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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).
(For Directions and more detailed Parking Information, click here.)

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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
September 29 No TOSPS Tuesday  
October 6 SV Blues Society/The Ruckus Band Blues
October 13 CHOC'D Classic Rock
October 20 Duke Mantee and the Gold Money Band Blues, Rockabilly & Roots
October 27 TBD  
November 3 TBD  
November 10 SV Blues Society Blues Society
November 17 Tiger Club  
November 24 TBD  



Guest Event


Third Friday of Each Month

Noon Arts & Lectures

Chek back for details about the upcoming events.

Suggested $5 Door Donation
Tickets and Info:
Time of event: 12:10pm - 12:50

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



Tabard Events Presents


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.




Tabard 2015-2016 Season Presents


November 6–28

Bay Area Premiere!




DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY celebrates life and home when Death arrives at a family's Italian villa just after World War I disguised as a handsome Prince. In this passionate and elegant musical, the Prince discovers for the first time the joys and heartbreaks of life.

The 2011 Off-Broadway production was nominated for ten 2012 Drama Desk Awards, 2012 Drama Desk Awards—including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Music, Outstanding Book of a Musical, and Outstanding Lyrics.


Tabard Events Presents


November 7





Composer, arranger, flugelhornist, teacher, and band leader. Ray started writing for big bands at the age of twelve in New York after hearing the creative and witty arrangements of Willie Maiden and Slide Hampton. A 1968 graduate of Ithaca College, he spent 18 months on the road with the Stan Kenton Band in the early seventies, playing the Jazz trumpet chair. He moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1975 and played with numerous groups, including Bill Berry’s LA Band, Nat Pierce and Frankie Capp’s Juggernaut, and the Full Faith and Credit Big Band, for which he wrote and conducted three albums. A Fulbright Guest Professorship to Germany in 1990 led to work with the Frankfurt Rundfunk Big Band and other groups in Europe. Once back in the US, Ray started the Great Big Band, which made its recording debut on Impressions of Point Lobos in 1994. He has appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival frequently as conductor of his wife Sue Brown’s Monterey Jazz Festival Chamber Orchestra in collaboration with Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron, Michael Brecker, Ralph Towner, Gary Burton, and Terence Blanchard. Ray is currently on the faculty of Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, teaching Jazz improvisation, arranging, and Jazz ensembles.