City Lights’ 2017-18 season:
Family matters: Who do you think you are?
Family is where you find it — not just where you’re born. How do we define our kin and who we are in relation to them?
Stupid Fucking Bird
by Aaron Posner
September 14-October 15, 2017
South Bay Premiere
This is Chekhov — like you’ve never seen it before. Award-winning playwright Aaron Posner’s bold, raucous, contemporary riff on The Seagull moves the Chekhov work to a country house where unrequited desire drowns in sarcasm and alcohol. Actresses, playwrights, novelists and doctors all bare their souls as they struggle to find the truths of life. And everyone discovers the disappointments of art, love and growing up in this skillful remix of Chekhov’s classic.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
In this new holiday work, you can revisit your favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice as they come together for Christmas at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. It’s a continuation of Jane Austen’s beloved tale with the focus on Mary Bennet, still feeling like the odd sister out as she spends the holidays with her witty, pretty and newly married sisters. Then Mary unexpectedly finds she has a chance to write her own story.
by Kenneth Jones
January 18-February 18, 2018
West Coast Premiere
It’s 1959 and the Civil Rights movement is starting to grip America. In Montgomery, Alabama, a fight over a controversial children’s book — one in which a black rabbit marries a white rabbit — pits librarian Emily Wheelock Reed against segregationist Sen. E.W. Higgins. Childhood friends reunite, only to be caught up in the political and racial tensions of the time. Inspired by true events, this drama explores tests of character and emotions that reshaped our nation.
The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare
March 22-April 22, 2018
More than four centuries after it was first performed, Merchant remains one of the Bard’s most compelling, ambivalent and controversial plays. Poised somewhere between drama and comedy, it balances precariously on the edge where the light and dark of humanity meet, and reflects the emotional turmoil of Shakespeare’s time, aspects of which eerily suggest the troubles that roil America today. With some of the most famous speeches and scenes in the Shakespearean canon, the work still challenges and fascinates audiences.
by Michael Mitnick
May 17-June 17, 2018
Northern California Premiere
In this new romantic comedy, Ethan Siegel is in love and about to ask Alice’s parents for her hand in marriage. But there may be a few problems: Like Alice and Ethan broke up two years ago. Like she’s seeing someone else. And like she is falling apart from the aftermath of working on a lost election. That doesn’t stop Ethan, and he goes on a comedic journey through modern love in uncertain times.
In the Heights
music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
July 12-August 19, 2018
New York Times Critics’ Pick
Before Hamilton, there was In the Heights, set in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The Tony Award-winning musical takes us into the life of a young storeowner as he watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tight-knit, vibrant community as it passes by his bodega. For all its traditions, it is a world on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams — and disappointments. And it’s all captured in the pulsating rhythms of this magical work.