Here’s City Lights’ 2017-18 season!
by Aaron Posner
sort of adapted from The Seagull
by Anton Chekhov
original music by James Sugg
directed by Kirsten Brandt
supported by producer Kovin Hagan
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, writers and even a ukulele-playing cook 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.
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
directed by Lisa Mallette
supported by executive producer Jim Lewis
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
directed by Kit Wilder
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
directed by Mark Anderson Phillips
supported by producers Rich Braugh and Steve & Betsy Moulds
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. Trivia: The 2017 world premiere at South Coast Repertory starred Ben Feldman of Mad Men.
In the Heights
music & lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
directed by Jeffrey Bracco
supported by executive producers Paul M. Resch and Nancy B. Coleman
July 12-August 19, 2018
New York Times Critics’ Pick
In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.