Here’s What’s Opening in the Bay Area this Month
There’s never a dull moment in the Bay Area – especially in the city’s vibrant theater scene. These are just a few buzzworthy productions to look forward to this July.
City of Angels
San Francisco Playhouse, July 6 – September 17
It’s the 1940s in Los Angeles. Stine, a struggling screenwriter, attempts to pen his film noir masterpiece under the pressure of an oppressive producer and a failing marriage. Meanwhile, his on-page creations start to take on a life of their own, and the hard-boiled world of murder, private detectives, and femme fatales becomes a reality. Stine must walk the tightrope between the real world and the silver screen to see if this story can have a happy ending.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, July 13 – August 7
Father’s running for President. Daughter’s running wild. And the press is running out of time. With the campaign in full swing, someone unfurls a confederate flag and the scandal hits the fan. The provocative hit of TheatreWorks’ 2015 New Works Festival, this headline-hot political drama is a fresh, fascinating look at today’s muckraking media and the world it relentlessly pursues.
La Cage Aux Folles
Bay Area Musicals, July 7 – July 31
The thrilling and heart-warming musical that brought two men kissing to center stage of the American musical. La Cage Aux Folles centers around Georges and his lover Albin, who stars as Zaza at their St. Tropez drag nightclub, “La Cage aux Folles”. Albin is the club’s star female impersonator while Georges is the club’s Master of Ceremonies. Problems arise when Georges’ twenty-five year old son, Jean-Michel, a result from a brief encounter years back, announces that he is engaged to Anne Dindon. Anne is the daughter of a well-known homophobic politician, Edouard Dindon. La Cage Aux Folles is known as Jerry Herman’s best score; it includes such songs as “The Best of Times is Now”, “Song In the Sand”, “La Cage Aux Folles”, and “I Am What I Am”.
Cal Shakes, July 6 – 31
August Wilson’s fierce drama about family, loyalty, and forgiveness features Bay Area powerhouses Aldo Billingslea as Troy Maxson, a charismatic baseball player-turned-sanitation-worker, and Margo Hall as his wife Rose, whose enduring strength holds the family together. Directed by former Brava Theater Center Artistic Director Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Fences marks Pulitzer Prize-winner Wilson’s Cal Shakes debut.
Shotgun Players, July 13 – August 14 plus repertory performances
From our earliest age – when someone hurts us – we are taught to turn the other cheek. Set in an inner city soup kitchen, Grand Concourse introduces us to Shelley, a basketball playing nun, who has dedicated her life to serving others. Into the mix comes Emma, a complex and mysterious young woman who wants to make a difference. With sharp humor and brutal honesty, Grand Concourse forces us to question if some actions are unforgivable.
Green Day’s American Idiot
City Lights Theater Company, July 14 – August 21
This Tony Award-winning rock extravaganza tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their unbridled dreams and the safety of suburbia, on a quest for true meaning in a post-9/11 world that leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of their lives. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, and featuring Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends, and the blockbuster title track, Green Day’s American Idiot boldly takes the American musical and City Lights where they’ve never gone before.