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Jobsite Celebrates 20 Years, 2018-19 Season Highlights Its Plucky Spirit

The Jobsite Theater 2019-19 season celebrates its 20-year anniversary with the same plucky ensemble spirit that defined its earliest days and created the foundation for its success. Its next season features productions with the edge and camp Jobsite has become known for and illustrates its personality in overcoming adversity. The group was financially hit by Hurricane and now like all of Florida’s cultural groups had their arts funding eliminated by the State. Artistic Director David Jenkins explained, “Ad astra per aspera is our theme for the year, meaning ‘to the stars through difficulties.’  You’ll see it reflected somehow in all of the work, from Hedwig’s ascension to the infinite possibilities explored in Constellations.” 

Jobsite is an independent theater company currently in residence at the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Since its beginnings at Ybor’s Silver Meteor, it has become a favorite on Tampa Bay’s arts and culture scene. 

Hedwig & the Angry Inch

By John Cameron Mitchell And Steven Trask
Aug. 17 – Sep. 9, 2018

The gold glitter standard of queerglam rocker musicals, Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows German immigrant-turned-transgender-Kansas-trailer-park-wannabe-rock-goddess Hedwig Robinson during one life-changing night of her musical act. Full of TMI, towering go-go boots and cult hits “Exquisite Corpse,” “Wig in a Box,” “Tear Me Down” and more, this campy romp reveals the blistering realities of self-acceptance that defy gender identity.

Edgar & Emily

By Joseph McDonough
Oct. 12 – Nov. 4, 2018

In January 1864, reclusive poet Emily Dickinson receives a surprise guest: Edgar Allan Poe. Although Poe died 15 years prior, he arrives quite alive and just as energized by death as ever before—one could say death kindly stopped for Emily, after all. Though the evening pits the pendulum of both poets’ personalities against the other in this comic fantasia, Emily and Edgar find they have a lot in common despite their differences. The heart tells the tale, you know.

Othello

By William Shakespeare
Jan. 11 – Feb. 3, 2019

Backstabbing politicians, two-faced frenemies, gaslighting, treachery, true love and the never-ending cultural complications of a “black ram tupping a white ewe,” Shakespeare’s Othello might as well be talking about this year’s headlines. And in this production, it does. Othello features Jobsite’s signature modern spin on a favorite Shakespeare play.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield
Mar. 15 – Apr. 7, 2019

This season, Jobsite dusts off the Chuck Taylors, dons the doublets and delivers a fair number of pratfalls, terrible puns, mis-readings and madcap capers for this chaotic, comprehensive dash through The Bard’s greatest hits. In this cult hit written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the full works of the Bard have been edited into just 90 minutes. All 16 comedies are distilled into one short extract and the historical plays are performed as a football game. The complete works of William Shakespeare in one evening? Ambitious? Foolhardy? Insane? Absolutely!

Hedda

Adapted by Lucy Kirkwood from the play by Henrik Ibsen
May. 10 – Jun. 2, 2019

Hedda, still mourning the father she adored, returns from her honeymoon with a husband she doesn’t love, to a flat they can’t afford and a pregnancy she doesn’t want. Trapped by her past and terrified by her future, bored by her life but too cowardly to walk away from it, she finds herself caught between three men. Ultimately, something has to give. In this updated version of Ibsen’s classic, set in 21st-century Notting Hill, thrilling young British playwright Lucy Kirkwood reworks the Hedda Gabler tale into a daring glimpse at her choices from a woman’s point of view.

Constellations

By Nick Payne
July 12 – Aug. 4, 2019

What if every decision we’ve made—and not made—exists simultaneously in infinite parallel universes? So goes this bracing, glorious love story of Marianne and Roland, an urban beekeeper and a physicist, whose myriad possibilities unfold in sumptuous arcs and trajectories that challenge the distinction between choice and destiny. Nick Payne’s critically-acclaimed triumph melds science and romance into Constellations, a play that comes along every so often to disrupt our notion of what can be done in theater and what it means to be alive and in love.

 


Season Tickets, New Pricing Strategies

Jobsite Theater is moving to a dynamic pricing model next season partially in response to the above mentioned financial impacts. As demand increases for specific productions the single ticket pricing will increase, thus, creating an incentive for season ticket purchases and buying advance single tickets. A season pass to all six shows is on sale now and has the greatest discount. That price is good through July 23 and then goes up. Single tickets to all shows will go on sale in July.

At Jobsite, Season ticket holders enjoy benefits like free ticket exchanges, free admission into all Job-side projects, the ability to purchase extra tickets at a discount, and special offers from our partners like the Straz Center. In addition to all of this, Jobsite is now offering all season ticket holders a free “buddy pass” to bring a friend to a show of their choosing during the season. Finally, all season pass holders who purchase before May 27 will be entered in to a drawing for a pair of Hamilton tickets sometime during the tour’s stop in Tampa.