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Join us for A.C.T.'s second annual New Strands Festival: where artists and audiences meet for the city's most unique exploration of new work!


During this free event, you can curate your own creative journey through genres, events and performance spaces in A.C.T.’s newly-refurbished Strand Theater in the heart of Central Market.

Be among the first to hear staged readings of (nearly) finished plays, experience snippets of new musicals in their earliest stages, take part in an exclusive masterclass, enjoy a produced lab of a commissioned movement piece, mingle with artists, enjoy live music at an artistic happy hour—or all of the above! As you move from room to room, experiencing and sharing your thoughts on the work in development, you will become a crucial part of bringing each piece to life.

New this year, you can also explore new plays in development with A.C.T.’s inaugural New Strands Residency, which gives emerging and established American playwrights the opportunity to develop new works in residence at A.C.T. Three of this year’s pieces—The Great Leap, The Man from Saigon and Snowflakes, or Rare White People—are courtesy our inaugural partner, Ma-Yi Theater Company, one of the country’s leading incubators of new work centered on what it means to be Asian-American today.

Performances are free, but reservations are strongly encouraged.

We look forward to welcoming you and creating exciting new work together!
 



Please Note: 


  • All events are General Admission seating.
  • Reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the event date for guaranteed space. 

  • A waitlist for stand-by tickets will begin starting 1 hour prior to the show, in person only.
  • Master class reservations will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

The Strand Theater

1127 Market Street, San Francisco

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Festival Artists

PETER ANDERSON · BYRON AU YONG
HAL BROOKS · STEPHEN BUESCHER
DARREN CANADY · CHRISTOPHER
CHEN · TANIA CHEN · DUSTIN CHINN
JEREMY COHEN · TYRONE DAVIS
DIPIKA GUHA · CASEY LEE HURT
PASCAL MOLAT · MINA MORITA
THOMAS MOORE · DON NGUYEN
CAREY PERLOFF · LISA PETERSON
SHELDON SMITH · LUCY THURBER
BRUCE TURK · BASIL TWIST  GREGORY WALLACE · MEIYIN WANG  DARRON L. WEST · LAUREN YEE


New Strands is made possible by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fund for New Work, Theatre Forward, the Priscilla and Keith Geeslin New Strands Fund, and San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development - Invest in Neighborhoods.

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