TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2018 New Works Festival introduced “Pride and Prejudice” in a staged reading; the musical premieres in Palo Alto in December. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Bay Area theaters announce 2019-20 seasons

SHN announced its upcoming season of musicals with a splash, with Sting and his costars in town March 28 offering live tunes in a compelling live sneak peek of “The Last Ship,” his musical coming to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre in February 2020.

SHN’s Golden Gate lineup also includes “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” in December. In 2020 come “The Spongebob Musical” in February; “The Book of Mormon” in April; “The Band’s Visit” in May; “Mean Girls” in June; and “My Fair Lady” in August. Subscriptions (which don’t include “Spongebob” or “Book of Mormon”) range from $269 to $912 and are on sale May 7 at (888) 746-1799 or

Earlier this month, American Conservatory Theater directors Pam MacKinnon and Jennifer Bielstein announced the troupe’s 2019-20 season (without performance dates). It includes Caryl Churchill’s “Top Girls”; the premiere of Kate Attwell’s “Testmatch”; Obie Award–winning Will Eno’s new “Wakey, Wakey”; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ dark comedy “Gloria”; Lydia R. Diamond’s baseball play, “Toni Stone”; Richard O’Brien’s cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show”; and Qui Nguyen’s sequel to “Vietgone,” “Poor Yella Rednecks.” Subscriptions on sale range from $98 to $693; single tickets go on sale in the summer. Visit or call (415) 749-2250.

San Francisco Playhouse directors Bill English and Susi Damilano announced their 2019-20 mainstage lineup. It opens with the off-Broadway hit “Dance Nation” by Clare Barron (Sept. 24-Nov. 9); the local premiere of “Groundhog Day the Musical” by Danny Rubin and Tim Minchin (Nov 20-Jan. 18); the local premiere of “Tiny Beautiful Things,” Nia Vardalos’ adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s book (Jan. 28-March 7); “Real Women Have Curves” by Josefina López (March 17 to April 25); Sarah Ruhl’s Pulitzer Prize-finalist “The Clean House” (May 5-June 20) and “Follies,” Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Tony Award-winning musical (July 1-Sept. 12). Subscriptions are $170 to $450; call (415) 677-9596 or visit Single tickets go on sale July 1.

Offering performances in Mountain View and Palo Alto, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s upcoming 50th season, founding artistic director Robert Kelley’s final with the troupe, opens with Julia Cho’s “The Language Archive” (July 10-Aug 4), followed by the 2019 New Works Festival (Aug. 7-18), and Patrick Barlow’s comic adaptation of the Hitchcock thriller “The 39 Steps” (Aug. 21-Sept. 15). Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman’s new musical “Mark Twain’s River of Song” runs Oct. 2-27, followed by the Paul Gordon’s premiere musical “Pride and Prejudice” based on Jane Austen’s classic (Dec. 4-29). Mona Golabek appears in “The Pianist of Willesden Lane” (Jan. 15–Feb. 9), followed by Laurel Ollstein’s “They Promised Her the Moon” (March 4–29); Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ musical classic “Ragtime” (April 1–26); and Lauren Gunderson’s “The Book of Will” (June 3–28). Subscriptions, from $115 to $591, are available at (650) 463-1960 or

New Conservatory Theatre Center Founder Ed Decker announced its 2019-20 season, beginning with the premiere of Del Shores’ campy parody, “This Side of Crazy” (Sept. 20-Oct 20). Bekah Brunstetter’s comedy “The Cake” (Sept. 20-Oct. 20); the Go-Go’s musical “Head Over Heels” (Dec. 6-Jan. 12); Ryan Fogarty’s premiere comedy “You’ll Catch Flies” (Jan. 17-Feb. 23); the premiere of Yilong Liu’s “The Book of Mountains and Seas” (March 6-April 5); Donja R. Love’s “Sugar in our Wounds” (April 3-May 10); and Jeanine Testori and Lisa Kron’s Tony award-musical “Fun Home” based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel (May 15-June 14) follow. Subscriptions ($60 to $255) are on sale at (415) 861-8972 and

Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross announced programming for the theater’s 28th season, his final with the group. It includes the local premieres of Ike Holter’s drama “Exit Strategy” (Aug. 30- Sept. 29) and Bryna Turner’s “Bull in a China Shop” (Nov. 8-Dec. 8) followed by the West Coast premiere of Lucy Kirkwood’s Broadway hit “The Children” (Jan 31-March 1); Joe Orton’s classic “Loot” (April 3-May 3); the premiere of Christopher Chen’s “The Ruler” (May 8-June 21) and local premiere of Laura Eason’s comedy “Sex With Strangers.” Subscriptions ($111 to $396) and single tickets are on sale at (510) 843-4822 or

Hillbarn Theatre Executive Director Dan Demers announced the Foster City company’s upcoming season. It includes the Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes” (Aug. 19-Sept. 15); Terence McNally’s comedy “It’s Only a Play”(Oct. 10-27); Alan Menken, Jack Feldman and Harvey Fierstein’s Tony-winning musical “Newsies” (Dec. 5-22); Howard Ashman and Menken’s cult musical “Little Shop of Horrors” (Jan. 23-Feb. 9); Neil Simon’s comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” (March 12–29); Fierstein and Jerry Herman’s musical “La Cage Aux Folles” (May 7-24) and the premiere of “The Four Gifts” based on the memoir of San Mateo local Father Joseph Bradley (June 18–21). Subscriptions, at $210 to $336, are on sale at or by calling (650) 349-6411.


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