Jobsite Theater, the resident company of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, has spent the past year finding creative ways to present live performances. They have had outdoor performances, offered one-person shows with streaming options and moved into the socially distanced Jaeb Theater.
Now, the 2021-22 season that begins in the fall has been announced, and it’s robust with offerings. From edgy plays including A Clockwork Orange to classics including Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, many of the works were originally planned for past seasons but were affected by the pandemic. The plan is to go back to full capacity, unless health experts’ guidelines change.
The season also includes an encore run of the gothic cabaret Shockheaded Peter, which delighted audiences in June and was a success for the theater company.
Dr. Ride’s American Beach House (Oct. 1-10, previews Sep. 29-30, Jaeb Theater): On the eve of Dr. Sally Ride’s historic space flight in 1983, “a group of women friends gather on a sweltering St. Louis rooftop, each caught in their own failure-to-launch.”
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Oct. 22-Nov. 14, previews Oct. 20-21, Jaeb Theater): Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, the story follows Henry Jekyll’s experiments that bring forth his nefarious split personality, Edward Hyde, and the internal power struggle that ensues.
Shockheaded Peter (Nov. 26-Dec. 4, previews Nov. 23-24): Back by popular demand from the show’s original run in June, the gothic cabaret about children’s cautionary tales features music, aerial routines, comedy and puppetry. Priority tickets go on sale July 26-Aug. 1 for Jobsite pass holders, donors, and anyone who came to the first run. Tickets go on sale to the public Aug. 2.
Romeo and Juliet (Jan. 14-Feb. 6, 2022, previews Jan. 12-13, Jaeb Theater): After 20 years of establishing a commitment to presenting Shakespeare’s work, Jobsite tackles the Bard’s most famous tragedy. Set in 1985, the play features a 1980s-influenced original score by resident composer Jeremy Douglass and high-definition video design by director David M. Jenkins.
A Clockwork Orange: A Play With Music (March 4-27, previews March 2-3, Shimberg Playhouse): Adapted from Anthony Burgess’ novel, the play follows Alex and his band of Droogs and “lures audiences into a glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future.”
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (May 13-June 5, previews May 11-12, Shimberg Playhouse): Based on Bertolt Brecht’s 1941 book, the play recasts Hitler’s rise to 1930s Chicago, where a gangster uses intimidation and bloodshed to get a stranglehold on the greengrocer trade.
Animals Out of Paper (May 13-June 5, previews May 11-12, Shimberg Playhouse): Life changes for Ilana, a world-renowned origami artist, when she’s introduced to a young origami prodigy.
Season tickets are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale in late August. Season passes are not subject to additional fees and come with unlimited free ticketing exchanges, and additional tickets may be purchased at a discount. Single tickets start at $29.50 (previews start at $18), increase by performance date based on demand and are subject to ticketing fees. A pass to the Thursday night previews is $78. To purchase a pass, visit jobsitetheater.org/season-tickets or call the Straz Center ticket office at 813-229-7827 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.