Pillowman closes #1, Shakespeare (abridged) this weekend!

Jobsite‘s blockbuster run of The Pillowman ended on Sunday as the #1 highest grossing and highest attended event that Jobsite has solely produced. The only other event with a higher gross in the Shimberg Playhouse was Jobsite’s 2001 production of Dracula (co-produced with TBPAC), which ran for 5 weeks at 6 shows per week (as opposed to Pillowman‘s 4 weeks at 4 shows per). They say that Dracula is one of only three guaranteed moneymakers in the theater (I think Christmas Carol and The Wizard of Oz are the other two).

The Pillowman drew three exceptional reviews, a slew of sold-out shows and the most patron feedback since The March of the Kitefliers (which got a big boost in that dept. from the outcry over the WP spoilers – and hey, it’s coming back!).

I am exceptionally proud of the show that we put together, and the fact that Tampa audiences devoured such challenging material so heartily. It gives me great hope for the future of this company and again helps us widen our scope in choosing material. I feel we have set a new bar with this show, which of course we now have to reach for with every successive production, and I simply cannot gush enough about the incredibly talented and committed group of artists that I have had the pleasure of working with for the past ten and a half weeks. Thank you for being a crucial part of this experience.

This weekend Tampa Bay’s original “Bad Boys of Abridgement” crash once again through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays plus the sonnets in a mere 90 minutes as we perform an encore fundraiser weekend of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Seeing “an (abridged) anything at Jobsite” was chosen as the #12 “Thing you gotta do to be a TRUE Tampa Bay resident” by Weekly Planet and Jobsite’s reductions of Shakespeare, The Bible and American History have enjoyed sold out runs, stellar reviews and all three ranked as Top 10 productions the years that they were produced. Showtimes are 8pm on Fri. and Sat. and 4pm on Sun. All tickets are $25. There are not a whole lot of tickets left, so please act fast! Walk up business is greatly discouraged due to the lack of ticket inventory. Jobsite will be back in January with All the Great Books (abridged).

As always, thank you for your support of Jobsite. Hope to see you soon at the theater!


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