What’s happening in the 2021-22 season of the Jobsite Theater in Tampa
Jobsite Theater, the resident company of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, has spent the past year finding creative ways to present live performances. They had outdoor performances, offered one-person shows with streaming options, and moved into the socially remote Jaeb Theater.
Now the 2021-2022 season which begins in the fall has been announced and it is robust with offers. Edgy pieces, including A clockwork orange to classics including Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet, many works were initially planned for past seasons but were affected by the pandemic. The plan is to return to full capacity, unless expert guidance changes.
The season also includes a reminder of the Gothic cabaret Shocked stone, which delighted audiences in June and was a hit for the theater company.
Dr. Ride’s American Beach House (October 1-10, preview September 29-30, Jaeb Theater): On the eve of Dr. Sally Ride’s historic space flight in 1983, “a group of friends gather on a stuffy St. Louis rooftop, each caught in their own failed launch.”
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Oct 22-Nov 14, previews Oct 20-21, Jaeb Theater): Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novel Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, the story follows Henry Jekyll’s experiences that give rise to his infamous split personality, Edward Hyde, and the ensuing internal power struggle.
Shockheaded Peter (November 26-December 4, preview November 23-24): Returning by popular demand from the show’s first edition in June, the gothic children’s storytelling cabaret features music, aerial routines, comedy and puppetry. Priority tickets go on sale July 26 through August 2. 1 for worksite pass holders, donors and anyone who came to the first race. Tickets go on sale to the public on August 2.
Romeo and Juliet (January 14-February 6, 2022, premieres January 12-13, Jaeb Theater): After 20 years of dedication to presenting Shakespeare’s work, Jobsite tackles the Bard’s most famous tragedy. Set in 1985, the piece features an original 1980s-influenced 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 to 27, premieres March 2 and 3, Shimberg Playhouse): Adapted from the novel by Anthony Burgess, the play follows Alex and his group of Droogs and “draws audiences to an underground world filled with testosterone and the glass-rimmed edges of a dystopian future.”
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (May 13-June 5, preview May 11-12, Shimberg Playhouse): Based on Bertolt Brecht’s 1941 book, the play traces Hitler’s rise to 1930s Chicago, where a gangster used intimidation and bloodshed to take control of the vegetable trade.
Animals Out of Paper (May 13-June 5, previews May 11-12, Shimberg Playhouse): Life changes for Ilana, a world famous origami artist, when she is introduced to a young origami prodigy.
Season tickets are on sale now. Single tickets will go on sale at the end of August. Seasonal passes are not subject to additional fees, come with free and unlimited ticket redemptions, and additional tickets can be purchased at a reduced price. Single tickets start at $ 29.50 (previews start at $ 18) and increase by performance date based on demand and are subject to ticketing fees. A Thursday night preview pass 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.