by Wajdi Mouawad
Translated by Linda Gaboriau
Directed by Carey Perloff
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
There will be one 15-minute intermission.
The internationally acclaimed thriller featuring David Strathairn
Video trailer for Scorched
Two siblings. Two letters. One unimaginable secret.
After their mother's death, twins Janine and Simon are given two letters with clues about their family's mysterious past. They embark on an unforgettable journey to the Middle East in search of the father and brother they never knew they had. Featuring Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck.), this haunting play has entranced audiences in more than 100 productions across the globe. Scorched weaves its riveting mystery into a captivating tapestry, inviting us to slowly unravel an astonishing truth. The chaos of conflict has never been so immediate—or so human.
Recommended for ages 14 and up (contains adult language and violent situations)
"A personal mystery of classically tragic proportions . . . its revelation cannot help but elicit a gasp" —San Francisco Chronicle
"An epic, not-to-be-missed play . . . one of the most unforgettable nights of theater I've experienced in quite some time" —StarkInsider
"A haunting drama . . . explosive [and] gripping" —San Jose Mercury News
"Suspenseful and engrossing" —The New York Times
"A work of raw power . . . delicately lyrical and unforgettable" —Philadelphia Weekly
"Jaw-dropping" —CBC News
InterACT Events Splashy parties, lively discussions, and more—all free with your ticket.*
February 21, 5:30 p.m.
Get inside the artistic process at this lively preshow discussion with the director and A.C.T. artistic staff.
Theater on the Couch
February 24, 8 p.m.
Led by Mason Turner, chief of psychiatry at San Francisco's Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, this exciting postshow discussion series explores the minds, motives, and behaviors of the characters and addresses audience questions.
February 28, 7 p.m.
March 4, 2 p.m.
March 7, 2 p.m.
After the show, stick around for a lively Q&A session with the actors, moderated by a member of the A.C.T. artistic staff.
OUT with A.C.T.
February 29, 8 p.m.
The best LGBT night in town! Mingle with the cast and enjoy free drinks and treats at this popular afterparty. Visit www.act-sf.org/out for information about how to subscribe to OUT nights throughout the season.
A.C.T. Family Series
March 10, 2 p.m.
Join us before the show at 1 p.m. for a lively, interactive workshop on casting with Janet Foster, A.C.T. Casting Director and Artistic Associate, who will provide insight into the process of casting a mainstage production like Scorched. A few lucky attendees may get to participate! Click here to learn more about A.C.T.'s Family Series.
*Most events are free for ticket holders. Please note that performance times vary.
Insight into the Play, the Playwright, and the Production
Each entertaining and informative issue of Words on Plays, A.C.T.'s in-depth performance guide series, contains a synopsis, advance program notes, study questions, and additional background information about the historical and cultural context of the play.
Words on Plays is available for purchase in the lobby of the theater during performances or online ($12 each + postage and handling or $5 each for the electronic edition). For more information about how to subscribe to a full or partial season, click here.
Words on Plays Prepared by
Elizabeth Brodersen, Director of Education
Dan Rubin, Publications Manager
Michael Paller, Resident Dramaturg
Emily Hoffman, Publications and Dramaturgy Associate
Emily Means, Education and Publications Fellow
Kate Goldstein, Artistic Fellow
Table of Contents
Characters, Cast, and Synopsis of Scorched
Wajdi Mouawad: At Home with Words by Dan Rubin
Finding Just "le Mot Juste": Scorched Dramaturg
Beatrice Basso Interviews Translator Linda Gaboriau Introduction by Emily Hoffman
Layers of Destruction: An Interview with Scenic
Designer Scott Bradley by Emily Means
A Brief History of the Lebanese Civil War by Emily Hoffman