“Lights Up! Three Days of New Plays”

Leslie Martinson directing Wes Gabrillo and Max Tachis in rehearsal for Jeffrey Lo’s play  Waiting For Next, which was part of the first Lights Up! festival in 2017. Photo by Jeffrey Lo.

Mark your calendars: our second annual “Lights Up!” festival happens April 27-29, 2018. Tickets will go on sale soon…


Full-length plays:

Designated Muslim by Bushra Burney, directed by Marley Teter
8 p.m. Friday, April 27

In this contemporary comedy, a thirtysomething American Muslim Pakistani woman looks for love and understanding, and just a little cultural sensitivity from her coworkers. When she meets a charming fellow Muslim—who happens to be an Irish-American man—it’s possible she’ll find all three.

Miracle Lake by Susan Jackson, directed by Julie Bell Petrak
2 p.m. Saturday, April 28

What happens to the Langdon family after a catastrophic event? Miracle Lake follows their reunion years after Timmy’s accident, and just before it occurs. Lives are drastically changed; hope for a cure is juxtaposed with reality. Was there a moment for a miracle that could have saved the family? “No one ever dies at Miracle Lake.”

Speaking the Language by Marsha Roberts, directed by Patty Reinhart
8 p.m. Saturday, April 28

Olivia Blackwell was a high-powered attorney in a top law firm until she was fired for being intolerant and arrogant. Now she’s living in a tenement house in the worst part of the city and secretly working as a housekeeper while she tries to get back into her field—and pretends she still leads a life of luxury.

Desperate Hearts by Douglas Rees, directed by Caroline Clark
2 p.m. Sunday, April 29

It’s 1928. The Charleston is the hot dance, women wear cloche hats over their bobbed hair, and the movies are learning to talk. In Hollywood, three very different women encounter each other in the midst of this radical change, and these encounters alter their lives forever. 


A program of five-minute plays:[image: Goethe Institut logo]

The Plurality of Privacy Project, with plays directed by Noëlle GM Gibbs
7 p.m. Sunday, April 29

This groundbreaking transatlantic theater project focuses on the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the US and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays exploring the central question “What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?” The results are being presented in different formats by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018, and City Lights is proud to participate as part of Lights Up!

Interested in submitting a play for the 2019 festival? We’ll be accepting submissions from June through August, 2018. Stay tuned for more information! 

The Lights Up! committee members are:

Rachel Bakker, New Works Program Manager
Patricia Cross
Barbara Heninger
Roberta J. Morris
Ross Peter Nelson
Ann Thomas
Helene Joseph-Weil 
Michelle Marko
Leah Halper


Rachel Bakker leads the audience talkback after a reading of the play Forward Alone Together at City Lights.