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Casa Valentina

Oct 7 – Nov 6, 2016

Regional Premiere

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In summer 1962, most men who went to the Catskills went to escape the heat. Others, made their way to Casa Valentina, an inconspicuous bungalow colony catering to a very special clientele: heterosexual men who would discreetly escape their families to spend their weekends safely dressing and acting as women. Based on real events and infused with Fierstein's trademark wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining play offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of "self-made women" as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.


By four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein

Directed by Becca Wolff




Run time: 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission


Click here to see photos from Casa Susanna, which inspired this play


"Funny, thought-provoking show ... It’s a treat" - SF Examiner


"Superb cast ... extraordinarily written play" - Talkin' Broadway


"Dressed for success" - Bay Area Reporter


"... engrossing, entertaining, and enlightening" - Theatre Eddy's


"unexpectedly warm-hearted" - SF Weekly


"Major accolades are earned by costume designer Keri Fitch and wig designer David Carver Ford" - For All Events

“An amazing accomplishment” - Huffington Post


“An illuminating work that is moving, hilarious and ultimately heartbreaking” - NY Observer


“Moving, beguiling, and, yes, again historically significant” - NY Newsday


Previews (limited amount of pay-what-you-wish tickets): Oct 7 – 14, 2016

Opening Night sponsored by Minas Brazilian Restaurant: Oct 15, 2016


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Produced by Norm Abramson & David Beery (Season Producers), STEAMWORKS-Berkeley, Jeff Malloy & Dean Shibuya (Executive Producers), David Meders (Producer)


Images from Casa Susanna by Michel Hurst and Robert Swope, published by powerHouse Books

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