40 years of Irish culture at TWSV

We’ve seen the work of many Irish and Irish-American playwrights on our mainstage over the past 40 years. Let’s take a look back at the influence of Irish culture at TheatreWorks, which continues with this season’s Outside Mullingar.


Above, 1977’s She Stoops to Conquer by Anglo-Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith, who was born in County Westmeath, Ireland (the same county as Mullingar). Continue reading

OSKAR returns in Spring of 2017

OSKAR returns in 2017 with two fun shows!

Ideal for grades K – 5, OSKAR AND THE COUNTLESS COSTUME CHANGES and OSKAR AND THE BIG BULLY BATTLE! will tour from February 20 – March 31, 2017.

The ongoing series of OSKAR plays for young audiences has been touring schools throughout the Bay Area since 2006 and has reached more than 100,000 students. The plays—which tackle bullying, resiliency, and empathy—have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from students, teachers, administrators, and parents. While all the OSKAR plays deal with their subject matter in a humorous fashion, they have made a serious impact on student behavior.

Book your school’s performance today!

Mullingar: The place behind the play

John Patrick Shanley’s romantic comedy Outside Mullingar derives its setting in the county of Westmeath, Ireland and the real town of Mullingar. The administrative, business, and cultural center of the county, the town was visited by Shanley as he was writing the play. Here are a few quick facts about the history of Mullingar:


Photo by Finn Mac Ginty

• With a current population of 20,000 inhabitants, Mullingar is roughly equal in size to South Lake Tahoe, CA. Continue reading

Introducing the cast of OUTSIDE MULLINGAR

Four familiar faces return to TheatreWorks Silicon Valley in John Patrick Shanley’s romantic comedy:


STEVE BRADY (Tony Reilly) appeared in TheatreWorks’ The Great Pretender as Mr. Felt (2014, SFCC nomination for Best Actor). He appeared on Broadway in Inherit the Wind, and toured nationally in The Exonerated, including two weeks at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. He toured the world with West Side Story, and Germany as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Mr. Brady has performed off-Broadway several times, most recently in Bill W. and Dr. Bob (SoHo Playhouse). In the past year he’s played J. Edgar Hoover in All the Way (Denver Center Theatre), Sigmund Freud in Freud’s Last Session (Riverside Theatre, Florida), Anything Goes opposite Sally Struthers (Gateway Playhouse), and Singin’ in the Rain (North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly, MA). TV: Law & Order, Law & Order CI, Spin City, Seinfeld, Diff’rent Strokes, and others. Continue reading

How do you live a Lippa lyric?

During The Life of the Party, we’re asking a special question of our audience in the lobby of the theatre: Which Andrew Lippa lyric relates the most to your life?

I made some mistakes, but I made something new. And I love my life this way!
(The Man in the Ceiling)


Andrew Lippa

I’m not made for things like mowin’ lawns or apron strings
I’m my best when not at rest.
(Big Fish) Continue reading


Check out this gorgeous live rendition of “Make a Wish” by the Kilbanes with actor Reggie White from Eddie the Marvelous, Who will Save the World:

In this innovative new musical, Eddie the Marvelous fronts a band, struts the stage, saves the world. Eddie the Real can’t leave the house, can’t hold a job, can’t keep a friend. His mom makes every sacrifice, but when she finds a new man neither Eddie knows what to say or what to sing.

Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save the World will be a part of our 2016 New Works Festival, with a cast that includes White.

Reserve your tickets today!

Summer Studio @ TWSV Presents: THE FEATHERS!

The Feathers

All summer long, the teen students of our Summer Studio have been hard at work on The Feathers, an original play adapted from the classic Greek comedy The Birds…with a unique twist. Given the basic outline of the classic text, these students have written the remainder of the play themselves, including the addition of music and hip hop dance. We asked a few of our teen Lin-Manuel Mirandas to describe in one sentence why you should see The Feathers, and here’s what they had to say:

The Feathers Flyer

“Come see The Feathers because it is a whirlwind of witty humor and commentary and current events.” -Julia C Continue reading