TAMPA — Tampa's Stageworks Theatre and Jobsite Theater have announced selections for their 2019-20 seasons, and season tickets are now available.
Jobsite Theater, which holds performances in the intimate Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, took the venue as inspiration for the season's theme. Taken from a line from Shakespeare's As You Like It, "A Great Reckoning in a Little Room" is also a nod to the company's commitment to producing plays from the Bard. Indeed, this season will include the frisky fairy romp A Midsummer Night's Dream. But the season also reflects new and rising voices in American theater including Meteor Shower by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin).
"Connections" is the theme of Stageworks' season, which includes the hyperlocal Anna in the Tropics, set in Ybor City. The musical Ordinary Days examines the small connections that can be made in New York City.
Here are the full lineups:
Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. jobsitetheater.com.
Meteor Shower (Sept. 6-29): Steve Martin's absurdist comedy follows the unexpected happening between two couples having dinner during a meteor shower.
The Thanksgiving Play (Oct. 25-Nov. 17): A group of "woke" teachers attempt to throw a pageant that can honor both the holiday and Native American Heritage Month in this satire.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Jan. 17-Feb. 9: Shakespeare's beloved comedy gets a cool original score by the Florida Bjorkestra's Jeremy Douglass along with aerial and circus elements.
Doubt: A Parable (March 13-April 5): The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play is set in a parochial school in 1964 where a nun is suspicious of a priest's relationships with a student.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI (May 15-June 7, 2020): Written while in exile in 1941, Bertolt Brecht re-imagines Hitler's rise as a 1930s gangster's takeover of Chicago's green grocery trade.
Animals Out of Paper (July 17-Aug. 9): A depressed, famous origami artist's world turns around when a fan introduces her to a teen prodigy.
1120 E Kennedy Blvd. (813) 374-2416. stageworkstheatre.org.
Wait Until Dark (Sept. 27-Oct. 13): A blind woman inadvertently gets caught up in a cat and mouse game laden with murder and secret identities.
Ordinary Days (Nov. 1-17): A musical celebrating the big impact of a small encounter in a massive city.
Morningside (Feb. 7-23): The limits of family and friendships are tested when nine Altanta women hiding secrets start getting loose at a baby shower.
12 Angry Men (March 20-April 5): Tensions run high in this courtroom drama as a lone juror argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder.
Anna in the Tropics (May 1-17, 2020): The 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play is set in the cigar factories of Ybor City, where a lector's reading of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina sparks love, longing and betrayal among the workers.
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (June 5-21, 2020): The high stakes world of middle school spelling competitions is exposed in this musical comedy.