Our 2013-2014 season:
Break Through to a World of Possibilities
There’s a season of powerful change coming soon. And Palo Alto Players captures it all on stage.
From Washington Heights to Washington Square, there is revelation in the air. From the secret laboratory of a misunderstood scientist to the research lab of a pioneer in technology, life-altering change is about to happen. From an urban couple’s living room sofa to your very own seats in our magnificent theatre, the transformation is so powerful and unexpected that nothing may ever be the same.
Take a magical leap with us. In a flash, you’ll be sharing some of this season’s most pivotal moments in five great plays and musicals—but only when you subscribe to Palo Alto Players.
Break through to an amazing new world of possibilities!
An exhilarating ground-breaking musical for the 21st Century
IN THE HEIGHTS
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda
In the shadow of Manhattan’s George Washington Bridge, the corner bodega in Washington Heights can serve up a café con leche as light and sweet as the breezes carrying the infectious rhythms of this community’s vibrant music. Salsa. Merengue. Hip-hop. Pop. This is the music to three generations, each pulsating with change, full of hope and dreams for success in this Dominican-American-flavored slice of the Big Apple. This joyous and unstoppable four-time Tony Award winner will dance into your heart with its uplifting celebration of life and the true value of family, heritage … and home.
September 14-29, 2013, preview September 13
“One of the most satisfying musicals in years!” – New York Magazine
A brilliant comedy of manners…without the manners
GOD OF CARNAGE
By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
While gathered around a coffee table sporting imported tulips and liberally covered with art books, two very civilized married couples meet to amicably resolve a playground altercation between their 11-year-old sons. One boy admits to whacking the other with a stick, breaking two front teeth. And both sets of parents agree that boys will be boys. But civility quickly takes a backseat when parental impulses kick in. In this winner of the 2009 Tony Award and coveted Olivier Award, the full-force of human chaos is unleashed – and the results are ferociously funny!
November 2-17, 2013, preview November 1
“A walloping good time!” – Bloomberg
A timeless drama of wealth, class and the true cost of love
By Ruth and Augustus Goetz
Suggested by the Henry James novel Washington Square
In elegant Washington Square of 1850’s New York, a wealthy widower has never gotten over the loss of his wife during childbirth – a woman of great beauty, confidence and grace. His plain, dutiful daughter, Catherine, lacks these qualities … just as she lacks her father’s affection and approval. Soon, Catherine’s opulent, but sheltered, world is interrupted by the attentions of a charismatic young suitor. And Catherine is left to decide if she will empower herself with the skills needed to navigate the narrow course between desire and obedience, heart and heartache, betrayal … and revenge.
January 18-February 2, 2014, preview January 17
“Romance, money, lies, manipulation…this play has it all!” – The New York Post
A monstrously good musical super-charged with laughter and fun
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks
It’s ALIVE! Only an abnormal brain from a mad genius like Mel Brooks could reanimate this 1974 film favorite as a Broadway smash, by surgically attaching show-stopping staging to a hysteria-inducing score. Drawing loosely (and we use the term “loosely” loosely) upon the Mary Shelley classic, Dr. Frankenstein (that’s “Fronk-en-steen”!) inherits a Transylvanian castle prime for monster-making. Back along for the wild ride is that irresistibly deranged cast of characters, including Frau Blücher, hunchback Igor (that’s “Eye-gor”!) and ravishing lab assistant Inga, as well as the very best of the demented rest.
April 26-May 11, 2014, preview April 25
“The Broadway Musical at its dizziest, glitziest and funniest!” – New York Post
A season finale forever altering the way we view the world
THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION
By Aaron Sorkin
It began in the 1920’s – two men locked in an epic competition to lay claim to the most influential invention of the last century: television. The Farnsworth Invention airs this amazing race – a real-life battle between Philo Farnsworth, a self-taught Idaho farm boy, and David Sarnoff, an enterprising Russian immigrant. By the acclaimed writer of The West Wing, The Social Network and A Few Good Men, this fast-paced, witty drama will captivate audiences with its remarkable storytelling of scientific discovery, double-dealings and corporate espionage. You’ll never look at television the same way again!
June 14-29, 2014, preview June 13
“Crackling prime time theatre!” – Newsday