“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.

.An annual festival of new plays by Bay Area writers

.Our first “Lights Up!” festival was a hit in April 2017, introducing theatergoers to exciting Bay Area plays and playwrights. We enjoyed a weekend of full-length and one-act plays, a series of shorts, and festival events that included artists’ tables and improv theater. And, of course, free ice cream. Audiences got to help shape the new scripts by giving valuable feedback in post-show discussions.

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 festival! Click below to get more information and access the Google Forms, then apply by July 31. We’re looking for:


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.