Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

Directed by Katrina Stevenson

Sep. 5 – 30, 2012

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper ignites. This cautionary tale reminds us not only of the evils of government tyranny but of individual complicity and inaction. This powerful drama mixed with elements of both comedy and horror was adapted for the stage by Bradbury himself, inspired in part by Francois Trouffaut’s 1966 film. The story centers on the inner struggle of Guy Montag who has worked as a civil servant for ten years burning books. He has become increasingly unsure about what he is doing with his life. It is not until he meets Clarisse, a young girl filled with strange ideas, that he is led into a dangerous and truly combustible situation. Now he must choose between continuing his nonexistent existence and risking everything for the right to think freely.


Teachers: we have daytime performances of Fahrenheit 451 on Sep. 27 and 28 at 11am, and a greatly reduced student group rate.

Bluebird Books Bus Days

The Bluebird Books Bus will be in front of the Shimberg Playhouse on Sundays Sep. 16 and 30 from 2–4pm for public enjoyment. There will be a selection of classical, counter-cultural, dystopic and banned books available. Visitors may even be treated to a gilmpse of typewriter work by a “captive poet!”

Bluebird Books is a literary-themed mobile project space housed in a converted bus – part bookshop, part art house; it’s a vehicle where readers of all ages can explore the written word. Donation-based sales of gently-used books, locally designed artist books, handmade notebooks and ephemera will support cultural events such as play readings, book-art exhibits, poetry readings, and bookmaking workshops for the community at large. At a time when public libraries and bookstores often struggle, Bluebird Books continues to celebrate the art of the book in all its forms.

Jobsite Producing Artistic Director David Jenkins offers that “this is a great way for us to continue to work with like-minded organizations in our community. We think this is a perfect partnership, and we hope that people will come down to the show early, enjoy the bus and a cold drink on a nice afternoon, and maybe even stroll over to the newly-appointed Curtis Hixon Park before the show.”

Dana Kovar, Giles Davies and Chris Jackson in Jobsite's Fahrenheit 451. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)


Cast & Crew

  • Katrina Stevenson – Director
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager


  • Ned Averill-Snell – Faber/Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Katie Castonguay – Clarisse/Helen
  • Giles Davies – Beatty/Aristotle
  • Jon Gennari – Holden/1st Paramedic/Herman Melville
  • Chris Jackson – Montag
  • Dana Kovar – Mrs. Hudson/Alice/Louis Carrol
  • Daniel Rosenstrauch – Black/2nd Paramedic/JRR Tolkein
  • Nicole Jeannine Smith – Mildred/Bronte

Audio Performers

  • Aaron E. Tucker – Voice Over Artist
  • Kelby Siddons – Voice Over Artist


  • Caryl Butterley* – Sound Designer
  • David M. Jenkins* – Sound Designer
  • Greg Newcomb – Poster Artist
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic/Lighting Designer
  • Beth Tepe-Robertson – Costume Designer

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