WINNER: 1997 Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

Atlanta, GA, December, 1939. Gone with the Wind is about to premiere on the big screen and Hitler is marching on Poland. Adolph Freitag, his sister Boo, and nieces Lala and Sunny – a Jewish family so highly assimilated they have a Christmas tree in the front parlor – are obsessed with preparing for Ballyhoo, a lavish cotillion ball sponsored by their elite country club.

Adolph’s employee, Joe Farkas, is an eligible bachelor and an Eastern European Jew down from Brooklyn, familiar with prejudice but unable to fathom its existence within his own religious community. His presence prompts college student Sunny to examine intra-ethnic bias, her Jewish identity (or lack thereof), and the beliefs with which she’s been raised. The family gets pulled apart and mended back together with plenty of comedy, romance, and unexpected revelations along the way.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo was commissioned for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and was subsequently produced on Broadway. Its author, Alfred Uhry, previously won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Driving Miss Daisy, as well as an Academy Award for the screenplay – the only playwright ever to win all three awards.

… a delightful comedy freighted with an uncomfortable message.

The JCC & Jobsite

This is the second collaboration between the JCC and Jobsite; the two organizations previously partnered on the spring 2013 performance of Wendy Graf’s Behind the Gates. As part of this partnership, a series of public forums will be held to discuss themes within and inspired by the play, not limited to Tampa’s Jewish community, but inclusive of the greater community at large. Information on those forums as well as the private grand opening night performance hosted by the JCC will be made available soon.

Private Performance

Normally reserved for our final preview, the Sep. 4 performance is a private opening night performance for our partners, the JCC.


We are hosting a talkback after the Sun., Sep. 21 matinee performance with members of the cast and crew, as well as our community, to discuss the production, its themes and their relevance today. Please join us for a lively post-show discussion!

(L-R) Katie Castonguay and Emily Belvo in Jobsite's The Last Night of Ballyhoo. (Photo: Crawford Long.)



Plays at American Stage, Jobsite Theater explore Jewish identity – Tampa Bay Times

Cast & Crew

  • Gavin Hawk – Director
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager


  • Ned Averill-Snell – Adolph Freitag
  • Emily Belvo – Sunny Freitag
  • Katie Castonguay – Lala Levy
  • Suzy Devore – Reba Freitag
  • Jordan Foote – Peachy Weil
  • Nathan Jokela – Joe Farkas
  • Ami Sallee – Boo Levy


  • Kaylin Gess – Lighting Designer
  • Amy E. Gray – Asst. Director
  • Brian Smallheer – Scenic Designer
  • David Steinweg – Properties and Scenic Dressing
  • Beth Tepe-Robertson – Costume Designer

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