Here’s what’s behind the curtain this week in Tampa Bay theatre...
NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE
: Jobsite Theater
’s Producing Artistic Director and last year’s Best AD of the Bay
David M. Jenkins heard a screech and a smash outside his Tampa Heights home last Wednesday morning. He ran out to find a wrecked minivan with its airbags exposed, the OnStar operator squawking over the blaring of the horn, fuel pouring onto the road and a mother and daughter trapped inside. Jenkins wrestled the stuck passenger door open to free the daughter, then ferried the mother out the back because the crash had crumpled the driver’s door. He switched off the ignition and led the family a safe distance from the leaking vehicle, at which point one assumes he asked them to go back and do it all over again to get the pacing right.
DARK DRAMA COMEDY:
Storms slamming St. Pete last Saturday killed the current to freeFall Theatre’s box office, A/C and the lights for a sold-out performance of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
shortly before curtain. Affected patrons were offered their choice of a refund or one of the scant remaining tix available through its Sept.14 closing date.
THE WINNER REDUX:
Florida playwright W. L. Newkirk’s East Lansing
took the big prize at the inaugural Tampa Bay Theatre Festival, for which the play earns two nights this week on the mainstage at HCC Ybor’s Performing Arts Building
. Directed by Greg Thompson (Jobsite’s Inventing Van Gogh
), the play about finding love late in life stars Angela Bond
(Motherhood the Musical
at the Straz Center
and on tour) and runs this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tix are available at the box office just prior to each performance. Click here for Chip Weiner's slideshow of Tasha Smith's Actors Boot Camp
at the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival.
In case there was any doubt about the availability of outstanding playwrights in town who also happen to be women … Tia Jemison, an actress and writer and teaching artist at American Stage
, just grabbed the first-ever Tampa Bay Theatre Festival best short play prize for Moving Box
, about the events surrounding the early death of her brother. Ahead of taking her self-penned Home Fires Burning
to New York’s United Solo
festival on Sept. 28, actress/playwright/producer Roxanne Fay
’s The Birds
) will warm it up Sept. 9 at Home Resource
, a Sarasota contemporary furniture shop that moonlights as a performing arts venue. Fay plays both characters, “one a lost child, the other an ancient and scarred force of nature.” Curtain is at 7 p.m. and tix are at 941-366-6690. And Gypsy Stage Repertory
will present Gypsy AD Lil Barcaski’s comedy The Year of Independent Living
, an “irreverent, hilarious, and touching comedy about two Jersey boys and the women who love them,” at Studio@620 Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
THESPIANS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM:
If you missed Elizabeth Fendrick (Stageworks
) in a meaty role in the "Deep Waters" episode of Reckless
on CBS two weeks ago, you can now catch her performance on your cable provider’s on-demand service. Fendrick plays a Charleston socialite who arranges her cheating husband’s murder and pins the deed on a third party. And watch for the ubiquitous Adam Crain (TampaRep
) as a bassist in an AT&T commercial and as a sweaty driver in a spot for the A/C Pro do-it-yourself auto air conditioner fix.
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