Tampa’s Straz Center offers free tickets to furloughed government employees

Carrie Newcomer’s January 21 concert is one of the options.

click to enlarge Carrie Newcomer, who plays Club Jaeb at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida on January 21, 2019. - Carrie Newcomer
Carrie Newcomer
Carrie Newcomer, who plays Club Jaeb at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida on January 21, 2019.

Local arts organizations are doing their part to help ease stress for the Bay area’s furloughed government employees. The Florida Orchestra just announced free tickets to its weekend shows, and now the Straz Center for Performing Arts is offering free tickets while supplies last.

“The Tampa Bay community is pulling together to support local government workers who have been affected by the shutdown,” Straz Center President Judy Lisi said in a statement.

“So, we’re joining our colleagues at Ruth Eckerd Hall and The Florida Orchestra to provide an entertaining diversion while these workers wait for their jobs to start again. We’re happy to do it.”

The offer includes admission for three shows:

  • The Kid Time presentation of the family-friendly musical Rosie Revere, Engineer (Sunday, Jan. 20, 2:30 p.m. — four tickets)
  • A Club Jaeb performance by singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer (Monday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m. — two tickets)
  • Jobsite Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s Othello (two tickets to 8 p.m. performances on Fri.-Sat. Jan. 18-19 and Sun. Jan. 20 at 4 p.m.)

Tickets are available at the Straz Center ticket sales office, no earlier than 90-minutes prior to show time. Valid government employee ID required. Visit strazcenter.org for more info.

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