Green Day’s American Idiot

music by Green Day; lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong; book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
directed by Jeffrey Bracco

July 14-Aug. 21, 2016. Now extended until Aug. 28!
All performances are now sold out. We start a waiting list at the door each night 30 minutes before curtain, so you’re welcome to try your luck there!

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Take the leap… into a rock ‘n’ roll quest.

[image: Sean Okuniewicz as St. Jimmy]

Actor Sean Okuniewicz shows his dark side as the dangerous alter ego St. Jimmy. Photos by Susan Mah Photography.

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Why you should see Green Day’s American Idiot

Because the New York Times calls the show “thrillingly raucous and gorgeously wrought.”
Because it’s livemusicliveactinglivesinginglivedancinglivepunkrocking, seen thisclose on City Lights’ intimate stage.
Because our production of West Side Story blew you away last summer. And now you get to see Action (Sean Okuniewicz) as St. Jimmy, Anita (Danielle Mendoza) as Whatsername, and Anybody’s (Melissa Baxter) as Heather.
Because 21 Guns. Because Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Because Wake Me Up When September Ends.

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Caitlin Burns and the rest of the ensemble rock out on stage.

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Synopsis

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.

Cast

Johnny – Joey Pisacane
Will – Tarif Pappu
Tunny – Andrew Erwin
St. Jimmy – Sean Okuniewicz
Favorite Son – Gavin Mueller
Whatsername – Danielle Mendoza
Heather – Melissa Baxter
Extraordinary Girl – Taylor Sanders

Ensemble – Caitlin Burns, Juan Castro, William Corkery, Paul Estioko, Katie Fauria, Nina Feliciano, Lauren Garcia, Lee Harrold, Sharon Lita, Gavin Mueller, Amanda Nguyen, Gabriel Olagov, Jeremy Ryan, and Kaitlin Zablotsky

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What people are saying about our production

American Idiot does Green Day proud in San Jose.”  -Randy McMullen, The Mercury News

“Boy, did they deliver at City Lights. From the very first moment our senses were assailed with a stage full of dancing, prancing actors gyrating and singing to the sound of a rock band playing the title track, ‘American Idiot.’ And the raucous energy lasts for the whole show.”  -Tony Lacy-Thompson, Regarding Arts

“The production is tight, wild and most impressively, spontaneous.”  -Tad Malone, Metro

“City Lights’ American Idiot is a winner, thanks to many knock-out performances by both soloists and the cast at large. Heading that list is Joey Pisacane as Johnny, whose eyes outlined in black often stare with enough piercing force to break the fourth wall into shattered pieces.”  -Eddie Reynolds, Talkin’ Broadway

“One of the best overall productions I have seen, including Broadway and West End productions. A star is born with the leading man Joey Pisacane, and the choreography was perfection and captured the mood and spirit of the music and its message. Overall, the cast was perfect … and the set allowed the transition from scene to scene with no ‘cut’ interruptions. City Lights should be very proud. … Kudos to Lisa Mallette for her vision and leadership.”  -Vincent Egizi, regular City Lights patron

 

Johnny (Joey Pisacane) connects with his alter ego, St. Jimmy (Sean Okuniewicz).

 

Dramaturgy

What was Green Day’s original name? Why does Colin Powell appear on stage? And why does scenic designer Ron Gasparinetti say he’s sunk to a new moral low with this show? Learn more in Highlightsour dramaturg’s guide to the play (PDF).

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More information and special events

Green Day’s American Idiot  runs July 14-Aug. 28, 2016: Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. (No show on July 17.) Also, four 8 p.m. Wednesday performances, on Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24. The show is about an hour and a half, with no intermission.
Tickets: $19-$39. Discounts for seniors, students, educators and groups of 10+. ($2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases; closing weekend is also subject to a $2 increase.) Your ticket price includes a $2 facility fee to help cover maintenance and upgrade costs on our aging building. Thank you for your support!

Parking and seating: 
Parking is provided for $5 on most dates across the street at Notre Dame High School (call for availability for your performance). View an interactive parking map of downtown San Jose for more options. Seating is general admission, and the theater is wheelchair-accessible.

Special events:
Thursday, July 14: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. Friday, July 15: Preview Night ($19).
Saturday, July 16: Opening Night celebration. This performance is sold out. We start a waiting list at the door a half-hour before curtain.
Sunday, Aug. 7: A talkback with the director and cast following the 2 p.m. matinee.
Saturday, July 30: Support the Veggielution Community Farm, our nonprofit partner for this production, by attending the 8 p.m. July 30 performance of Green Day’s American Idiot. We’ll donate 25% of the proceeds from this performance’s regular-priced single tickets to the organization.

[image: Veggielution logo]

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