Announcing our 2018/19 Season!

HOLD THESE TRUTHS
By Jeanne Sakata

Regional Premiere

An unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi, fought passionately for the Constitution against an unexpected adversary: his own country. During World War II, he refused to report to a relocation camp with thousands of families of Japanese descent, launching a 50-year journey from college to courtroom, and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom. An inspiring true story of conscience amidst conflict, it is a one-man portrait of American character at its best.

“Stunning! A brilliant portrayal of a genuine hero.”
Huffington Post

July 11–Aug 5, 2018
Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto

 

NATIVE GARDENS
By Karen Zacarias
Directed by Amy Gonzalez

Regional Premiere

In this cutting edge suburban comedy from America’s hottest new playwright, gardens and cultures clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into ecological adversaries. When an up-and-coming Latino couple purchases a home beside the prize-winning garden of a prominent Washington D.C. family, conflicts over fences and flora spiral into an uproarious clash of cultures, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class, and privilege.

“Perceptive. Hopeful. A true breath of comic fresh air!”
DC Theatre Scene

Aug 22–Sept 16, 2018
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

FUN HOME
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Robert Kelley

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical

Welcome to Fun Home, the blazingly honest memoir of Alison, a graphic novelist exploring her youth in a loving, dysfunctional family whose secrets of sexual identity echo her own. Winner of every Best Musical award of 2015, this tragicomic tale is told with enormous emotion and sensitivity, its haunting yet amusing score illuminating one of the most extraordinary and original musicals of our times.
Contains mature language and content

“A rare beauty, extraordinary and heart-gripping.”
The New York Times

Oct 3–28, 2018
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

TUCK EVERLASTING
Book by Claudia Shear & Tim Federle
Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Based on the novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Directed by Robert Kelley

Regional Premiere

An enchanting bestseller springs to life in this 1890s tale of Winnie Foster, a free-spirited girl whose search for adventure leads to the Tucks, a close-knit family that has discovered the secret to everlasting life. With a rousing score and a wealth of warm-hearted humor, this whimsical Broadway musical offers Winnie the choice of a lifetime: return to everyday life, or join the Tucks on their infinite, irreversible voyage through time. Don’t miss this magical holiday treat for the entire family.

“Rapturous! Warm-spirited and touching!”
The New York Times

Nov 28–Dec 23, 2018
Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto

 

FROST/NIXON
By Peter Morgan
Directed by Leslie Martinson

Nominated for 3 Tony Awards, including Best Play

Richard Nixon has resigned. David Frost has been canceled. With America caught in the riptides of Watergate and Vietnam, the former leader of the free world and the lightweight British talk-show host clash in a legendary series of TV interviews that will determine the President’s legacy forever. In a riveting political prizefight unseen again until today, the cameras roll, the truth spins, and it becomes clear that he who controls the medium controls the message.

“Fast and fluid. A ticking-bomb thriller!”
The New York Times

Jan 16–Feb 10, 2019
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

MARIE AND ROSETTA
By George Brant
Directed by Robert Kelley

West Coast Premiere

Stirring churches in the morning and the Cotton Club at night, Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a musical legend. With competition growing on the 1940s Gospel Circuit, she auditions a new partner, a beauty with a voice made in heaven. Will they blend, break, or find harmony at last? Don’t miss this roof-raising musical hit from our New Works Festival, the saga of the woman who inspired Elvis, Ray Charles, and more on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Roof-raising! Hip-shaking!”
The New York Times

March 6–31, 2019
Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto

 

Hershey Felder: A PARIS LOVE STORY
Featuring the music of Claude Debussy
Written and Performed by Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay

World Premiere

Virtuoso Hershey Felder takes us on his own personal journey as he explores the life and music of Impressionist composer Claude Debussy. For decades Felder’s “Great Composer Series” has celebrated the brilliance of Beethoven, Berlin, Tchaikovsky, and more. In this glorious series finale, he brings to life a visionary who proclaimed nature his religion and romance his milieu, creating music of ravishing beauty, color, and compassion. From the sweeping La mer and evocative L’après-midi d’un faune to the mystical Clair de lune, this soaring tribute will never be forgotten.

“There are no precedents, I must create anew.”
Claude Debussy

April 3–28, 2019
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

ARCHDUKE
By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

Northern California Premiere

Can one man, one moment, derail a century? Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph explores the present by focusing on the past: the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, 1914—the flash that ignited World War I. On a darkly comic quest for immortality, three hapless insurgents prove that little has changed from then to now. This New Works Festival sensation is from the author of Broadway’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

“First-rate! Humor with a global conscience.”
Los Angeles Times

June 5–30, 2019
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

 

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