Attracting theatre lovers from across the country, TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival is the artistic highlight of the summer.

An extraordinary opportunity to experience new plays and musicals in their early stages of development, the Festival has launched many new works onto TheatreWorks’ mainstage and on to productions nationally.

Single Tickets and Festival Passes are now available!

View the New Works Festival Timeline

Please call the Box Office at 650.463.1960 for additional information about our Special Events


IMPORTANT: The parking lot at the Lucie Stern Community Center is under construction until January 2020, so we recommend giving yourself an additional half hour to find a spot in the streets of the surrounding neighborhood. There is a small lot open behind the theatre off of Hopkins Ave, but it only contains 27 spaces. For patrons with mobility issues, we recommend utilizing the drop-off area at the front of the Lucie Stern Community Center, at the corner of Middlefield Rd and Melville Ave.


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The closed parking lot is highlighted in red, the route to the remaining lot is highlighted in blue, and the drop-off area at the front of the facility is highlighted in yellow.

Festival Pass

Subscriber price: $49
Non-subscriber price:  $65

One performance of each of the four main readings
Free access to the Meet-the-Artists Panel

All-Access Pass

Subscriber price: $79
Non-subscriber price: $95

One performance of each of the four main readings
Free access to all special events

8/10 @ 8pm

Launch your Festival with an evening of good humor and exuberant writing from Suzanne Bradbeer, author of TheatreWorks’ hit drama CONFEDERATES, nominated for seven Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle awards.

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8/12 @ 2pm

What would you sacrifice to change the world? Come share selections from a vibrant new musical that emerged from Palo Alto High School and electrified the community.

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Fri, 8/17 @ 7pm • Sun, 8/19 @ 3pm

Did Springsteen help bring down The Wall? His 1988 concert in East Berlin is the centerpiece of this tense, fascinating drama of Anne, an American music producer caught up in the politics of intimidation at the height of the Cold War.

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Sun, 8/12 @ 7pm • Thu, 8/16 @ 8pm • Sun, 8/19 @ 7pm

With his community facing the recession, a talented dancer falls hard for the girlfriend of a ‘gangsta’ rapper, threatening his own dreams of hip hop stardom. This tale of family, identity, and the search for truth won the “Best of Fest” Award at the New York Musical Festival.

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Tue, 8/14 @ 8pm • Sat, 8/18 @ 12pm

The space race. Astronauts circling the heavens. And now a world record-holding pilot stands ready to join them and alter the course of history. If only America will let her. The incredible true story of a woman who dreamt of stars.

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Sat, 8/11 @ 8pm • Wed, 8/15 @ 8pm • Sat, 8/18 @ 8pm

The creator of TheatreWorks’ hits EMMA and DADDY LONG LEGS returns with an unforgettable musical of the Jane Austen classic, told with a bold contemporary edge. In a romantic comedy for the ages, a liberated Lizzie Bennet and disdainful Mr. Darcy discover the irresistible power of love.

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8/17 @ 10pm

The Kilbanes have electrified the Bay Area with an irresistible blend of rock concert and story-telling musicals. Don't miss this innovative rock journey.

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8/18 @ 4pm

This sextet of exciting short plays by women from across the country explore, expose, and celebrate today's world from a powerful female perspective.

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Sun, 8/19 @ 12:00pm

Bring your questions and be a part of the conversation with writers who are shaping the theatre landscape of tomorrow.

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