Runs Sep 17Oct 3, 2021
Adapted by:Nina Faso and Stephen Schwartz
With additional contributions by:Gordon Greenberg
Songs by:Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor
From the book by:Studs Terkel
Approx. Run Time:1 hour and 40 minutes, no intermission
Age Recommendation:13+ (strong language)
In-Person Tickets:$27-$57
Virtual Access:Live Simulcast 9/26 + Scheduled Videos 9/30-10/3
Virtual Tickets:$25-$100 per household


“I hear America singing.” Based on Studs Terkel’s bestselling book, this unique, Tony-nominated musical has been recently updated for the modern age and features the real-life words of average working Americans, set to music by a diverse collection of extraordinary story-telling songwriters including Lin-Manuel Miranda (IN THE HEIGHTS, HAMILTON) and Stephen Schwartz (WICKED), as well as Craig Carnelia and James Taylor. WORKING is a brilliant, hilarious, and heartwarming examination of the “essential” worker.


“Entertaining, funny and touching…Working has been smartly updated, with wonderful new songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and new characters, based on new interviews, that reflect how dramatically the world of work has changed just in the past three decades.” –New York Theatre


Mai Abe
Ray D’Ambrosio
Izetta Fang Klein (performs 9/17, 9/18, 9/19, 9/24, 9/26)
Jomar Martinez
Jason Mooney
Linda Piccone
Stacey Reed (performs 9/23, 9/25, 9/30, 10/1, 10/2, 10/3)
Eiko Yamamoto

Creative & Production Team

Director: Patrick Klein
Music Director: Dolores Duran Cefalu
Choreographer: Stacey Reed
Set Design & Production Manager: Scott Ludwig
Lighting Design: Abby May
Costume Design: Robin “Dutch” Fritz”
Hair, Wig & Makeup: Gwyneth Price Panos
Sound Design:
Jeff Grafton
Stage Manager: Lauren Howry
Assistant Stage Manager: Molly Donoho
Associate Lighting Design & Master Electrician: Henry Wilen

WORKING is supported in part by a grant from the Rotary Club of Palo Alto.


Working will be staged in the Lucie Stern Theater to a live in-person audience, in accordance with the CDC and state and local health officials. Audience members must follow all local and state health and safety requirements at the time of the performance, which as of 8/3/21 includes wearing a mask in the theater regardless of vaccination status and showing an ID plus proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Patrons unable to receive the vaccine because of age (under 12), medical condition or strongly held religious belief, will be required to show an ID plus proof of a negative COVID test (PCR method) within 72 hours of the performance for entry. 

Santa Clara County’s mask mandate effective 8/3/21 allows live performers to remove their face coverings while actively performing or practicing if they maintain a minimum of six feet distance from audience members and employees. Refer to the County Health Order FAQs.

SPECIAL EVENTS taking place during the run of WORKING include:

Dinner and Show!
September 17 – October 3
Show your WORKING ticket and enjoy special discounts with our local restaurant partners. More info at

Preview Night: Pick-Your-Price
Friday, September 17
Pick-Your-Price Night makes theatre affordable for all. Ticket prices range from $10-$40.

Opening Night as part of Together Again – A Palo Alto Community Celebration
Saturday, September 18
Enjoy a post-show champagne toast in the outdoor courtyard, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance.

Post-Show Cast Talkback
Thursday, September 23
Enrich your experience at our Talkback series with Director Patrick Klein and the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run.

Virtual Access

  • Live Simulcast: Watch in real-time with the in-person audience!
    • Sunday September 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM PT
  • Pre-recorded Scheduled video: Recorded at a live performance in the Lucie Stern Theater 
    • Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7:30 PM PT
    • Friday, October 1, 2021 at 8:00 PM PT
    • Saturday, October 2 at 8:00 PM PT
    • Sunday, October 3 at 2:00 PM PT
    • Sunday, October 3 at 7:00 PM PT (no-closed-captioning Encore video)

Your emailed ticket includes a video access link and code. Can’t find your access code? Search email (including spam & junk folders) for the message titled ShowTix4U – Ticket Information, from [email protected]

For all dates, virtual performances start promptly at the stated curtain time. You may watch only during the scheduled presentation time. Your stream cannot be paused, rewound or rewatched. Tickets’ access codes are non-transferrable and cannot be re-used on multiple devices. WORKING virtual access is ‘pay-what-you-choose’, with four price levels from $25-$100.

2021-22 Subscribers who wish to exchange their in-person seats for virtual access may   contact the box office.


A few minutes before the scheduled performance time listed on your streaming ticket, visit and enter your access code, using the device you’d like to watch from. Airplay or Cast the stream to a television using instructions at

Your ticket purchase is per-device. The email confirmation includes a video access link and code to view the on-demand performance. Can’t find your access code? Search email (including spam & junk folders) for the message titled ShowTix4U – Ticket Information, from [email protected].

Closed captioning is included in the pre-recorded scheduled video. It can be disabled by clicking the “CC” icon when the video is played.

You can  gift the show  to a friend by simply buying access for a second device and forwarding that on.

please read before purchasing in-person tickets

COVID-19 Related Terms

Palo Alto Players will align with the CDC and state and local health protocols in place at the time of each performance. Our procedures may change as we continue to update our health and safety processes based on guidance from the CDC and state and local health officials. By purchasing a ticket, you and all members of your accompanying party confirm your agreement to these terms to enter the theater:

  • All ticketholders are required to show proof of full COVID vaccination for entry into the theatre. “Fully vaccinated” means that your performance is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose.
  • Patrons unable to receive the vaccine because of age (under 12), medical condition or strongly held religious belief, will be required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID test taken within 72 hours of the performance. Children under 3 are not admitted.
  • Masks are required for audience members inside the theatre, regardless of vaccination status according to the Santa Clara County mask mandate as of 8/3/21.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place regardless of precautions that may be taken. Attending a performance at Palo Alto Players includes possible exposure to COVID-19 and other contagions, and any resulting illness or injury from it. By attending a performance at Palo Alto Players you, and your accompanying party, voluntarily agree to (1) assume all risks associated with COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, and (2) comply with all related health & safety policies and protocols of Palo Alto Players and the City of Palo Alto.
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