What we're about
Do you enjoy going to the theatre but don't always have someone to go with? Are you tired of having to drive to San Francisco or to San Jose to see live theatre? Does paying exorbitant prices to see a performance use up so much of your entertainment budget that you can't meet for dinner beforehand?
If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then it's time to become a "FRIEND OF THE DRAGON THEATRE", Redwood City's very own first class, live theatre right on Broadway in the heart of downtown.
We will be scheduling a meetup to see each of the shows which the Dragon Theatre has scheduled for the 2015 season and we encourage you to contact other members to put together your own group if you cannot attend the 'official' Friends of The Dragon performance. Shows are performed Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM.
The current season includes both MAIN STAGE and "2nd STAGE" shows. The "2nd Stage" series was launched in 2014 and is intended to give other artists the opportunity to fully produce their passion projects with funding and mentorship from the Dragon's staff. This series works to develop new local theatre makers with the support of an established theatre company.
Main Stage: "Show People" by Paul Weitz
February 27 – March 22, 2015 Jerry and Marnie are faded Broadway stars hired by Tom, a rich young technology entrepreneur, to pretend to be his parents in order to impress his girlfriend Natalie, a brilliant violinist and daughter of a renowned physicist. This comedy of falsified identities satirizes the indomitable theatricality of theater folk. Written by Academy Award-nominated writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy and In Good Company).
2nd Stage: The Star Without a Name by Mihail Sebastian April 17 – May 3, 2015 The story of a 12-hour love affair, and of those who were there to witness it. The life of routine in a sleepy country village in 1942 is shaken one night when an express train makes an unexpected stop to unload a mysterious passenger — a glamorous woman who has no money and refuses to say who she is. Translated and adapted from Romanian by director and producer Ana-Catrina Buchser, The Star Without a Name is written by Mihail Sebastian, better known in the US for his journals on surviving fascism and anti-semitism, which were adapted into a play by David Auburn in 2004.
Main Stage: "The Columnist" by David Auburn May 29 – June 21, 2015 Joseph Alsop, America’s most powerful political commentator, is the subject of The Columnist, a new play by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award–winning author of Proof. Dominating Washington’s political scene in the years between World War II and the Vietnam War, Joe is both feared and admired. But as America enters the turbulent 60s, his unyielding political views and dark personal secrets threaten to destroy his influence. Opened on Broadway in 2012 with John Lithgow. Bay Area premiere.
2nd Stage: "Lo speziale" by Joseph Haydn, libretto by Carlo Goldoni July 10 – July 26, 2015 A young apprentice dreams of a woman just out of his reach, while he toils away making batches of drugs under the apothecary's watchful eye. A neighborhood boy tries to woo the same woman away, while the apothecary himself plots to accumulate wealth manipulating those around him. A comedic tale of mixed up romance and life in the drug industry. Opera as you've never seen it before, told through the style of the hit TV show, Breaking Bad. Sung in the original Italian with supertitles.
Main Stage: "The Voice of the Prairie" by John Olive
August 21 – September 13, 2015 During the early days of radio, Davey Quinn becomes famous as the Voice of the Prairie, telling tales of his adventures with Frankie, a blind girl he once saved from her abusive father. Years later his radio broadcasts reunite him with Frankie, now a school teacher, and their adventures together begin again! One of the most popular contemporary plays, The Voice of the Prairie has been called “endearing” (NY Times) and “first-rate entertainment.”
Main Stage: "Or" by Liz Duffy Adams
October 2 – October 25, 2015 This “playful, funny and inventive comedy” (NY Times) offers a fictional peek into the true story of Aphra Behn, Restoration Era spy and pioneering female playwright. Sprung from prison under the secret patronage of King Charles II, Aphra longs to be a giant of the London stage. When opportunity knocks in the form of an eccentric producer, Aphra has just one night to complete her masterpiece, juggle would-be lovers and ex-lovers, and avert a royal assassination before daybreak. Don’t miss this “hilarious history lesson” (SFGate) about a woman centuries ahead of her time.
Main Stage: "Sunlight" by Sharr White November 20 – December 13, 2015 A timely and thought provoking drama by Sharr White, Sunlight tackles the polarity of the post-9/11 world. A liberal university president wages a ferocious war against a conservative law school dean who writes legal memos justifying torture—and who also happens to be his son-in-law. His daughter, a 9/11 survivor, is caught between her father and husband as the family’s personal and political worlds collide.