The acclaimed comic drama about growing up, growing old—and discovering the moments in between
Click here to get to know playwright Amy Herzog and her inspiration for 4000 Miles.
1 hour and 35 minutes. There will be no intermission.
FINAL PERFORMANCE ADDED! Sunday, February 10, at 7 p.m. Great seats available!
In this poignant comic drama, 21-year-old Leo unexpectedly arrives on the doorstep of his feisty 91-year-old grandmother Vera's New York apartment, dazed after a cross-country bike trip. Sparks fly as Vera's surprising political views collide with Leo's carefree hippie lifestyle. When Leo's old girlfriend shows up and he begins to reveal the mysterious events of his journey, Leo and Vera discover the fragile line between growing up and growing old. The winner of two 2012 OBIE Awards (including Best New American Play), 4000 Miles is "a funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama" (The New York Times) from one of today's most celebrated new playwrights.
Audiences and Critics Love A.C.T.'s 4000 Miles!
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"A funny, poignant masterpiece . . . the rare new play that lives up to its hype, 4000 Miles crackles with laughter and insight from start to finish." —San Jose Mercury News
"A canny comic drama . . . 4000 Miles goes a long way." —San Francisco Chronicle
"A superb production . . . filled with unexpected delights . . . a breath of fresh air on the playwriting scene" —Los Angeles Times Read the entire review
"[Herzog is] one of the bright theatrical lights of her generation. She writes with a keen sensitivity to the complex weave of feelings embedded in all human relationships." —The New York Times
"Plays as truthful and touching and fine as Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles come along once or maybe twice a season, if we're lucky." —The New York Times
"4000 Miles is one of the best, bravest plays of the season. See it, no matter how far you must travel." —Time Out New York
InterACT Events Splashy parties, lively discussions, and more—all free with your ticket.*
January 22, 5:30 p.m.
Before the curtain goes up, get behind the artistic process at this fascinating preshow discussion with the director and artistic staff.
Theater on the Couch
January 25, 8 p.m.
Discuss the minds, motives, and behaviors of the characters with Dr. Mason Turner, chief of psychiatry at San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.
January 29, 7 p.m.
February 3, 2 p.m.
February 6, 2 p.m.
Learn firsthand what goes into the making of great theater. After the show, join us for a lively onstage chat with the actors, designers, and artists who develop the work onstage.
OUT with A.C.T.
January 30, 8 p.m.
The best LGBT night in town! Mingle with the cast and fellow theatergoers while enjoying free drinks and treats at this popular afterparty.
February 5, 8 p.m.
Raise a glass at this wine tasting event featuring leading sommeliers from the Bay Area's hottest local wineries.
February 9, 1 p.m.
Get hands-on with theater with the artists who make it happen at this interactive preshow workshop. Learn the art of the quick change in 4000 Miles, where several of the actors change costumes at fast and furious speeds. From snaps and buttons to twists and turns, costume design assistant Jessie Amoroso will show you how these fast-paced costume changes happen backstage—and may invite brave participants to give it a try!
*Most events are free for ticket holders. Please note that performance times vary.
Bike to the Theater Nights
January 17 * January 24 * January 31 * February 10
In 4000 Miles, Leo bikes thousands of miles to end up on his grandmother's doorstep. You won't have to travel that far to get to A.C.T., but when you bike to the theater on one of these dates, you'll enjoy a special discount to the show and free valet bike parking!
In partnership with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC), A.C.T. will host Bike to the Theater Night at four evening performances. The SFBC will offer free valet bike parking, and patrons who bike to the theater will receive a special discount on tickets that evening ($35 Orchestra, $25 Mezzanine, or $10 Balcony using code TRAVEL10 online or by phone). Valet bike parking will be available one hour prior to curtain. Bicycles will be attended throughout the evening. Patrons are asked to bring their own locks. To learn more about the SFBC, visit www.sfbike.org.
ENJOY GRAND SAVINGS!
See 4000 Miles with your grandparent or grandchild, and you'll both receive a coupon for 50% off your next A.C.T. show.*
Simply stop by the house manager's table in the main lobby to pick up your coupons before or after the show. Please note: due to adult language and drug use, 4000 Miles is recommended for audiences of 14 and up.
*Coupons cannot be used for Black Watch or Arcadia. Subject to availability. Limitations apply. Not applicable to previously purchased tickets.
* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States
† Member of the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program class of 2013 and an Equity Professional Theater Intern
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
Dan Rubin, Editor
Elizabeth Brodersen, Director of Education
Michael Paller, Resident Dramaturg
Amy Krivohlavek, Marketing Writer
Cait Robinson, Publications Fellow
Emily Hoffman, Contributing Writer