A Brief History of Beer

Created, devised, and written by William Glenn and Trish Parry

Directed by Jeffrey Mayhew

Apr. 20 & 27, 2014

Sun., 8 pm

Tickets: $7; FREE for Jobsite season ticket holders.

New World Brewery, Ybor City

Jobsite Theater, the resident theater company at the Straz Center, is very excited to welcome Wish Experience (Will Glenn and Trish Parry) home after fantastic runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, and various and sundry stops around the world. A Brief History of Beer is an educational, delicious ramble through the myths and legends surrounding everyone’s favorite beverage! Equal measures theatre, lecture, and surreal drink-a-long game, A Brief History of Beer asks audiences to join Will and Trish in their slapdash Quantum Pint Machine on a journey through time and space from ancient Sumeria to the present day to learn about the world’s favorite drink. The Wish founders have combed the records, visited the ruins, and tasted an impossible number of beers to bring you this docudramedy based on the life and times of our mistress and our muse … the humble beer. Wish has been inducted in to The British Guild of Beer Writers, and has received high praise from many fringe reviewers. A Brief History of Beer is “definitely one for the avid pub-frequenter” (Millie Morris, Edfringe Review), and “a fizzy flagon of edutainment” (Paul Levy, Fringereview). InDaily says “A Brief History of Beer is an opportunity to learn, to be amazed, and to imbibe!” Very popular with beer enthusiasts, brewers, and historians alike, Wish can’t wait to bring A Brief History of Beer back home to Tampa. Parry and Glenn worked as theater artists in the Tampa Bay area prior to moving abroad and founding Wish, including the rock-n-roll hybrid Richard III starring Giles Davies with Secret Theatre at venues on both sides of the bay. Jobsite Theater prides itself on supporting the endeavors of independent artists through their Job-side Project program. A Brief History of Beer marks a new type of booking for the company, held at New World Brewery where Jobsite holds their annual Jobsite Rocks! fundraiser in December.

A Brief History of Beer gives us this information through a series of quantum hops akin to those made by the Starship Enterprise, light-heartedly taking us back and forth through time in an attempt to find what the essence of ‘beer’ really is and why it means so much to us ... Glenn and Parry really care about beer and it shows in the way they have assembled this performance.

Trish Parry and William Glenn in Jobsite's A Brief History of Beer.

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