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Lucky Stiff

August 31 - October 7, 2012
Musical Murder Mystery Farce
Book and Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens
Music by: Stephen Flaherty

Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once On This Island) exploded on the musical theatre scene in 1988 with this Off Broadway hit - a zany, offbeat and very funny romantic murder mystery farce complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair.


Steve Martin's The Underpants

October 19 - November 17, 2012
Wild and crazy satire.
By: Steve Martin
Adapted from: Carl Sternheim

From the mind of Steve Martin, the renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, comes a wild and crazy satire. The Underpants is the cheeky tale of Louise, the pretty but neglected wife of a blockheaded bureaucrat, whose bloomers unaccountably fall down around her ankles in public. Her husband is horrified, fearing scandal and sure enough, two men - a poet and a barber - show up at their door hoping to rent the spare room and woo Louise. Filled with Steve Martin's famous flashes of wit, The Underpants is a gleeful and giddy romp about scandal and celebrity.

"An ambitious amalgam of comic book and social commentary, made out of sex jokes, slamming doors and sophisticated repartee" - New York Times


Status Update

November 1 - November 18, 2012
World Premiere of new comedy with music!
By: Dorothy Fortenberry
Music by: Colin Wambsgans
Directed by: Becca Wolff

Annabel has one boyfriend, two dinner guests and - most crucially - 534 friends on Facebook. When her birthday party goes from bad to terrible, Annabel decides to abandon the "real world" altogether and jumps head first, like a 21st-century Alice, down the wormhole with her pal Keyboard Cat. Once inside the Wonderland of the Internet, Annabel finds ex-boyfriends, old colleagues, political action and even her mom - but she keeps looking for a way back to herself. A comedy with music about internet addiction for the curious and the curiouser.


A Christmas Carol

December 6 - 16, 2012
Inspiring Holiday Tradition
By: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Cynthia Caywood & Richard L. James
Directed by: Scott Denison

Brimming with music and dance, love and laughter, spectacular special effects and scary ghosts, it's no wonder the critics have called it "THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area." Join the thousands who make this theatrical event part of their annual holiday traditions.


Old Wicked Songs

February 1 - March 2, 2013
The power and bond of music.
By: Jon Marans

"One of the best plays of the year, a fascinating exploration of art, guilt, compassion and identity." - NY Post.

Hoping to reconnect with his music and shatter the artistic block that's plagued his career, a young American piano prodigy ventures to Vienna in the spring of 1986. He is assigned to an elderly vocal teacher who gives him the "Dichterliebe" song cycle by Robert Schumann. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, this is the inspirational journey of two very different men, with music as their one common bond, who must find a way to break through their pasts.

"A vivid, beautiful play!" - NY Daily News

"A winner." - New York Times


The 39 Steps

March 29 - April 27, 2013
Fast-paced whodunit.
Adapted by: Patrick Barlow
From the Novel by: John Buchan
From the Movie by: Alfred Hitchcock

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters(played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash and some good old-fashioned romance!


Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World

April 25 - May 12, 2013
Bay Area Premiere
Winner of the Steinberg 2012 New Play Award CLICK HERE for story

By: Yussef El Guindi

Anyone who has ever looked for love knows the dilemma: Do you make a safe, sensible match? Or take a risk on an exciting someone who might - just might - be the one Great Romance of your life? Musa, an Egyptian immigrant and Sheri, a very quirky Caucasian waitress must negotiate the twists and turns of not only love, but cultural expectations in this charming romantic comedy with a delightful twist.

"...a comic charmer and a humane reminder that most of us are pilgrims of one kind or another in this big, complicated, rewarding land we share." - The Seattle Times.

"...a Romeo and Juliet story - an Annie Hall story, a West Side Story story" - The Stranger.


Sweet Charity

May 17 - June 22, 2013
Fellini + Fosse = multi-Tony Award-winning musical.
Book by: Neil Simon
Music by: Cy Coleman
Lyrics by: Dorothy Fields
Based on a screenplay by: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli & Ennio Flaiano

It started with Fellini, was made world famous by Fosse, and now this multi-Tony Award winner bursts onto the Lesher stage with all the singing and dancing you could hope for! Meet Charity Hope Valentine, the girl who wants to be loved so much that she sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances with the "animal magnetism" hero, the "ultra-chic continental" hero and the "impossible-to-believe but he's better-than-nothing" type hero. This delightful musical features fabulous dancing and great tunes such as "Hey Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now!"