Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

By Charles Busch

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Oct. 29 – Nov. 23, 2014

Thu. – Sat. 8pm, Sun. 4pm

Tickets: $28

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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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.”

Nothing escapes the demolition by laughter … The audience laughs at the first line and goes right on laughing at every line to the end, and even at some of the silences. That’s no mean achievement.

New York Times

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.

Events

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.

Katrina Stevenson in Jobsite's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. (Photo: Crawford Long.)
Maggie Phillips and Zachary Hines in Jobsite's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. (Photo: Crawford Long.)

Media

Previews

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 SodomBroadway 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

Cast

  • 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 VainP.J.
  • Katrina Stevenson – EtienneTracy

Crew

  • 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

Costume Construction

  • Blake High School Costume Shop – Costume Construction
  • Taylor Burke – Costume Construction
  • Danielle Goyco – Costume Construction

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