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Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

By Lori Allen Ohm

Based on the screenplay by George Romero

Directed by Chris Holcom

Extended! Oct. 22 – Nov. 15, 2009

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $24.50

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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What It's About

Held hostage by an impending mob of flesh-eating zombies, seven people are trapped in an isolated farmhouse. Their survival is doubly threatened when they begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach.

Night of the Living Dead is a gripping, terror-filled play that brings all the fright of the cult classic film to life. This blend of thrilling horror, laced with touches of black humor, envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending.

Jobsite Producing Artistic Director David M. Jenkins notes that the script for Night of the Living Dead is “truly almost word for word from the original” and that “the show will feature the largest cast that Jobsite has ever put on stage in Shimberg Playhouse … and with lots of surprises planned both outside and inside the theater, this show will be a complete experience from the time patrons arrive until they get in their cars to leave.”

Night of the Living Dead is to modern horror what Ibsen's A Doll's House is to the modern theatre. – Erie Timesd

Kari Goetz in Jobsite's Night of the Living Dead. (Photo: Pritchard Photography.)

Food Drive and Ticket Discount

Jobsite Theater will host a food drive to benefit the food bank at Metropolitan Ministries for this final weekend of their smash hit Night of the Living Dead. With the holidays right around the corner, Jobsite hopes to help make a difference to Bay area families in need during what’s been for many a very challenging year.

Patrons may bring two canned goods or other non-perishable food items within 90 minutes of curtain and receive a $10 ticket to see Night of the Living Dead on 11/12 at 8p, 11/14 at 8pm or 11/15 at 4pm. This offer is not valid on the 11/13 8pm performance. One $10 ticket will be offered per two items donated. Subject to availability. Not valid on prior sales or in conjunction with any other offer.

Metropolitan Ministries touches the lives of more than 22,000 households composed of hurting men, women, and children every year by providing food, a safe place to live, and hope for a new future. None of this would be possible without the generous support of the Tampa Bay community.

Night of the Living Dead is Jobsite’s best selling production since January’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile and is poised to close as a top five all-time best attended Jobsite Theater production. Originally slated to close Nov.8, the production was extended through Nov. 15 to account for the popular demand.

Critic Reviews

... compelling, and not without chilling moments ... [Holcom] has fun with the material without letting it descend into campiness ... [a] thoroughly enjoyable show. – St. Petersburg Times

... wildly entertaining ... worth viewing and pays homage to the original ... I promise you’ll leave the theater chuckling. Thank you Jobsite for another entertaining evening. – Tommy in Old Seminole Heights

The audience left laughing and smiling. All-in-all this is a fun, entertaining show that put me right in the mood for Halloween. – Tampa Bay Arts Net

Attention all people who enjoy live theater: the ongoing production of Night of the Living Dead... is an excellent example of well-done live theater... so well done and entertaining, that even someone who avoids scary movies and haunted houses with a passion, left the theater saying ‘I’m glad I got to see that. It was fun. –


Cast & Crew

  • Chris Holcom – Director
  • Jaime Giangrande-Holcom – Stage Manager


  • Jason Evans – Cemetery Zombie/Chief McClellan
  • Kari Goetz – Barbara
  • Molly Jacobson – Karen Cooper
  • Alvin Jenkins – Harry Cooper
  • Caroline Jett – Helen Cooper
  • Matt Lunsford – Johnny
  • Betty-Jane Parks – Judy
  • Kyle Porter – Tom
  • Dayton Sinkia – Ben

Video Performers

  • Steve Garland – Russell Streiner
  • Shawn Paonessa – Dr. Templeton Q. Westlake
  • Katrina Stevenson – Jill Cardill

Featured Zombies

  • Nic Carter
  • Katie Castonguay
  • Seth Firestone
  • Matt Frankel
  • Christen Hailey
  • Alex McGreevy
  • Michael C. McGreevy
  • Geneva Rae


