The March of the Kitefliers

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By Neil Gobioff & Shawn Paonessa

Directed by Kari Goetz

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

The Triumphant Return

Mar. 29 – Apr. 15, 2007

World Premiere

August 5 – 21, 25 & 26, 2005

Tickets: $19.50 – $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Media Cast & Crew Patron Reviews Season

Winner!

  • Creative Loafing 2005 Best of the Bay Staff Pick – Best Impassioned Theater Fans – Jobsite devotees
  • Jobsite Jobby – Best Design – Brian Smallheer (set), John Lott (lights), Katrina Stevenson (costume) & Kari Goetz, David Jenkins and Shawn Paonessa (sound)

“There are those who think that trivial things like kites are governed by uncontrollable forces of physics and nature. And there are those who know better,” says the mercurial character Jack in The March of the Kitefliers.

(L-R) Shawn Paonessa and David M. Jenkins in Jobsite's The March of the Kitefliers. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)When Sam (Shawn Paonessa) graduated from college with a double major in art and marketing, he had big dreams of a career in advertising. The corporate world submitted him to a mediocre job, while he chronically pursued his dreams through vivid fantasy.

When Julia (Meg Heimstead) walks into his life, Sam is suddenly forced to decide whether to finally grow up and pursue the woman he loves, or follow the footsteps of his best friend, Jack (David M. Jenkins), who lives in a perpetual state of childhood. What ensues is an endearing romantic comedy and a hilarious post-modern satire that asks, “Who are we really, and what ever happened to the dreamers within us when we were children?”

Kitefliers has similarities to two other romantic comedies: Chasing Amy and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Those familiar with Chasing Amy writer Kevin Smith’s work will undoubtedly identify with Kitefliers protagonists Sam and Jack – one stuck in a dead end job and the other a comic strip artist. Conversations about cult films like Star Wars and Blue Velvet are interspersed with clever dialogue about relationships, the nature of existence and bad poetry. Like Eternal Sunshine…, Kitefliers is infused with a few dark twists along the way, and the difference between real and perceived is almost never clear.

Warning

This show contains adult language. Patron discretion is advised.

The Triumphant Return

The production originally underwent a 20-month process from first draft to opening night. The writers, director and cast participated in numerous meetings, readings and workshops to refine, finesse and edit the script.

Since the closing of the original production, the writers and director have re-evaluated every element of production in order to bring Tampa, and hopefully the rest of the country, an even better, tighter play. There are distinct changes to this new script, including massive overhauls to a few key scenes.

“They have truly done an outstanding job of delivering a top-notch play,” says Jenkins. “Our original production resonated intensely not only with our 30-something audience core, but with all ages.”

Jobsite is inviting film and theater industry professionals in an attempt to give Kitefliers a life far past Tampa. “This play is something very special,” Jenkins adds. “Anyone who’s been involved with it in any way at all – from actor to audience to usher – can tell you the power it has. We believe this is still just the beginning for this play.”

The Power of the Patron

The Ensemble of Jobsite's The March of the Kitefliers. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)The power of the play can be measured in part by the public outcry sparked when alt-weekly Creative Loafing theater critic Mark E. Leib gave away critical plot spoilers in his review after being specifically requested not to do so by Jobsite’s Producing Artistic Director. The Creative Loafing office was subsequently inundated with phone calls and emails from angry theatergoers – some who had already seen the show and some who hadn’t – who were outraged. The situation earned Jobsite Theater patrons “Most Impassioned Theater Fans” from the paper’s next Best of the Bay issue. The run also broke all records for any original production ever mounted in the theater.

