2020-2021 Season

We invite you on a theatrical adventure this season, with a lineup of shows designed to withstand the uncertain times. Performances could be live-streamed, live, or a combination of both, as we follow state and local mandates regarding gatherings.

Once Upon A Midnight Dreary
Part of our virtual Homebound Cabaret Series, Once Upon a Midnight Dreary is what happens when some of your favorite Palo Alto Players ghouls set their macabre side free! Join us for a cabaret of songs, dances and scenes perfect for the homebound spooky season!
If You Knew My Story
Part of our virtual Homebound Cabaret Series, If You Knew My Story relishes in the meeting of passion, self worth, and broken barriers! Join us for a cabaret of songs and scenes that defies perceptions, transcends boundaries, and celebrates the new normal.
Holiday Family Sing Along
Part of our virtual Homebound Cabaret Series, Holiday Family Sing Along bonds our Palo Alto Players family with yours during the holiday season! Regardless of how you celebrate, you’re invited to sing and dance along with our amazing performers to both the classics and the offbeat tunes that define this festive time of year.
Men On Boats
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.
Matilda
Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace! Packed with high-energy dance numbers and fresh, clever songs, the Tony award-winning MATILDA is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
Twelfth Night
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!
Allegiance
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.
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