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TheatreWorks presents New Works Festival Online through May 15

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley streams an advance look at productions in New Works Festival Online, which opened last weekend and is slated to run through May 15.

Transforming the company’s annual festival into a virtual experience, the event offers digital audiences the opportunity to view new plays and selections from new musicals and learn more about the development process in conversations with the playwrights.

Among the musical highlights: a sneak peek at the indie folk-rock musical “Lizard Boy,” being revisited with updated material before it launches TheatreWorks’ 51st season this fall, and a digital theater/rap piece inspired by the themes from “The Merchant of Venice” by the group Bay Area Theatre Cypher. Plays include two works examining the impact and ramifications of the Muslim travel ban – one a comedy exploring friendship in the time of war and the other a drama celebrating the human spirit during crises that divide – as well as a semi-autobiographical dance theater piece about memory, grief, forgiveness and freedom.

Streaming access is available at pay-what-you-can pricing ($10 minimum for a festival pass).

To purchase streaming access and for more information, visit

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