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Where to See Shows During Bay Area Theatre Week

February 21, 2019 by Suzy Evans
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For the Bay Area’s inaugural Theatre Week, the areas most popular performing arts venues are inviting audiences to experience a wide variety of productions with tickets priced at just $15, $25, and $35. From blockbuster Broadway tours to intimate indie gems, Bay Area Theatre Week is an opportunity to explore theatre of all shapes and sizes at affordable prices.

We’re thrilled to introduce you to several dozen of the region’s notable theatres participating in Bay Area Theatre Week, offering exclusive ticket prices for performances from March 26-April 7. See below for information about the theatres and their shows playing during Theatre Week.

Please note: More theatres are joining every day, so this list will be updated in the weeks leading up to Bay Area Theatre Week!

A.C.T.
A.C.T. has brought dynamic productions to Bay Area audiences for more than four decades and is one of San Francisco’s most heralded nonprofit theatre companies. Luckily, you can catch two productions at A.C.T. for Theatre Week: “The Great Leap” at the Geary Theater and “Her Portmanteau,” at the Strand Theater. Both timely and contemporary performances have tickets available from just $15.

African-American Shakespeare Company
African-American Shakespeare Company was formed to bring classical works to a more diverse audience and to provide a place for actors of color to hone their skills and talents. While they mostly produce works from the classical canon, they often feature relevant plays by American and global playwrights. “Black Eagles,” a drama about the first black fighter pilots, will be running during Theatre Week at Marine’s Memorial with tickets from only $25.

AlterTheater
Focusing on both emerging and established artists throughout the Bay Area, AlterTheater is a catalyst for compelling productions within its community. In partnership with A.C.T.’s ArtShare program, they are offering specially priced tickets to Laura Shamas’ new play, “Circular,” during Theatre Week.

Arabian Shakespeare Festival
ASF is dedicated to building bridges between the Middle East and the West by weaving together stories of Shakespeare and the Arab world that put underlying humanitarian constants front and center. During Theatre Week, get tickets from $15 to their captivating three-person play “Territories.”

Aurora Theatre Company
Aurora Theatre Company is well known for their intimate performance space that hosts productions to entertain and challenge the community to grow. They produce both classical and new works and work to showcase the talents of local Bay Area artists. See Oscar’s Wilde’s hilarious and arguably most famous play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” for only $35 during Theatre Week.

Bay Area Children’s Theatre
Presenting professional mainstage productions in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Sunnyvale, Bay Area Children’s Theatre has reached over 125,000 children and adults since its founding in 2004. During Theatre Week, they’ll be presenting “Gold,” a modern musical adaption of the Greek myth of King Midas.

Bay Area Musicals
Musical lovers are always in for a treat when seeing a show produced by Bay Area Musicals, the professional nonprofit organization that brings musical theatre favorites to San Francisco. In honor of Theatre Week, you can plan ahead for their summer production of the Tony Award-winning “Hairspray” with tickets from just $15.

Beach Blanket Babylon
If you live in the Bay Area, you’ve probably heard about Beach Blanket Babylon, the world’s longest-running musical revue that’s been delighting audiences for over 40 years in San Francisco. Known for fabulous wigs, colorful costumes, catchy songs, and an ever-changing lineup of hilarious topical parodies, this San Francisco classic makes for the perfect night out on the town. You can get tickets for just $25 in honor of Bay Area Theatre Week.

Berkeley Playhouse
Berkeley Playhouse brings together performers of all ages to provide engaging and relevant experiences through their professional mainstage program, education, and developing family musicals. See the charming musical “Pippin” in Berkeley’s treasured Julia Morgan Theatre for only $15 during Theatre Week.

Berkeley Rep
Winner of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Berkeley Rep is known internationally as a leader in innovative theatre. You can often find them producing high-profile new works, with popular Broadway productions including “American Idiot,” “Passing Strange,” and “Amelie” first debuting on Berkeley Rep’s stages. During Theatre Week, audiences can catch their production of “Home,” an enchanting spectacle that infuses illusion, live music, story, and ingenious engineering for only $25.

 

Broadway By the Bay
Broadway by the Bay produces full-scale musical productions that employ the Bay Area’s local talent at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City. Furthering their mission to connect the community through the power of musical theatre, they’ll be presenting “Joseph and the Amazing, Technicolor Dreamcoat” during Theatre Week.

California Shakespeare Theater
Nestled in the beautiful hills outside of Orinda, Cal Shakes is a popular summer destination to see reimagined classical theatre with A+ views from their Bruns Amphitheater home. Pack a picnic, BYOB, and spend an evening outdoors with friends and family seeing contemporary takes on your favorite classics. Cal Shakes is offering special Theatre Week deals for the their season-opener “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Center REPertory Company
Center REP is a professional theatre that brings a variety of plays and musicals to life as the resident theatre company at the beautiful Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. During Theatre Week, they’ll be producing “The Diary of Anne Frank,” with tickets available from just $25.

City Lights Theater Company
This innovative nonprofit challenges its audiences to think harder and engage fully with its fresh and inventive productions. Visit their 100-seat venue in downtown San Jose this spring for a new take on an ancient Greek myth, and experience escape from the underworld through the eyes of “Eurydice.”

Curran
Nearly a century old, Curran has been home to some of the most groundbreaking, original theatre in the Bay Area. This spring, they will completely transform their newly renovated theater into an intimate 600-seat performance space that will transport audiences to “The Jungle,” a resilient refugee camp in Calais, France. Get exclusive $35 tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event during Theatre Week.

Custom Made Theatre Co.
Now in its 19th season producing plays and musicals in the heart of San Francisco, Custom Made Theatre Co. is a popular destination for theatergoers looking for high quality, thought-provoking work. There’s not a bad seat in their intimate, 99-seat venue, and during Theatre Week you can see their take on Bess Wohl’s “American Hero,” a comic look at the state of the American dream.

Cutting Ball Theater
A mainstay of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, Cutting Ball Theater is an incubator for original and engaging works that prompt audiences and artists alike to take creative risks. During Theatre Week, don’t miss their two-woman, tour-de-force exploration of class and carnality, sex, and power in “La Ronde.”

Deborah Slater Dance Theater
A versatile, award-winning dance company, DSDT is known for their bold and intimate works. Don’t miss their performance of “The Sleepwatchers,” inspired by the work of Stanford sleep specialist, Dr. William Dement, during Theatre Week.

Dragon Productions Theatre Company
Focusing on underrated and rarely performed pieces, this 65-seat theatre in downtown Redwood City has a reputation for its high-quality, creative productions. During Theatre Week, check out their whirlwind version of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” performed by a cast of eight.

Feinstein’s at the Nikko
Located in San Francisco’s Union Square, Feinstein’s at the Nikko presents exceptional performances by locally and nationally renowned artists from both the Broadway and jazz worlds. During Theatre Week, this intimate venue is offering $25 tickets to see Broadway-based Bay Area native Alysha Umphress in concert.

Foothill College Theatre Arts
Run by Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, the Theatre Arts Department takes a bold approach to both classic and contemporary works. This summer, they’ll present “12 Angry Wo/Men” with all-female and all-male casts in repertory — be sure to get exclusively-priced tickets to this production in advance during Theatre Week.

Golden Thread Productions
Located in Potrero Hill, Golden Thread is the first American theatre company devoted to the artists and stories of the Middle East. During Theatre Week, they’ll present an epic snapshot of Palestinian life under occupation in the U.S. premiere of “Scenes from 71 Years.”

Lamplighters Music Theatre
Based in San Francisco, Lamplighters Music Theatre brings the comedic musicals of Gilbert and Sullivan to new life while also producing their own musical spoofs based on current events. You can see one of their original works, “Trial by Jury/Trial by Jury Duty,” at Herbst Theatre during Theatre Week.

Landmark Musical Theatre
Though fairly new to the Bay Area theatre scene, Landmark Musical Theatre has quickly made a name for itself with its high-quality, inspiring productions from the musical theatre canon. Now at The Shelton Theater off of Union Square in downtown San Francisco, Landmark will present the rags-to-riches, Tony Award-winning musical “Evita” during Theatre Week.

Livermore Shakespeare Festival
Located at Wente Vineyards, Livermore Shakes’ quintessential “Shakespeare in the Vineyard” experience features excellent performances against a backdrop of the wine country sunset. During Theatre Week, take advantage of specially priced tickets to their summer season and plan your trip to see “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised]” and “The Tragedie of Othello.”

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre
Named for the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award, San Francisco’s Lorraine Hansberry Theatre is dedicated to producing works by, for, and about people of color. During Theatre Week, get tickets from $15 to “The Urban Retreat,” a contemporary tragicomedy about a hip-hop mogul, a ghostwriter, and the power words hold to heal or destroy.

Los Altos Stage Company
Celebrate the diversity of arts and culture in the Bay Area by seeing a show at Los Altos Stage Company. This strong and impassioned community institution is offering tickets to “Grapes of Wrath” from $25 for Theatre Week.

Magic Theatre
Bold, explosive, and entertaining, Magic Theatre produces new works and is one of the best places to discover “the next big thing” in an intimate, affordable setting in Fort Mason Center. ”Buried Child,” “True West,” and “Fool for Love” all premiered at the Magic, and during Theatre Week, you can see “In Old Age” at the prolific venue (and enjoy some great views while you visit).

Marin Shakespeare Company at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre
Based in one of the most beautiful outdoor performance venues in the country, Marin Shakespeare Company is celebrating its 30th year of of starlit classical performances. Though their season doesn’t start until June, you’ll have a chance to get specially priced tickets to their season opener, “Measure for Measure,” during Theatre Week.

Marin Theatre Company
Located just north of the Golden Gate bridge in Mill Valley, Marin Theatre Company produces socially relevant plays new plays with the aim to inspire and challenge the community. During Theatre Week, take advantage of specially-priced pre-sale tickets for their West Coast premiere of “Jazz,” based on Toni Morisson’s moving novel.

Mountain Play
For lovers of theatre and outdoor adventure, a visit to the Mountain Play is the perfect summer activity. Situated atop Mount Tamalpais, don’t miss this year’s Broadway-style production of “Grease,” made even more electrifying with options to hike, picnic, and explore before and after the show.

New Conservatory Theatre Center
This multifaceted arts center presents a full calendar of high-quality productions and educational arts experiences for youth, artists, and the queer and allied communities. With exclusive deals for Theatre Week, you can see “Steve” in March or “The Gentleman Caller” in April, two regional premieres that have had audiences buzzing Off-Broadway in recent years.

Novato Theater Company
Dating all the way back to 1919, Novato Theater Company is a major driver of theater and arts education in San Pablo Bay. Join them for Theatre Week to see Charles Schulz’s favorite comic comes to life with specially priced tickets for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

OASIS
This popular nightlife destination offers more than just a sweaty dance floor. Known for its epic drag performances and cabaret shows, OASIS is a go-to spot for anyone looking for a thrilling night of entertainment, music, drinks, and fabulous company in the heart of San Francisco. During Theatre Week, they’re offering a special price for “Sex and the City Live!,” the return engagement of their drag parody that had audiences roaring with laughter last year.

Pear Theatre
This small but mighty theatre company offers a mix of bold new works by local playwrights and dynamic stagings of tried-and-true classics. During Theatre Week, head to Mountain View and check out their world premiere production of “Sojourn — depicting two astronauts on an indefinite mission into the cosmos, it’s out of this world.

Ragged Wing Ensemble
Audiences love Ragged Wing Ensemble for their originality, creativity, and fearless approach to physical theatre. Their newest show, “Time Sensitive” is written by Ragged Wing’s Artistic Director, Amy Sass, and promises to be a fresh and bold experience in an intimate setting.

Ray of Light Theatre
Ray of Light is known for its bold new musicals and new interpretations of classic works at the historic Victoria Theatre in San Francisco’s Mission district. Get exclusively-priced tickets for their season opener, “American Psycho,” during Theatre Week.

Ross Valley Players
This 89-year-old theatre company prides itself on high-quality, thought-provoking productions that encourage cultural collaboration in the community. Making its home in ‘The Barn’ at Marin Art and Garden Center, they’ll be offering $15 tickets to “Scott & Zelda,” a dizzying ride through the Jazz Age with the Fitzgeralds, during Theatre Week.

