2020 – 21 Season

With an emphasis on health and safety, we began our slow, careful re-opening process in October: first with outdoor performances on the Riverwalk Stage and then in the reconfigured-for-distance Jaeb Theater. We’ve learned a lot: about how we work, about who we are and who we want to be, and about this community. With those lessons taken to heart and a renewed sense of purpose we’re ready to forge ahead! In 2021 we’re excited to bring the Tampa Bay area a show that had already generated a lot of buzz even before opening night was suspended in March, a gut-busting irreverent comedy that was a huge hit on Broadway, our first Shakespeare history play, a hilariously outlandish musical based on a creepy German children’s book, a new play by one of the nation’s most original new voices, and a darkly delicious Halloween treat that closes out our year.

The first two-thirds of 2021 is scheduled in the reconfigured-for-distance Jaeb Theater. We hope that by next fall we can return to our home in the Shimberg Playhouse.

Tickets

Jobsite 2021 season ticket information will be released soon. Sign up for Jobsite’s newsletter to be notified as soon as that information is available.

A season pass is on sale for up to 70% less than the price of single tickets. Season passes are not subject to additional fees and are afforded unlimited free ticketing exchanges.

Single tickets will start at $34.50 and increase by performance date based on demand and are subject to ticketing fees. A pass to the Thu. night previews is $78. To purchase a pass call The Straz Center Ticket Office at 813.229.7827 between noon and 8pm daily. Single tickets will go on sale later this summer at time TBA.

Doubt: A Parable

By John Patrick Shanley

Directed By Summer Bohnenkamp

Jan. 15 – 31, 2021

Preview Performances: Jan. 13 – 14

Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay

A priest, a nun, an accusation but no proof. John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning drama about what may or may not have happened with a student in a Bronx parochial school shoves the certainty of faith into a shadow of a doubt. Time Out NY hails this ambiguous turn of events as “an eloquent and provocative investigation of truth and consequences; a gripping mystery, tightly written.”

Hand to God

By Robert Askins

Feb. 26 – Mar. 14, 2021

Preview Performances: Feb. 24 – 25

Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Meek and mild Jason takes solace in the Christian Puppet Ministry after the death of his father. When his originally soft-spoken puppet Tyrone takes on a shocking personality then possesses his arm, Jason unwittingly throws the town of Cypress, TX into a tizzy. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and—most especially—his mother weather further turbulence at the hands of Tyrone’s dangerously irreverent personality. Hand to God explores the fragile nature of faith, morality and the ties that bind us.

Henry V

By William Shakespeare

Apr. 9 – 25, 2021

Preview Performances: Apr. 7 – 8

Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

England’s in tumult and who ascends the throne but playboy prince Hal—an untested royal who spent his youth slumming around London. Now crowned King Henry V, he must win the respect of a nation and lead his country to greatness in an epic battle with archnemesis France. Henry gathers his troops and marches abroad only to find himself outmanned, outgunned and outmatched. In the face of death, Henry must also face himself. Can he become the king his country needs? In the annual season tradition, Jobsite reboots Shakespeare for modern times, taking Henry’s timeless tale and setting it to an original, blistering industrial score. High-def video transforms Shakespeare’s work into a modern, mesmerizing spectacle of tension, nationalism and excitement.

Weekday field trip matinees for middle and high school students are available starting Jan. 20. All groups attending our field trip performances are given custom study guides and the ability to have a visit from a teaching artist both before and after your show. Additional opportunities include on site pre- or post-show tours or Q&As.

Shockheaded Peter

Created for the stage by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott

Original music by The Tiger Lillies

Based on Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann

Jun. 11 – 27, 2021

Preview Performances: Jun. 9 – 10

Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

A little bit Edward Gorey, a little bit Nightmare Before Christmas, Shockheaded Peter is the phantasmagorical musical staging of Heinrich Hoffman’s dark, mildly-terrifying 19th-century German children’s book Struwwelpeter. The show illuminates graphic cautionary tales about a cast of disobedient children like Young Harriett and her pyrotechnic tendencies, little Conrad and his insatiable thumb-sucking and a handful of other misbehaving youngsters who come to untimely and hilariously horrific ends. This production will be of a special, devilishly dark delight to fans of Jobsite’s much-beloved production of Gorey Stories.

Dr. Ride’s American Beach House

By Liza Birkenmeier

Sep. 10 – Oct. 3, 2021

Preview Performances: Sep. 8 – 9

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

It’s 1983 – the evening before Dr. Sally Ride’s historic space flight. A group of women friends gather on a sweltering St. Louis rooftop, each caught in their own failure-to-launch. This enticing juxtaposition thrusts the women into the space of their uncharted desires where they bump against American norms of sex and power in this intimate snapshot of queer anti-heroines.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

From the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Oct. 22 – Nov. 21, 2021

Preview Performances: Oct. 20 – 21

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” have brought forth his other self: Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When the dastardly Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments—but Hyde has other ideas. The two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to determine who shall be the master and who his slave. This play presents a new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror.

A Clockwork Orange: A Play with Music

By Anthony Burgess, adapted from his novel

Mar. 19 – Apr. 11, 2021

Preview Performances: Mar. 17 – 18

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange lures audiences into a glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future. In 1962, the explosive tale of little Alex and his band of Droogs was a ground-breaking insta-classic teeming with sexuality and “a bit of the old ultra-violence.” The story feels as hauntingly relevant today as when the book was published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-nominated film caused a stir in 1971. A Clockwork Orange remains an unapologetic celebration of the human condition and individual freedoms.

Ensemble

Job-side Productions

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

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield

Directed by Katrina Stevenson

Oct. 2, 8-10, 14, 16, 17, 2020

Wed. – Sat. 7:30pm

Riverwalk Stage, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

An outdoor encore to our highly-acclaimed 20th anniversary reboot the Tampa Bay Times said had “more polish and finesse than ever,” Jobsite’s Bad Boys of Abridgment 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.

Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

By Jim Helsinger

Oct. 29 – Nov. 1 & Nov. 10, 2020

Thu. – Sat., Tue. 7:30 pm; Sun. 4 pm

Tables up to four people: $99.50

Pairs of seats in the mezzanine: $55.50

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

FREE for members at the Rock Star and All-Star levels.

Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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.

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

By Anna Deveare Smith

Nov. 17–18, Dec 1–2, 2020

Tue. – Wed. 7:30 pm

Tickets: Single seats: $20 | Pair of seats: $40 | Table up to four: $80

FREE for members at the Rock Star and All-Star levels.

Jaeb Theater, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

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.