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San Pedro Playhouse Name Restored for Historic Theater


A familiar name returns

To celebrate its 112th anniversary, the iconic institution formerly known as The Public Theater of San Antonio has announced that it has restored its name to San Pedro Playhouse. Embracing its original name, San Pedro Playhouse reaffirms its commitment to serving as a vibrant hub for artistic expression, community engagement, and theatrical innovation in the heart of San Antonio.

Asia Ciaravino, President & CEO said: “San Pedro Springs Park represents hundreds of years of storytellers that gathered in the park — we hope to continue that tradition and create spaces for artists to thrive. In honoring this rich heritage, we recognize the profound importance of storytelling as a cornerstone of human connection and cultural preservation. Just as many have gathered beneath the shade of the ancient trees in the park to share tales of wisdom and wonder, we aspire to foster an environment where artists can explore, innovate, and amplify their voices.”

J. Robert “Jimmy” Moore, Producing Artistic Director, added: “I’m thrilled to unveil our 2024–25 Season of Legends at San Pedro Playhouse, where each tale showcases legendary stories and individuals that will undoubtedly captivate and rock the socks off our audiences! Join us as we journey through the realms of myth, history, and imagination, bringing to life the larger-than-life characters and timeless narratives that have shaped cultures and inspired generations. Whether you’re a seasoned theatergoer or new to the magic of live performance, there’s something for everyone in our Season of Legends. Come be a part of the excitement and experience the power of storytelling like never before!”

The executive team talked to ArtScene SA about the Playhouse’s return to its roots and further goals.

The San Antonio theater community has long been talking about beneficial alliances, and now that seems to be coming to fruition. How instrumental has the Playhouse been in forging these alliances?

The Playhouse has always been at the center of the San Antonio theatre community. For 112 years it has fostered young talent, provided space for fledgeling companies, and partnered with other non-profits and corporations to bring impactful theatre to our city. The partnership with The Classic is a great example of two organizations coming together to making each one stronger than ever before. In the future, we hope to continue to reach out to even more community partners to help highlight important themes in our shows, engage more patrons, and celebrate our city.

Besides the Playhouse and Classic partnership, what other alliances can we anticipate?

We hope to increase our alliances with other organizations year after year. Currently, Shakespeare in the Park is rapidly becoming a community wide event with support and interest from from all areas. Our upcoming production of West Side Story is an example of an exciting arts collaboration in our city and will feature four dancers and a choreographer from the San Antonio Ballet. As we move into our 24/25 season, the sky is the limit!

Is there a renewed energy with the Playhouse returning to its roots?

Absolutely, the energy in the building is electric, especially when we are joined by community members for special events, auditions, opening nights, and performances. The community has been very vocal about their support of the current direction, re-branding, and upcoming season. Moreover, we have seen a wonderful up-tick in ticket-sales, Ovation Society memberships, and donations, which has been humbling and very exciting to watch.

Any other positive changes we can expect?

We have big dreams of increasing educational opportunities, production quality, and stewarding our patrons and donors better than ever before. We hope to continue giving San Antonio the best local theater possible and supplying theatrical experiences we can all be proud of. Join us at San Pedro Playhouse!

2024/25 Season Lineup

The curtains rise once again as San Pedro Playhouse proudly unveils its highly anticipated 112th season lineup, promising an exhilarating journey through a diverse array of theatrical productions. Here’s the schedule:

The Fantastikos
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones

Sept. 12–29, 2024
Classic Theater

Step into a world of whimsy and wonder with a groundbreaking bilingual adaptation of the world’s longest-running musical that enchants audiences of all ages. Set in a mysterious and magical world, the story follows two neighboring families who feign a feud to bring their children together. As boy meets girl, they journey through trials and tribulations, and discover the true meaning of love and the power of imagination.This adaptation, the first of its kind, has been granted special permission from Musical Theatre International.

Naughty Encore Add-On
The Rocky Horror Show
Music, Lyrics, and Book by Richard O’Brien

Oct. 4–31, 2024
Russell Hill Rogers Theater

In a titillating place where conventions dissolve, and eccentricity reigns supreme, venture alongside an unsuspecting couple as they embark on a “strange journey.” As their evening unfolds, hidden desires emerge from the shadows, and inhibitions dissolve. This October, prepare to be swept away on a whirlwind journey of self-discovery and antici….pation. Join the Playhouse, at select show times featuring late nights and a special Halloween performance, for an electrifying exploration of identity, liberation, and rock-and-roll with The Rocky Horror Show.

