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Let us Celebrate TheatreWorks 50th Birthday
By Iride Aparicio

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Artistic Director of TheatreWorks  ROBERT KELLEY

Silicon Valley -- TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, winner of the 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is fifty years old. The momentous occasion, comes as what may be defined a 'distressing" time, but we can get together, at a Virtual Party, and celebrate the occasion with a birthday gift, of any amount, to help the theatre raise the $50,000 it needs. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by generous donors ANNE and LARRY HAMBLY. You can send your checks at : TheatreWorks Silicon Valley PO Box 50458 Palo Alto, CA 94303-0458

L-R  LARRY HAMBLY, ROBERT KELLEY and ANNE HAMBLY
L-R  LARRY HAMBLY, ROBERT KELLEY and ANNE HAMBLY
   At the 2019 TONY AWARDS

How TheatreWorks began

"I started the company in 1970 and I have been here ever since" said Artistic Director ROBERT KELLY as he spoke with CULTURAL WORLD BILINGUAL in a previous exclusive interview.  "I have been involved in theatre in the Palo Alto Area as a kid, as a teenager and off and on when I was a student at Stanford University.  After graduating from Stanford, I taught school for one year in New England and came back to Palo Alto looking to do something the theatre. I started doing acting and got an offer to do a Summer Project that will involve High School and college-age students in creating a new work for Palo Alto Community Theatre.

I created a new musical called Pop Corn with about seventy different young people and written by a team of people from this area.  And because it was about our community and written in an era where there was a lot of conflict in our community between the 'Older Generation' (People over thirty) and the 'Younger Generation.' (people under thirty) and our play was about that conflict and how to bridge the gap between these people and bring the community back together,  our  World Premiere musical became  a big hit and put us on the map. TheatreWorks began with this production that was presented on July of 1970.

Since then, TheatreWorks have been presenting eight main productions (Many of them World or Local Premiers) and a five-show called New Works Festival at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and at The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in Mountain View.

Party

And because  we need happiness right now, to thank out contributions , TheatreWorks is   sharing with us  The Secret of Happiness  interpreted by  HILARY MAIBERGER in the role  Jerusha Abbot, in TheatreWorks 2016 Production of   PAUL  GORDON's  musical Daddy Long Legs,

Daddy Long Legs