By David Rabe
Directed by Jason Vaughan Evans
Aug. 9 – 16, 2007
Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm
Tickets: $19.50 – $24.50
Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts
What It's About
Eddie’s world exists at the very juncture where Hollywood meets the mountains, where the almost-rich and not-yet-famous live on cheap thrills and heady ambition while searching for true love and redemption. Here, Eddie and his three best friends engage in a wild life of witty repartee and snappy come-backs, of ex-wives and future lovers, of hard partying and late nights, of sex, lies and self-obsession.
Hurlyburly is a scathingly funny and touchingly human story about the quest for meaning in our modern times. Eddie and his friends continue their entertaining and manic pursuit of sensation – until a series of encounters with destiny, decadence and even death convinces Eddie to plunge beneath the surface and discover his soul.
Hurlyburly is a perfect example of the type of work Jobsite has dedicated itself to. A script that’s been seriously considered for many years by the company, the production will showcase some of the brightest talents in their impressive ensemble.
Jobsite follows in a long line of talented ensembles who have tackled this powerful, difficult script. In 1984, the original Tony Award-winning production directed by Mike Nichols features William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Stiller and a very young Cynthia Nixon in. Flash forward to 1998: Hurlyburly hits the silver screen with Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Meg Ryan, Anna Paquin, Garry Shandling and Chazz Palminteri. In 2005, New York was again lit up by a cast featuring Ethan Hawke, Parker Posey, Josh Hamilton and Wallace Shawn.
Hurlyburly contains adult language, situations, drug use and violence and is recommended for mature audiences only.
Cast & Crew
- Jason Evans – Director
- Shawn Paonessa – Associate Director
- Amanda Schreiber – Stage Manager
- Steve Garland – Mickey
- Meg Heimstead – Darlene
- David M. Jenkins – Phil
- Dan Khoury – Artie
- Ryan McCarthy – Eddie
- Sarah McKenna – Donna
- Katrina Stevenson – Bonnie
- Christen Hailey – Assistant Director
- Brian M. Smallheer – Scene/Light Design
- Katrina Stevenson – Costume Design
My untutored view is that Hurlyburly is, head and shoulders, the finest Jobsite production I’ve seen. The utterly unabated intensity. The coherent busyness of the business and mess of the set. Convincing and gripping performances by Ryan, David and Katrina. We thoroughly enjoyed the show, and look forward to next season. – Bob Appleyard
I just wanted to let you know how deeply sickened I was by your performances last night. I have to say that when Jobsite opened this season by crucifying a child I thought we might have reached the pinnacle of our depravity … I cannot tell you how proud I am to know that I am a part of such a dynamic and talented group of scum sucking turds. – Kari Goetz