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US Regional Premiere
China is not messing around: It’s time to go! The year is 2017. A crushing national debt, skyrocketing inflation, and crippling unemployment have frozen the United States’ access to global credit. Against the backdrop of economic catastrophe, the US government finds an unexpected savior when China purchases Florida for $5 trillion.
But there is a radical, violent insurgency holed up in the Everglades attempting to oust the Chinese proconsul and his army. How far will this militia go to keep the States united? This dark high-octane comic political allegory gets its eastern US regional premiere in Tampa.
Originally produced Off-Broadway at TBG Theatre where it topped numerous “Best of 2013” lists, Occupation just saw a west coast premiere at LA’s Sacred Fools. Jobsite is extremely proud to bring this play “home” for the first time.
“Idiocracy-meets-Red Dawn doesn’t begin to cover the result: The exciting young playwright Ken Ferrigni blends redneck caricature with hip-hop anarchy and giddy pessimism to create a suicide vest of a satire.” – New York Magazine
About The Playwright
Ken Ferrigni is the resident playwright at Project: Theater. New York plays include Mangella (“A virtual, LOL hoot” – NY Post) and ANGEL/BUDDY (Backstage Magazine Critic’s Pick, New York International Fringe Festival). His one-act play Swing State was evaluated at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He has written for taxdeductible theatre’s “Dare Project” and writes and performs regularly at Project: Theater’s actor/writer’s collective, Our Bar. Additionally, he has written several plays for young audiences at the Dynamo Light Opera Company in California. Ken graduated in 2008 from the FSU/Asolo conservatory where he was last seen in The Drawer Boy, and at Banyan Theatre in Old Wicked Songs.
“Ferrigni’s satiric, smart script is filled with wonderfully dark humor and an ear for surrealist dialogue. If you like your humor like coffee-purists like their java–extremely black–then this show is for you. …Occupation is funny, cutting, off-the-charts bizarre, intense, and yet meaningful.” – BroadwayWorld
“enough cursing to make you think Quentin Tarantino had a hand in writing it. So leave the kids at home. If this were a movie, we’d be solidly in R-rated territory … a thought-provoking piece, and if theatergoers are looking for something different from a lighthearted musical, it’s worth the ticket price.” – The Tampa Tribune
Cast & Crew
- Chris Holcom – Director
- Emily Belvo – Mei Mei
- Katie Castonguay – Kell
- J. Elijah Cho – Deng
- Carlos Garcia – Florian
- Nathan Jokela – Gare
- Marlene Peralta – Bets
- Ned Averill-Snell – Bay Ray Hale
- Emily Belvo, Nicu Brouillette, Chris Holcom, David M. Jenkins, Kevin Spooner, Gi Young Sung – Newscasters, Politicians, etc.
- Miriam Rochford – Stage Manager
- Ryan E. Finzelber – Lighting Designer
- Kaylin Gess – Scenic Designer
- David M. Jenkins – Sound and Video Designer
- Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
We enjoyed the show! My wife and I were pleased to see Emily Belvo in the play. We saw her in “Bethany” earlier this year, and she’s a great comedic actress. She would be a great correspondent on The Daily Show. – David M. Bryant
Thank you for another wonderful production. – Sandra Roth
We really enjoyed the show! It’s so great to see local talent. Let’s see as much of them as possible! – Carylanna Taylor
I really enjoyed the show last night — great performances, a compelling story, and my girl’s last show at Jobsite. Congrats on a successful preview and break all the legs during the run. – Paige Gilley
Occupation is a quintessential Jobsite show. I thought last year it could be the highlight of the season and it is. The 14-15 season ends with a bang. – David Hood
Congrats to the cast and crew of Occupation! Get your tickets, y’all! Don’t miss this one! – Lauren Field
Had a great time tonight seeing Occupation at Jobsite Theater … Everyone did a stellar job. Break legs for the rest of the run guys! Seriously though, go see this show. – Julia Rudgers
Just saw OCCUPATION at @jobsitetheater and DAMN IT WAS FUN! Great performances and excellent production. See this play! Runs til Aug. 2! – @labelleartiste
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