Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

By Terrence McNally

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Oct. 6 – 23, 2005

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $16.50 – $21.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is a bittersweet comedy that combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance that develops between two middle-aged “losers.” Frankie is a waitress in a New York diner, and Johnny is the relatively new short order cook. She is a failed actress who considers herself a “very simple person.” He’s an ex-con who keeps a Shakespeare collection and dictionary in his locker. No longer in the blossom of youth and hardened by life’s disappointments, they are unlikely candidates for a grand romance.

The play begins at the end of their first date, post coitus: Frankie wantsto be alone and Johnny is more interested in basking in the afterglow. Out of their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious interplay, the promise of a relationship beyond a “one-night stand” emerges. Though their personal details may be unique, the problems Frankie and Johnny face are universal. Who among us has not longed for acceptance or been afraid of facing the future alone?

Frankie and Johnny, a true contemporary classic of the American theater, was recently revived on Broadway starring Stanley Tucci and Edie Falco and then Joe Pantoliano and Rosie Perez. That revival yielded a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play and Best Actor.

NOTICE: Please arrive on time. Latecomers will be held from entering the theater for the first 10 minutes of the show and will then be seated in the rear of the theater. This is not to punish those that are late, but is out of respect for the actors and the audience during a very delicate start of the show, as well as concern for the safety of our patrons in a darker than usual environment.

A small masterpiece.

Paul J. Potenza and Ami Sallee in Jobsite's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. (Photo: Brian Smallheer.)


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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Noreen Maier-Hartley – Stage Manager


  • Ami Sallee – Frankie
  • Paul J. Potenza – Johnny


  • Erin Dunlap – Costume Designer/ Properties
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Design
  • John Lott – Light Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic Designer

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