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The Tabard Theatre Company
Tabard Events

TABARD EVENTS is a program of THE TABARD THEATRE COMPANY, the resident and managing theatre company of Theatre on San Pedro Square (TOSPS). TABARD EVENTS presents some of the best live music from all genres, as well as a host of other performing arts events. TOSPS is a unique and intimate "Destination" and available for rent to private, for-profit, and non-profit organizations throughout the year.

Parking: Theatre on San Pedro Square offers Validation for Free Parking after 6:00 pm weeknights and all day/evening weekends, in the City parking lot conveniently located across the street from our theatre (except on Sharks/Special Event pre-paid nights).
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Tabard Events presents


September 18-19

First Ever Western States
Orphan Train Conference

Special Packages Available!

Did you know that between 1854 and 1929 nearly 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or surrendered children were emigrated by train from large Eastern cities to homes in the 48 continental states?

Do you know someone who was an Orphan Train rider?

Have you wondered if a relative was an Orphan Train rider?

Want to know more about the Orphan Train experience and movement?

If you answered "yes" to even one of these questions, then plan now to join The Tabard Theatre Company as we host the first-ever Western States Orphan Train Conference sponsored by the National Orphan Train Complex (NOTC). This two-day conference will include presentations on the Orphan Train Project, the Orphan Train Movement, How to Research an Orphan Train Rider plus much, much more.

This two-day conference coincides with the opening weekend of Tabard's world premiere production of HOMEWARD BOUND, An Orphan Train Journey, which runs Sept. 18 - Oct. 11. The two-day package includes attending the performance as well as the President's Dinner Saturday night. If you already have purchased your ticket for HOMEWARD BOUND-- thank you! -- we have a discounted two-day conference package price for you.

Two days filled with amazing, fascinating presentations related to the Orphan Train movement...a life changing experience!

Early Bird Pricing thru Sept. 4



Tabard Events Presents
The First Show of Tabard’s 2015-16 Season


September 18-October 11

Homeward Bound
an Orphan Train Journey

World Premiere!

From 1854 to 1929 over 250,000 homeless and orphaned children from New York City were sent on trains to 47 states, Canada, and Mexico, to be placed into a home environment. HOMEWARD BOUND follows the story of several such orphan train riders as they journey in 1910 to new homes in the Midwest and beyond ending in San Jose, California. Based in fact, HOMEWARD BOUND is a highly theatrical experience that uses music, movement, and photographs to tell this engaging, gripping, and compelling chapter in America's history.

Starring Chloe Allen, Sarah Dorsey, Emily Goes, Samantha Goes, Ginger Hurley, Ashley Wilson, and Joyce Taylor

Written and Directed by Cathy Spielberger Cassetta (The Duke, the Count & Me; Love, Laughter, & Linguine; Zypora's Passion)



Tabard Events presents

Most Tuesdays, 7pm

Check out the local talent! Theatre on San Pedro Square (TOSPS) presents different musicians each week—

Jazz — Blues — Guitar — Big Band

The admission is FREE! Enjoy the open bar and your favorite—or some new—talent!

Coming Up Next

August 18

Moy Eng And Black Orchid


August 25

No TOSPS Tuesday


September 1 SV Blues Society/The Barber/Davis Blues Band Blues
September 22 TBD  
September 29 TBD  
October 6 SV Blues Society/The Ruckus Band Blues
October 13 TBD  



Guest Event


Third Friday of Each Month

Noon Arts & Lectures


Suggested $5 Door Donation
Tickets and Info:

Coming Up Next—Third Friday of Each Month (check back for details)
August 21    
September 18    
October 16    
November 20    
December 18    



Guest Event


August 22

The 2 Doggs & a Chick Show

presented by 2 Doggs

From the creators of "The 2 Dogg Show" and "The 2 Chick Grit Show" comes a one night only Live Comedy Event creatively titled - "The 2 Doggs & A Chick Show" at Theatre on San Pedro Square in Downtown San Jose.

"The 2 Doggs & A Chick Show" - written and performed by Shannon Clark, Will Johnson & Brenda McNabb - will include Sketch Comedy and audience inspired Improv. Prepare to laugh at truly inspired characters with real issues.

Run time: 2 hours with a 20 minute intermission

Adults 21+

Times: Doors open at 7:45pm Show at 8:30pm
Tickets/Info: $20 cash - or credit at door or advance tickets available via Brown Paper Tickets at
Contact: Twitter: 2DoggShow



Guest Event


October 22–24


Tabard Theatre is proud to be partnering with Home First to bring to San Jose the highly acclaimed national tour of the show “Stand”. The StandProject is playing in cities throughout the country spurring local awareness, discussion and, hopefully, solutions about the issue of homelessness.

Written by Jim Reyland, and inspired by his experiences working with the homeless for Nashville’s “Room In The Inn”, “Stand” tells the true story of Johnny “JJ” Ellis – a man who spent three decades on the streets of Nashville, battling addiction and homelessness.

Reyland has crafted an excellent script, finessing complicated social issues with skill and grace. Too often, such material comes across as trite or preachy but thanks in large part to Reyland’s obvious gift for dialogue; “Stand” manages to connect with audiences on an intellectual and emotional level.

Barry Scott is tremendous as JJ, exposing the very essence of human frailty and misfortune. A decidedly robust stage presence, he seems to shrink before our eyes, fading into the fabric of his character. Chip Arnold also offers a sincere portrayal of Mark, a Good Samaritan who steps in to help JJ even as he struggles with his own insecurities and disappointments. .

Just as art often serves as a reflection of our society, Reyland is hoping it also can spark social change. “Stand” represents an unprecedented effort by local theatre companies to work together with organizations working with the homeless in their community to raise awareness about the issue. The play will be presented at Theatre on San Pedro Square with half of the proceeds benefiting Home First in San Jose.

“Stand” is a unique theatrical experience, to be sure. After each show, the cast will lead a brief talkback session. With storytelling of this caliber, you can bet that the conversation will continue long after you leave the theatre.