Written and directed by Robert Lepage
Produced by Ex Machina
March 30–April 23
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater
“Fantastical . . . stupefying!”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Jaw-dropping . . . dazzling . . . an extraordinary hallucination”
“Lepage makes high-tech magic”
“A.C.T.'s most technically impressive production”
“Lepage and his team have created an absolutely riveting theater piece that astounds the senses, with gravity-defying performances by Normand and Robertson. Cocteau would be proud!”
KALW Public Radio
In a rotating, three-dimensional cube hovering above the Geary stage, visionary director Robert Lepage presents a brilliant collision of digital wizardry, acrobatic choreography, and traditional stagecraft. Through the lives of two brilliant but troubled icons—Parisian filmmaker Jean Cocteau and American jazz legend Miles Davis—Needles and Opium presents a series of hypnotic vignettes exploring the complex relationship between art, addiction, and heartache. As the great cube revolves, their tales interweave in a swirl of video projections and cool jazz, and Lepage fuses magical stagecraft and astonishing visual storytelling into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.
Running time: 100 minutes with no intermission
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