Welcome to City Lights!

Since 1982, we’ve been inspiring, challenging and connecting with audiences through live theater. Starting in September: Our exciting new season of plays and musicals! Buy your season pass now to experience our full vision for 2023-24, and get the best savings on ticket prices.

See below for more about shows and tickets. We can’t wait to welcome you to the theater.

-Lisa Mallette, executive artistic director

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show
Runs Jul 18 - Aug 25, 2024
Book, music and lyrics by:Richard O'Brien
Directed by:Amber Smith
Choreographed by:Stephanie Staszak
Music direction by:Brian Allan Hobbs
Vocal direction by:Tina Paulson
Supported by:Producers Jonathan Karpf and Kathleen Zaretsky
Season supported by:Season Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch
In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and its houseful of wild characters. Complete with sass from the audience, this kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi gothic musical is more fun than ever. City Lights had hit productions in 2003 and 2013, and we can’t wait to do the Time Warp with you again!
The Rocky Horror Zoom Show
Aug 12, 2024
Join director Amber Smith and other artists from "The Rocky Horror Show" in this online talkback. These events are free, up-close, and lots of fun!
An Inspector Calls
Runs Sep 26 - Oct 20, 2024
Written by:J.B. Priestley
Directed by:Mark Anderson Phillips
Supported by:Producers Connie & Paul Boulay
[image: The skyline of Newscastle, England, in 1920, with tall towers and turrets, all with a gradient blue wash]
As the well-to-do Birlings celebrate an engagement in the family, the festive evening is suddenly punctured by an uninvited visitor: an inspector looking into the death of a young woman.
Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War
Runs Nov 21 - Dec 22, 2024
Written by:Kit Wilder & Jeffrey Bracco
Directed by:Angie Higgins
Supported by:Producer Toggle Hagan
[image: A World War I-esque scene in the trenches, with a pale star floating above the grim scene]
In 2014, City Lights marked the 100-year anniversary of the World War I “Christmas Truce” with a world premiere that drew crowds and raves. Now "Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War" is back with a mix of returning and new artists. Set in the trenches of France, this story follows soldiers on both sides who embraced a spontaneous ceasefire to celebrate Christmas in 1914.
In Love and Warcraft
Runs Jan 16 - Feb 9, 2025
Written by:Madhuri Shekar
Directed by:Kimberly Ridgeway
Supported by:Producers Nancy B. Coleman & Paul M. Resch and Producers Anita Kapadia & Feroze Taraporevala
[image: A stylized and oversaturated view of a Southern California college campus, with buildings and palm trees and people holding hands, with a pixelated, videogame heart image floating above]
Meet Evie, a college senior who’s a master at both online role-playing and real-life ghostwriting -- her side hustle is writing love letters for other people. But she’s navigating the complexities of love and sex without firsthand experience. As she's drawn to one of her clients, Evie must learn to unleash her powerful persona in the real world.
The Mousetrap
Runs Mar 13 - Apr 6, 2025
Written by:Agatha Christie
Directed by:Doll Piccotto
Supported by:Producer Clint Moore and Producer Charlie McCollum
[image: An eerie house that looks like an English country home, half-buried in snow, with a light in the window]
Trapped in Monkswell Manor by a snowstorm, a sundry group are also ensnared in a web of fear after a local woman is murdered. A police detective arrives to interrogate the suspects, but can the murderer be found in time?
The Cake
Runs May 15 - Jun 8, 2025
Written by:Bekah Brunstetter
Directed by:Lisa Mallette
Supported by:Producers Jonathan Karpf & Kathleen Zaretsky and Producer Sandra Moll
[image: Tall white wedding cakes with pink roses]
Della and her North Carolina bakery are renowned for their cakes. So it’s no surprise that when the girl Della helped raise returns to the South, she asks Della to make her wedding cake. The surprise? There are two brides. Now, even as Della’s life is complicated by the chance to be on a reality baking show, she questions her beliefs – and the true meaning of family, faith and frosting.
Head Over Heels
Runs Jul 17 - Aug 24, 2025
Songs by:The Go-Go's
Based on:"The Arcadia" by Sir Philip Sidney
Conceived and original book by:Jeff Whitty
Adapted by:James Magruder
Directed by:Jeffrey Bracco
Supported by:Producers Richard & Peggy James
[image: A stylized, fictional image of silhouettes of people dancing around tall trees in a colorful forest]
This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the infectious music of the all-female rock band The Go-Go's. Led by the free-spirited Princess Pamela, the royal family journeys to save their beloved kingdom of Arcadia from extinction. The results: a wild adventure filled with mistaken identities, forbidden romances and unexpected twists,