Jenkins, producing artistic director for Jobsite Theater, the resident theater company at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, is currently directing the black comedy God Sees Dog: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. Jenkins, 36, lives in Tampa Heights with his wife, Summer Bohnenkamp, three dogs and a "mess of cats.'' Performances run through Aug. 29. Showtimes: 4 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For tickets, call (813) 229-7827.
What's on your nightstand?
Subversive Laughter: The Liberating Power of Comedy by Ronald Scott Jenkins (no relation). I loved it, it's a great book. I'd recommend it to anyone who has an interest in world cultures, clowning or comedy. Also, I am working on a Ph.D. in performance studies and am running a theater, so I'm always reading a lot of theory and scripts.
Since you're focusing on scripts through your studying, who do you think we should keep an eye on?
Always pay attention to anything coming out from Neil LaBute, Conor McPherson, Martin McDonagh and Sarah Ruhl.
How old were you when you realized that dog was god spelled backward?
I was actually probably older when I realized that dog was an anagram for god. . . . Those words appear together in the play as part of a very funny line, "You know they say a dog sees God in his master, a cat just looks in the mirror."
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer