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PA Players kicks off season with 'Bright Star'

Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
Palo Alto Players’ “Bright Star” – featuring Elizabeth Santana and Frankie Mulcahy – opens the 2019-2020 season this week.

Palo Alto Players’ artistic director Patrick Klein recently unveiled the five plays scheduled for the theater company’s 2019-2020 season, slated to start this week.

The season, titled “If You Knew My Story,” consists of “Bright Star,” “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” “Matilda the Musical” and “An Act of God.”

All performances in the 89th season will be held at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The season schedule:

• “Bright Star,” today through Sept. 29. Written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. An original musical with an original bluegrass score, it tells the tale of love and redemption in the American South in the 1920s and ’40s.

• “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” Nov. 9-24. The musical is based on the motion picture written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; it features a book by Joseph Robinette and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. “Christmas Story” centers on the young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way to the holiday gift of his dreams: an air rifle.

• “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” Jan. 18 through Feb. 22. Written by Lucas Hnath, the drama, a sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” chronicles what happens when Nora, a mother and wife who walked out the door 15 years ago, has to confront the family she left behind.

• “Matilda the Musical,” April 25 through May 10. The musical is based on the book by Roald Dahl, with a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. “Matilda” tells the story of a girl unloved by her parents who has astonishing intelligence and psychokinetic powers, and what happens when she meets kind and loving schoolteacher Miss Honey.

• “An Act of God,” June 13-28. Written by David Javerbaum, the comedy is based on a series of tweets in which God and his devoted angels answer some of humanity’s most important questions, such as: Why did he decide to create the universe? Which sports team does he choose when they all pray to him for a win? And what does he think of Kanye West?

Season subscriptions are on sale now; individual tickets for “Bright Star” are available now, and individual tickets for the remaining season go on sale in October.

For tickets and more information, call 329-0891 or visit

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