The Nature of Fear and its Effects

The Nature of Fear and its Effects

By Various Authors

Directed by Chris Holcom

Aug. 17 – Sep. 2, 2001

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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What It's About

The Jobsite Theater completes its third season of innovative programming with its annual Original Works festival.

This year’s Original Works features seven dark tales using the framework of a scholarly lecture on the subject of fear, where Professor Templeton Q. Westlake leads us through a spectral bus stop, a haunted morgue and a graveyard where the dead dont stay down. We also explore the mind of a modern day madman, a vampire prowling a hospital, a man and his personal demon and an angel who takes things into his own hands.

This years project brings us selections from Texas, Australia, Oregon (Steve Patterson, who wrote the award-winning Waiting on Sean Flynn), as well as the Bay area. Bay area playwrights include Neil Gobioff and Shawn Paonessa who wrote Learning Swerve for Jobsite’s first Original Works Y2K: Yearn to Know, which won them a Best Playwright Readers Choice Award from the Weekly Planet in 1999. Y2K: Yearn to Know also garnered Readers Choice awards for Best Director and Best Play. Last year’s Original Works blockbuster The Ruins was voted one of 2000s top ten shows by Weekly Planet critic Mark E. Leib.

Original Works 2001 promises to be suspenseful, funny and downright disturbing, so put a little chill into your hot summer nights with Original Works 2001: The Nature of Fear and its Effects, a Lecture by Professor Templeton Q. Westlake.

The Pieces

Breathing Oblivion by Neil Gobioff and Shawn Paonessa

Casa Diablo by Michael Olsen

Man with the White Cane by Christopher Woods

Dancer by Matt Creager

The Body by Steve Patterson

A Touch of Sun by Warner D. Conarton

A Graveyard Shift with Clive by C.H.D. McBride


Cast & Crew

  • Chris Holcom – Director


  • Shannon Armstrong – Ensemble
  • Ami Sallee – Ensemble
  • Jason Evans – Ensemble
  • Christen Hailey – Ensemble
  • Leah LoSchiavo – Ensemble
  • Matt Lunsford – Ensemble
  • Shawn Paonessa – Templeton Q. Westlake
  • Maureen Renihan – Ensemble
  • Harry Richards – Ensemble
  • Mark Trent – Ensemble


  • Dickie Corley – Sound Designer
  • Joy Platt – Costume Designer
  • John Lott – Light Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Set Designer
  • Ryan Mauldin – Artwork

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