ThinkTank Theatre Announces Casting for Regional Premiere of ‘Exhibits at the Zoo’

Casting announced for the Regional Premiere of ‘Exhibits at the Zoo’ at ThinkTank Theatre

August 1, 2022

Pictured – Jake Perez as Mendal

Photo Credit – Kara Gold

Contact: ThinkTank Theatre/Georgia Guy 813-508-0884

Tampa, FL – ThinkTank Theatre has announced casting for the regional premier of ‘Exhibits at the Zoo’, by Matt Harmon. ‘Exhibits at the Zoo’ was a Showcase Finalist at ThinkTank’s 2021 International TYA Playwright’s Festival. The show received a staged reading in the festival featuring local professional talent, and included a talkback with the playwright, Matt Harmon. The play has also received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the 2019 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. ThinkTank Theatre will now present ‘Exhibits at the Zoo’ as a full production at Stageworks Theatre August 12th-21st with a preview on August 11th and a Relaxed Performance on August 13th at 3:00pm.

The cast consists of Tampa area favorites and ThinkTank veterans Landon Green (Eli) and Colleen Cherry (Beggar). Another area favorite, Kaylie Horowitz (Liba), will be making her ThinkTank debut. The play also features former ThinkTank Young Artists’ Ensemble member Jake Perez (Mendel), now a freshman at the University of Central Florida in addition to a number of current YAE company members Brilee Gold (Shlomit),  Jadon Milne (Shmuel), Noah Perez (Soldier/Ensemble/Mendel Understudy) and Sofia Pickford (Ensemble). The regional premier is directed by Kara Gold-Harris. 

‘Exhibits at the Zoo’ follows Mendel, an imaginative, bright boy that finds joy in the most unlikely places. The only thing keeping this joy contained is the German Occupation of his home city in Warsaw, Poland. When Mendel finds a German soldier’s camera while begging in the Plac, a new world is unlocked for him where he sees things as he wishes to see them. However, his parents know this camera, coupled with Mendel’s inability to produce vocalized sound, make him a target. As Mendel, his parents, and everyone around them grapple with the dangers of imagination under persecution, Mendel refuses to let his dreams be crushed. 

Relaxed Performances
As a part of our vision to provide a theatrical experience that welcomes everyone, we plan to offer Relaxed Performances for all of our Main Stage Productions. For these shows, we’ll adjust various elements to ensure that audience members with sensory based sensitivities can join us!!! Our relaxed performances are open to everyone and are especially crafted to enhance the show-going experience for members of our special needs community, families with younger children, and any theatre goer who might enjoy a more relaxed show experience!


Tickets for ‘Exhibits in the Zoo’ and the other readings that will be part of the 2022 TYA Playwrights Festival can be found at  or by calling 813.374.2416. Student and Group Pricing is available. Consider purchasing a Festival Pass to see ‘Exhibits in the Zoo’ and get preferred seating to our 2022 Festival Showcase Finalist Readings, ‘The Most Awesomest Epic Superhero Movie Ever’ by Matthew Henderson on August 14th and ‘Star Stuff’ by Kimberlee Stone on August 20th

The 2021-2022 season of performing arts events for ThinkTank Theatre is made possible through the generous support of the The Gobioff Foundation, The Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners, The Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, The University of Tampa Physician Assistant Program, Palma Ceia Fit Body, Dark Door Spirits, Stageworks Theatre, the ThinkTank BOD, and ThinkTank’s many generous donors and supporters. 

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