The 2016–17 Season

The 2016–17 Season

by Annie Baker
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

February 22–April 23
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

“Smart, original, confounding, entertaining, soulful . . . one of our country’s most original and captivating voices”

“Compelling . . . funny . . . unnerving”
Bay Area News Group

“Endlessly fascinating . . . Helps us to feel more deeply our own sense of being alive”

“Surprisingly touching . . . Played to spooky, endearing perfection by Georgia Engel”
SF Examiner

A haunting drama that took off-Broadway by storm, John is the latest hit from American theater’s hottest new voice—Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker (The Flick). Twentysomethings Jenny and Elias arrive at an old bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—he wants to tour the historic battlefield, she wants to be left alone. But in the creaking Civil War house, amid the shelves of smiling dolls and the ghostly landlady, every crack between the couple starts to surface. Echoing with tension, humor, and unease like a modern-day Chekhov, playwright Annie Baker creates a twenty-first-century nerve-jangler that had critics raving. “John is so good, on so many levels, that it casts a unique and brilliant light” (The New Yorker).

Running time: 3 hours with two 15-minute intermissions

Please note: Performances begin promptly. The last late seating call will be 20 minutes after the start of the show. Any patrons arriving more than 20 minutes late will be seated during the first intermission.

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Written and directed by Robert Lepage
Produced by Ex Machina

March 30–April 23
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Fantastical . . . stupefying!”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Jaw-dropping . . . dazzling . . . an extraordinary hallucination”

“Lepage makes high-tech magic”

“A.C.T.'s most technically impressive production”
SF Weekly

“Lepage and his team have created an absolutely riveting theater piece that astounds the senses, with gravity-defying performances by Normand and Robertson. Cocteau would be proud!
KALW Public Radio

In a rotating, three-dimensional cube hovering above the Geary stage, visionary director Robert Lepage presents a brilliant collision of digital wizardry, acrobatic choreography, and traditional stagecraft. Through the lives of two brilliant but troubled icons—Parisian filmmaker Jean Cocteau and American jazz legend Miles Davis—Needles and Opium presents a series of hypnotic vignettes exploring the complex relationship between art, addiction, and heartache. As the great cube revolves, their tales interweave in a swirl of video projections and cool jazz, and Lepage fuses magical stagecraft and astonishing visual storytelling into a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.

Running time: 100 minutes with no intermission



Based on The Mahabharata and the play by Jean-Claude Carrière
Adapted and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne

April 26–May 21
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Vibrant . . . a tour de force!”
Bay Area News Group

“Hewn to the essentials”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Breathtaking . . . a dazzling piece of theater”
The Guardian

“At once epic and personal, mythical and real . . . this is storytelling at its best”

“An active, arresting drama . . . with four exceptional actors”
Washington Post

“Extraordinary . . . a change-your-plans kind of opportunity”
Chicago Tribune

A newly-crowned king surveys a battlefield: his army has won him the crown—but at what cost? Inspired by his groundbreaking adaptation of the ancient Indian poem The Mahabharata, legendary director Peter Brook (The Suit) returns to his most celebrated work, taking one small excerpt and exploring its parables to create an intimate and moving new interpretation of the timeless tale. This magical story about the responsibility that comes with winning a war—and the grace and wisdom required to lead a nation after conflict—has striking connections to modern times, and features the master director at his finest.

Running time: 70 minutes with no intermission

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Written and directed by Randy Johnson

June 7–July 2
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Rocks the house!”
The New York Times

“Wild and joyously raucous”
The Hollywood Reporter

“Electrifying! A celebration of the blues and those beautiful bruises they leave on the singer’s soul.”

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock ’n’ roll. The unmistakable voice, laced with raw emotion and Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. A.C.T. invites you to share an evening with the woman and her influences in the hit Broadway musical A Night with Janis Joplin. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby,” and “Summertime,” a remarkable cast, and breakout performances, A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest legends. The perfect way to celebrate the half-century of San Francisco’s Summer of Love, A Night with Janis is a fitting production to close out our 50th-anniversary season.

Running time: 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission

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