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Simple Gifts
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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Simple Gifts” celebrates holiday traditions from many diverse backgrounds.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Simple Gifts,” a multicultural celebration of beloved holiday songs and traditions from many diverse backgrounds, has opened virtually.

Conceived, crafted and directed by the company’s artistic director, Tim Bond, the production is part of TheatreWorks from Home. It is scheduled to be livestreamed Thursday through Sunday, with on-demand streaming available Monday through Jan. 1.

A group of Bay Area theater veterans share music and memories, and take audiences on a journey through a variety of winter celebrations – including Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Noche Buena, Diwali, Las Posadas, Winter Solstice – while also exploring Christmas traditions from around the world.

To accompany “Simple Gifts,” TheatreWorks will spotlight local organizations that give back to their communities throughout the year.

For streaming access, donate $10 or more to support TheatreWorks. Patrons may give viewing access to family or friends by donating to the company; every $10 donation unlocks streaming access for one household.

Access is complimentary for current TheatreWorks subscribers, donors at the Inner Circle level ($1,500) or above, and patrons who donated tickets for canceled performances of “They Promised Her the Moon,” “Ragtime” and “The Book of Will.”

The “Simple Gifts” cast includes Velina Brown, David Crane, Maya Greenberg, Michelle Jordan, Amy Lizardo, Bryan Munar, Sharon Rietkerk, Maya Sherer, Will Springhorn Jr., Michael Gene Sullivan and Adam Saucedo.

Musical director William Liberatore, longtime choir director at Gunn High School, has conducted close to 50 shows.

Livestreamed performances are scheduled 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Post-show conversations with members of the cast follow every performance.

To purchase streaming access and for more information, visit

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