City Lights’ 2015-16 season, Take the Leap…
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adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
from the novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
September 17-October 18, 2015
Take the leap…into the mind of a madman.
In the fog of Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll conducts mysterious experiments and discovers he has a dark other self. The villainous Mr. Edward Hyde lives free from the laws of conscience and society, with deadly results. When Jekyll decides to end his experiments, Hyde pushes back—and the two sides face off in a dangerous contest. This new and shocking version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella is a theatrical feast of depravity, lust, horror, and love—featuring four different actors (including one woman) playing the multi-faceted Hyde.
“An elegant retelling of the classic tale.” –San Jose Mercury News
A playwright and screenwriter, Jeffrey Hatcher has a lengthy list of writing credits, including the stage play and screenplay Compleat Female Stage Beauty. He co-authored the stage version of Tuesdays with Morrie with Mitch Albom and has written for Columbo and other TV programs.
Take the leap…into a cross-cultural longing.
Magic can happen anywhere—can’t it? In this comedy about love, nostalgia, cross-cultural communication, and the importance of GPS tracking devices, a young Israeli woman with little command of English and a young American man with little command of romance are brought together on Christmas Eve under the most bizarre circumstances. In the tradition of 2013’s Coney Island Christmas, City Lights offers up this delightful holiday romance. Is it chance, or is it destiny? Or the perfect Jewish Christmas story?
“A hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy.” –New York Times
Jason Odell Williams is a playwright and novelist whose Handle With Care ran off-Broadway for 112 performances. He is also a writer and producer for the National Geographic Channel TV show Brain Games.
by Kim Rosenstock
Jan. 21-Feb. 21, 2016
South Bay Premiere
Take the leap…into a new beginning.
When you’re stuck in a rut, it’s time to do something. Anything. In this comedy about depression, Sherry Wickman has recently earned a degree in art therapy—only to find herself moving back in with her family, where she retreats to her bed until a job opportunity gives her renewed purpose. Now if only her mother would come downstairs, her sister would get off the couch, her first patient would do one of his assignments, her boss would leave his gun at home, and someone would catch the tiger that escaped from the local zoo, everything would be just perfect.
“Tigers Be Still will leave you with a tender ache for those moments when we all make decisions to move on, not necessarily to ‘happily ever after,’ but to whatever comes next.” –Boston Globe
Kim Rosenstock’s writing credits include TV’s New Girl and the musical Fly By Night, which she wrote with Michael Mitnick and Will Connolly. Tigers Be Still was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award after premiering in New York in 2010.
by Bernard Pomerance
March 17-April 17, 2016
1979 Tony Award for Best Play
Take the leap…into a search for understanding.
Based on the true story of John Merrick, a young man in Victorian England afflicted with a disfiguring neurological disease, The Elephant Man is a glorious testament to the human spirit. Trapped within his body, a scorned and helpless Merrick is taken in by celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, who gives him medical care and introduces him to the pleasures of London society. As he becomes a favorite of the intelligentsia and aristocracy, Merrick’s triumphant redemption teaches that beauty lies within. But is that enough for a man who longs more than anything to be “normal”?
“Wonderful, moving and purely theatrical. A giant of a play!” –New York Post
Bernard Pomerance is best known for the widely acclaimed Elephant Man, which was recently revived on Broadway starring Bradley Cooper. His other plays include Melons and Quantrill in Lawrence.
by Lauren Gunderson
May 19-June 19, 2016
South Bay Premiere
Take the leap…into an unexpected friendship.
Meet Caroline, a cynical high school senior in need of a new liver. Meet Anthony, an idealistic high school basketball star in need of a partner for his English project. In this poignant and insightful play by the author of last season’s Exit, Pursued by a Bear, two teenagers who could not be more different discover just how much they have in common as they work together to complete a homework assignment as the clock ticks away—leading to a startling revelation.
“What live theater is all about: getting rocked, and being grateful for the opportunity.” –Eugene Weekly
Lauren Gunderson is a San Francisco playwright, screenwriter, and short-story author. Other works include the play Silent Sky and the astronomy-themed musical-theater piece. The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog.
music by Green Day
lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
July 14-Aug. 21, 2016
Take the leap…into a rock-and-roll quest.
This Tony Award-winning rock extravaganza tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their unbridled dreams and the safety of suburbia, on a quest for true meaning in a post-9/11 world that leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of their lives. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, and featuring Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends, and the blockbuster title track, Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical and City Lights where they’ve never gone before.
“Flat-out electrifying!” –Boston Globe
Hailing from the East Bay, Green Day is a punk-rock band with a resume of hit albums and top-selling songs. The Broadway cast recording of Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, and the band’s 1994 album Dookie has sold more than 20 million copies.