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February Update from the Producing Artistic Director
So much good stuff going on over here these days! Here’s the latest:
Last night we held our first private party to welcome both friendly and new faces in to learn more about us and our work as well as how folks can help support our mission. It was a great night, and we look forward to many more of these to come! I am very thankful for Neil and Gianna Gobioff who hosted, the ensemble members who worked, and our board (including past chair Elizabeth Fendrick) who organized it. Mark Warren and Spencer Meyers regaled everyone with a few songs to begin and end a very short formal program in the middle of the party where we otherwise enjoyed conversation paired with great food and wine courtesy of Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, Dr. Barry Levine, and Rollin’ Oats Tampa. A special shout out to Jim Cox (pictured, below) for REALLY taking care of just about everything all night. Are you interested in learning more about future parties? Reach out!
The 25 or so in attendance were also the first to hear some exciting news about the development of our education programs which are set to again expand in the 2017-18 season. They were also the first to hear both confirmed titles including both the Shakespeare play we’ll be doing and the musical we have planned for the Jaeb, and some other options that we’re still debating. Look for our full season announcement at the opening weekend of A Skull in Connemara, Mar. 17-19!
Speaking of Skull, opening weekend is going fast with Sat., Mar. 18 already sold out. Move now to secure your seats for our final installment in award-winning playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh’s “Leenane trilogy.”` Have you seen the first PR images for this pitch-black comedy-whodunit set in rural west Ireland? Skull is directed by Paul J. Potenza and stars Brian Shea, Diana Rogers, Brandon Mauro, and yours truly.
One of the most exciting bits of news relayed at last night’s party is that the Gobioff Foundation has once again stepped up to provide $30,000 in matching funds for our 2017 Annual Campaign! That means your gift counts twice as much as long as these funds remain! Our Annual Campaign is the foundation of our fundraising initiatives. These resources allow us to pursue additional educational and outreach opportunities in the community, help us work toward the goal of paying all of our artists a living wage, and allow us to continually raise the bar with our award-winning productions of politically and socially relevant theater while performing to the broadest possible audience. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today and double your impact!
Did you miss the casting announcement for Cloud 9? We also expect to have the cast ready for Gloucester Blue in the next week. Don’t forget that you can still get a pass for the remaining 3 plays in the 16-17 season at a steep discount, then be first in line for the 17-18 season when it goes on sale in April.
Finally, don’t forget about Some Sort of #FourthFridayTPA @JobsiteTheater next Friday, a FREE variety show featuring members of both Jobsite and Tampa’s best (only?) sketch comedy troupe Some Sort of Show. 7pm sharp in the Shimberg Playhouse! The show should be no longer than 90 minutes long.
As always thank you for your support of our work! Hope to see you all soon at the theater!