1 hour and 50 minutes with no intermission
After transfixing audiences across the globe and receiving unanimous critical acclaim worldwide, National Theatre of Scotland’s revolutionary production of Black Watch makes its highly anticipated Bay Area premiere. Inspired by interviews with soldiers who served in Iraq with Scotland’s nearly 300-year-old Black Watch regiment, this hauntingly powerful depiction of war is so inventive and groundbreaking in scope that it demands a completely unique performance venue—and will take over the long-dormant Drill Court at San Francisco’s historic Mission Armory. Splicing together exquisitely deployed stagecraft, from choreographed marches and Scottish ballads to searing video news footage, Black Watch captures the layered state of being at war, from moment to gripping moment. A transformative theatrical event you don't want to miss, Black Watch delivers a visceral, unforgettable experience.
Performances of Black Watch will take place in the Armory Community Center, located in San Francisco's Mission District., located at 333 14th Street (between Mission and Valencia). Click here for directions.
Audiences and Critics love Black Watch!
"A captivating, emotionally powerful theatrical experience." —TheaterDogs
"Heart-stopping! A dramatic, and at times downright thrilling, spectacle." —San Francisco Examiner
"Exhilarating theater! . . . As fresh and immediate as it is inventive and affecting. . . . A complete triumph." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Epic! Wildly inventive. . . . Boldly channels the power of theatrical ritual to rouse the senses." —Bay Area News Group
"Thrilling . . . a necessary reminder of the transporting power that is unique to theater." —The New York Times
"A genuine spectacle that revels in its own theatricality and comes replete with music, marching, explosive effects and its own piper." —Chicago Tribune
"Magnificent" —New York Observer
"Enthralling" —Washington Post
"★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ! The world must see this play. Immediately." —The Herald (Scotland)
Theater on the Couch
May 10, 8 p.m.
Following the show, discuss the minds, motives, and behaviors of the characters with Dr. Mason Turner, chief of psychiatry at San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.
May 14, 7 p.m.
May 19, 2 p.m.
May 22, 2 p.m.
June 4, 8 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.
May 15, 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.
Wine Series NEW!
May 21, 7 p.m.
Before the show, raise a glass at this wine tasting event featuring unique wines from The Barrel Room, a popular wine bar located in Union Square.
Get hands-on with theater with the artists who make it happen at this interactive workshop.
*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
Dan Rubin, Editor
Cait Robinson, Publications Fellow
Elizabeth Brodersen, Director of Education
There is secure bicycle parking inside the Armory Community Center. Bring your own lock!
16th Street BART is located 2.5 blocks from the Armory Community Center!
Preferred parking for Black Watch can be found at the following locations for $15:
Parking Lot A
344 14th St.
Btw. Valencia & Mission
ACROSS THE STREET FROM the ARMORY COMMUNITY CENTER.
Limited parking spaces available.
Parking Lot B
1370 Stevenson @ Duboce
ENTRANCES LOCATED ON STEVENSON & VALENCIA
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