TAMPA – Jobsite Theater’s 24th season kicks off ‘Dr. Ride’s American Beach House’, which opens Friday October 1 and runs through Sunday October 10 at the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 NWC MacInnes Place, Tampa.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m. Tickets start at $ 39.50. For details, call 813-229-7827 or visit strazcenter.org.
“We are honored to be the first regional theater in the United States to feature Liza Birkenmeier’s intelligent, hilarious and poignant film, ‘Dr. Ride’s American Beach House, ”a Jobsite press release read.
Roxanne Fay directs this production. The cast includes Emily Belvo, Susan Haldeman, Leah Loschiavo and Andresia Moseley.
“These four are surrounded by a dynamic production team full of some of my favorite humans,” David M. Jenkins wrote on the Jobsite blog. “The show only lasts two weeks. It was out of necessity. I am aware that the short term associated with current conditions can make it difficult for everyone to get to this show. I hope you will make the effort.
Jenkins added that Jobsite begins the season “with undying hope for the year ahead and special enthusiasm for ‘Dr. Ride’s American Beach House. ‘”
The 2021-2022 season marks Jobsite’s 24th year providing the Tampa Bay area with engaging and powerful experiences in an intimate environment. The season’s schedule includes the Florida premiere of a play by one of the nation’s best and youngest voices, a palpable adaptation of a literary classic just in time for Halloween, which is arguably Shakespeare’s best-known work, an adaptation of a dystopian satire written by the author himself, a brutal parable about the rise of authoritarianism, and a layered comedy drama.
The first half of the Jobsite season will be presented at the Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center, where Jobsite has been in residence since it reopened in October. Jobsite will return to his “house” next to the Shimberg Playhouse for the second half of the season after a two-year absence.
Five of the six 2021-2022 coins were originally scheduled to appear between the suspended 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons. These titles were already guaranteed, advances paid, and production was advanced enough that the company decided it would be unwise to sacrifice these investments after being shut down for most of a year.
Here is an overview of Jobsite’s 2021-2022 season schedule:
“Dr. Ride’s American Beach House”
Written by Liza Birkenmeier, “Dr. Ride’s American Beach House” will take place October 1-10, with premieres September 29-30, at the Jaeb Theater in Straz.
It’s 1983, the day before Dr. Sally Ride’s historic space flight. A group of friends gather on a stuffy St. Louis rooftop, each caught in their own failed launch. This tantalizing juxtaposition plunges women into the space of their unexplored desires where they clash with American standards of sex and power in this intimate snapshot of queer anti-heroines.
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novel “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson, “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” will run from October 22 to November 14, with previews on October 20 and 21, at the Jaeb Theater du Straz.
In the misty streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and dyes” spawned his other self: Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too. civilized to understand. When the dastardly Hyde meets a woman who piques his interest, Jekyll fears for his life and decides to end his experiments, but Hyde has other ideas. The two sides clash in a deadly game of cat and mouse to determine who will be the master and who will be his slave. This play presents a shocking new take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale about depravity, lust, love and horror. “Hatcher has crafted a piece that feels more faithful to Stevenson but more hip, sexier… it’s intense,” the San Francisco Chronicle said.
“Shockheaded Peter” was created for the stage by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott, based on “Struwwelpeter” by Heinrich Hoffmann, and features original music by The Tiger Lillies. The show will run from November 26 to December 4, with premieres November 23 and 24, at the Jaeb Theater in Straz.
Immerse yourself in the world of Victorian SteamCRUNK nightmares as a maniacal music box tells tales of naughty children and misguided parents. Silly and sinister, “Shockheaded Peter,” with the musical chaos of Walter Sickert and the Shattered Toy Army, challenges us to ask what’s under the floor.
“Romeo and Juliet”
William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, directed by David M. Jenkins, will take place from January 14 to February 6, with premieres January 12 and 13, at the Jaeb Theater in Straz.
Two decades after establishing a tradition in the Tampa Bay area, Jobsite is finally tackling the bard’s most famous play. It is 1985: an unprecedented epidemic and social unrest vie for the soul of our nation as Romeo and Juliet, the offspring of sworn enemies, challenge their world by choosing love over hate. As relevant today as it was in 1595, this production uses the context of the 1980s to explore the ingrained polarization that dominates contemporary culture and the tragic costs of intolerance and division. Jobsite’s “Romeo and Juliet” features an original 80s-influenced score by resident composer Jeremy Douglass and high-definition video design by director David M. Jenkins. Jobsite’s approach to Shakespeare has always been fueled by socio-cultural influence, and this will be no exception to the heavily inspired inspiration from two other pastiches set in the 1980s – “Stranger Things” and the graphic novel “Prince. of Cats “.
“A clockwork orange: a game with music”
Written by Anthony Burgess, adapted from his novel, “A Clockwork Orange: A Play with Music” will take place March 4-27, with premieres March 2 and 3, at the Straz’s Shimberg Playhouse.
Anthony Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange” draws audiences into a testosterone-filled, glass-rimmed underground world of a dystopian future. In 1962, the explosive story of little Alex and his gang of Droogs was a revolutionary insta-classic bursting with sexuality and “a bit of old ultra-violence”. The story seems as haunting today as when the book was published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-nominated film caused a sensation in 1971. “A Clockwork Orange” remains a shameless celebration of the human condition and the individual liberties.
“The Resilient Rise of Arturo Ui”
Written by Bertolt Brecht, translated by George Tabori, “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” will take place May 13 – June 5, with previews May 11 and 12, at the Straz’s Shimberg Playhouse.
Bertolt Brecht’s literary shot in 1941 during the Nazi takeover, “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”, traces Hitler’s rise to 1930s Chicago, where a gangster methodically sets up the fruit and vegetable trade. Terror and bloodshed ensue – can someone stop Arturo Ui? Brecht’s embrace of Adolf Hitler and totalitarianism takes on renewed significance in the America of 2022, forcing us to examine what makes men like Ui so compelling in the first place.
Written by Rajiv Joseph, “Animals Out of Paper” will run from May 13 to June 5, with previews May 11 and 12, at the Straz’s Shimberg Playhouse.
Ilana, a world famous origami artist, is going through a divorce and her dog has run away. She hasn’t answered her phone for two months. Then his intercom vibrates. On the ride Andy, a fan, a high school teacher who literally counts his blessings. Andy introduces Suresh, an urban teenage iPod addict and origami prodigy into Ilana’s life, bending the plot into complicated twists and turns.
Jobsite is a professional, non-profit 501 (c) (3) theater company that has served the Tampa Bay area since 1998. The official resident theater company of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa , Jobsite is dedicated to producing socially and politically relevant theater for the widest possible audience.
For more information, visit www.jobsitetheater.org.