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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Resumes In-Theatre Performances; Launches 51sst Season with Musical Hit "Lizard Boy"

Sep 03, 2021
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will resume in-person performances when it launches its 51st season, featuring eight plays and musicals presented October 2021 through August 2022, kicking off with the new indie folk-rock musical "Lizard Boy." The Tony Award recipient has also established its COVID-19 health and safety requirements and will require proof of vaccination and masks for all staff and audience members entering any of its theatres, offices, and public spaces through December 31, 2021. Patrons must present a vaccination card, a photo of the card, or a digital vaccine record (myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov) with matching ID. Patrons who are legally exempted from being vaccinated must reach out to the TheatreWorks Box Office at least four days prior to their performance. All attendees must remain masked while indoors.

The first two productions of the season ("Lizard Boy" and "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play") will also be offered via on-demand video streaming at home for those unable or unready to attend in person. For more information and specifications for vaccination and mask requirements the public may visit TheatreWorks.org.

 

“Ensuring the safety of TheatreWorks communities is our top priority,” said TheatreWorks Artistic Director Tim Bond. “With these protocols in place, we are looking forward to welcoming audiences back into our theatres this fall. As I begin my first in-person season at TheatreWorks, I can’t wait to officially meet our audiences and invite them to make some noise with me as we gather to celebrate the human spirit and share the power of live theatre together.” 

 

Four of the season’s productions will be mounted at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, three will be staged at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre. It was also announced that one show will be presented this season at Santa Clara University’s Louis B. Mayer Theatre. Subscriptions are now available; single tickets will be available September 8, 2021 at TheatreWorks.org.

 

TheatreWorks’ 51st Season includes a contemporary fantasy-filled musical, a World Premiere play developed in its 2019 New Works Festival, the Regional Premiere of a Jane Austen musical by Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon, 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 with another musical masterpiece, and a poignant American classic. The upcoming season will mark Tim Bond’s first at the helm following Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley’s retirement in June 2020. Bond, an award-winning, nationally acclaimed stage director, will direct one play and has invited Kelley to return to direct two of the season’s musicals.

 

The season launches in fall 2021 with new indie folk-rock musical "Lizard Boy" (October 6-31, 2021). A cast of three actors plays myriad musical instruments from cello to ukulele to kazoo to tell this fresh comic book-infused tale of identity, acceptance, and saving the world. Through music and inventive staging, this wildly imaginative work set in modern-day Seattle - whose soundtrack has already captured more than one million streams on Spotify - follows the title character, sweet and insecure Trevor, as he embarks on a first date turned stunning mythological journey. Featuring book, music, and lyrics by Justin Huertas and direction by Brandon Ivie, Huertas stars as Trevor with original cast members Kirsten "Kiki" deLohr Helland and William A. Williams.

For the 2021 holiday season, TheatreWorks will present "It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" (December 1 - 26, 2021). This heartwarming holiday production, adapted by Joe Landry from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra, and Jo Swerling, offers the beloved 1946 film as a 1940s era radio play, complete with live foley-style sound effects.

The season’s first two productions, "Lizard Boy" and "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" will also be offered via on-demand video streaming, to allow patrons to watch either from home or in-theatre, making these shows accessible to additional audience members, including those unable or unready to attend in- person in the fall. Additional information about viewing options will be available in the coming months at TheatreWorks.org.

For more information the public can visit theatreworks.org.

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Photo caption: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will open its 51st season with contemporary comic book-infused hit musical "Lizard Boy" October 6-31, 2021. Pictured is original cast (l to r) William A. Williams, Justin Huertas, and Kirsten "Kiki" deLohr Helland, who reprise their roles at TheatreWorks. (Photo Credit: Alabastro Photography)


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