“…it is charming and fresh and – wonder of wonders – genuinely funny… what you might call an uber grande good time.” The Tampa Tribune

“…funny and poignant…. The acting is as solid as the script. ….Kitefliers is a romantic comedy, but has enough wit and freshness, even on second viewing, to set it apart from the genre’s run-of-the-mill entries.” – St. Petersburg Times

“…the poignant drama and spunky hilarity cut close to the bone….” – AOL

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(L-R) Shawn Paonessa, Meg Heimstead and Summer Bohnenkamp in Jobsite's The March of the Kitefliers. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)(L-R) Katrina Stevenson, Chris Holcom, David M. Jenkins and Jason Evans in Jobsite's in Jobsite's The March of the Kitefliers. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)(L-R) Shawn Paonessa and David M. Jenkins in Jobsite's The March of the Kitefliers. (Photo by Brian Smallheer.)

Previews

Original Production Preview – The Tampa Tribune

Original Production Preview – St. Petersburg Times

Sky’s the Limit for Locally Written Production – Tampa Tribune

Kitefliers Breezes Back to the Bay Area – St. Petersburg Times

Slacker Jack is at it Again – tbt*

Flying High – Creative Loafing

On the Air

InterviewWMNF 88.5 FM (cue to 11:30)

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Cast & Crew

  • Kari Goetz – Director
  • Jaime Giangrande-Holcom – Assistant Director
  • Neil Gobioff – Co-playwright
  • Shawn Paonessa – Co-playwright

Cast

  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Rita, et. al.
  • Jason Evans – Toady, et. al.
  • Meg Heimstead – Julia
  • Chris Holcom – Tommy, et. al.
  • David M. Jenkins – Jack
  • Shawn Paonessa – Sam
  • Katrina Stevenson – Jane, et. al.
  • Erica Porch – Stage Manager

Crew

  • John Lott – Light Designer
  • Matt Lunsford – Assistant Stage Manager/ Assistant Set Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Set Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

World Premiere Cast & Crew

  • Kari Goetz – Director
  • Neil Gobioff – Co-playwright
  • Shawn Paonessa – Co-playwright

Cast

  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Rita, et. al.
  • Jason Evans – Tommy, et. al.
  • Meg Heimstead – Julia
  • Chris Holcom – Tommy, et. al.
  • David M. Jenkins – Jack
  • Shawn Paonessa – Sam
  • Stephen Ray – Keith, et. al
  • Katrina Stevenson – Jane, et. al.
  • Jaime Giangrande-Holcom – Stage Manager

Crew

  • John Pinckard – Light Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Set Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

Patron Reviews

Bravo!!!!! We had a great time at the show and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. We’ve told a number of people about the show and even were inspired to become season ticket holders for the upcoming season. – John R. Streitmatter

Art matters. Divine art (that which reveals the soul) is vital. You guys did divine art. – Bradley Falk

March of the Kitefliers was better than I ever expected. It was the first Jobsite performance for both me and my roommate. The acting, writing, directing and even production was so amazing that I apologize that I don’t have the right words to express how impressed I was…. I can’t wait to see another performance. You are all incredibly talented and Tampa is fortunate to have Jobsite here. – Jenny Weigle

We had a phenomenal time last night. Congratulations on creating a innovative and utterly hilarious script – not to mention driving home a really great point. Wow, wow, wow…. I kept thinking to myself, ‘wow. they really put effort into building this.’ …I hope I get to make it down to see the show again. The standing ovation was well deserved. Congratulations. – Tim Burke

It was phenomenal! The show was hilarious! I laughed the whole way through. In fact between all my snorts and guffaws, I darn near peed my pants a few times. So if you go, bring your Depends. You’ll need them…. And the show’s message is great too. – Dawn Narramore

My wife couldn’t stop talking about your play over the weekend to all our family. She really enjoyed it as did I. She had never been to a play before so she didn’t know what to expect but she loved it. – Jacen Santiago

Michelle and I attended Saturday’s show, and we had not read a review. March of the Kitefliers was a masterpiece! We have been season ticket holders for several years now, this was absolutely one of the best top 3 plays and performances we have seen you all do. Keep up the great work and may all your original works be as big a hit as this was!! – Wayne and Michelle Smith

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