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August 01, 2005

The March of the Kitefliers

A locally written production is opening here in Tampa at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center this weekend. The March of the Kitefliers was written by two local fellas, Shawn Paonessa and Neil Gobioff. It will performed by the fine Jobsite Theater folks. I've seen several of their shows in the past and have never been disappointed.

When Sam (Shawn Paonessa) graduated from college with a double major
in art and marketing, he had big dreams of a career in advertising. The
corporate world caused him to submit to a mediocre job, while pursuing
his dreams by chronically escaping into his vivid fantasies.

When Julia (Meg Heimstead) walks into his life, suddenly Sam is forced to
decide whether to finally grow up and pursue the woman he loves or follow
the footsteps of his best friend, Jack (David M. Jenkins), who lives in a
perpetual state of childhood. What ensues is an endearing romantic
comedy and a hilarious post-modern satire that asks: who are we really,
and what ever happened to the dreamers within us when we were children?

Not only that, Neil had a bad poetry contest and gave away some tickets to the show. This is poetry at it worst, so click on over and read it. The surprise runner-up in the contest was some girl named Dawn. She's got a wonderful poem about life and cows. The winner has a pretty good poem too. From what I understand, the play is also filled with a bevy of bad poetry.

On the off chance that I have any local readers, you guys should totally go see this show. And even if you aren't local, you should jump on the nearest plane, train, bus or skateboard and get on down here to see the show.

It's playing Aug 5th - 21st. Tickets cost $16.50. Show times are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 4pm on Sundays. There is a special $10/ticket preview performance on Thu., Aug. 4 at 8pm. For tickets visit The Center Ticket Office, call 813.229.STAR, or you can get them from the Jobsite Theater website.


  • At August 02, 2005, Anonymous Nel said…


  • At August 02, 2005, Blogger Sylvana said…

    "Shaun of the Dead" was also about a guy who had met the girl of his dreams and was suddenly forced to decide between growing up to be with her or to remain immature to have fun with his lifetime pal. Did the characters in this play resolve their problems with a zombie invasion too?

  • At August 02, 2005, Blogger cookie christine said…

    I don't know how the story will end, but I'll let you know after I see it. I was kind of hoping for an alien abduction, virgin sacrifices and foot fetishes.

  • At March 06, 2007, Blogger david jenkins said…

    Hiya Christine,

    You may or may not know that this play is coming back in a bigger-and-better way starting March 29. I really hope you're able to make it out, and I really appreciate you helping us out the first time around.



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