Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Theater on the Move Has a New Home in Riverside

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Theater on the Move Has a New Home in Riverside

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer

As a professional theater without a stage of its own, the Jacksonville Stage Company has moved from Arlington to downtown and now Riverside. But it's staying put there for at least the next year.

And it's bringing in a director from New York to oversee its latest production, the hit off-Broadway musical revue, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

Last March, the Stage Company settled into a temporary home at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1100 Stockton St. Its latest show, a series of comic scenes and songs about dating, marriage and relationships, runs July 25 to Aug. 4.

I Love You's director, Rob Roznowski, appeared in the original productions. He attended graduate school at Ohio State University with Deborah Jordan, the Stage Company's artistic director.

Jordan, a drama professor at Jacksonville University, said the company is slowly getting established in the community.

"It's an educational process letting people know that we are a professional company and not a community theater," she said. "It's not only that we pay our actors, but we expect artistic excellence. There isn't a show that we've done since we opened that hasn't gotten wonderful reviews by the people who come to see us. Sometimes, technologically, we've had to cut corners because we don't have the financial backing, but we don't sacrifice the acting."

The company's first show was the Tony-winning Art, a comic drama about the furor that erupts among three friends when one spends $200,000 on a painting of white stripes on a white background. It was staged in the summer of 2000 at JU's Swisher Theater.

The company staged a couple of shows at another venue, the Florida Theater, but was unable to attract a big enough audience to pay for the productions. …

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