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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is targeting October as the time to return to live theater.

The award-winning company recently announced that it plans to return to live performances with the start of its 51st season, which has now been postponed until October. The season will consist of eight plays, running through Aug. 2022, of which four will be mounted at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, three will be staged at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre and one at a location TBA.

“The safety and well-being of our community is of paramount importance and while the pandemic continues, we understandably must delay in-person performances,” says TheatreWorks’ Artistic Director Tim Bond. “But with the encouraging reduction in new cases and rollout of vaccinations, we can now look ahead and are very much looking forward to reopening our doors. We know the day will come when we can once again safely gather together, to celebrate the human spirit and share the power of live theatre.”

The 51st season launches in with the new indie folk-rock musical “Lizard Boy” (Oct. 6-31). The full lineup is listed below. Visit for details.

The season’s first two productions (“Lizard Boy” and “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”) will be available to watch both in-theater and at home via video streaming “making these shows accessible to additional audience members, including those unable or unready to attend in- person next fall,” according to a news release.

Prior to the new season kick off, TheatreWorks will continue to present virtual performances and other offerings, including three world premieres by Hershey Felder.

“Lizard Boy”: TheatreWorks launches its 51st season with this new indie-folk-rock musical, which boasts a cast of three actors playing a wide assortment of musical instruments (cello,ukulele, kazoo, etc) “to tell this fresh comic book-infused tale of identity, acceptance and saving the world,” according to a news release. It runs Oct. 6-31 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”: TheatreWorks’ holiday show is a re-created “radio play” performance of the famed Christmas movie, including commercials and wacky sound effects. It runs Dec. 1-26 at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

“Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin”: Acclaimed actor-pianist Hershey Felder explores the life of yet another legendary composer — Fryderyk Chopin — in this production that runs Jan. 19-Feb. 13, 2022 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Felder has previously appeared in “George Gershwin Alone,” “Beethoven,” “Maestro” (Leonard Bernstein), “Franz Liszt in Musik,” “Lincoln: An American Story” and “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” among others.

“Sense and Sensibility”: The Bay Area simply has to accept that TheatreWorks is cornering the market on Jane Austen musicals. After presenting the world premiere of the “Pride and Prejudice” musical last year (you can now find that production for sale on Amazon), the company is presenting the regional premiere of this musical adapted from Austen’s classic novel. Like “Pride,” it was written by Tony-nominated composer Paul Gordon. Founding artistic director Robert Kelley will helm this production running March 2-27, 2022 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

“Gem of the Ocean”: Tim Bond has a long history of directing the plays of the legendary August Wilson, and he’ll helm this production of “Gem,” the first in Wilson’s 10-part “Pittsburgh Cycle” examining the lives of African-American people in the 20th century. It runs April 5-May 1, 2022 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

“Queen”: Madhuri Shekar’s 2017 play focuses on best friends and Ph.D candidates whose relationship is tested when their groundbreaking research into the great bee die-off comes under scrutiny. It runs in May, but the exact dates as well as the location have yet to be determined.

“Ragtime”: The award-winning musical by Terrence McNally and Stephen Flaherty, adapted from E.L. Doctorow’s novel continues the TheatreWorks season with an June 1-26, 2022 run at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, directed by Robert Kelley.

“Nan and the Lower Body”: This is the world premiere of Jessica Dickey’s comedy/drama, a hit at TheatreWorks’ 2019 New Works Festival. The show centers on Nan, the brilliant and complicated lab assistant of Dr. Georgios Papanicolaou, who famously invented the Pap Smear test for cervical cancer. It runs July 13 – Aug. 7, 2022 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.