San Francisco Playhouse
Hailed as “a company that stages some of the most consistently high-quality work around” by The New York Times, San Francisco Playhouse is a theatrical hotspot for plays and musicals that run the gamut from edgy premieres to beloved classics. For Theatre Week, you can see “Yoga Play,” a contemporary satire about enlightenment and corporate culture, for just $15.  

San Jose Stage Company
As South Bay’s leading professional theatre company, San Jose Stage is known for its thought-provoking, edgy, and imaginative works and completely reinvented spins on classics. Don’t miss the chance to see the World Premiere of “Adios Mama Carlota,” with tickets from $15 during Theatre Week.  

SHN
Bringing Broadway hits and completely unique performance experiences to the Bay Area, SHN plays a huge role in the national theater scene. During Theatre Week, they’ll be offering exclusive $35 tickets to the The Lincoln Center Theater’s five-time Tony-nominated production of “Falsettos” at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre.

Shotgun Players
Based in Berkeley, this intimate theatre company is known for creating bold, relevant, affordable theatre that pushes the boundaries and challenges audiences to examine new perspectives. You can see their production of “KILL THE DEBBIE DOWNERS! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM OFF!”, inspired by Chekhov’s “Three Sisters,” during Theatre Week.

The Tabard Theatre Company
As the resident theatre company of Theatre on San Pedro Square, Tabard puts on unique family-friendly productions driven by their mission to make live performances accessible and affordable for all. Their upcoming show, “Queen of the Mist,” premieres at the end of Theatre Week, and you won’t want to miss this musical about the first person to survive a trip down Niagara Falls in a barrel.

Teatro Vision de San Jose
This Chicanx theater company empowers and amplifies the Latinx experience for audiences of all ages. This spring, a cast of young performers brings the story of Doodle Pequeño and his new friend Reno to life at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, navigating bullies and trolls to find a way to be their most authentic selves.

Theatre of Yugen
For over 25 years, Theatre of Yugen has been presenting new and classical works based in the foundation Japanese noh drama and khogen satire. They celebrate contemporary Japanese theatre by bringing performance and education to under-represented groups all over the Bay Area. See “Helen,” a modern adaptation of the greek classic Helen of Troy, at NOHspace for $25 during Theatre Week.

Theatre Rhinoceros
Theatre Rhino is the longest-running professional queer theater. For 41 years, they’ve been developing and producing that explore all aspects of the queer community. For Theatre Week, you’ll be able to see the classic thriller “Deathtrap” at the Gateway Theatre from $15.

TheatreFIRST
Since 1994, TheatreFIRST has gone through several artistic missions and performance venues. In 2016, under new leadership and in a permanent artistic home, the company has made a commitment to only producing new plays and creating a diverse group of artists and board members. See their collaboration with Shotgun Players, “Far, Far Better Things,” at the Live Oak Theater in Berkeley during Theatre Week.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Located in Silicon Valley, TheatreWorks celebrates the human spirit and engages its diverse community through musicals, dramas, and education programs. They also proudly develop and produce new plays and host the annual New Works Festival. During Theatre Week, see New Works Festival favorite “Marie & Rosetta” or “Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story,” or get specially-priced tickets for the NorCal premiere of “Archduke” in June.

Town Hall Theatre
As Contra Costa County’s oldest continuously active theatre company, Town Hall Theatre provides exceptional live performances and arts education for its community. During Theatre Week, get exclusively-priced advance tickets for their summer show, “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.”

Ubuntu Theater Project
Borrowing from the Zulu proverb also used as its namesake, Ubuntu Theater Project is a collaboration between artists whose work is rooted in finding the ties across humanity. During Theatre Week, their upcoming production of “DOWN HERE BELOW” will relocate Maxim Gorkey’s intense 1901 drama about poverty in 20th century Russia to a homeless camp in modern-day Oakland.

We Players
Known for their site-specific performances and participatory productions, We Players uses theatre to bring its community together in bold and engaging ways. Double up on their programming during Theatre Week with tickets to “Mother Lear” and “Undiscovered Country.”