A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare

Directed By David M. Jenkins

Extended! Jan. 17 – Feb. 16, 2020

Tickets start at: $29.50

Preview Performances: Jan. 15 – 16 | Tickets: $18

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

This production is dedicated to the memory of beloved Straz Center team member Rachel Ann Lisi, who adored both Jobsite and the magic of Shakespeare.

Please Note

Arrive early to ensure you do not miss a breathtaking opening sequence! For the safety of our performers and the audience, latecomers to A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be held outside of the theater for the first five minutes of the performance and then seated at the discretion of the management.
Join Jobsite for another breathtaking production of one of the Bard’s best-loved works. Set in an enchanted forest with fairies, sparring lovers and a group of amateur actors who are putting on a play, this production incorporates aerial and circus performance elements choreographed by Artistic Associate Katrina Stevenson and an original score with songs from The Florida Bjorkestra’s Jeremy Douglass. “The course of true love never did run smooth …”

What It’s About

On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers (Matt Acquard, Sadie Lockhart, Patrick Jackson, and Kara Sotakoun) find themselves wrapped in the dream-like arms of an enchanted place where sprites lurk and fairies rule. While a feuding Fairy King and Queen (Adam Workman and Haley Janeda) are at war, their paths are crossed by Bottom (Giles Davies), Quince (Cornelio Aguilera) and their friends (Martin Powers, Kasondra Rose, Adriana Corso, and Nancy Mizzell) presenting a play within a play. Chief mischief-maker Puck (Katrina Stevenson) is on-hand to ensure that the course of true love is anything but smooth, and games of fantasy, love, and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy.

School Performances

Jobsite again expands education outreach efforts by offering 16 weekday field trip matinee performances for middle and high schools in addition to the 21 scheduled mainstage performances. Education outreach is made possibly by generous grants from the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Saunders Foundation, and Grow Financial Foundation.

Talkback

There will be a talkback with the director and members of the cast after the 4pm Feb. 16 matinee. Learn more about what went into the production!

Adam Workman and Katrina Stevenson in Jobsite’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Photo: Pritchard Photography.)
Adam Workman and Katrina Stevenson in Jobsite’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Photo: Pritchard Photography.)

Media

(L-R) Shawn Paonessa, David M. Jenkins and Spencer Meyers in Jobsite's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)

MadLib the Bard!

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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Teah Banks – Stage Manager

Cast

  • Matt Acquard – Demetrius
  • Cornelio Aguilera – Peter Quince / EgeusPhilostrate
  • Adriana Corso – Snout / Mustardseed
  • Giles Davies – Bottom
  • Alex Hickey – Understudy / Acting Apprentice
  • Patrick A. Jackson – Lysander
  • Haley Janeda – Titania / Hippolyta
  • Sadie Lockhart – Hermia
  • Nancy Mizzell – Starveling / Cobweb
  • Martin Powers – Flute / Moth
  • Kasondra Rose – Snug / Peaseblosson
  • Kara Sotakoun – Helena
  • Katrina Stevenson – Puck
  • Adam Workman – Oberon / Theseus

Crew

  • Jeremy Douglass – Composer
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound and Video Designer
  • Spencer Meyers – Crown and Mask Designer
  • Nick Hoop – Directing Apprentice
  • Brian Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer and Aerial Choreographer

Patron Reviews

  • Thanks for another fantastic show last night! A Midsummer Night's Dream was exquisite and hilarious. – Michael Bagby
  • Opening night at the Straz for A Midsummer Night's Dream was incredible. The passion this troupe of bright actors brings to Tampa is tremendous and can be felt throughout their exquisite rendition of a Shakespearean favorite. There is a level of culture, wit, and induced imagination that I have never felt before in theatre and shall not likely forget. Kudos to everyone involved in this production and my sincerest thanks! – Devon Chessher
  • I'm always so proud and in awe of what these folks do, and this play was no exception. It was visually lush and gorgeous, amd everyone is doing some of their best work. I would highly recommend it as a must-see in Tampa. Don't miss out! - Kimberly Russell Excellent production! We thoroughly enjoyed! – Bonita J. Axley
  • So incredibly grateful to have gotten to watch you all work your magic!! Coolest. Experience. Ever. – Alex Hickey
  • We loved it. Great show! – Leah Lambert Shalna
  • Theatrical Ecstasy. Perfect description – Amy Sanford
  • What a great show! There's a lot I could say, but most was said at the cast talk back: I so loved the visual effects of the aerial work as they gave the show something I'd not seen before. Yes, Katrina flew in the Tempest, but using all four corners and having that action sans dialogue in different parts of the production really gave a feeling of the magical realism Midsummer ought to give. Visually compelling but also narratively effective. The simplicity of the stage set, along with the use of the visual "magic" encouraged our suspension of disbelief and the navigation from Athens to the forest was all the easier. – Ben Graffam
  • Saw this last night and had a blast. The aerial work and music really made this already fun play a real treat. The cast was terrific and insanely talented. Don’t be intimidated by the Shakespearean-ness of the material. It’s very approachable and funny in the right hands. – Heidi Bissell
  • As always @jobsitetheater f*cking rocked the Shakespeare. This is the only theatre company that could do the impossible: actually make me like Demetrius and ship him and Helena – @transhelllterror
  • The show last night was beyond expectations!!! – @partyonmyplate
  • Great job- performance was wonderful! – @LisaLev32958444
  • Absolutely beautiful!! – Amanda Holder DeDort
  • WOW what a fabulous show. Loved it Congrats to David Jenkins and Jobsite on another wonderful show. – Diana Rogers
  • We loved the show! Fantastic on so many levels congratulations – Gianna Rendina-Gobiodff
  • The show is amazing. Congrats to all involved. – Skaja Wills
  • Great production! – @grammybja
  • We saw it and loved it on Sunday - such talent and fun! – Margaret Nolan Mays
  • Awesome play with great performers. We so enjoyed the play. - Mona Greenbaum
  • [Midsummer] begins with a lot of energy. Immediately we are transported to another world, because acrobats a la Cirque du Soleil come onto the stage, dancing and immediately some dancers/acrobats take to large hanging rings, and also silky fabric that hangs on the corners of the central stage and the fairlies take us with them into Dream worlds that we know from the Zirkus.The plot then weaves itself into this remote entrance and we let ourselves in for the midsummer night happenings fulfilled in dreams and fantasy. Puck, who decisively determines the plot, and with dispensing magic agent through which everyone encounters what they see upon awakening with love desires, is particularly well represented by the Katrina Stevenson, who is equally attuned to dance, acrobatics and acting. Experienced Shakespeare actors such as Giles Davies (Bottom) always make the performance a joyful back and forth between seriousness and comedy, and this time every word is particularly well understood on the center stage, surrounded by seating on three sides, which is a special achievement in acoustics the dance and the excellent acting of this cast. The stage props consist of a few seating elements, the action always close to the floor and characterized by a lot of movement. It is emphasized to the audience that one should stay seated in order not to disturb this fluent action. One cannot help but become fascinated by all of the events, in the end you are completely enchanted. – Susanne Neilsen

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2 Responses

  1. What a fantastic show! This is my first jobsite performance and I look forward to seeing more. All the performers wonderful but two stood out to me: Katrina Stevenson as Puck and Giles Davies as Bottom. It felt like those were the roles they were born to play! Bravo to you all!

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