Directed by: Ava Roy
Performed by: Libby Oberlin, Rotimi Agbabiaka, Joseph Schommer, Hunter Scott MacNair, Chris Steele, Alan Coyne, Zoltan DiBartolo, Britt Lauer, Lauren Hayes, Emily Stone, Oscar Velarde
Produced by: We Players
San Francisco’s Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park provides the stage for We Players’ brand new adaptation of Julius Caesar, CAESAR MAXIMUS. Influenced by the Gilded Age, we explore a Roman Republic corrupted by machine politics and old money. Incorporating the nineteenth century popular entertainments of Opera and Circus, this multi-disciplinary, site-integrated production explores power, grief, and popular action. Inspired by the bloody history of civil unrest, the piece leans into the blind fury of a righteously angry mob and opens up Shakespeare’s greatest political parable for our own tumultuous time.
Runs from August 16th through September 30th, Golden Gate Park’s Music Concorse, (San Francisco)
Written by: Dominique Morisseau
Directed by: Darryl V. Jones
Performed by: Myers Clark, Rafael Jordan, Halili Knox, Emily Radosevich, Akilah Walker
Produced by: Aurora Theatre Company
From the author of the hit Temptations musical Ain’t Too Proud, and the Obie- award winning Skeleton Crew, comes Detroit ‘67. It’s 1967, Motown music rules, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by holding after-hours dance parties in the basement of their home. But when Lank shelters a battered white woman, the siblings clash over more than the family business and the riots burning the black neighborhoods of their city. Detroit ‘67 is a redemptive story of family and survival, and was the winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.
Runs from August 31st through September 30th, Aurora Mainstage Theatre, (Berkeley)
In the Heights
Written by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by: Joel Schlader
Performed by: Kat Bautista, Katherine DelaCruz, Linda Dorsey, Jonah Price, Daniel Rubio, Ashley Cowl, Dominic Dagdagan, Martin Dietrich, Rod Edora, Oscar Tsukayama, Charlene Villareal, Eydelnant Yuliya
Produced by: Woodminister Summer Musicals
In the Heights tells the story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.
Runs from August 31st through September 9th, Woodminister Amphitheater, (Oakland)
Written by: Diana Tasca
Directed by: Troy Johnson
Performed by: Matt Brown, Carolyn Compton, Damaris Divito, Leslie Ivy, Jim Johnson, Peter Juarez, Christopher Mungovan, Dana Reynolds
Produced by: Pear Theatre
Catherine Morland longs to enter the dark and stormy world of Gothic novels. Northanger Abbey exposes the difference between reality and fantasy, and questions who can be trusted as a companion and who might actually be a shallow, false friend.
Runs from August 30th through September 23rd, Pear Theatre, (Mountain View)
Woman on Fire
Written by: Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by: Elizabeth Vega
Performed by: Regina Morones, Ciclady Rodriguez, Leah Sanginiti, Micah Watterson
Produced by: Those Women Productions
Juanita has lived on the border all her life, but she has never had to give it much thought—until now. Her husband has joined the Border Patrol and stalks the desert looking for migrants, while her sister defends them and volunteers to provide food and water. Juanita herself is haunted by a woman who died trying to cross. Caught in between, Juanita must determine where she stands—is it worth putting her marriage at risk to save a stranger?
Runs from August 31st through September 9th, Live Oak Theatre, (Berkeley)
A Good Neighbor
Written by: Kate E. Ryan
Directed by: Morgan Green
Performed by: Nicole Apostol Bruno, Fontana Butterfield, Meredith Terry, Michelle Talgarow, Neiry Rojo, Patricia Silver
Produced by: Rose Oser
Dani’s daughter really wants to take piano lessons. Heidi is new in town and happens to teach piano. Dani is thrilled to have found a teacher, until she learns more about Heidi’s…politics. A Good Neighbor is a startling new play that confronts deeply conflicting ideologies in a distinctly apolitical space: the home. Amidst music lessons, potlucks, and a gossiping Greek chorus, the entire neighborhood must re-examine how kindness can exist inside of fear.
There is a promo code available! Enter ‘GoodNeighbor‘ when checking out for a $15 ticket. (Regularly $20)
Runs from September 26th to October 6th, Z Below, (San Francisco)