Concerts & Special Events

Besides offering a six-show mainstage season, 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 sponsored by Cafe Stritch. Or get introduced to a fresh work by a local playwright at our “Lights Up!” festival of new plays. The next festival is April 27-29, 2018

To ask about renting the theater for your own event, email


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Just announced! Our lineup for next year’s Lights Up!
April 27-29, 2018

Our second annual Lights Up! festival features: Speaking the Language by Marsha Roberts, Miracle Lake by Susan Jackson, Desperate Hearts by Douglas Rees, Designated Muslim by Bushra Burney, and a program of five-minute plays exploring the nature of privacy in the digital age. Learn more about the festival.


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Feb 22-25, 2018: boom, presented by Mini Lights

Mini Lights, our emerging-artists program run by five millennials from the City Lights family, presents the Peter Sinn Natchtrieb play boom from Feb. 22 through Feb. 25. To learn more about the production and project, head over to the Mini Lights website.