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Theaterology: A.C.T.'s Podcast

Theaterology offers a behind-the-scenes window into American Conservatory Theater's productions. Featuring interviews with artists and experts, analyses of the themes explored in A.C.T.’s plays, background on the season's shows, and insight into the process of taking a play from the page to the stage,Theaterology is an essential audio addition to your theater-going experience.

Special editions of Theaterology also bring live, onstage recordings of A.C.T.’s InterACT events, featuring pre- and postshow conversations with producers, directors, playwrights, actors, and others who are intimately connected to our productions and the artistic life of A.C.T.

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 2016–17 Season

Before the performance of A Night with Janis Joplin on June 13, 2017, Janis Joplin's siblings, Laura and Michael, joined A.C.T. in front of a live audience to discuss the musical tribute to their sister's life (35 min).

Before the performance of Battlefield on May 2, 2017, A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff spoke with playwright Marie-Hélène Estienne before a live audience about creating theater with Peter Brook, and the process that has taken their latest production to stages across the globe (37 min).

At a special event
on May 1, 2017, A.C.T. Resident Dramaturg Michael Paller spoke with legendary director Peter Brook before a live audience about the connection between Shakespeare and the Mahabharata, what inspired Brook's seminal work The Empty Space, and what it means to create contemporary theater (58 min).

Before the performance of Needles and Opium on April 4, 2017, A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff spoke with cast members Wellesley Robertson III and Olivier Normand before a live audience about their journeys with the production and the intricacies of performing on a roating cube (28 min).


Before the performance of John on March 7, 2017, A.C.T.’s Resident Dramaturg Michael Paller spoke with Director Ken Rus Schmoll before a live audience about the road trip that inspired the set design, conversations between generations, and daydreaming at the theater (30 min). 


Publications Manager Simon Hodgson explores the haunting history of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

On Jan 17, 2017 A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff sat down with author Khaled Hosseini and adapter Ursula Rani Sarma at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater to discuss transforming the bestselling novel for the stage (1 hour 14 min).

On Feb 7, 2017, A.C.T.'s resident dramaturg Michael Paller and playwright Ursula Rani Sarma sat down before the performance of A Thousand Splendid Suns to discuss the process of adapting the novel for stage and answer questions from the audiences at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (38 min). Made possible by KDFC, the Bay Area's listener-supported classical radio station.

A.C.T. Publications Associate Shannon Stockwell interviews novelist Khaled Hosseini about his bestselling novel A Thousand Splendid Suns and its journey to the stage (24 min).


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