TheatreWorks began 50 years ago during a time in our nation’s history of uncertainty and hope for a better world. Like today, everyday people were marching in the streets, making their voices heard, and demanding more from their democracy. When “Popcorn,” our first show, premiered in July of 1970, a divided community banded together behind a fledgling group of theatre artists who had a vision and a dream.
These artists hit a chord by providing space for ideas, allowing for beauty in our lives, and answering a need in our community. We are still bonded together by that need. Great theatre, great art, can provoke thought, provide much-needed different points of view, open hearts, and make us, as the late US Representative John Lewis once said, “stand up, speak up, speak out.”
Beginning this fall, join us as we honor our roots and focus on getting out the vote and standing up for racial justice–two inextricably linked pillars of our democracy. Celebrating diverse voices, we will curate online theatrical experiences designed to elevate, empower, and uplift all in our community. And hopefully, during this time of need, our collective voices can help us build the bridge from empathy to action.
TheatreWorks acknowledges that our offices are on the traditional territory and homelands of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples who lived in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area to Monterey. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in 1769, the Ramaytush Ohlone numbered approximately 1400 persons and lived in eleven tribelets.
TheatreWorks is working with members of the local Ohlone community to expand our understanding of the lands on which our theatres in Palo Alto and Mountain View sit.
by Beau Sia
Performers: Roneet Aliza Rahamim, Aldo Billingslea, Khalia Davis, Jomar Tagatac, Rinabeth Apostol,
Celebrate Women's Equality
One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment, giving women* the right to vote, was ratified. In 1965, The Voting Rights Act was signed into law, outlawing discriminatory voting practices and ensuring that women (and men) of color were also given the right to vote.
Resources for getting out the vote
Presented as a Broadcast Partner with Berkeley Rep
YouTube with live post-show talkback
Lisa Peterson, Tony Taccone, and Bennett S. Cohen share some insights into the how and why of making the audio version of It Can’t Happen Here in 2020.
This production was available October 6 – November 3, 2020