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Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. We can also help you plan your outing by adding a pre- or postshow event at A.C.T.'s historic Geary Theater.
*Applicable to groups of 15 or more.
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
“Vibrant . . . a tour de force!”
Bay Area News Group
“Hewn to the essentials”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Full of brilliance . . . a joyful, fascinating piece of theater”
“At once epic and personal, mythical and real . . . this is storytelling at its best”
“Extraordinary . . . a change-your-plans kind of opportunity”
A newly-crowned king surveys a battlefield: his army has won him the crown—but at what cost? Inspired by his groundbreaking adaptation of the ancient Indian poem The Mahabharata, legendary director Peter Brook (The Suit) returns to his most celebrated work, taking one small excerpt and exploring its parables to create an intimate and moving new interpretation of the timeless tale. This magical story about the responsibility that comes with winning a war—and the grace and wisdom required to lead a nation after conflict—has striking connections to modern times, and features the master director at his finest.
Running time: 70 minutes with no intermission
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.”
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: 2 hours 35 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission
Please note: This production contains adult language, and utilizes theatrical haze and strobe effects with moving lights.
All titles, artists, and dates are subject to change.
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