Monday, September 11, 2006

Jobsite Theater remembers 9-11 tonight in the Jaeb Theater

There has been a lot of "5 years later" 9-11 coverage in the media this past week, and it's been an enormous chatter point today in blogs, on the radio, on TV (CNN is showing their entire broadcast day from 9/11/01 today until midnight) and in the papers.

Jobsite Theater, TBPAC's resident theater company in the Shimberg Playhouse, moves next door into the Jaeb Theater tonight for a benefit performance of Anne Nelson's play The Guys at 8pm. Proceeds from this performance will benefit our own local Tampa Firefighters Museum.

In short, the 65-minute play centers on Joan, a journalist, who has gotten a call from a friend of a friend on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in attack on the World Trade Center. Nick and Joan spend an afternoon together honoring the memory of these men as Joan helps Nick compose the eulogies he must present at their services. This show has an enormous amount of heart and fond humor. It's not at all political, it doesn't beleaguer the events of the day, it's not a soapbox or a mouthpiece - it's an honest story, a human story and an important reminder of those who gave their lives in the line of duty that day.

The entirety of the play is based off of Anne Nelson's actual experiences following 9-11.

Jobsite has an opportunity to raise close to $5,000 for the Tampa Firefighters Museum, an organization whose struggles with fundraising have been documented in the local papers. Jobsite tries to do at least one event a season that benefits a local charity. In June, Jobsite ran a food drive for Metropolitan Ministries.

- David J.

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