Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Jan. 7 – Feb. 1, 2015

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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Creative Loafing Best of the Bay

Jobsite kicks off the new year with one of the Bard’s best-loved comedies, a hilarious tale of mistaken identities, lovesickness and ribald revelry.

A laugh-out-loud funny tale of gender confusion in which after being shipwrecked in a storm and losing her brother, a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores only to be pursued by the woman he loves. Meanwhile, one household cranks up the mischief-making by tricking the stuffy steward into believing his mistress has fallen for him. This treasured comedy brims with wild infatuations, swooning serenades, drunken high-jinks, and beloved characters.

This production is set against the backdrop of Ybor City in 1926. This choice makes a lot of sense for director Jenkins. “The late-night carousing, excessive wealth and stunning beauty all occurring under the scrutiny of a puritanical figure works so well here for a number of reasons. 1926 was not only during Prohibition, but Ybor was booming in that time. Ybor, like Shakespeare’s imaginary locale Illyria, was (and still is, really) a world unto itself.

“Also, this play begins with Viola being shipwrecked in an unknown land. In Sep. 1926, Florida was pounded by one of the most devastating hurricanes in the state’s history. This choice will flavor the look of the set and costumes most obviously, but it’s also allowing us to construct some really interesting back stories meshing Shakespeare’s words against this rich historical period.”

Jobsite is using a newly edited version of the text commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2007 developed by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen from the first folio. This edition of the text has been referred to as remarkable and superb by Shakespeare scholars and theater professionals, and Jobsite is presenting this version of the text as-is.

“We just want to be clear that we’re not adapting this play into modern or updated language in any way or abridging it for a zippier runtime. We’ve done Shakespeare in a variety of ways over the years and we just want to be direct with what we are doing,” adds Jenkins.

Talkback

Join us immediately after the show on Sun., Jan. 25 to meet the director, cast and Tampa Bay History Center Rodney Kite-Powell to discuss the play and Ybor City in the 1920s. Have old stories from the period or just want to listen?  We’d love to have you!

Roxanne Fay in Jobsite's Twelfth Night. (Photo: Crawford Long.)
(Clock. from top) Giles Davies, Ned Averill-Snell, Jamie Jones and Jason Evans in Jobsite's Twelfth Night. (Photo: Victor Iemini.)

Thank You

Thanks to all of our awesome adopters of our Twelfth Night cast.

Cigar City Superstars

  • Gobioff Foundation
  • In memory of Holly Blain
  • In memory of my Shakespeare fan mother, Lucia
  • Phoenix Strategies

Duke Orsino’s Krewe

  • Chuck and Sharon Smallheer

Sir Toby’s Troubadours

  • Sharon Gobioff
  • Beth Hyde-Hood
  • Ken & Betty Mularz
  • Kimberly Smallheer
  • Erich Wieloszynski

Malvolio’s Mob

  • Sue & Jeff Belvo
  • Larry Dougherty and Taylor Ward
  • Elizabeth Fendrick
  • Andrea Graham
  • Paul & Roz Potenza
  • Stash – A Place For Yarn

Friends of Feste

  • George Adriaansen
  • Amanda Bearss
  • David & Erin Daniels
  • Shannon Escalante
  • Amy Gray
  • Chris & Amy Howland
  • Art Keeble
  • Vincent Natale
  • Erica Porch

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Tandova

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(L-R) Shawn Paonessa, David M. Jenkins and Spencer Meyers in Jobsite's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)

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Previews

Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ gets Ybor City atmosphere – Tampa Tribune

Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Matthew Ray – Stage Manager

Cast

  • Ned Averill-Snell – Sir Toby
  • Giles Davies – Malvolio
  • Jason Evans – Captain / Fabian
  • Roxanne Fay – Feste
  • Eddie Gomez – Valentine
  • Chris Holcom – Duke Orsino
  • Nick Hoop – Sebastian
  • Jamie Jones – Sir Andrew
  • Michael McGreevy – Antonio
  • Spencer Meyers – Curio / Priest
  • Maggie Mularz – Viola
  • Ami Sallee – Mariah
  • Katrina Stevenson – Olivia

Crew

  • Bailee Booser – Costume Designer
  • Tiffany Daiber – Asst. Stage Manager
  • Jordan Foote – Assistant Director
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Jana Jones – Music Composer
  • Kaylin Gess – Lighting Designer
  • Brian Smallheer – Scenic Designer

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