TAMPA, Fla. – Friday marks a turning point for the Straz Center as the popular Tampa venue features live performances on an outdoor stage.
The Complete works by William Shakespeare will be performed on the Riverwalk Stage on weekends through October 17th.
“We know we’re an important part of downtown Tampa, and we want to be again,” said Paul Bilyeu of the Straz Center.
The coronavirus pandemic has crippled music and arts venues across the country.
The Straz Center had to reduce its 500 employees to fewer than 100 this year.
“The first companies to close, performing arts, due to the nature of the gathering, the number of people, and we will be the last to open,” said Bilyeu.
On Thursday, those in charge of the Straz Center called on patrons to act, calling on them to turn to lawmakers and seek support for the Save Our Stages law.
If passed, the bill would send $ 10 billion in emergency grants to independent venues, producers and promoters.
This week the US House of Representatives amended the Heroes Act to incorporate provisions from the Save Our Stages Act.
“Please join the Straz Center and performing arts organizations across the country in calling on Congress to pass the updated HEROES bill that includes the ability for America’s independent venues and sponsors to survive. Your advocacy is now needed to help #SaveOurStages help tens of millions of unemployed people, help small businesses and empower our communities, “the message reads.
The Straz Center has described changes that visitors will need to follow when attending an autumn show. You can read about her and the upcoming show List here.