Attend Special Events

Besides offering a six-show mainstage season, the City Lights theater also hosts play readings, concerts, and other special events. To experience great music from soul to jazz to funk, check out our Lights & Music Concert Series presented in partnership with Epic Immersive. Or get introduced to a fresh new work by a local playwright at our “Lights Up!” festival of new plays, scheduled for April 28-30, 2017.

To ask about renting the theater for your own event, email Here’s what’s on our schedule right now:

[image: Scene from "Waiting For Next"]

A scene from “Waiting For Next” by Jeffrey Lo.

Lights Up! Three Days of New Plays

A festival of fresh scripts by local playwrights
Friday, April 28, through Sunday, April 30, 2017

Join us for three days of fresh new works by local playwrights. Each performance will offer a different play or set of one-acts and short plays, followed by an audience discussion with the cast and playwright. Buy tickets for all four performances for discounted pricing! 

On Saturday between the two shows, enjoy special events in and around the theater from 4 to 7:30 p.m., including food & drinks, arts & crafts tables (pottery, jewelry, watercolors and more), and on-the-spot scenes and monologues with playwright Susan Jackson. She’ll take live suggestions for settings, characters and words, and turn them into new live theater as you watch. And from 6 to 7 p.m., Erin Ruth Thompson will perform Irish folk songs with her guitarist David Chadwick. 

On Sunday, all attendees can enjoy free ice cream, thanks to our friends at Umpqua Bank!

Friday, April 28, 2017; 8 p.m.: Waiting for Next by Jeffrey Lo
This full-length play is directed by Leslie Martinson.

Saturday, April 29, 2017; 2 p.m.: Quick Quick Slow by Lynne Kaufman
This full-length play is directed by Walter M. Mayes.

Saturday, April 29, 2017; 8 p.m.: Candelabrum by Max Tachis
This full-length play is directed by Noelle GM Gibbs (the director of last season’s I and You at City Lights).

Sunday, April 30, 2017; 2 p.m.: A Series of Shorts
Confession by Barry Slater (a play in one act) directed by Casey Robbins
Hatikvah and Vichy’s Garden by Shayna Billings, directed by Samantha Ricci
Cooley’s Reel and Gertrude by Madeline Lowe Puccioni, directed by Bridgette Loriaux
B4 U Know It and How You Play the Game by John Levine, directed by Carolyn Murray



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Lights & Music Concert Series

Ren & Friends, featuring Homenaje
7 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.

Presented by City Lights Theater Company in partnership with Epic Immersive, San Jose jazz singer Ren Geisick returns to City Lights after previous sell-out performances. This time, she’ll be showcasing her musical versatility with a combination of different vocal styles. Ren is also influenced by Nina Simone and Eva Cassidy, two of her musical heroes.

Performing with Ren is L.A.-based band Homenaje. Homenaje means “homage” in Spanish. Led by guitarist Will Brahm, the group pays tribute to the support and uniting of different types of music and cultures. Incorporating heavy influences of Cuban and African music along with jazz, classical, and folk, Homenaje strives to bring together different cultures and people through music.

Buy your tickets in advance and save! Advance tickets are $10 for City Lights season-pass holders, and $15 general.