That connoisseur of metamorphoses Sarah Ruhl has adapted for the stage Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending novel about a person who lives for hundreds of years, changing sexes and carrying out romances with the likes of Queen Elizabeth I, the Russian princess Sasha, and Marmaduke, the longed-for pinnacle of Victorian manhood. Woolf wrote the novel as a tribute to her lover, Vita Sackville-West, and Ruhl preserves much of the original’s language and humor. March 4-29, Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center.
Macbeth/Romeo and Juliet
Two of the Bard’s most famous works will be presented free to the public on alternate days by the new Tampa Shakespeare Festival in Water Works Park
. Jack Holloway will play Macbeth, Regan Moore will play Juliet, and since outdoor Shakespeare has been absent from area arts offerings for quite a while, the possibilities are dizzying — especially as Shakespeare in the Park has been noticeably absent from area arts offerings ever since American Stage dropped its longtime series at Demens Landing. Will TSF create a new, beloved tradition for Bay area Bardolaters? Will local kids come to be inculcated with love of sweet William? Or will the complexities of the plays, the difficulties of being heard on a windy day, the problem of finding capable actors on a shoestring, subvert the series? There’s more at stake here than most startups face, many reasons to hope, just as many to fear. . March 5-22.
Everyone’s favorite coal miner’s daughter graces Plant City during the Florida Strawberry Festival. The trailblazer was one of the first female artists to talk openly about birth control and female empowerment. Expect to hear great stories from her six-decade career. Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds, Plant City.
Contain It!/Trashy Treasures/Brew It!
Pods transform into storytelling art installations curated by Denis Gaston. On Friday night, the Trashy Treasures art auction sets up shop again with food trucks, craft brews and live music. March 6-7, Dunedin Fine Art Center.