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Tampa, FL – The Straz Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce a fall 2020 slate of  live, in-person performances scheduled to take place beginning Oct. 2. The performances will only proceed if local health and safety conditions deem it is prudent to do so.

While emphasizing health and safety and mandating socially distanced seating configurations and the wearing of masks, The Straz hopes to bring the campus back to life with the introduction of programming opportunities that utilize our Riverwalk Stage and the intimate Jaeb Theater to create experiences that feature an eclectic bunch of artists and welcome all members of our diverse community. A full list of safety protocols is outlined below.

“The capacity in the Jaeb Theater and at the Riverwalk Stage will be limited,” said Straz Center President and CEO Judy Lisi. “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.”

Performances include: 

straz center reopensThe 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.
Tickets for all these fall 2020 events go on sale Friday, Sept. 18 and may be purchased online at or by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay. Handling fees will apply. For more information, visit

Events, days, dates, times, performers and prices are subject to change without notice.

The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its programs are funded in part by the City of Tampa; the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners; the Tourist Development Council/Hillsborough County; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


The Straz Center’s health and safety protocols have been developed in accordance with CDC and OSHA guidelines and after consultation with medical experts, including doctors from Tampa General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, the University of Pennsylvania and The George Washington University.

  • Health screening is required prior to building entry.
  • Temperature check (via wrist) is required prior to building entry.
  • Masks are required for guests and staff.
  • Facemasks must cover nose and mouth and must be either a 2‐ply disposable or a reusable/washable facemask.
    • Neck gaiters are not permitted as a substitute for a proper facemask.
  • 6-foot social distancing is required.
    • Appropriate floor markers help with this in gathering areas.
  • Touchless entry with e-tickets is strongly encouraged and is available by downloading the Straz Center app.
  • Tables and/or seats are placed a minimum of 6 feet apart and may not be moved.
  • No physical programs will be distributed.
  • Cashless payments are available and strongly preferred.
  • Complimentary hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes are available.
  • Security and servers will wear gloves.
  • Thorough sanitization of all spaces occurs before and after each performance.
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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