Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
By Charles Busch
Directed by David M. Jenkins
Oct. 29 – Nov. 23, 2014
Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm
Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Jobsite joins a nationwide tribute to the master of camp, 30 Years of Charles Busch – A Celebration, in conjunction with the company’s favorite holiday!
One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses, a virgin sacrifice (Coco & Homo’s Zachary Hines) and her maker (veteran Jobsiteer Summer Bohnenkamp), whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry endures for nearly two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas. Moving between histrionics of classic horror cinema and the cheerful nastiness of the backstage melodrama of manners All About Eve, Vampire Lesbians sparkles with spectacle, homage and double entendre.
Jobsite’s production of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom features live music and musical interludes heavily influenced by vaudeville, English music hall, and post-war cabaret under the music direction of J. Elijah Cho. Expect unique takes on traditional and contemporary song and dance, from the 1916 torch song “Mon Homme (My Man)” to a certain theme-song from a bayou-based supernatural soap opera.
“Busch makes it very clear that this was never meant to be performed as a traditional play but as a burlesque,” offers director David M. Jenkins. “Initially I had crazy ideas about making the whole thing sort of scandalous, but that’s not really who I am or who these artists are. Probably not what the play is, either. It’s far more silly, sexy-silly I suppose. For those that don’t know Charles Busch, if you like the tongue-in-cheek camp of a Rocky Horror, a Priscilla, or John Waters flicks, you really don’t want to miss this show.”
Some of Jobsite’s most successful and memorable productions have been focused around Halloween – from last year’s Macbeth to the monochromatic musical Gorey Stories to Clive Barker’s History of the Devil. Fans of last year’s season opener, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will certainly not want to miss this drag-tastic romp of a burlesque that also features Spencer Meyers, who played Hedwig, as a vampire hunter hot on the heels of our heroines.
We’re happy to announce a partnership with the Ybor Youth Clinic for the Fri., Nov. 7 performance of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. $10 from every full-priced admission will be donated back to this important community organization.
One From The Vaults | Ludo’s “Love Me Dead” from Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
Zachary Hines performs Ludo’s “Love Me Dead” in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
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Vampire Lesbians Soundtrack
Check out the soundtrack for Vampire Lesbians of Sodom.
Jobsite Theatre tackles campy Vampire Lesbians at Straz – Tampa Tribune
Three picks: ‘Vampire Lesbians,’ a ‘Fifty Shades’ parody and open air opera – Tampa Bay Times
Photo Flash: First Look at Jobsite Theater’s Vampire Lesbians of Sodom – Broadway World
Interview with Vampire Lesbians of Sodom director David M. Jenkins – Watermark
Cast & Crew
- David M. Jenkins – Director
- J. Elijah Cho – Music Director, Arrangements
- Matthew Ray – Stage Manager
- Summer Bohnenkamp – Succubus / Condesa
- J. Elijah Cho – Ali / Zack / Musician
- Zachary Hines – Virgin / Astarte
- Jamie Jones – Hujar / King Carlisle / Freddie
- Spencer Meyers – Oatsie / Danny
- Maggie Phillips – Renee Vain / P.J.
- Katrina Stevenson – Etienne / Tracy
- Kaylin Gess – Scenic and Lighting Design Assistant
- Joel Haker – Sound Consultant and Engineer
- David M. Jenkins – Video Designer
- Julia Rudgers – Assistant Stage Manager
- Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic and Lighting Designer
- Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
- Blake High School Costume Shop – Costume Construction
- Taylor Burke – Costume Construction
- Danielle Goyco – Costume Construction
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