The 2016–17 Season

The 2016–17 Season

Adapted by Ursula Rani Sarma
Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini
Original music written and performed by David Coulter
Directed by Carey Perloff
A coproduction with Theatre Calgary

February 1–26
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

Running Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

Highest Rating! “A great storytelling success”San Francisco Chronicle

“Epic . . . truly radiant!”
Bay Area News Group

“Powerful”
—SFist
 
“Packs the cathartic emotional power that made the book a bestseller”Stark Insider
 
“Gripping! There’s no denying the play’s power”
Huffington Post
 
“At once haunting and hopeful; shattering and uplifting . . . a searing adaptation”BroadwayWorld.com

A Thousand Splendid Suns is the epic story of three generations of Afghan women who are bound together by marriage, family, and a secret past, amid the war-torn streets of modern-day Kabul. Strong-willed Laila, unmarried and pregnant, is forced to marry her older neighbor when her family and home are torn apart. In her new home, she forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her husband’s first wife, and together the two women find the hope and strength to raise a new generation. Based on the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini that sold over seven million copies and featuring live music from composer and saw player David Coulter (Kronos Quartet; The Black Rider), this stunning world premiere is not to be missed.

This production depicts violence and mature themes, and utilizes theatrical smoke.

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by Annie Baker
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

February 22–April 23
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

“Haunting and haunted”
The New York Times

“You can’t take your eyes off it!”
The Guardian

A haunting drama that took off-Broadway by storm, John is the latest hit from American theater’s hottest new voice—Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker (The Flick). Twentysomethings Jenny and Elias arrive at an old bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—he wants to tour the historic battlefield, she wants to be left alone. But in the creaking Civil War house, amid the shelves of smiling dolls and the ghostly landlady, every crack between the couple starts to surface. Echoing with tension, humor, and unease like a modern-day Chekhov, playwright Annie Baker creates a twenty-first-century nerve-jangler that had critics raving. “John is so good, on so many levels, that it casts a unique and brilliant light” (The New Yorker).

Running time: TBD

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To reserve tickets for groups of 15 or more, please contact Gillian Eichenberger at geichenberger@act-sf.org or 415.439.2388.

 

 

Written and directed by Robert Lepage
Produced by Ex Machina

March 30–April 23
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“A masterpiece”
Toronto Star

“Hypnotizing”
Boston Globe

“Super-visionary!”
The New York Times

From visionary director Robert Lepage comes this hyper-theatrical work that fuses his signature stagecraft and refined visual storytelling into a single unforgettable experience. Jazz legend Miles Davis travels to Europe in 1949 to discover the pleasures of Paris, unlock his creativity, and find his heroine in Juliette Gréco. At the same time, French filmmaker Jean Cocteau embarks on his own opium-fueled journey of discovery to New York. Staged inside a vast cube suspended over the Geary Theater stage, Lepage frames interlocking scenes of two very different journeys into one, revealing insights into the artistic minds of two masters that are both thrilling and heartbreaking.

Running time: TBD

 

 

Based on The Mahabharata and the play by Jean-Claude Carrière
Adapted and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

April 26–May 21
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“A production of stunning beauty”
Le Figaro

“One of the most influential directors of the last century”
San Francisco Chronicle

Following his stunning worldwide success with The Suit, which played to standing ovations and sold-out houses at A.C.T. in 2014, legendary director Peter Brook is back. Thirty years after Brook’s groundbreaking adaptation of the Indian epic The Mahabharata, the director has created an intimate new interpretation and staging of this timeless tale in perhaps his finest work.

A newly crowned king surveys a post-war battlefield—his army has won him the crown, but at what price? Written almost 2,500 years ago, The Mahabharata’s magical story of finding tranquillity in the midst of war and destruction has striking connections to modern times, and has inspired some of Brook’s most beautiful images and most transformative theatrical moments. “Like a zen master, Peter Brook refines and concentrates his theater ever more. He offers us a play that resembles a perfect and suspended movement, light as a breath” (Le Monde).

Running time: TBD

 

 

Written and directed by Randy Johnson

June 7–July 2
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Rocks the house!”
The New York Times

“Wild and joyously raucous”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Electrifying! A celebration of the blues and those beautiful bruises they leave on the singer’s soul.”
Variety

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock ’n’ roll. The unmistakable voice, laced with raw emotion and Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. A.C.T. invites you to share an evening with the woman and her influences in the hit Broadway musical A Night with Janis Joplin. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby,” and “Summertime,” a remarkable cast, and breakout performances, A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest legends. The perfect way to celebrate the half-century of San Francisco’s Summer of Love, A Night with Janis is a fitting production to close out our 50th-anniversary season.

Running time: TBD

 

 

 

All dates, titles, and artists are subject to change.

 

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