by Tim Firth, based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth
directed by Jeffrey Bracco
Nov. 17-Dec. 18, 2016. Extra performance just added: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14!
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A group of women in an English village support the local hospital with a tastefully nude calendar … featuring themselves doing household chores!
Why you should see Calendar Girls
Because our cast includes some of the top powerhouse actresses in the Bay Area. Woman power!
Because you loved the 2003 movie starring Helen Mirren, and a live-theater version is even more fun.
Because the play is “funny, sincere, and just a wee bit naughty,” according to the Detroit Free Press. And who doesn’t like a little harmless naughty?
Because a warm, poignant holiday show is just the place to bring family, friends, and out-of-town holiday guests. We don’t have a performance on Thanksgiving Day, but we’re here for you the rest of the weekend.
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.
What people are saying about our production
“Heartwarming … the charm of the piece really lies in the strong sense of camaraderie between these women.” -Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News
“City Lights’ production of Calendar Girls is a bitingly hilarious, poignant and life-affirming comedy.” -Tad Malone, Metro
“Mix sensitivity and sincerity with a healthy serving of hilarity and get the play you do not wish to miss. … Strong and sizzling cast directed skillfully to perfectly bring forth the individual characters.” -Shlomit Yigal Blum, City Lights patron
Chris: Anne Younan
Annie: Deb Anderson
Cora: Caitlin Papp
Ruth: Mary Lou Torre
Jessie: RuthE Stein
Celia: Karen DeHart
Marie: Patricia Tyler
John: Ken Boswell
Rod: Spencer Stevenson
Brenda/Lady Cravenshire: Stephanie Crowley
Lawrence/Liam: Jeremy Ryan
Elaine: Melissa Baxter
Who were the real Calendar Girls? Is it true that their story has been made into a musical, too? And what the heck is a “tombola”? Learn more in our dramaturg’s guide, Highlights.
More information and special events
Calendar Girls runs Nov. 17-Dec. 18, 2016: Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. (No shows on Nov. 20 and 24.) Just added: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14! The run time is about two hours, plus a 15-minute intermission. Be sure to budget time for the reception on stage after every performance!
Tickets: $19-$42. Discounts for seniors (55+), 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.
Thursday, Nov. 17: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. Friday, Nov. 18: Preview Night ($19).
Saturday, Nov. 19: Opening Night celebration, catered by Cafe Stritch.
Sunday, Dec. 11: A talkback with the director and cast following the 2 p.m. matinee.
Sunday, Dec. 4: Join us in welcoming friends from the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles to this matinee!
We’ll donate 25% of the proceeds from regular-priced single tickets on this date to the organization, which is our nonprofit partner for Calendar Girls. We’re proud to support the club in its scholarships and other charitable work. The museum is also hosting a reception after the show for all theatergoers, at the museum at 520 S. 1st St.