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

[Blackbird] offers its audience a host of uncomfortable questions, and ends intriguingly without answering any of them. So its power endures, and even grows, after you've left the theater and started to think about what you've seen and heard. – St. Petersburg Times
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The southeastern US premiere!

Una and Ray had a relationship that resulted in disastrous consequences. Ray moved on with his life, ensuring that they would never set eyes on each other again. Fifteen years later, Una has found Ray.

Never has a more thought-provoking play been written about such a taboo subject. The play explodes with unresolved and possibly irresolvable concerns that make it one of the most daring new plays in recent theater. Blackbird is a brilliant, unnerving and controversial play that taunts us with the limits of our own language and our conceptions of love, abuse and that much-abused neologism “closure”.

Blackbird was commissioned by the Edinburgh International Festival and premiered at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, in August 2005. The production transferred to the Albery Theatre, London, in February 2006, and went on to open at the Manhattan Theater Club, New York City, in April 2007.

A searing theatrical experience.

Age Recommendation

18+: Contains adult language, situations and subject matter.
Paul J. Potenza and Caitlin Eason in Jobsite's Blackbird. (Photo: Brian Smallheer.)


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A girl a little like Lolita grows up in Jobsite Theater’s BlackbirdSt. Petersburg Times

Blackbird Grabs Audience By Scruff of Neck – Tampa Tribune

Cast & Crew

  • Karla Hartley – Director
  • Xylina Golding – Stage Manager


  • Caitlin Eason – Una
  • Paul J. Potenza – Ray


  • Scott Cooper – Scenic Designer
  • Betty-Jane Parks – Set Design Assistant
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

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