Plays in San Francisco

2017 & 2018 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

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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.

  • 12/1 - 12/24: A Christmas Carol at the ACT, Full price $15-$75, Goldstar $12-$45*

  • 12/1 - 1/7: Avenue Q at the New Conservatory Theatre, Full price $35-$55, Goldstar $26.25-$41.25*

  • 12/13 - 12/24: The Secret Garden at The Gateway Theatre, Full price $45-$50, Goldstar $22.50-$25*

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2017 & 2018 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.

December 2017

January 2018

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

May 2018

June 2018

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

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

Small Mouth Sounds

Small Mouth SoundsDates: 10/11 - 12/10

Location: ACT's Strand Theater

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

This is your chance to see the 2016 Critics Pick! Small Mouth Sounds is a funny story about what happens to the mind when you stay silent too long.

It follows six people that attend a retreat in the middle of no where. As they try to meditate and enjoy the peacefulness, they find staying quite does not necessarily bring about inner peace.

It's one of the funniest and top plays in San Francisco this October.

Le Switch

Le SwitchDates: 10/27 - 12/3

Location: New Conservatory

Tickets: On sale at a discount on Goldstar

Enjoy the Regional Premier of Le Switch starting in October. It's the story of a New York librarian that loves his rare book collection and his independence.

Although he never plans to get married, he attends a friends bachelor party in Montreal and finds the man of his dreams.

What happens to his tidy and organized life? Find out in this fun, romantic comedy.

The Birthday Party

The Birthday PartyDates: 1/10 - 2/4

Location: American Conservatory Theater (ACT)

The Birthday Party is the story of a pianist that lives in a small, seaside town in England. He lives in a small boarding house with a few other residents.

Questions about his past arise when two unknown people arrive in town and start asking questions about him. When the locals throw the pianist a birthday party, he is faced with dozens of difficult questions from the two strangers.

This Harold Pinter play is full of mystery, danger, and some humor.

Still at Risk

Still at RiskDates: 1/19 - 2/25

Location: New Conservatory Theater

Still at Risk follows the story of what happens to an AIDS activist in the new world where there are more gay rights and political urgency. As he contemplates his role in this new world, his world is rocked by an unexpected event.

It renews his anger and passion for his causes and is the key for him to find his place and move forward in life.

This is one of the plays in San Francisco with its world premier here this season.

Born Yesterday

Born YesterdayDates: 1/23 - 3/10

Location: SF Playhouse

Born Yesterday is a comedy that takes an inside look at corruption in our political system. It's the story of a millionaire and his girlfriend with a checkered past.

He heads to Washington to influence some politicians and at the same time hires a publicist to change the image of his girlfriend.

What she learns along the way forces her to fight for the disadvantages and allows her to showcase the true power of female persuasion.

Non-Character Play

Non Character PlayDates: 2/7 - 3/3

Location: SF Playhouse

In February, catch the world premier of Non-Character Play. It's a comical look at the games we play with each other every day and who is really winning.

It follows two friends that team up for online play. The two are unstoppable together, but after a long time of playing together, the two have a falling out.

One convinces his online friends to start a real life battle with the other. Head over to the SF Playhouse to find out who wins in the end.

Vietgone

VietgoneDates: 2/21 - 4/22

Location: ACT Theater

Everyone loves a road trip because you just never know what will happen. Vietgone is a story of three Vietnamese immigrants that travel across unfamiliar territory in the United States in the 1970s.

In the end, one of them meets a local girl and falls in love. It's a not so classic tale of travel and what happens when boy meets girl.

It's one of the fun plays in San Francisco this month with pop culture references and both humor and drama.

It's Only a Play

It's Only a PlayDates: 3/2 - 4/1

Location: New Conservatory Theater

The regional premier of It's Only a Play is set for this March in San Francisco.

This hilarious show follows the story of a playwright whose first show is now on stage. He has concerns about what the critics will think and what will happen to his career if it bombs.

It takes place behind the curtain with his producer, director and the star of the show. This backstabbing comedy is one you will not want to miss.

Heisenburg

HeisenburgDates: 3/14 - 4/8

Location: ACT

Tony award winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) with another interesting play. It digs into the cliche that "opposites attract."

It's the story of a young woman that kisses a 70-year old man on the subway in London. A few days later she returns into his life. He is curious to see if she is a con artist or if she is really attracted to someone quite a bit older than her.

The Effect

The EffectDates: 3/20 - 4/28

Location: SF Playhouse

The Effect is the winner of the Winner of the UK Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play. This humorous and dramatic play follows a story that makes researchers of a new drug question the ethics of their research.

It's the story of two people in a research study testing the effects of a new anti-depressant. They fall in love and begin to question if it's true love or just a side effect of the meds they are testing.

Their "love story" forces the doctors and other researchers to take a hard look at the ethics of their research methods.

The Mystery of Love & Sex

The Mystery of Love and SexDates: 4/13 - 5/20

Location: New Conservatory Theater

The regional premier of The Mystery of Love and Sex kicks off in April at the New Conservatory Theater.

What happens when two friends since childhood begin to explore a new and possibly more intimate relationship? Charlotte and Johnny come from different backgrounds and as they get older they begin to wonder where their friendship is headed.

It's a look at the mysteries of sexuality and that what's in front of you may be different than it seems.

Father Comes Home from the Wars

Father Comes HomeDates: 4/25 - 5/20

Location: ACT

Pulitzer Prize–winner Suzan-Lori Parks brings her next play to San Francisco. Father Comes Home from the Wars offers a look inside what it's like to make a decision to fight for freedom or play it safe by not speaking out.

It's the story of a slave, Hero, that needs to decide whether to fight to free himself and other slaves or stay at home with his family to stay safe but continue to be a slave. Set during the time of the American Civic War, this comic and heartbreaking play is one you will not soon forget.

An Entomologist's Love Story

Entomologist Love StoryDates: 5/8 - 6/23

Location: SF Playhouse

An Entomologist's Love Story is a look at what happens when to coworkers discover their relationships is more complicated than they thought.

Betty and Jeff are entomologists that work together at a local museum. They study the mating behaviors of bugs.

This edgy, yet hilarious story shows what happens when their own relationship is viewed more closely under the microscope.

In Braunau

In BraunauDates: 6/13 - 7/7

Location: SF Playhouse

Another one of the world premier San Francisco plays this season is In Braunau. It's an interesting look at how people deal with election results.

After the last election, an American couple becomes frustrated with the results. They decide to travel to Braunau, Austria for a vacation.

During their stay, they take over the Adolf Hitler's childhood home. They plan to turn it into a "rainbow BnD" (bed and dinner). In turn, they turn the tables on this historic home and open its doors to the world for everyone to discuss history, politics and culture.

Washed Up On the Potomac

Washed UpDates: 8/8 - 9/1

Location: SF Playhouse

The final world premier plays in San Francisco at the SF Playhouse is Washed Up on the Potomac. Written by Lynn Rosen, it follows the story of what happens in a proofreading office when someone makes a mistake on a critical document.

This isn't just a small mistake. It may have cost someone their life as one of their coworkers washed up on the shore of the Potomac today. Who is the next person in line to go for this mistake? Find out in this fascinating play in SF this fall.

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