Palo Alto Players 86th Season
FROM STAGE TO SCREEN AND BACK AGAIN
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
November 5 – 20, 2016 (Preview November 4)
A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Based upon “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl”
Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman
In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence - their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief - artfully bringing Anne’s words to life for a new generation.
"Wendy Kesselman's finely textured new DIARY tells a deeper story. A sensitive, stirring and thoroughly engaging new adaptation." —NY Newsday
A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE
January 21 – February 5, 2017 (Preview January 20)
Book and Lyrics by Dick Vosburgh
Who better to shake those winter blues than the Marx Brothers! Two one-act musicals provide a “double feature” as hilarious as any presented in Hollywood’s heyday. The first act, A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, takes us to the lobby of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in the 1930s where the ushers sing a musical tribute to the screen stars and productions of that magical era – including a musical homage to film clichés and a tap salute to the 1930 Production Code governing on-screen “naughtiness.” The second act, A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE, sweeps us away to Russia for a madcap musical featuring all the usual loony Marx Brothers suspects. Nominated for five Tony Awards, this rollicking, innovative two-musicals-in-one is a guaranteed toe-tapping, belly-laughing delight.
"A night of magic." —The New York Post
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
April 29 – May 14, 2017 (Preview April 28)
Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle
A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
From the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail, arrives this spring to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. As gleefully silly yet wickedly smart as Monty Python, the beloved British comedy troupe that inspired it, SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. You’ll enjoy some mostly handsome Knights, a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people, before the familiar sound of clomping coconut shells brings down the curtain on the season’s goofiest, if satirically dead-on, comic delight. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical!
“You could put a happy-meter in the theatre and watch it go off the charts. You’ll laugh a lot!” —Toronto Star
June 17 – July 2, 2017 (Preview June 16)
A Play adapted by Terry Johnson
Based on the novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry
By special arrangement with StudioCanal
“Plastics, Ben. Plastics. Will you think about that?” Recent college graduate Benjamin has excellent grades, very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs. Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him...A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60s, now Benjamin's disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life in this brilliantly mod and hilarious stage adaptation.
"This bittersweet comedy is rich, full and funny. Enjoy!" —NY1