The Tempest

By William Shakespeare

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Extended! Jan. 19 – Feb. 11 + Feb. 17 – 18, 2018

Tickets: $29.50

Preview Performances: Jan. 17 – 18 | Tickets: $15

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Thank You

The Tempest is supported locally by Healthy Agile. Our education initiatives are made possible in part by a gift from Yann and Susana Weymouth.

As Caliban the island creature, Davies was brilliant ... He offers a magnificent, colorful performance, and he's wholly inside the body, mind and spirit of Caliban. Stevenson, too, delivers an impressive physical (and otherwise) performance as Ariel. She spends most of her time wrapped in silks above the simple raked stage ... As Ariel, she's a delight and as a physical performer, she makes you believe she's magical with what she gets her body to do. – Creative Loafing Tampa
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Theatre Tampa Bay Award

Theatre Tampa Bay Nominated

Jobsite is thrilled to continue our commitment to making the Bard accessible to regional audiences with this delightful fantasy. Our production reimagines the character of Prospero as a woman, to be played by Jobsite ensemble veteran Roxanne Fay. Roxanne has previously been seen in our humble cockpit as Touchstone in As You Like It, Feste in Twelfth Night, and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing as well as Madame in our Best of the Bay Award winning production of The Maids.

Jobsite will perform to middle and high schools during weekday special field trip performances between Jan. 31 and Feb. 15. Even our regularly scheduled performances are the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young theatergoers and families! Please call 813.222.1047 to learn more about our weekday matinees for middle and high schoolers, or to book your group of 10 or more!

What It’s About

On a distant island a woman waits. Robbed of her position, power, and wealth her enemies have left her in isolation. But this is no ordinary woman, nor an ordinary island. She is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to her will. When the vessel carrying those who wronged her appears in the distance, she creates a vast magical storm to bring them to her – then they awake finding themselves in a place where nothing is as it seems.

Read more about the synopsis of The Tempest.

We believe Shakespeare is meant to be seen, not read. Jobsite’s productions of Shakespeare are audience-centric, accessible, and exciting. The themes of greed and ambition, revenge and retribution are timeless, and so is the idea that we must do what society tells us, for better or worse, lest we endure the consequences. This production is sure to delight audiences 8 to 80 with the way it embraces play, the imagination, and the magic of live performance.

Age appropriateness: we’re usually pretty loathe to tell other people what’s acceptable or not for their children, but the regularly scheduled mainstage performances for The Tempest includes some PG / PG-13 bits of crude physical humor. These bits are toned down for the weekday on-school time matinees that we are performing for middle and high school audiences.

Why We Chose It

We love the opportunities that this play gives us to create theatrical “magic” on stage – two of the main characters are a mysterious creature and a magical spirit. We get to create storms and enchantments on stage. The story and characters are powerful, and our female-led cast allows us a unique way to tell this story.

About The Playwright

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) is usually considered the greatest playwright of the English language. Often referred to as “the Bard of Avon”, Shakespeare’s work includes 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other shorter poems. His troupe, known as The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, was led by Richard Burbage and gained the respect of Queen Elizabeth I. After Elizabeth’s death, King James I took the throne, and Shakespeare’s troupe won his favor and took the name The King’s Men. He retired back to Stratford in 1613. His plays might have never been published, if not for the work of two actor’s from Shakespeare’s company who compiled his plays in 1623, after his death, in what is known as The First Folio. Still today, Shakespeare’s plays are produced more than any other playwright, and have been translated into every major living language and studied by people worldwide.
Roxanne Fay and Giles Davies in Jobsite's The Tempest. (Photos by Pritchard Photography.)
Roxanne Fay and Giles Davies in Jobsite's The Tempest. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)
Katrina Stevenson in Jobsite's The Tempest. (Photo courtesy Pritchard Photography.)
Katrina Stevenson in Jobsite's The Tempest. (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)

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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Technical Director
  • Vivian Rodriguez – Stage Manager

Cast

  • Cornelio Aguilera – Francisco
  • Emily Belvo – Miranda
  • Giles Davies* – Caliban
  • India Davison – Adrian
  • Roxanne Fay* – Prospero
  • Alvin Jenkins – Alonso
  • Nicole Maahs – Sebastian
  • Michael Mahoney – Gonzalo
  • DeQuan Mitchell – Ferdinand
  • Derrick Phillips – Trinculo
  • Brian Shea – Antonio
  • Ward G. Smith* – Stephano
  • Katrina Stevenson – Ariel

Crew

  • Jeremy Douglass – Composer
  • Ryan Ehrhart – Charge Artist / Scenic Crew
  • Samantha Ehrnman – Charge Artist
  • David M. Jenkins – Co-Scenic Designer / Sound Designer / Video Design / Dramaturg
  • Kristen Kochanik Garza – Charge Artist / Scenic Crew
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Co-Scenic Designer / Lighting Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
* denotes member of Actors Equity Association

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