Plays, Classes, Activities & Events

Filter By:
  • Angus Bowmer Theatre

    Angus Bowmer Theatre

    From its inception, the Angus Bowmer Theatre has welcomed our patrons with the graciousness of the man for whom it was named, OSF’s founder Angus L. Bowmer. The immediacy between company and audience members in this space allows for theatrical voyages of human discovery, guided by some of the world’s greatest classical and contemporary playwrights. Seats 600.














  • Thomas Theatre

    Thomas Theatre

    The Thomas Theatre opened in 2002 and it carries on the pioneering spirit of its predecessor, the Black Swan. Here, on this intimate and extremely versatile stage, we present new works and explore familiar plays in ways designed to challenge, excite and illuminate. Up to three different seating configurations. Seats 270 – 360.






  • Allen Elizabethan Theatre

  • Thomas Theatre

    Begins at Thomas Theatre

    As a result of the generous donation of $4.5 million from a group of donors comprised of The Goatie Foundation, Roberta and David Elliott, and Helen and Peter Bing, in 2013 the New Theatre was renamed the Thomas Theatre, in recognition of longtime OSF Development Director Peter D. Thomas, who died in March 2010.

    The Thomas Theatre opened in 2002 and it carries on the pioneering spirit of its predecessor, the Black Swan. Here, on this intimate and extremely versatile stage, we present new works and explore familiar plays in ways designed to challenge, excite and illuminate. Up to three different seating configurations. Seats 270 – 360.




  • Carpenter Hall

    Carpenter Hall

    Located on Pioneer Street and built in 1923, this building was the First Church of Christ, Scientist. When it closed its doors, OSF purchased the building in 1973 and named it in honor of the Carpenter family, a prominent family in the valley that was extremely supportive of the festival. Carpenter Hall is now used for a variety of OSF functions and events, including Festival Noon lectures, panels and discussions.






  • Lithia Park (Bill Patton Garden)

    Lithia Park

    Named for William Patton, OSF’s first executive director, the Bill Patton Garden is located in Lithia Park adjacent to the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion. The Festival Noon Park Talks are held here at noon during the summer months. The Tudor Guild Gift Shop also uses this space for its brass rubbings

  • Class Registration

All Plays:

Love is in the air when Don Pedro’s army arrive at Leonato’s estate. Claudio wants to marry Leonato’s daughter Hero. Claudio’s friend Benedick and Leonato’s niece Beatrice hide their attraction behind witty insults. Read More

Much Ado about Nothing

Angus Bowmer Theatre

Nathan Detroit runs the oldest floating crap game in New York, and he's bet that the high roller Sky Masterson will never land a date with a straight-laced Salvation Army doll, but love is never a sure thing. Read More

Guys and Dolls

Angus Bowmer Theatre

Pericles, Prince of Tyre, sets out to woo a princess and sails headlong into harrowing adventure. Along the way, he finds the love of his life, then loses her and their infant daughter in a storm-tossed sea.

This production of Pericles is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Theatrical haze is used in this production. Read More

Pericles

Thomas Theatre

The job seems simple: All pickpocket Sue Trinder has to do is help a con man cheat a young heiress out of her fortune. But nothing is what it seems in this gritty mystery set in 19th-century England. Read More

Fingersmith

Angus Bowmer Theatre

OSF is proud to present Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical masterpiece in which hell is a family whose members want to love each other but don’t know how. Read More

Long Day's Journey into Night

Thomas Theatre

Two plays—a bawdy retelling of a classic Chinese fable and a poignant story of a couple separated in the wake of China’s 1949 revolution—collide onstage when two acting troupes book the same theatre for rehearsals. Read More

Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land

Angus Bowmer Theatre

One fateful meeting reshapes the ancient world when the great Roman warrior Mark Antony, like Caesar before him, falls in love with the incomparable Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. Read More

Antony and Cleopatra

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

A duke. A mysterious prophecy. Two daughters: one mobbed by suitors, the other . . . not. And all set to the beat of 1980s pop icons the Go-Go’s? An exuberant Elizabethan love story by Jeff Whitty. Read More

Head Over Heels

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Edmond Dantès has it all—a flourishing naval career, loyal friends, a bright future. But he also has an enemy, a jealous schemer who will stop at nothing to steal what Dantès loves most: his beautiful fiancée. Read More

The Count of Monte Cristo

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

This powerful sequel to Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful explores the places we live our lives and the places we can’t forget—all set to a joyful pulse of Puerto Rican folk music. Read More

The Happiest Song Plays Last

Thomas Theatre

Close friends share everything: drinks, secrets and laughs. But when rumors of layoffs shake up the factory where they work, the fragile bonds splinter and a horrific crime sends shock waves across two generations. Read More

Sweat

Angus Bowmer Theatre

Discover the show behind the shows on a walking tour with a company member. Begin with a brief talk about the history of OSF and the intricacies of operating a theatre in repertory. Read More

Backstage Tour

Begins at Thomas Theatre

Join us at the noon hour on Saturdays to learn more about the plays and enhance your play-going experience. Read More

Spring Festival Noons

Carpenter Hall

The Feast of Will has been a tradition at OSF since 1956. Always held in Lithia Park, it celebrates the beginning of summer and the opening of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Read More

Feast of Will

Lithia Park

Enjoy a noon hour with actors, artisans and other OSF company members. Read More

Festival Noons

Carpenter Hall

The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) is an award-winning youth orchestra for regional string musicians of high-school age and younger. Read More

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

The Green Show features local, national, and international talent from June to October. Free for the public. Collaborations, Community and a Commitment to excellence and access! Read More

Green Show

For decades, the OSF company and audience have come together in August for The Daedalus Project to raise money to end the spread of HIV/AIDS. Read More

Daedalus Project

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

As part of the Daedalus Project fundraising events, a play reading is held in the afternoon. Read More

Daedalus Play Reading

Angus Bowmer Theatre

A class for teachers planning to bring students to see Much Ado about Nothing and/or Pericles. Learn strategies to teach one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies and his first romance. Read More

Inside Shakespeare

A weekend class focusing on this Victorian crime drama, adapted by Alexa Junge from Sarah Waters’ bestselling 2002 novel. Read More

Unfolding: Fingersmith

Attend a half-hour play introduction for that evening’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre play. Read More

Preface - Antony and Cleopatra

Carpenter Hall

Attend a half-hour play introduction for that evening’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre play. Read More

Preface - Head Over Heels

Carpenter Hall

Attend a half-hour play introduction for that evening’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre play. Read More

Preface - The Count of Monte Cristo

Carpenter Hall

Enliven Shakespeare for your students! This class for English and theatre teachers presents a theatre-based approach to help make Shakespeare exciting and accessible for students. Read More

Shakespeare in the Classroom

Class Registration

Immerse yourself: try this in-depth study of the four Shakespeare plays this season. Read More

Shakespeare Comprehensive

Class Registration

This weekend class compares the two plays side by side, discovering connections between Long Day's Journey into Night, and The Count of Monte Cristo. Read More

Plays in Conversation

Class Registration

An introduction to and exploration of selected plays in the 2015 season. Six days, seven plays! Read More

Wake Up With Shakespeare

Class Registration