By Holland Taylor
Starring Anna Gangai

Nov. 8–24, 2024
Classic Theatre

Witness the captivating one-woman play, ANN, in the new Classic Theatre (formally the Cellar Theater). This riveting performance brings the fearless persona of Texas Governor Ann Richards, a woman known for her tenacity and iron-willed spirit to the stage. This powerful portrayal highlights her journey, revealing how she emerged stronger through trials, embodying the tagline, “Tougher than Nails.” The play captures the essence of Richards’ resilience, her sharp wit, and her unwavering commitment to public service.

A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Tim Hedgepeth and Anthony Ciaravino

Nov. 29–Dec. 22, 2024
Russell Hill Rogers Theater

This season marks the triumphant return of the new Playhouse family tradition – A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as the theater presents this unique version of the timeless classic, integrating American Sign Language (ASL) throughout the production. Witness the transformative power of inclusivity and renew your subscription now to secure your seats for a heartwarming celebration that transcends language barriers.

Holiday Encore Add-On
The Frosty Follies: A Holiday Cabaret
Conceived by J. Robert “Jimmy” Moore

Dec. 6–15, 2024
Classic Theatre

Welcome to a showcase where local talent shines bright in a cozy setting adorned with twinkling lights and holiday cheer! Come to the Classic for festive evenings in December filled with beloved musical numbers performed by actors we know and love from our community. From jazzy renditions of “Let It Snow” to heartfelt interpretations of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” this talented ensemble will captivate you with their unique flair and infectious energy. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season with loved ones, laughter, and cherished memories.

Jersey Boys
Book by Marshall Brickman
Book by Rick Elice
Music by Bob Gaudio
Lyrics by Bob Crewe

Feb. 7–March 2, 2025
Russell Hill Rogers Theater

Embark on a musical journey with the regional-produced premiere of the Broadway sensation Jersey Boys. Step into the vibrant world of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons as the theater develops this iconic hit and gripping story to the Russell Hill Rogers Theater. Secure your subscription today to make sure you’re part of the excitement as this toe-tapping, chart-topping Broadway hit is produced for the first time in the region.

Spring Encore Add-On
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

March 25–30, 2025
Shakespeare in the Park at San Pedro Springs Park

In March 2025, the Playhouse is bringing back another beloved San Antonio tradition — Shakespeare in the Park, where the timeless tales come to life amidst the serene beauty of San Antonio’s oldest park, San Pedro Springs Park. Audiences will be transported to fair Verona, where feuding families and undying passion collide in a gripping tale of romance and tragedy. San Antonio’s latest tradition returns with Shakespeare’s timeless love story, Romeo and Juliet.

Anything Goes
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton
and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman

May 9–June 1, 2025
Russell Hill Rogers Theater

Step aboard the S.S. American in May for a delightful voyage filled with laughter, romance, and toe-tapping tunes in this hilarious and high-energy musical comedy! Set sail with us on this journey where mistaken identities, madcap antics, and unlikely romances abound among the eccentric passengers and colorful characters navigating the high seas. Accompanied by Cole Porter’s unforgettable score featuring classics like “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and, of course, the titular song. With dazzling dance numbers, witty humor, and infectious charm, this production promises an evening of pure entertainment and escapism.

by Peter Shaffer

June 5–29, 2025
Classic Theatre

Enter the dazzling world of genius and envy with a gripping tale of rivalry, obsession, and the pursuit of artistic excellence set against the backdrop of 18th-century Vienna. Explore the tumultuous relationship between two composers as one grapples with jealousy and moral conflict. Experience classical music, unparalleled talent and unruly behavior, leading to a battle of wills with far-reaching consequences. With a sumptuous score of beloved compositions, including “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and “Requiem,” this theatrical masterpiece explores the complexities of genius, ambition, and the price of fame.

Ticketing information

Season Subscriptions and Passes are currently available only for existing subscribers for both San Pedro Playhouse and Classic Theatre. Season Subscriptions for new subscribers will be available on May 6, 2024. Single tickets will be available on July 1, 2024. To stay up to date on season information, visit, call (210) 733-7258, or email

  • Loyalist Bundle | $330-370 — Includes Russell Hill Rogers Subscription with four shows, three Classic Theatre shows, one Russell Hill Rogers add-on, one Holiday Classic Theatre add-on, and one Shakespeare in the Park add-on. (10 shows total).
  • Enthusiast Bundle | $240-280 — Includes Russell Hill Rogers Subscription with four shows and three Classic Theatre shows. (7 shows).
  • Curtain Call Subscription | $120-160 — Includes four shows in the Russell Hill Rogers Theater. (4 shows total).
  • Classic Theatre Pass | $120 — Includes three shows in the Classic Theatre. (3 shows total).
  • Encore Add-Ons | $30 each — Three different offerings are available: One in the Russell Hill Rogers Theater, one in the Classic Theatre, and ONE in Shakespeare in the Park.