Children of an Idle Brain

COAIB posterA Theatre Near U presents The World Premiere of Children of an Idle Brain by Tony Kienitz. This is a story of dreams, of dreaming, of the slip-sliding we do between varied states of reality. Reality is what we each experience singularly, each of our lives a piece of an infinite reality. So then, in the end, who’s to say what reality truly is? Is it your reality or my reality?

WHEN: June 15 – June 30, 2018

Fri. & Sat. June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30 at 7:30pm & Sun. June 17 & 24 at 2pm

WHERE: The Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, SecondStage, Located at 500 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Like, Like Like?

Like, Like Like

A THEATRE NEAR U presents Like, Like Like? In a High School run by the inmates, the resident Anarchist, Dave, inspires nearly everyone to believe that they will be crowned this year’s Homecoming Queen — that is, if they can rig the vote properly.  Non-stop laughs in this door-slamming, goofball comedy.

WHEN: June 16 – July 1, 2017

WHERE: Like, Like Like? performs at: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Second Stage. Located at 500 Castro Street (corner of Castro and Mercy streets) in downtown Mountain View.

SHOW DATES & TIMES at MVCPA: Fridays, June 16 (followed by an opening night reception,) June 23 and June 30 at 7:30pm, Saturdays, June 17, June 24 and July 1 at 7:30 pm, Sundays, June 18 and June 25 at 2 pm.


GuppyPostersmallerThe World Premiere Musical

by Tony Kienitz

Based on the true story of Jeff Eben — Star lineman of the Clovis Cougar’s football team, class president and all-around BMOC, Jeff has his entire world instantly shattered by a water-skiing accident that leaves him permanently paralyzed from, “the nipples down.” Jeff’s courageous fight to recover and how his family, friends and entire community rally to help him regain his hopes for a rich and fulfilling life is, perhaps, one of the most moving and inspirational stories one may ever encounter. Guppy is a different kind of love story. It’s about the unbeatable power of truly loving life.

WHEN: July 18 – July 28, 2019

WHERESouthside Theater at Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, 3rd floor, 2 Marina Blvd. (at Buchannan St.), San Francisco.

TICKETS:  (415) 345-7575

A Beautiful Glass

A Beautiful Glass Program2A Beautiful Glass, the new, original musical by the critically acclaimed A Theatre Near U, is an honest, boisterous and surprisingly uplifting story about suicide and supernovas. Justin Capps has given himself the impossible task of “curing suicide.” His fanatical drive to fulfill this dream has caused everyone else to think he’s nuts. In fact, the only person to take his quest seriously is the girl behind the telescope, the girl hunting supernovas, the girl named George.

Is the glass half full or half empty? Why ask? It’s a beautiful glass.

WHEN: June 10 – June 25, 2016

Performances at two venues

SHOW TIMES: In Mountain View Fri. June 10, 7:30pm followed by an opening night reception; Sat. June 11, 7:30pm; Sat. June 18, 7:30pm, Sun. June 19, 2pm; Thurs.-Sat., June 23-25, 7:30pm.

 In San Francisco Wed.-Fri., June 15-17, 8:00pm

WHERE: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage. Located at 500 Castro Street (corner of Castro & Mercy streets) in downtown Mountain View and The Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Located at Fort Mason Center at the intersection of Marina Blvd. and Buchanan Street, Building D, 3rd Floor.

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‘Twas Brillig



A THEATRE NEAR U presents the raucous and irreverent teen musical, ‘TWAS BRILLIG starring a troupe of triple-threat teen performers. In this off-beat comedy, plucky Mary Pickett steps through a doorway and finds herself in the land of Wonder mere hours before the coronation of a new Queen is set to commence. Trouble is, it is Mary the lunatics intend to crown, and, well frankly, she isn’t so keen on that. Will she capitulate? Who will she decapitate? And will it all happen before brillig?


June 12 – June 27, 2015
at The Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage.

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Body of Water


Music and Lyrics by Jim Walker

Book by Tony Kienitz
Directed by Tanna Herr and Tony Kienitz
Vocal Direction by Pierce Brandt
Choreography by Kaylie Caires

The Peninsula’s film and theatre academy, A Theatre Near U presents the sensational new work, BODY OF WATER, starring a troupe of triple-threat teen performers. In this gritty musical drama, a group of kids escape the terrors of a civil war by hiding out in an isolated mountain cabin. Together they wait for further instructions from their parents and families. But with each passing day, as the silence from their past grows louder, their dreams for the future begin to wither and dry. Striking out on their own may be their only hope for survival.

BODY OF WATER plays June 13 – June 28, 2014

Southside Theater at Fort Mason Center, Bldg. D, 3rd floor, 2 Marina Blvd. (at Buchannan St.), San Francisco.