Dr. Ride’s American Beach House

By Liza Birkenmeier

Oct. 1 – 10, 2021

Preview Performances: Sep. 29 – 30

Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Nominated

Wed., Sep. 29, 2021
  • Dr. Ride’s American Beach House - Preview
    8:00 PM | Season Tickets

Thu., Sep. 30, 2021
  • Dr. Ride’s American Beach House - Preview
    8:00 PM | Season Tickets

Fri., Oct. 1, 2021
  • Dr. Ride's American Beach House - Opening Night
    8:00 PM | Season Tickets

Sat., Oct. 2, 2021
Sun., Oct. 3, 2021

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Single ticket prices listed ($29.50) are base-line prices. Prices for individual performances will increase based on demand​.

What It’s About

It’s 1983 – the evening before Dr. Sally Ride’s historic space flight. A group of women friends gather on a sweltering St. Louis rooftop, each caught in their own failure-to-launch. This enticing juxtaposition thrusts the women into the space of their uncharted desires where they bump against American norms of sex and power in this intimate snapshot of queer anti-heroines.

Critics Pick, “A revelation” – The New York Times
Birkenmeier’s play probes what it means to live authentically. – Curtain Up
Witty and playful – New York Theater
Luscious. Funny. Erotic. – New York Magazine

Why You Should See It

A major award-winning play by one of the country’s most celebrated playwrights featuring regional powerhouses? Do we even need to offer more than that? Director Summer Bohnenkamp has helmed some of the most critically-acclaimed productions in recent Jobsite history, so she not only has good taste but the skills to back it up. We also promise you that this show will have you talking LONG after you leave the theater. Did he do it? Was she right? Do you have doubts about either or both? Very few plays walk a line like this one does. We promise you won’t be able to take your eyes off of it.

Why We Picked It

This was another Jobsite no-brainer – it suits all of our strengths and what audiences love about our contemporary work. The roles of Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn are among the meatiest in contemporary theater. Mrs. Muller may only have one extended scene, but it will simply knock you off your socks. Sister James is the audience’s conscience. The last play we produced that probably packed it all in and generates as much discussion among an audience was likely David Mamet’s Race. This play, when performed right, should leave you with the same doubt referred to in the title. We all have our doubts, doubt is perhaps the most powerful human state. John Patrick Shanley says, “The beginning of change is Doubt. It is that crucial moment when I renew my humanity or become a lie.”

From the playwright

“Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite — it is a passionate exercise. You may come out of my play uncertain. You may want to be sure. Look down on that feeling. We’ve got to learn to live with a full measure of uncertainty. There is no last word. That’s the silence under the chatter of our time.” – John Patrick Shanley

This play is dedicated to the many orders of Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives to serving others in hospitals, schools and retirement homes. Though they have been much maligned and ridiculed, who among us has been so generous?


Our plan for 2021

2020 has clearly changed the world, and we’ve done our best to change with it. We began our slow, careful re-opening process in October: first

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2020-21 Season Auditions

Update 8/3/20 Due to the ongoing health crisis, all auditions/callbacks for the 2020-21 season are paused until further notice. All roles in all shows with

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Cast & Crew

  • Roxanne Fay – Director
  • Teah Banks – Rehearsal Stage Manager
  • Matthew Ray – Production Stage Manager


  • Emily Belvo – Matilda
  • Susan Haldeman – Meg
  • Leah LoSchiavo – Harriet
  • Andresia Moseley – Norma

What Do You Think?