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Southeastern US Premiere
Annapurna is a moving and explosive new play by critically-acclaimed emerging playwright Sharr White, who had two plays running on Broadway in 2014. Driven by the emotionally-charged relationship between an estranged husband and wife, Jobsite’s production stars Bay area stage icons Paul Potenza and Angela Bond as Ulysses and Emma.
Wearing nothing but an apron and an oxygen tank, Ulysses unexpectedly finds his wife Emma knocking on his trailer door as he’s making his dog dollar-store sausage on the stove. It’s been 20 years since their marriage was torn apart by an event that Ulysses can’t remember and Emma can’t forget. In the spirit of some of the greatest American dramas, Annapurna is built upon the hopefulness of reconciliation and the simplest of setups – two people alone in a room. Passionate, funny, fierce.
“For anyone who has ever loved and lost, or attempted to reconcile with a loved one or member of the family, this play speaks loud and clear in both its humor and pathos,” notes director David M. Jenkins. “That’s a very hard line to walk and this play handles it with an unbelievable deft touch. Not to mention, this is truly an incredible showpiece for two actors, and Paul and Angela will, I guarantee, light that stage on fire. I cannot wait to share this with Tampa Bay, it’s easily one of the best plays I’ve read in years and I am honored that Jobsite is the first in the area to produce it.”
Annapurna’s world premiere took place at The Magic Theatre in San Francisco in 2011, and ran in New York last April starring real-life married couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. Among White’s other plays, two have opened on Broadway: The Other Place in 2012 and The Snow Geese (starring Mary Louise Parker) in 2013.
The audience for the Sun. May 17 performance is invited to a post-show talkback / Q&A with the actors and co-directors.
Paul Potenza was the first performer on the Off-Center Theater stage, which is now our Shimberg Playhouse. He’s been with us since 2001 when he
- Summer Bohnenkamp – Director
- David M. Jenkins – Director
- Matthew Ray – Stage Manager
- Angela Bond – Emma
- Paul Potenza – Ulysses
- Tiffany Daiber – Asst. Stage Manager
- Kaylin Gess – Lighting Designer
- David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
- Roz Potenza – Props and Costume Assistance
- Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
- Beth Tepe-Robertson – Costume Designer
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