by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Tom Ross
Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street, Downtown Berkeley
A passionate social worker, Caroline, fights to save a child from a dangerous home situation. But what seems like a clear-cut case runs into a tangle of past secrets and hidden motives. When everyone has a different vision of what’s right, who decides what’s best for a child? Rebecca Gilman is known as a masterful dramatist who writes arresting, conversation-starting dramas (Spinning Into Butter, The Glory of Living) that have been produced at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, the Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and more. Luna Gale, her latest play, is impactful, hopeful, and “not to be missed” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A.C.T. Insiders can save $15 off tickets to this Bay Area Premiere with code ACTLUNA15 at auroratheatre.org or 510.843.4822.
Now Playing through October 7
by Christopher Chen
Directed by Mina Morita
Crowded Fire Theatre
at the Potrero Stage
1695 18th Street, San Francisco
Set in a parallel world, A Tale of Autumn is a psychological rise-to-power fable. When the popular founder of the benevolent but formidable Farm Company dies, the struggle to find her successor unfolds in an absurdist and eerily familiar landscape. With each twist and turn, Obie-winning playwright Christopher Chen creates a perilous ‘House of Mirrors,’ in which intentions are blurred and convictions are shattered.
A.C.T. Insiders can save 20% off tickets to this World Premiere with code FRIEND at crowdedfire.org.
September 16–October 1
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sherri Young
African American Shakespeare Company
Taube Atrium Theater, San Francisco
African-American Shakespeare Company opens their 23rd season with this colorfully imaginative tale set in Trinidad & Tobago’s Carnival. The audience becomes part of the cast as they are taken through an enchanted forest upon a magical night revealing star-crossed lovers, magical fairies, and a troupe. All before the Carnival celebration on the Duke and Duchess’ wedding day.
Performances: 9/16 at 8 p.m.; 9/17 at 3 p.m.; 9/23 at 3 p.m.; 9/30 at 8 p.m.; 10/1 at 3 p.m.
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