City Lights’ 2016-17 season:
Courage. Compassion. Connection.

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Other Desert Cities [image: "Other Desert Cities" graphic]

by Jon Robin Baitz
directed by John McCluggage
September 22-October 23, 2016
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

The Wyeth family is home for the holidays. But seasonal cheer quickly dissolves when daughter Brooke announces she is publishing a memoir that dredges up a tragic event from the family’s past, a wound no one else wants reopened. Soon, political differences, all-but-forgotten slights and painful memories become near-lethal weapons in an unforgettable war of wit and words that threatens to shatter the entire family.

Calendar Girls [image: "Calendar Girls" graphic]

by Tim Firth
Based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth
directed by Jeffrey Bracco
Nov. 17-Dec. 18, 2016
South Bay Premiere

When one of their husbands dies of leukemia, two close friends rally a group of women from a small English town to raise funds for a new couch in a local hospital waiting room. Their project? A tastefully nude calendar featuring themselves doing ordinary chores! The calendar becomes a worldwide sensation, but the resulting fame puts an unforeseen strain on the women’s friendship. Based on a true story and the hit 2003 film.

Ideation [image: "Ideation" graphic]

by Aaron Loeb
directed by Mark Anderson Phillips

Jan. 19-Feb. 19, 2017
New York Times Critics’ Pick

In this gripping dark comedy and psychological thriller, a group of corporate consultants are brought together to work on a mysterious—and ethically ambiguous—project. They soon find themselves trapped in a world where ethics are an afterthought and the lines between right and wrong have become hopelessly blurred. Amidst office in-fighting and corporate paranoia, they must work their way through moral quandaries that challenge their values and beliefs. Winner of the 2014 Glickman Award for excellence in playwriting.

Frankenstein [image: "Frankenstein" graphic]

adapted by Kit Wilder
from the novel by Mary Shelley
directed by Kit Wilder
March 23-April 23, 2017
World Premiere

From Associate Artistic Director Kit Wilder, co-author of Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War, comes this world-premiere adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic cautionary tale of what happens when science and technology blur the lines between man and God. Think you’ve seen Frankenstein? Think again! This cutting-edge production is one of City Lights’ most electrifying creations, conceived as only City Lights would dare.

Rapture, Blister, Burn [image: "Rapture, Blister, Burn" graphic]

by Gina Gionfriddo
directed by Virginia Drake
May 18, 2017-June 18, 2017
New York Times Critics’ Pick
Production sponsored by Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch

Catherine wants what her friend Gwen has: a husband and children. Maybe. Gwen wants to be what Catherine is: a famous academic and cultural pundit. Toss in Catherine’s widowed but feisty mother, a young former stripper, Gwen’s flawed husband, feminist theory, Dr. Phil and lots of martinis, and you have the makings of this unflinching, witty look at modern gender politics and the pain and frustrations we go through to find happiness.

Lizzie [image: "Lizzie" graphic]

music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt
lyrics by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner
book by Tim Maner
directed by Lisa Mallette
July 13, 2017-Aug. 20,
South Bay Premiere

“Lizzie Borden took an axe . . .” You know the children’s rhyme, but do you really know the story of Lizzie Borden? The Massachusetts spinster was put on trial for dispatching her parents with a hatchet in the summer of 1892, but was later acquitted of the crime. This Goth-rock musical with a riot-girl attitude tells the tale of Lizzie as you’ve never heard it before: a story of revenge, sexual repression, anger, despair and ultimate release.