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September 19 - October 4, 2020 (preview September 18)


Book by Mark Acito, Jay Kuo & Lorenzo Thione

Music and Lyrics by Jay Kuo


Inspired by the true childhood experience of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on Star Trek), ALLEGIANCE tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they are forced to leave their Salinas, California home following the events at Pearl Harbor, and join 120,000 other Japanese-Americans in internment camps dotted around America. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but sister Kei fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, ALLEGIANCE follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves. 


“Attention must be paid. See it and cheer!” — New York Observer




November 7- 22, 2020 (preview November 6)


Original Concept by Paul Kelly

Original Direction and Choreography by Lynn Taylor-Corbett


“Two thirds rhythm and one third soul.” That's how Fats Waller defined the uniquely American form of popular music and dance known as 'swing.' Requiring only joyful enthusiasm and a ready partner, swing exploded out of pre-war Harlem's hotbed of youth culture and swept the world. SWING! celebrates this remarkable diversity to the beat of the most exhilarating songs of the period, as well as the high flying acrobatics that define the style.  But as this enthralling song-and-dance show makes abundantly clear, swing was never a time or place -- it has always been a state of mind!


“High altitudes, high spirits and high energy!” - Variety




January 16 -31, 2021 (preview January 15)


by Jaclyn Backhaus


MEN ON BOATS is the tale of ten men, four boats, and two great rivers, told on stage entirely without boats, rivers … or men!  Pack your gear for this 21st-century telling of 19th-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers to explore the waterways of the American West. Inspired by Powell’s actual travel log from 1869, Jaclyn Backhaus’s nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theater, performed by a cast of women who infuse America’s legends of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext.


“A thrilling, gender-flipped slice of manifest destiny!” - Time Out New York




April 24 - May 9, 2021 (preview April 23)


Due to licensing restrictions, we cannot unveil the title of the Spring 2021 family musical until December 2020, but we are certain you will be enchanted by this modern classic created by the most trusted group of theatremakers on Broadway.  Based on a beloved Academy-Award winning feature, this Tony-nominated show ran for over a decade on Broadway and has since delighted audiences of all ages around the globe. This eye-popping spectacle is chock-full of heart, and will surely delight patrons of all ages!



June 12 - 27, 2021 (preview June 11)


By William Shakespeare


Orsino loves Olivia (who won’t give him the time of day). Olivia loves Viola (whom she thinks is a boy). Viola loves Orsino (who doesn’t know she’s a girl). Malvolio loves being in love; and Sir Andrew, Toby Belch, and Maria love life to its fullest. It’s all rollicking confusion, but these hilarious characters do, at last, find love where they least expect it. Palo Alto Players is thrilled to welcome back our friends from the Gunn community to present one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies!