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Every Brilliant Thing
Runs Sep 15 - Oct 16, 2022
Written by:Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe
Supported by:Producers Connie & Paul Boulay and Rick Holden & Sandra Moll
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
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Our 2022-23 season begins with this poignant one-person comedy that we're turning into a bilingual two-actor play! City Lights favorites Tasi Alabastro (English) and Dane K. Lentz (American Sign Language) pair up in a play about sadness that celebrates life's joys.
The Thanksgiving Play
Runs Nov 17 - Dec 18, 2022
Written by:Larissa FastHorse
Supported by:Producers Jonathan Karpf and Kathleen Zaretsky
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
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They're totally woke and perpetually P.C. So how can this motley group of teaching artists create a Thanksgiving pageant that won't offend anyone? A director who's already in trouble with the school parents tries to get her troupe to honor both Turkey Day and Native American Heritage Month, while being culturally sensitive (and also mindful of vegan allies). The result: a delicious satire.
Miss You Like Hell
Runs Jan 19 - Feb 19, 2023
Book & lyrics by:Quiara Alegría Hudes
Music & lyrics by:Erin McKeown
Co-produced with:Teatro Visión
Supported by:Executive Producer Charlie McCollum and Producers Jonathan Karpf & Kathie Zaretsky, as well as by SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara.
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
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When Beatriz shows up at her 16-year-old daughter Olivia's house at 4 a.m. and invites her on an epic road trip, they haven't seen each other in four years. But Beatriz is an undocumented immigrant about to be deported to Mexico, and time is running out. From Philadelphia to California, from estranged to reunited, Beatriz and Olivia take a transformative journey, meeting a diverse array of Americans with their own stories to tell. An important and intimate new musical rich with family, humor and heart.
Blithe Spirit
Runs Mar 23 - Apr 23, 2023
Written by:Noël Coward
Supported by:Producer Clint Moore and Producer Geri Weimers
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
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Just like the mischievous ghost Elvira, Noël Coward’s 1941 comedy keeps coming back for a reason. The oft-revived "Blithe Spirit," delightful as ever, takes up residence on the City Lights stage this spring. When novelist Charles invites the eccentric medium Madame Arcati over for a séance to help shake his writer’s block, she conjures up his late wife. And Elvira is happy to stir up a little trouble – especially when it comes to Charles’ current marriage.
The River Bride
Runs May 18 - Jun 11, 2023
Written by:Marisela Treviño Orta
Supported by:Producers who wish to remain anonymous
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
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Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their "happily ever after." Helena is dreading her sister Belmira's wedding. The groom should have been hers, and she knows her sister wants only to escape to an exciting new life in the city. But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river – a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Brazilian folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heartrending tale of true love, regret and transformation.
Kinky Boots
Runs Jul 13 - Aug 20, 2023
Music & lyrics by:Cyndi Lauper
Book by:Harvey Fierstein
Supported by:Producer Charlie McCollum and Producers Richard and Peggy James
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
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Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they realized...and discover that when you change your mind, you can change your whole world.

Past Events

Coded
Runs Sep 16 - Oct 17, 2021
Written and directed by:Kirsten Brandt
Supported by:Visionary Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch and Producers Marv and Bonnie Bamburg
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
Jerrie was on her way to being a leader in the gaming industry, until a competitor armed with a legion of internet trolls launched an assault on her, and she was forced into hiding. Now, she’s back with a plan to revolutionize virtual-reality gaming. If she can keep the trolls at bay and control over her team, she might be able to dismantle the industry’s boys’ club. But when the virtual world begins to invade the real one, things get really surreal.
Native Gardens
Runs Nov 18 - Dec 19, 2021
Written by:Karen Zacarías
Directed by:Melinda Marks
Supported by:Producers Christy Martin and Cindy Melter and Producers who wish to remain anonymous
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.
The Hollow
Runs Jan 20 - Feb 20, 2022
Written by:Agatha Christie
Directed by:Doll Piccotto
Supported by:Producers Connie & Paul Boulay
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
There’s a wife and a husband, a mistress and a movie star, and plenty of other people tangled up in romantic situations, but only one does the deed. And by “deed,” we mean “murder.” After all, this is an Agatha Christie play. With classic mystery and surprising humor, "The Hollow" takes audiences into a lovely English country house on a very eventful weekend. Bring your alibis.
Vietgone
Runs Mar 24 - Apr 24, 2022
Written by:Qui Nguyen
Original music by:Shane Rettig
Directed by:Jeffrey Lo
Supported by:Executive Producers Sandra Moll & Rick Holden and Rich & Sally Braugh
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
It’s 1975, Saigon has fallen, and Quang and Tong should be grateful they’ve made it to the United States. But he lost his wife and she lost her brother. And Arkansas is way too weird. In this irreverent comedy told in Qui Nguyen’s audacious style, these two Vietnamese refugees try to find their way home, wherever that is. In the process, they just might find each other. Modern hip-hop meets 1970s America in an exciting mashup of history and cultures.
Waiting For Next
Runs May 19 - Jun 19, 2022
Written by:Jeffrey Lo
Directed by:Leslie Martinson
Supported by:Executive Producer Lauren Doyle & Executive Producer Toggle Hagan (Man's Best Friend)
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
Frank is in a school parking lot waiting for his parents (like he always is) when he meets Marcus, who is also waiting (like he always is). What comes next is a friendship that defines both of their lives. This world-premiere play follows the boys from ages 12 to 40 as they grow up and apart and together again, supporting each other through school, relationships, and some of the darkest and brightest places life can take us.
The Solo Projects: 61 Unused Pages
Runs Jun 2 - Jun 30, 2022
Written by:Vincent Terrell Durham
Directed by:Aldo Billingslea
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We’re excited to continue our series of one-act solo plays by writers in the BIPOC community, commissioned by City Lights and released on video so that all will be able to experience them. The second play is "61 Unused Pages" by Vincent Terrell Durham, available to watch on demand in June.
The Solo Projects: Lola Cooked Our Food
Runs Jun 2 - Jun 30, 2022
Written by:Jeffrey Lo
Directed by:Michelle Talgarow
In this series of one-act solo plays by writers in the BIPOC community, we feature works commissioned by City Lights and released on video so that all will be able to experience them. The first play is the beautiful "Lola Cooked Our Food" by Jeffrey Lo.
Waiting For Next: Video On Demand
Runs Jun 9 - Jul 4, 2022
Written by:Jeffrey Lo
Directed by:Leslie Martinson
Supported by:Executive Producer Lauren Doyle & Executive Producer Toggle Hagan (Man's Best Friend)
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
Frank is in a school parking lot waiting for his parents (like he always is) when he meets Marcus, who is also waiting (like he always is). What comes next is a friendship that defines both of their lives. This world-premiere play follows the boys from ages 12 to 40 as they grow up and apart and together again. Now you can enjoy it on your home screen.
Fun Home
Runs Jul 14 - Aug 21, 2022
Music by:Jeanine Tesori
Book and lyrics by:Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by:Alison Bechdel
Directed by:Lisa Mallette
Music direction by:Samuel Cisneros
Choreography by:Noëlle GM Gibbs
Supported by:Visionary Producer Jim Lewis and Executive Producer Charlie McCollum
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
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We close our 2021-22 season with this gorgeous musical! When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her childhood playing at the family’s funeral home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires.
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