TAMPA, FLA.: Jobsite Theater has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring six productions.
“Every one of these exquisite stories showcase people struggling with their identities and humanity in the face of what is sometimes brutal, radical change,” said producing artistic director David M. Jenkins in a statement. “I can’t wait for Bay Area audiences to join us in our home for another fantastic year of shows. We’re looking forward to this journey of self-discovery and uncharted territory as we all collectively learn to navigate this brave new world.”
The season will begin with Annie Baker’s The Flick (Aug. 30-Sept. 24), about the underpaid employees of a run-down movie theatre in Massachusetts. Summer Bohnenkamp will direct.
Next up will be The Threepenny Opera (Oct. 18-Nov. 12), with music by Kurt Weill and a book by Brecht, a satire taking place in London in the 1800s about a notorious bandit who marries a girl, much to the chagrin of her father. Jeremy Douglass will provide music direction, and Jenkins will direct.
Following will be Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Jan. 17-Feb. 18, 2018), which will cast Prospero as a woman. Roxanne Fay will star, and Jenkins will direct.
The season will continue with Israel Horowitz’s A Man in Snow (March 7-April 1, 2018), about a father mourning the loss of his son who ventures to Alaska’s Mount McKinley and guides a group of Japanese honeymooners who hope to conceive a child under the spell of the Northern Lights. Artistic associate Paul J. Potenza will star, and Jenkins will direct.
Next will be 1984 (April 25-May 20, 2018), adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan from the novel by George Orwell, about a dystopian world with omnipresent government surveillance.
The season will conclude with Dancing at Lughnasa (June 13-July 8, 2018), about five unmarried sisters living in a small village in Ireland in 1936.
Jobsite has been the resident company of the Straz Center for the Performing Arts since 2003 and produces socially and politically relevant theatre, with new and under-produced works.