  • Lorenzo de la Cantara – Video Producer
  • Christen Hailey – Zombie Coordinator
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Jenn Jones – Choreographer
  • Danny McCarthy – Special Effects Designer
  • Greg Newcomb – Graphic Designer
  • Shawn Paonessa – Video Engineer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costumer Designer
  • Suzan Wright – Make-up Artist

Patron Reviews

Just wanted to stop by to say that this show was awesome! Your performances were great (and funny too) … That ending was brilliant! Congrats. – Yvette Gomez

Just saw NOTLD. Amazing, Funny and just Amazing!!! – Just Pain (via MySpace)

Night of the Living Dead was beyond awesome. Seriously, if you have the means, go see this show!! Jobsite rules!! – Becky Harrell

Tampa Bay Peeps … heed my warning … if you do NOT go to see this show you are missing out on infinite fun! And not just any kind of fun … awesome zombie end of the world Hallowe’eny kind of fun!! I went last night and will most likely go again! – Rachel Anne Lisi

Jobsite’s Night of the Living Dead was absolutely fabulous! I can’t say enough good things about this production. The makeup, special effects, lighting, stage, acting and directing were all great. I laughed and even jumped in my seat a couple of times. And the ending was the best. You need to go see this. Loved it! – Kim Smallheer

Jobsite’s Night of the Living Dead was awesome! – Joe Popp

WOW!!! WHAT AN AMAZING SHOW TONIGHT!!!! Thank you!! – Michele Musial

Night of the Living dead was great. I think I loved the end the most… I am not going to tell the ending you just have to go see for yourself – Kimberly Tolliver-Godin

You all were amazing in NOTLD!!!! I love the ending. Soooo awesome. Thank you yet again for another awesome show. See you guys next year, I’m heading back to PA. – Angel Reese

We loved Night of the Living Dead on Sunday! Thanks for that. – joranslane

Just finished seeing @jobsitetheater’s production of Night of the Living Dead. Awesome show! Go see it before it ends Nov 15! – rloehlin

Show was soooo fab!!! Thanks so much! – DaCLuBhouse

Everyone must come see @jobsitetheater ‘s Night of the Living Dead! Buy your plane ticket now! Hurry! #NOTLD … [thanks] for making one of my favorite movies into one of my favorite plays! – faedkisses

Saw it last night. Too much fun for just one ticket. If I can’t go again, one of you buy a ticket & go for me! … Freakin’ Fantastic!!!! – Gary Conway

I had a great time watching it last week. I recommend it to everyone! – xenophile (via LiveJournal)

Great show, way to go 🙂 – Jeremy Wein

Great Cultural Encounter at Jobsite Theater. If you haven’t bought your tickets to see Night of the Living Dead … you need to! What a great production and congrats to the cast! Job well done. – Christina Cook

Last night’s show was AWESOME! Great work! Keep it up. I can’t wait to see more! – Joe O’Connor

Don’t miss this! Chris and I saw it last night and we were ‘thrilled’…. awesome zombies!! – Catherine Matthews

I was nervous, not a horror fan, but I loved it! Funnier than scary and a great ending number! – Susan Oliver

Man, I loved NOTLD. I brought some friends and they loved it too. Small theatre is underrated. All the plays that I have seen at Jobsite (and the list is getting long) are really good. Where else to you get to see local actors producing plays written by local writers. Man, you guys should be sold out every night! – Dave Pritchard

Night of the Living Dead is a show after my own heart … I loved every second of it all the way to the end. Loved the [zombies]. Great job … Bravo. – Kelly Davidson Hurlburt

The show was great. Amazing performances and the end was killer!!! – jmasc6

Amazing show tonight, just wish i had the money to see it again – thismyshow

Fun, fantastic, incredible, and intense! @jobsitetheater does it again with Night of the Living Dead! – Rene_Sanchez

Wow! Night of the Living Dead @jobsitetheater was fantastic! Go see it! Everything a zombie fan could ever want! – Aaron_Horne

Night of the Living Dead was awesome! 🙂 – JavaJoeMyspace

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