Dear Evan Hansen, thanks for finding us. We've been waiting for a musical like you.

Dear Evan Hansen is a heart-scorching musical about a teen boy so bound up by anxiety and loneliness that he makes mistakes he can’t fix and gets stuck in the quicksand of social-media adulation, before eventually finding a way to leave self-loathing behind.

December 10, 2018

Buddy, You and I

At a crossroads, Pasek and Paul had an idea. If no one would cast them in a musical, why not write one of their own and put it on themselves? They had taken a stab at a songwriting collaboration as freshmen and already had three songs ready to go.

December 7, 2018

Making It Up As They Go

Gracie Hays talks to Jessica Phillips (who plays Heidi Hansen) and Christiane Noll (who plays Cynthia Murphy) about bringing Dear Evan Hansen’s mothers to life.

December 6, 2018

Kamala Harris

Join Senator Kamala Harris for an inspiring discussion about the core truths that unite us and the big challenges we face together.

Bethanie Hines

Cultivating Empathy

POP-UP MAGAZINE returns with the “Fall Issue” this September. We interview Marc Bamuthi Joseph -- poet, playwright, librettist, We Shall Not Be Moved; chief of program and pedagogy, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - on being a multimedia storyteller.

August 29, 2018

Soft Power Audience Reactions

Hear what SOFT POWER's opening week audiences had to say after they saw the show.

July 3, 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Curran

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, a new play by Jack Thorne is coming to San Francisco’s Curran in the Fall of 2019.

June 27, 2018

The Stories Beyond the Songs, inspired by SOFT POWER. Illustration by Jon Adams.

The stories beyond the songs

Local novelist Vanessa Hua revisits her family’s favorite musicals (and her father’s singing), and looks back at how David Henry Hwang emboldened her to tell her own stories

June 6, 2018

Jack Huang shares his experiences as a student in the US.


At the Asian Art Museum through July 1, local artist Eliza Gregory is presenting Testimony—a project in which she invites Bay Area residents to share their personal stories as immigrants, and investigates the many layers of meaning within their experiences.

June 6, 2018

SOFT POWER cast performance. Photo by Craig Schwartz Photography.

How we move

Sam Pinkleton takes Gracie Hays through his early days, his best advice for the rhythmically challenged, and how he imagined dances for Hillary Clinton.

June 6, 2018