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Plays in San Francisco

2016 & 2017 Schedule of Shows

Plays in San Francisco include everything from award-winning productions to locally written pieces. You will find them at theaters all around SF including the Curran, Golden Gate, and the SF Playhouse.

Read on for a full schedule of upcoming performances.

Schedule of Plays in San Francisco

Half-Priced Plays in San Francisco

The first place to look for tickets is on Goldstar. They offer tickets for a variety of plays in San Francisco at up to 50% off. These are just a few of the top upcoming performances that you can see at a discount.

  • 9/27 - 11/12: Seared, Full price $45 - $60, Goldstar price $22.50 - $30*

  • 10/7 - 11/6: Casa Valentina, Full price $30 - $40, Goldstar price $15 - $20*

  • 10/19 - 11/13: The Hard Problem, Full price $19 - $78, Goldstar price $11 - $47*

*Small service fee at checkout.

2016 & 2017 Plays

Find a full schedule of plays in San Francisco by month below. Click the links to quickly scroll down and find out more about each one--including ticketing information.

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

  • 8/15 - 9/8: Zenith at the SF Playhouse

September 2017

  • 8/15 - 9/8: Zenith at the SF Playhouse

More Bay Area Theater, Musicals, & Other Performances

In addition to plays in San Francisco, here are other theater productions in SF and around the Bay Area.

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Details on Top Plays


SearedDates: 9/27 - 11/12

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

Don't miss the world premiere of this red-hot Theresa Rebeck piece at the SF Playhouse. Seared, one of the hottest plays in San Francisco, tells the story of a little Brooklyn restaurant that has suddenly become a big hit, the culinary artist who created it, and the investor who wants to cash in on the success. After having poured his heart into building it up, can Chef Harry really swallow selling out?

Casa Valentina

Casa ValentinaDates: 10/7 - 11/6

Location: New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

Let this moving piece by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein transport you to the Catskills Mountains in the summer of 1962. There, you'll discover a secretive, delightful bungalow colony where heterosexual men go on weekends to escape their families and dress and act as women. Follow their quest for acceptance and happiness in this both funny and heartbreaking drama.

The Hard Problem

The Hard ProblemDates: 10/19 - 11/13

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Tickets: On sale on Goldstar for up to 50% off

Immerse yourself in the compelling conflict between mind and matter in this provocative drama about sex, science, and computers. The story forces Hilary, a super sharp psychologist heading a brain research project, to confront her lover, Hilary's academic advisor, in a fight that pits modern science against spirituality. However, as the battle ensues, she realizes that her biggest threat is actually her own genetic secret.

Sons of the Prophet

Sons of the ProphetDates: 11/11 - 12/18

Location: New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tickets: On sale now

If you love a good laugh, you won't want to miss this acclaimed new comedy by Tony Award-winner Stephen Karam. Join protagonist Joseph Douaihy as he comically suffers through life, battling chronic pain and health problems, pressure from his family, and his own sanity. This play offers a refreshing take on how people cope with wounds that just won't heal.

Rapture, Blister, Burn

Rapture Blister BurnDates: 11/20 - 12/17

Location: Custom Made Theater

Tickets: On sale now

Rapture, Blister, Burn is a witty comedy about what happens when three old friends reunite and confront their mid-life crises. Catherine, the academic, and Gwen, the wife and mother, each wonder what it would be like to live the life they once rejected, now that they feel unfulfilled in the lives they ultimately chose. Both covet the other's position, and the ultimate prize, Gwen's husband. It's one of the fun plays in San Francisco that is a must see during your stay!


BellevilleDates: 1/8 - 1/28

Location: Custom Made Theater

Tickets: On sale now

Belleville is a tense thriller that draws audiences into the seemingly benign domestic ex-pat life of a young American couple in Paris, until the drama eventually explodes with a bloody conclusion. In the story, things seem picture perfect for the two in Belleville until Abby discovers Zack home one day when he should be at work. From there, things begin to unravel in surprising ways.

