay Times

Jobsite shows funny side to thoughts of suicide in ‘All New People’ – Tampa Tribune

Cast & Crew

  • Paul J. Potenza – Director
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager


  • Katie Castonguay – Kim
  • Meg Heimstead – Emma
  • Chris Holcom – Charlie
  • Jack Holloway – Myron

Film Cast

  • Elizabeth Fendrick – Ramona
  • Gavin Hawk – Kevin
  • Matt Lunsford – Badger


  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Assistant Director
  • Shawn Paonessa – Sound Designers
  • Paul Potenza – Sound Designers
  • Brian Smallheer – Scenic/Lighting Designer
  • Beth Tepe-Robertson – Costume Designer

Film Crew

  • Shawn Paonessa – Producer
  • Brian Smallheer – Art Director
  • Spencer Haberman – Editor, Student Director and Student Producer
  • Beth Tepe-Robertson – Costume Designer
  • Matthew Ray – Production Manager
  • Garrett Brown – Lighting and Sound
  • Benjamin Dreiker – Slate, Production Assistant
  • James Leming – Cinematography: Emma and Myron
  • Steffan Siebel-Cortopassi – Lighting and Sound: Emma, Cinematography: Myron
  • Andrew Unvericht – Lighting and Sound

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