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Tampa Straz Center’s 2020 Fall Calendar Includes In-Person Events

Since the beginning of the pandemic, The Straz Center for the Performing Arts has undergone a slew of major changes, including everything from layoffs and furloughs to switching to new online mediums.

Now the downtown Tampa venue is ready for its next chapter; in-person performances. 

In a release, the Straz unveiled its upcoming fall 2020 lineup, and it will be a mix of indoor and outdoors shows, “as long as local health and safety conditions deems it prudent to do so.”

“The capacity in the Jaeb Theater and at the Riverwalk Stage will be limited,” said Straz Center President and CEO Judy Lisi in the statement. “We’ll be offering socially distanced table seating that will allow small groups of friends and family to enjoy the performances together in a safe and responsible way. Masks will be required, and additional safety protocols will be in place. I am overjoyed that performances are returning to our stages.” 

The shows will begin Oct. 2 and tickets go on sale Sept. 18. Here’s the full lineup from the Straz: 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

Oct. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Riverwalk Stage

Tables which seat up to four people: $10

Tables which seat up to two people: $5

An outdoor encore to Jobsite’s highly-acclaimed 2019 20th anniversary reboot the Tampa Bay Times said had “more polish and finesse than ever,” Jobsite’s Bad Boys of Abridgement once again lace up their doublets and Chuck Taylor’s ready to offer a riotous romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays plus the sonnets all in under two hours.

Opera Tampa’s The Witching Hour

Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Riverwalk Stage

Tables which seat up to four people: $10

Tables which seat up to two people: $5

Something wicked this way comes in this outdoor concert on the Riverwalk Stage when the Opera Tampa Singers unleash the greatest coven of witches of all time. They’ll cast a spell on you with superbly concocted witchy tunes.

Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus 

Oct. 29, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Jaeb Theater

Tables which seat up to four people: $99.50

Pairs of seats in the mezzanine: $55.50

A limited number of single seats are available in the balcony for: $35.50

Regional favorite and Jobsite ensemble member Giles Davies brings this stunning one-person tour-de-force that formerly dazzled audiences at Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival to the Jaeb, just in time for Halloween. Literate, wildly theatrical and faithful to Shelley’s original, Davies’ virtuoso display of acting and artistry will surely keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Always … Patsy Cline 

Nov. 5-22 and Dec. 3-6

Jaeb Theater

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 4 p.m.

Tables which seat up to four people: $99.50

Pairs of seats in the mezzanine: $55.50

A limited number of single seats are available in the balcony for: $35.50

More than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash, this Straz Center production is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk. Complete with down-home country humor and heart, this musical play includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Walking After Midnight.”

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

Nov. 11, 17, 18 and Dec. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m.

Jaeb Theater

Tables which seat up to four people: $99.50

Pairs of seats in the mezzanine: $55.50

A limited number of single seats are available in the balcony for: $35.50

When this drama premiered shortly after the Rodney King riots, the Los Angeles Times called it “the most comprehensive literary response” that channeled “the cacophony of voices at the city’s heart.” Some 28 years after those events Anna Deavere Smith’s one-person masterpiece continues to reverberate powerfully within the context of our current times. Jobsite Ensemble member and nationally-recognized spoken word artist Andresia Moseley breathes new life into Smith’s multi-character script based on the testimonies of those who were there. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is a Straz Center and Jobsite co-production. Content/trigger warnings: violence and police abuse.

Opera Tampa’s Home for the Holidays 

Friday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 19 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.

Jaeb Theater

Tables which seat up to four people: $99.50

Pairs of seats in the mezzanine: $55.50

A limited number of single seats are available in the balcony for: $35.50

Home for the Holidays, a concert full of Christmas spirit and cheerful carols, is a present you can give yourself and your family. Join the Opera Tampa Singers as they perform holiday favorites that will have you singing along, and reminiscing of holidays past as new memories are being made. This show should be the bow at the top of this season’s to-do list.

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