Jobsite's new season has some big deal stuff

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A word from David Jenkins:

We’ve faced extreme adversity in the past year. From Hurricane Irma at the start of the season straight through to the recent devastating cuts to Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs, the hits have been nonstop. To add insult to injury, it all happened in what was our most ambitious season to date. This led to a lot of real talk with the board and our Artistic Associates, but we’ve come out of the other side of this recharged. We’re making big changes in how we do business, starting with going back to what got us here in the first place — our mighty collective of artists, an indomitable spirit, and creating great reckonings in our little room. The path we’ve taken has never been easy, but we’ve done great things since our first steps at the Silver Meteor in 1998. We look forward to being here for many more years to come. Ad astra per aspera is our theme for the year, “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.

click to enlarge From Jobsite's 2013 production of Macbeth. - Crawford Long
Crawford Long
From Jobsite's 2013 production of Macbeth.

Through difficulties to the stars: Ad astra per aspera. That's how Jobsite's introducing their next season. 

Google and Jobsite are the same age. And we're glad both are still here. In 1998, while some of us were still trying to figure out whether or not to go to grad school, David Jenkins was busy starting a little theater company. Way to make the rest of us look like slackers, man. To celebrate 20 years of theater, they're gearing up for a season that "honors the past while looking into the future, keeping their head in the stars with their feet planted firmly on the ground," Jenkins — the company's producing artistic director and all-around fun guy — wrote in the release announcing the season. The season, he added, "re-embraces the plucky ensemble spirit that defined the company’s earliest steps and cemented them as an important addition to the Tampa Bay area arts and culture scene."

Plucky. We like that. Here's how to get your pluck on in the 2018-19 theater season with the Straz Center for the Performing Arts' resident theater company:

click to enlarge Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Crawford Long
Crawford Long
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

German transgender Kansas wannabe may be the four best words (when used in tandem) in the English language. John Cameron Mitchell and Steven Trask wrote this show, which opened off-Broadway and took its own damn sweet time making its way back to Tampa — Jobsite produced it in 2013, but no other local company has before or since. As for the music? Jeremy Douglass of Florida Bjorkestra fame directs the band, which features three other local music "staples," as Jenkins calls them. Aug. 17-Sept. 9.

Edgar & Emily

Joseph McDonough tells the story of Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe. No, it's not based on a true story, but it's a fun one. It's 1864, and the 15-year-dead Poe knocks on Dickinson's door (editor's note: we're hoping it's to show her how to write good poetry) seeking asylum from whoever's trying to kill him. Yeah, he's already dead. Luna Stage describes it as "comic fantasia." Oct. 12-Nov. 4.


Billy S., good to see ya again! This politically charged tale is timeless (sadly) and done with a modern spin. Jan. 11-Feb. 3., 2019.

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

If you think this isn't a comedy, well, think again. Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. It's been 14 years since we've had this in the area. This 90-minute play smooshes all the great works (well, 37 of the greatest, anyway) into one show. Mar. 15-Apr. 7, 2019.


This adaptation of Ibsen's play Hedda Gabler tells the story from Hedda's point of view, because in Ibsen's classic, Hedda was "the general's daughter." Ugh. But not for Jobsite, 'cause they're doing the female-forward version. May 10-June 2, 2019. 


Nick Payne's play closes the season with an idea: What if every decision you made had its own reality that existed alongside the one you know to be "the real one"? This is a love story between a beekeeper and a physicist, and Jobsite promises us it will "disrupt our notion of what can be done in theater." We can't wait. Jul.12-Aug. 4, 2019.

And, finally, we'll show you the money. More to the point, let's chat about showing Jobsite the money. For the first time ever, Jobsite's going with a supply and demand pricing model (our words, not theirs): tickets will start at $29.50, but certain tickets will cost more (for certain shows at certain times). But you can buy a season pass for $129.90, starting Apr. 27. That price is good through July 23. Season passholders get other benefits, but we're not the marketing arm of Jobsite so we're not gonna list 'em all here (but they're pretty cool; you should totally check 'em out). One we will mention — 'cause it's a new one — is the Buddy Pass, which means you get one free pass to bring a friend — for free — to one of their shows. And also of note: If you buy a season pass before May 27, Jobsite'll enter your name to win a pair of Hamilton tickets when the show twirls through town. Also, don't assume there'll be season tickets left if you call in a few weeks — you can get in line now by emailing them here.

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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