Annual play festival is in the 'Works'

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has scheduled its annual New Works Festival Friday through Aug. 18 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The event consists of the readings of several plays and musicals in their early stages of creation, as well as a Q&A “Meet the Artists” session with the creators of the works.

Pear's next season features 7 plays

Pear Theatre recently unveiled its 18th season, scheduled to begin in August and run through June 2020 in Mountain View.

The community theater is slated to present seven productions this season.

PYT's Theatre in the Park series continues with 'Little Mermaid'

Peninsula Youth Theatre last month launched its annual Theatre in the Park series, with free family-friendly performances scheduled Friday nights through Aug. 16 in downtown Mountain View.

The 45-minute long plays are slated 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ outdoor ParkStage, adjacent to Pioneer Park.

'Language' leaves Sunday


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George (Jomar Tagatac) fails to communicate with his wife Mary (Elena Wright) in “The Language Archive,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 50th-season opener, “The Language Archive,” is set to close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Written by award-winning playwright Julia Cho, “Language” is a comedy about a linguist fighting for the preservation of near-extinct languages as he struggles to maintain his relationships at home. The play received the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Women Playwrights.

LAYT musical will no longer 'Bee' playing after Sunday

Los Altos Youth Theatre’s summer musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The comedy tells the story of school-aged overachievers, including their hopes, dreams and angst, as they compete for a slot in the National Spelling Bee.

'Cinderella' continues at Foothill


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Melissa Gialdini, left, and Gwyneth Forrester play the stepsisters in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” at Foothill College.

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” opened last week and is set to run through Aug. 4 at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

The songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – creators of “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific” – developed the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.


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