Running Aug. 5-19 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, the festival will include one developmental staging of a new musical in progress (The Trouble With Doug), as well as two play readings (Sleeping Rough/The Loudest Man on Earth) and two musical readings (Being Earnest/Triangle).
Here's a look at the works:
The Trouble With Doug
Book by Will Aronson and Daniel Maté
Music by Will Aronson
Lyrics by Daniel Maté
Inspired by Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis
Presented Aug. 5-19
"In this touching, laugh-out-loud musical a charming, healthy guy slowly becomes a charming, healthy gastropod — leaving family and fiancée to make major adjustments. Kafka sings — who knew?"
By Kara Manning
Presented Aug. 7 and 11
"A broken family reunites to face the demons of its past and heal the wounds of its present: the inexplicable loss of a son and brother to the vagaries of a Middle East war."
By Catherine Rush
Presented Aug. 8 and 12
"A deaf, reclusive stage director. An intrepid, charismatic journalist. Two worlds — signing and speaking — collide in a sizzling romantic drama that creates a soaring new language of the heart."
Music by Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska
Book & Lyrics by Paul Gordon
From the play by Oscar Wilde
Presented Aug. 11-18
"London, the swinging '60s. Four 'mod' lovers confront the cantankerous Lady Bracknell in a hilarious musical reimagining of The Importance of Being Earnest from the creator of Emma and Daddy Long Legs.
Music by Curtis Moore
Lyrics by Thomas Mizer
Book by Thomas Mizer, Curtis Moore, and Joshua Scher
Presented Aug. 12-18
"In a musical journey through time, a high-tech scientist unveils a mysterious romance disrupted by New York's Triangle Shirtwaist fire. Reaching across a century, two couples risk everything they have, and believe, for love."
The Lucie Stern Theatre is located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. For tickets phone (650) 463-1960 or visit TheatreWorks.