Thought-provoking plays and musicals are on stage at San Jose's City Lights Theater Company. Join the Company for a performance during their 2018-2019 season with a pass for 2 complimentary tickets. This season, CLTC offers their signature mix of comedy, drama, and a fresh take on a classic in their intimate theater. Select from the following plays:
Making God Laugh by Sean Grennan; November 15-December 23, 2018
Come share the holidays with Ruthie, Bill and the kids. Thirty years of holidays, that is. You'll laugh, tear up and shudder: sometimes at the festive recipes, sometimes at the fashion choices youll never admit you also made. Through it all, Ruthie and Bill try to keep the home fires burning as the paths of their three adult children - a priest, an aspiring actress and a smooth-talking entrepreneur - twist and turn. As Woody Allen once said, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans."
Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally; January 17-February 17, 2019
Twenty years after losing her actor son to AIDS, Katharine unexpectedly shows up on the doorstep of his former partner, Cal. As they delve into the past and navigate the present in a single afternoon, Katharine struggles with a world she has never understood, one that now includes Cal's husband and young son. Both heartbreaking and hopeful, this drama pays tribute to a generation stricken with loss, and reflects on the major changes in America's gay community in recent decades.
Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; March 14-April 14, 2019
The myth has been told and retold for centuries. Grief-stricken Orpheus travels to the underworld, where he learns he can rescue his wife, Eurydice - if he doesnt look back on the way up. Now, we see the story through Eurydice's eyes. City Lights' innovative new production combines Sarah Ruhl's strikingly fresh script with the beauty of American Sign Language, reflecting the character's efforts to communicate across worlds. A lush and moving tale about life, love and the enduring strength of memory.
Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson; May 16-June 16, 2019
When she's hired by the Harvard Observatory, doors seem to be opening for her. But its 1900, and women aren't even allowed to look through the telescope. They must chart the stars from photographs and keep their ideas to themselves. Undaunted, Henrietta quietly pursues her own revolutionary theories as family ties, societal pressure and love pull her in other directions. This lyrical drama is based on the true story of a pioneering astronomer whose discoveries have helped us measure the vast reaches of space.
Cabaret. Book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb; July 18-August 25, 2019
In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the cabaret. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, Cabaret explores the dark, heady and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. City Lights is proud to present the original 1966 version of this iconic musical.
Expires 10/31/19. Tickets subject to availability. Not valid for Opening Night or closing week.
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