Hershey Felder performing in "Our Great Tchaikovsky" at TheatreWorks in 2018. (Photo courtesy of Hershey Felder Presents)

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Announces 2018-19 Season

The season will feature a world premiere by Hershey Felder about Claude Debussy.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring nine productions.

The season will start with Hold These Truths (July 11-Aug. 5), by Jeanne Sakata, about the inspiring story of Gordon Hirabayashi, who refused to report to a relocation camp of Japanese American families and fought the U.S. for civil liberties.

Next up will be Karen Zacarías’s Native Gardens (Aug. 22-Sept. 16), about the clash of cultures when a Latino family buys a home next to the prize-winning garden belonging to a prominent family in Washington, D.C. Amy Gonzalez will direct.

Following will be Fun Home (Oct. 3-28), with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Lisa Kron. Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, the musical explores Alison’s youth and her relationship with her dysfunctional family. Robert Kelley will direct.

The season will continue with Tuck Everlasting (Nov. 28-Dec. 23), with book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, music by Chris Miller, and lyrics by Nathan Tysen. The musical, based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt, follows a free-spirited girl who finds a family who has discovered the secret to an everlasting life. Kelley will direct.

Just in time for the holidays will be The Santaland Diaries (Dec. 5-23), adapted by Joe Mantello from David Sedaris, about a man’s experience working as a Yuletide elf at Macy’s Santaland during the holiday season. Jeffrey Lo will direct.

Next up will be Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon (Jan. 16-Feb. 10, 2019), about a TV interview between Richard Nixon and British talk show host David Frost during the period of time America was caught in the riptides of Watergate and Vietnam. Leslie Martinson will direct.

Following will be George Brant’s Marie and Rosetta (March 6-31), about the dynamic musical duo of Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight. Kelley will direct.

Next will be the world premiere of Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story (April 3-28, 2019), written and performed by Hershey Felder. The show will feature the music of Claude Debussy and illuminate the artist’s life. Trevor Hay will direct.

The season will conclude with Archduke (June 5-30, 2019), by Rajiv Joseph, about three hapless insurgents proving that little has changed in the world since the 1914 assassination of  Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of World War I. Giovanna Sardelli will direct.

Founded in 1970, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley develops and produces new musicals and plays.