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The $18-Billion Prize  
Phoenix Theatre San Francisco The $18-Billion Prize
The dark side of the environmental movement is revealed in this true story of rainforest natives and a plucky New York lawyer fighting for justice against one of the world's biggest oil companies. The claim: their homeland in the Amazonian rain forest has been polluted by an evil corporate giant. But all is not what it seems. What if in this David-and-Goliath battle David is the villain? Find out at San Francisco's Phoenix Theatre.
The Shelton Theater bodyTABOOdefiance
Nothing good ever happens after midnight... Enjoy a decadent and sinfully intriguing night of burlesque when the Red Hots celebrate 10 years in the Bay Area. bodyTABOOdefiance embodies the absurd, alternate universe of San Francisco with stunning acts from a huge variety of performers, including post-binary drag socialist Hollow Eve, international burlesque chanteuse Alotta Boutte and contortionist Sylphie Currin, plus butch queens, ballerinas, bodacious bodies and a beautiful mess of other artists.
The Color Purple  
Orpheum Theatre The Color Purple
Based upon Alice Walker's acclaimed novel of the same name, THE COLOR PURPLE is the epic tale of 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is fourteen-year-old Celie. When Celie is forced by her abusive father to marry a cruel farmer, called "Mister," she is separated from all that she loves. Ultimately, Celie conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength, coming into her own. THE COLOR PURPLE celebrates the healing power of love and the importance of a zest for life.
An Entomologist's Love Story  
The San Francisco Playhouse An Entomologist's Love Story
While studying the mating rituals of insects, a pair of scientists at a natural history museum find themselves trapped by their own complex web of past relationships and itching to find a way out, in An Entomologist's Love Story. The Mountain View Voice describes Melissa Ross' rom-com as an "edgy, comedic work about love in modern times," and it's already the recipient of the prestigious Edgerton New Play award. Catch this world-premiere production at the San Francisco Playhouse.
The Fantasticks  
The Shelton Theater The Fantasticks
When Matt and Luisa fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet unfolds, with plenty of comedy, drama and music, along with a healthy dose of moonlight and magic. Featuring the beloved songs "Try to Remember," "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," the original off-Broadway run of the timeless musical The Fantasticks lasted an astonishing 42 years, followed by another long off-Broadway run from 2006 through 2017. See why audiences all over the world continue to be charmed when this fantastical musical hits the stage of San Francisco's Shelton Theater courtesy of Landmark Musical Theatre.
Father Comes Home From the Wars  
A.C.T. Father Comes Home From the Wars
The Greeks may have set the template for epics, but American history has epics of its own. Father Comes Home From the Wars, like the Greek tragedies that inspired it, is the story of a warrior setting out for battle and then making the long journey home. Set in the Civil War, this explosively powerful new trilogy by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) at San Francisco's A.C.T. follows the slave, Hero, who agrees to fight for the Confederacy in exchange for his freedom, traveling from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield and back home again. Described as Parks' "finest work yet" by The New York Times, the Father Comes Home From the Wars trilogy -- which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist -- is a masterful blend of the serious and the comic that is at once an epic drama, a moving personal story and a thoughtful meditation on liberty and loyalty.
Horne to Strayhorn  
Black Repertory Group Theatre Horne to Strayhorn
Award-winning vocalist Nina Causey will star as Lena Horne in the new stage musical Horne to Strayhorn, which follows the life of the legendary actress-singer through her music, her time in Hollywood, her civil-rights activity, and her relationship with the musical composer and love of her life, Billy Strayhorn, who was openly gay. This production also features a video journey conveying the spirit of the times and the courage needed to persevere, as it comes to the stage at Berkeley's Black Repertory Group Theater.
Jesus Christ Superstar  
Victoria Theatre Jesus Christ Superstar
A pioneering rock opera that became a global phenomenon, Jesus Christ Superstar retells the last seven days in the life of the social and political rebel Jesus of Nazareth through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot. An all-female cast performs chart-topping songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice, including such hits as "Everything's Alright," "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and the high-octane title number. Don't miss this timeless, righteous and explosive rock musical on the stage of the Victoria Theatre in San Francisco.
Life on Hiatus  
PianoFight Life on Hiatus
Life on Hiatus explores the lives of four characters whose everyday existence has been interrupted, inviting you into the world of a college student facing astronomical student loans, a recently homeless veteran suffering from PTSD, a career-driven woman who has become unexpectedly pregnant and an unemployed migrant worker. Performance poet, Lachlan the Bray tells their stories through spoken word poetry, and the show is set to a live score by sound designer and composer, Mark Goodwin. Bay Area artist Strider Patton will also provide a visual reality for the piece at San Francisco's PianoFight.
The Mystery of Love and Sex  
New Conservatory Theatre Center The Mystery of Love and Sex
She's Jewish, he's Christian; She's white, and he's black. They love each other ... but not in that way. Or maybe they do? It's complicated. Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were just nine years old. Now, as they tumble into their 20s and confront the mysteries of their sexuality, they find that the path forward is not always the one right in front of you. The Mystery of Love and Sex was written by Bathsheba Doran (Boardwalk Empire, Masters of Sex), and this regional premiere at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre Center is directed by Rebecca Longworth. Come see for yourself why Time Out New York hailed this show as "wise and exquisitely crafted," and The New York Times described it as "tender, funny, packed with humanity and brimming with surprising revelations ... perfectly wonderful."
San Francisco, I Love You!  
The Shelton Theater San Francisco, I Love You!
Footloose's new original production, San Francisco, I Love You! is a spirited expose on everything we love and hate about the changes to our city of love. Arrive early to be part of the cast's happy-hour happening in the Shelton Theater bar, then move into the intimate theater for a show packed with satire, comedy, drama, music, dance and film. Several original short works come together to create this full-length theatrical vision in vignettes ranging from romantic and idyllic to the gritty and not-so-pretty, and the moods change as quickly as the San Francisco weather.
Custom Made Theatre Tinderella
Cinderella meets Tinder in this modern musical about finding the one ... and then, the one after that. Your princess, Meg, longs for true love, but she can barely get a "like." Her fairy-god-roommate reveals the magic of Tinder and, suddenly, prince charming is only a swipe away. But Meg still has to get to the ball, catch BART before midnight and reconcile her fairy-tale dreams with grown-up reality -- all without losing her slippers. Don't miss the world premiere of this hysterical, racy and rocking adult musical, a co-production with San Francisco's FaultLine Theatre and Custom Made Theatre.