2020-2021 Season

2020/2021 season



San Francisco Playhouse is thrilled to announce our revised 2021/21 Season, presented in a series of Acts. Each Act will be comprised of three shows, for a total of 9 productions. Act I has ended, and Act II will begin in March 2021. Act III will be announced soon.

Subscribe now to get access to every production in every Act of our 2020/21 Season—online, in-person, and everything in between.

Act II: Adjusting Mid-Air

March 13 – May 22, 2021

Act II will consist of three video on demand offerings from some of the Bay Area’s greatest artists, including two San Francisco Playhouse commissions. All three productions will be available for on-demand video streaming. Read our streaming video FAQ.


Streaming Mar. 13 – Apr. 3, 2021


By Erika Dickerson-Despenza

Directed by Margo Hall

Co-produced with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Involuntarily displaced in Chicago two months post-Katrina, 13-year-old Davis wrestles with the cultural landscape of a new city and school community while coping with the aftermath of a state-sanctioned manmade disaster.

I Was Right Here

Streaming Mar. 27 – Apr. 17, 2021

I Was Right Here

Written and performed by Julia Brothers

Directed by Padraic Lillis

Commissioned by San Francisco Playhouse

How do we keep memories alive and how do we trust what they were to begin with? Julia Brothers, in her first solo show, takes us on a journey filled with pathos and humor to discover what it is to love, lose and love again.

Shoot Me When

Streaming May 1 – May 22, 2021

Shoot Me When …

By Ruben Grijalva

Directed by Susi Damilano

Commissioned by San Francisco Playhouse

When Jackie’s health takes a turn for the worse, her daughters take her to Tahoe for one last romp. Everything is going perfectly until Jackie picks up a lonely widower at a casino bar, shaking up the party and her own future plans.


May 1 – Aug. 31, 2021

We will announce Act III in early 2021.

Summer 2021

3 shows To be announced

We are hoping that circumstances allow us to produce shows in-person for this portion of our season. Acts I, II, and III are included in all 2020/21 Season subscriptions.

Act I: Closed January 2021

The three shows in Act I are no longer available.




By Yasmina Reza

Directed by Bill English

Starring Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari, Johnny Moreno, and Jomar Tagatac

In this time, when an upcoming election is showing how our nation has become divided into opposing camps, Art explores how we turn on each other. Still a hilarious comedy, it also addresses the complex layers of friendship. Are we who we think we are? Or are we who our friends think we are?

The Jewelry Box


The Jewelry Box

Written and performed by Brian Copeland

Developed with David Ford

In this hilariously heartwarming story, a prequel to Copeland’s hit solo show Not a Genuine Black Man, a young Brian heads to the “mean streets” of Oakland to buy his mom a Christmas present. When he finds the perfect gift – a jewelry box in the White Front store – six-year-old Brian sets out to earn the required $11.97 by Christmas Eve.

Songs for a New World


Songs for a New World

By Jason Robert Brown

Directed by Bill English

Music direction by Dave Dobrusky

Starring John Paul Gonzalez, Cate Hayman, Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr., and Katrina Lauren McGraw.

It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World.