Daniel's Husband

Daniels HusbandDates: 1/20 - 2/26

Location: New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tickets: On sale now

This is the West Coast Premiere of Daniel's Husband, a moving play by Michael McKeever, directed by Allen Sawyer, that delves into the world of same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage. In the story, Mitchell does not believe in gay marriage, but his partner Daniel does. Watch their love story unfold and join the two men as they learn the consequences of their different perspectives.

The Christians

The ChirstiansDates: 1/24 - 3/11

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

In Lucas Hnath's The Christians, you'll explore the world of religious believers in America, including the thousands who flock to Pastor Paul's famous sermons each week. Though his congregation has become a megachurch, Paul wrestles with his own faith. A live choir accompanies this character as he dares to change what he preaches and how he sees Christianity.

Isaac's Eye

Issacs EyeDates: 2/19 - 3/11

Location: Custom Made Theater

Tickets: On sale now

In this Lucas Hnath piece about love, prestige, and the nature of truth, you'll see two great thinkers go head-to-head in a battle of wits. It's clever young Isaac Newton, seeking entrance into the Royal Academy, against establishment scientist Robert Hooke, the man who can grant it to him. Enjoy the Bay Area Premiere of this humorous, intellectual, and historical play.


JohnDates: 2/22 - 4/23

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Tickets: Buy here

With John by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker, you have the chance to watch a truly haunting modern ghost story. Follow Jenny and Elias, a couple who check into an old Ghettysburg bed-and-breakfast only to discover its unsettling atmosphere. See for yourself whether it's due to the Civil War ghosts, the hotel's creepy dolls, or the landlady who warns them of the temperamental rooms.

Leaving the Blues

Leaving the BluesDates: 3/3 - 4/2

Location: New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tickets: On sale now

Don't miss the world premiere of Jewelle Gomez's powerful and imaginative play, Leaving the Blues. The story spans 60 years of Alberta Hunter's celebrated career as an African-American blues singer-songwriter. As you accompany the legend backstage in preparation for a comeback performance, you'll explore right along with her the conflicts of her public life, private life, and the ghosts that haunt her.

Everything That's Beautiful

Everything That's BeautifulDates: 3/17 - 4/23

Location: New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tickets: On sale here

This is one of the tender and compelling new plays in San Francisco by Elyzabeth Wilder that is about change and acceptance in one family who moves from the Midwest to get a fresh start. Witness the fallout of the parents' recent decision to let their 8-year-old live as a girl, and an accident that forces the father to reveal the real reason why they moved. Don't miss the world premiere directed by the founder of the New Conservatory Theatre Center, Ed Decker.

Noises Off

Noises OffDates: 3/21 - 5/13

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On sale

Noises Off is a hilarious real-life comedy about a second-rate theater group putting on a comedy. Follow the wild troupe backstage as they attempt to rehearse a flop called Nothing On, complete with door-slamming, on- and off-stage drama, and an errant herring. You will spend the evening laughing with this clever Michael Frayn piece.

Needles and Opium

Needles and OpiumDates: 3/30 - 4/23

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Tickets: ACT's website

Director Robert Lepage proposes a truly unique visual experience in the play Needles and Opium, as its set is contained within an immense suspended cube. The cube serves to frame entertwining scenes from the heartbreaking stories of two different artists--Miles Davis, who seeks heroin in Europe, and Jean Cocteau, who chases opium in New York.


EclipsedDates: Starts March 2017

Location: Curran Theater

Tickets: Available soon

Eclipsed tells the story of five extraordinary women who come together in the face of turmoil in their homeland, Liberia. This is one of the plays in San Francisco that does an incredible job of bringing to light the strength and resilience of women and their bonds. This is the first Broadway work to be comprised completely of women, from cast to director to playwright.

