Stepping Out

TheatreWorks’ 51st season pushed to fall

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley recently postponed the opening of its 51st mainstage season to October.

Lizard Boy
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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will launch its 51st season with the contemporary comic book-infused musical “Lizard Boy,” starring Kirsten “Kiki” deLohr Helland. It is set to run Oct. 6-31.

The eight-play season is now slated to run through August 2022.

“The safety and well-being of our community is of paramount importance, and while the pandemic continues, we understandably must delay in-person performances,” artistic director Tim Bond said in a press release. “But with the encouraging reduction in new cases and rollout of vaccinations, we can now look ahead and are very much looking forward to reopening our doors. We know the day will come when we can once again safely gather together, to celebrate the human spirit and share the power of live theater.”

Until the fall, TheatreWorks plans to offer a wide roster of virtual performances, talks, classes and more.

Upon the return to live performances, four mainstage productions will be mounted at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, three will be staged at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre, and one presented at a location to be announced.

The season will include a world premiere play developed at TheatreWorks’ 2019 New Works Festival, the regional premiere of a Jane Austen musical by Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon, a contemporary fantasy-filled musical, a high-stakes environmental drama, a Tony-winning musical about the immigrant experience, an onstage adaption of a beloved holiday film, the return of acclaimed performer Hershey Felder and an American classic.

The upcoming season will mark Bond’s first at the helm following founding artistic director Robert Kelley’s retirement in June 2020. Bond, an award-winning stage director, will direct one play and has invited Kelley to return to direct two of the season’s musicals.

In chronological order, the season will feature: the comic-book-infused musical “Lizard Boy” by Justin Huertas (Oct. 6-31); “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” adapted by Joe Landry (Dec. 1-26); Felder’s “Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin” (Jan. 19 through Feb. 13); Gordon’s musical “Sense and Sensibility” (March 2-27); “Gem of the Ocean” by August Wilson (April 5 through May 1); Madhuri Shekar’s “Queen” (dates in May to be announced); Terrence McNally’s “Ragtime,” featuring music by Stephen Flaherty (June 1-26); and “Nan and the Lower Body” by Jessica Dickey (July 13 through Aug. 7).

For tickets and more information, visit TheatreWorks.org.

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