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The 2017–18 Season

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Carey Perloff
Starring John Douglas Thompson

September 20–October 15, 2017
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

John Douglas Thompson is “our greatest classical actor”
The New Yorker

Tony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson returns to A.C.T. to take on one of theater’s most iconic roles: Hamlet. Two seasons ago, Thompson dazzled Geary audiences in the virtuoso one-man show Satchmo at the Waldorf. Now, to kick off the 2017–18 season, Thompson comes back to San Francisco to take on for the first time one of Shakespeare’s most complex and heartbreaking characters. In the story of a man who wakes up to find his world upended and his closest friends unworthy of trust, Shakespeare shows us how quickly change can happen—how an orderly kingdom ruled by a loving king can, in one stroke, become unrecognizable. A.C.T.’s first Shakespeare production since The Tempest reopened the Geary in 1996, Hamlet is a fitting part of A.C.T.’s celebration of 50 years.

 

 

by Bess Wohl
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

October 11–December 10, 2017
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

2016 Critics' Pick!
The New York Times
, Time Out New York, New York Magazine

“Wit, compassion, and sparkle . . .  the sound of silence onstage has rarely made such sweet music!”
The New York Times

On a weeklong silent retreat in the woods, six wildly disparate souls looking for answers find that staying quiet doesn’t necessarily bring inner-peace. An acclaimed new comedy from Drama Desk Award–winning playwright Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds is a wickedly sharp look at mindfulness and the wellness industry.

Under the eye of an unseen guru, six people have gathered to get away from it all. But as they listen to their leader’s ruminations (and try to hook up while struggling to meditate without snacks), they learn that silence can indeed be golden. It can also be funny, frustrating, erotic, comforting, and profoundly passive-aggressive. Small Mouth Sounds won over audiences and critics alike off Broadway, and its intimate and imaginative storytelling is perfect for The Strand Theater.

 

 

by Harold Pinter
Featuring Marco Barricelli, Judith Ivey, and Scott Wentworth
Directed by Carey Perloff

January 10–February 4, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Delicious, impalpable and hair-raising
The Sunday Times

A.C.T. returns to the world of Harold Pinter for our first staging of his classic drama The Birthday Party, featuring A.C.T. favorite Marco Barricelli, Tony Award–winner Judith Ivey, and Stratford Festival star Scott Wentworth.

In an undisturbed English seaside town, the inhabitants of a ramshackle boarding house react to the arrival of two unsettling strangers. Where do the mysterious Goldberg and McCann come from? Who sent them? And why do they keep asking about the sole boarder, piano player Stanley? As the party guests, including flighty Lula and flirty landlady Meg, gather for Stanley’s birthday, the desperate pianist is forced to confront a surreal interrogation. Seething with mystery, danger, and sudden humor, this is signature Pinter, a play of “tantalizing theatricality” (The New York Times).
 

 

by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Jaime Castañeda

February 21–April 22, 2018
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

“Hip, high-wire theatricality . . . sultry sexiness . . . quirky playfulness”
The Seattle Times

A hit off Broadway and at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening journey across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. A vibrant mash-up of pop culture references, audacious dialogue, and an action-packed road trip that instantaneously moves from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, Vietgone played to sold-out houses at 2016’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club. This sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, backed by its hip-hop and Motown rhythms, will roll into The Strand in an all-new production.

 

 

by Simon Stephens
Directed by Hal Brooks

March 14–April 8, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Wondrously stealthy . . . Resonates in your mind long after it’s over”
The New York Times

“Insightful, unforgettable”
Entertainment Weekly   

In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex, and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. In this “vibrant and emotionally charged” (The New York Times) new play, Tony Award–winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was an electric hit on Broadway from one of theater’s most original voices.

 

 

by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Liz Diamond
A coproduction with Yale Repertory Theatre

April 25–May 20, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Extraordinary . . . epic . . . endlessly stimulating”
The New York Times

“Thrilling . . . a masterpiece”
New York Magazine

From Pulitzer Prize–winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. In this epic take on the Odyssey, Southern slave Hero faces a terrible choice: to earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master, or to stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave. This poignant and musical-infused journey mixes contemporary wit, folk ballads, and classical traditions to tell a timeless story of freedom, heroism, and belonging. By turns comic and heartbreaking, Father Comes Home from the Wars is a mythic journey through the American soul from one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights.

 

 

Music and lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman
Book and additional lyrics by Pamela Gray
Directed by Sheryl Kaller

June 5–July 1, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

In the final summer of the ’60s, America is aching for change. In the cities, crowds are protesting the Vietnam War. In the skies, Apollo 11 is speeding towards the first moon landing. And at a Catskills resort near Woodstock, NY, housewife Pearl Kantrowitz is busy balancing her rebellious teenage daughter, her overworked television repairman husband, and keeping her head in the daily mah-jongg game. But a chance meeting with a free-spirited traveling salesman awakens a newfound spirit of exploration and sexuality—and the realization of lost opportunities. Based on the award-winning film, this stunning new musical unites the landscape of Borscht Belt comedy, the radical spirit of sixties revolution, and the electricity of two newfound romances to create a soaring and original rock and roll score.

 

 

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

 

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