The House of Yes

The House of YesDates: 4/2 - 4/29

Location: Custom Made Theater

Tickets: On sale now

Delve into the complicated world of a wealthy but isolated family whose lives fall just beyond the boundaries of conventional society. Dysfunctional with repressed emotions, the family also has secret passions that will end up undoing them. Watch what happens in this devastating love story when Marty brings his fiance home to this messy world.

The Encounter

The EncounterDates: 4/25 - 5/7

Location: Curran Theater

Tickets: Available soon

Directed and performed by Simon McBurney, this solo act takes you on an epic voyage into the depths of the Amazon jungle in 1969, where National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre is lost. Immerse yourself in the thrilling onstage adventure with a set of headphones (provided to each audience member) that incorporate groundbreaking sound design into this live theater experience.


BattlefieldDates: 4/26 - 5/21

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Tickets: Available now

Battlefield is director Peter Brook's new interpretation of The Mahabharata, an Indian epic that he first presented onstage over thirty years ago. The is one of the plays in San Francisco that is about a new king's coming to power and how he deals with the aftermath of the bloodshed that got him there. Take in the incredible staging work of a man searching for inner peace in a world of war and destruction.

Sordid Lives

Sordid LivesDates: 5/12 - 6/11

Location: New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tickets: On sale

The comic realness of this vile and enthralling new play has inspired a cult following. Watch what happens when three generations of a dysfunctional family come together to prepare for a potentially embarrassing funeral. They are left discovering bizarre truths about their now defunct matriarch who died in their small Texas town during a rendezvous with her much younger, married neighbor.

The Roommate

The RoommateDates: 5/23 - 7/1

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: Buy here

The Roommate is one of the plays in San Francisco that takes us on a journey with two fiery women in their 50s who are very different from each other, but both facing mid-life crises. As they confront questions of aging and identity, practical Sharon from Iowa and vegan Robyn from the Bronx rely on humor to get them through this life transition.

Kurt Vonnegut's "Mother Night"

Kurt Vonnegut's Mother NightDates: 5/28 - 6/24

Location: Custom Made Theater

Tickets: On sale now

Catch the world premiere of this exciting new adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's acclaimed novel Mother Night. The story follows from Vonnegut's previous two novels, Slaughterhouse-Five and Night, about the American-born Nazi recruiter-turned-CIA double agent, Howard W. Campbell. In this play, you meet Campbell in a different context--an Israeli jail cell--where he revisits his past and contemplates all the complicated consequences, from spies to an international love affair.


WarplayDates: 6/2 - 7/2

Location: New Conservatory Theatre Center

Tickets: On sale

Warplay by JC Lee is a captivating re-imagining of one of the oldest love stories in all of history. It draws its inspiration from The Iliad and the classic tale of Achilles and Patroclus, two young men at battle. Check out what this poetic and entertaining new epic plays in San Francisco is all about.

You Mean to Do Me Harm

You Mean to Do Me HarmDates: 6/6 - 7/1

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: Available soon

Christopher Chen's You Mean to Do Me Harm sheds light on Asian-American race relations through a dinner between two interracial couples that quickly becomes a Cold War-like psychological battleground. Don't miss the world premiere of this clever and insightful new play.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Curious IncidentDates: 6/27 - 7/23

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: All dates

Based on Mark Haddon's best-selling novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this Tony Award-winning Broadway hit is sure to make waves in SF theater this year. Experience the mystery adventure about the case of a murdered dog from the unique perspective of autistic 15-year-old Christopher, the suspected dog killer. As he sets off to discover the truth, he embarks on a life-changing journey. It's one of the top plays in San Francisco and is one you do not want to miss!


ZenithDates: 8/15 - 9/8

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: Available soon

In a world where we consumers of media and social media are constantly bombarded by news of of yet more unthinkable acts, Kirsten Greenidge's Zenith explores the reach of a person's life even after it suddenly ends. This is one of the plays in San Francisco where you should allow yourself to explore and question the impact of one life on a complex web of others.

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