by Aaron Loeb
directed by Mark Anderson Phillips
Jan. 19-Feb. 19, 2017.
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A darkly comic thriller set in our corporate world.
Why you should see Ideation
Because Bay Area playwright Aaron Loeb has crafted a tightly woven script that’s masterful in how it keeps you guessing.
Because we’re seriously stoked to have City Lights’ executive artistic director, Lisa Mallette, back on our stage.
Because the San Francisco Chronicle called the play “devilishly funny and demonically dark.”
Because what goes on behind the scenes in the corporate world may be even more disturbing than you imagine. Or not.
In this gripping dark comedy and psychological thriller, a group of corporate consultants are brought together to work on a mysterious 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. Winner of the 2014 Glickman Award for excellence in playwriting, and a New York Times Critics’ Pick.
What people are saying about our production
“The team in the play is a close-knit group of collaborators who work together like a well-oiled machine, and that aspect is mirrored in the casting. …George Psarras, the company’s resident composer and sound designer, is priceless as the brash Brock.” –Mercury News
“The cast does an excellent job of balancing nervous hilarity with serious debate.” –Metro
“Laugh about it, cry about it, but a job is a job. But is it really, and at what cost of personal credibility and supply of #alternativefacts does one maintain a job with questionable ethics? … Thought-provoking, devilishly dark.” –Blogger Darshana Varia Nadkarni
Lisa Mallette*, George Psarras*, Tom Gough, Sunny Moza and Max Tachis
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association
Which powerful politician’s work was one of the inspirations of the disturbing project in Ideation? Is a corporate consultant’s life really like this? Learn more about the world of the play in our dramaturgy guide, Highlights.
More information and special events
Ideation runs Jan. 19-Feb. 19, 2017: Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. (No show on Jan. 22.) The run time is approximately one hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission.
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, Jan. 19: Pay-What-You-Can-Night. The suggested donation is $10, but any amount is accepted.
Friday, Jan. 20: Preview Night ($19).
Saturday, Jan. 21: Opening Night celebration, catered by Cafe Stritch.
Sunday, Jan. 29: A talkback with the director and cast following the 2 p.m. matinee. Also on this date, Kathy Roberts from the Center for Justice & Accountability, our nonprofit partner for this production, will give a brief curtain speech about her organization.
Based in San Francisco, the Center for Justice & Accountability works against torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other severe human-rights abuses. We’ll donate a portion of the box-office proceeds to the center.