City Lights Theater Company

529 S 2nd St, San Jose , CA
(408) 295-4200
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City Lights Theater Company creates provocative live productions that engage, inspire, and challenge audiences and artists alike through innovative concepts, intimate staging, and uncompromising storytelling.

City Lights Theater Company (a non-profit organization) produces a season of 6 plays per year in the Company's intimate 108-seat venue, and is committed to presenting exhilarating, thought-provoking plays that speak strongly to our audiences. The Company actively develops and produces new plays through our New Play Readers Series, some of which become a part of a regular season. We also encourage the growth of smaller "nomad" theatre companies through our Spotlight Series, in which a diverse group of performing artists are hosted in our theatre and provided with publicity and box office services for their productions. The Company also offers a Youth and Education Program which offers ticket discount, free Study Guides and other opportunities. In addition, City Lights is widely regarded as a nurturing space in which many up-and-coming actors, directors, designers and technicians are given an opportunity to develop their theatre skills alongside seasoned professionals.

2009 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Second Place

Best Local Theater Company

2008 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Second Place

Best Theater Company

-- Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper, September 24, 2008

2007 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Second Place

Best Local Theater Company

-- Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper, September 26, 2007


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    08/23/2010 by Steve Palopoli

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    City Lights Theater Company bores into the essence of the famous romantic in 'Frank Langella's Cyrano'
    03/24/2010 by Jessica Fromm

    CITY LIGHTS Theater Company’s latest production, Frank Langella’s Cyrano, may be light on the costuming, but it’s heavy on the drama. Last season, City Light’s version of The Three Musket...  More »

  • Review: 'Dead Man Walking'

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    01/28/2010 by Staff

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