Jodi Rabinowitz

Theatre & Performance


SAMO IS DEAD is acerbic and honest, and effortlessly blends music, art, and theatre, forcing audiences to turn their critical eye back onto themselves as people and creators.

Days Left

Arts student Luke’s excessive idolatry of the late Basquiat bars him from creating his own original works; yet he maintains that he himself is on the verge of greatness – something that he keeps trying to convince local waitress, Beth. Beth, a university dropout, swears she’s fine waiting tables, but her coworker Holly isn’t so sure. Holly is desperate to get out of the cafe, out of her small-town life, and she’ll do anything to make it happen. And all along, SAMO is dead.

The SAMO IS DEAD team is composed of 4 up-and-coming actors and a strong production team of 21 young creatives with a collective wealth of theatrical experience in over 115 productions in the past 5 years.

Making its stage debut this year, SAMO IS DEAD will be performed in the Reginald Theatre at the Seymour Centre from April 23rd-27th 2019 at 7pm.

This production is, at heart, a celebration of young talent. It involves and gives a voice to each different element of the process of creating a new piece of theatre. As a testament to this, not only have we put on this production – as a fundraiser for SAMO IS DEAD, we have also put on another two Chain Plays with the intention of celebrating and nurturing new creatives. In doing this we got to stage and produce completely original writing from 26 new writers and involve a further 15 new actors.

The philosophy behind the entire SAMO IS DEAD project is grounded in is getting as many people involved in producing theatre, and fostering their love for it. We want to showcase how far a group of young creatives can go with a limited budget, big ideas and a lot of passion.

All donations will go towards putting together this ambitious project. Our set designers are working with next to nothing to create and furnish a fully fledged cafe. Any funds here would give them more opportunities to be ambitious and creative.

Along with this, we are creating a three metre mural that will span the entire back wall of the stage. Our art curators are designing this mural from scratch paying homage to Basquiat. In order to do this, we need a wide variety of art supplies which your contributions will help fund.

As with everything else in this production, we want the costumes to be big and exciting. To get the detail that is needed our costume designers will need extra funds to support their endeavours.

Our graphics team are hand-drawing the posters for an authentic old-school vibe. Alongside this, our exceptionally talented photographers shoot primarily in film. These elements add up to create an authentic, very real but expensive production that would greatly benefit from your support!

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Jodi has experience producing two shows at the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival, these included Flowers & O’Jim by Daniel Keene with Jetpack Theatre Co. and It’s Not Creepy If They’re Hot by Rosie Licence. Jodi is currently in her second year studying Media and Communications at the University of Sydney who is passionate about theatre. In her time at the University of Sydney she has been actively involved with the Sydney University Dramatic Society and produced six shows including; Buried Child by Sam Shepard, Is This Thing On? by Zoe Coombs-Marr, Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, Superposition2089 by Theo Murray, Caligula by Albert Camus and Cut by Duncan Graham. Jodi was recently awarded a prestigious award from the University of Sydney to produce her own show SAMO IS DEAD independently in 2019.


Linda Peppernell


Philippa Fourie


Greg and Annette Maher


Tracy Greer


Brianna McCarthy


Lana Huntley


Kim Donkers


Olja Sucic