A.C.T.'s award-winning conservatory presents a wide array of productions each year, featuring some of the brightest and most creative performers in the country. From showcasing the talents of students training in the nationally renowned Master of Fine Arts Program, to unveiling the prodigious skills of young actors (ages 8–19) studying in the Young Conservatory, these productions are a place where students put their skills into practice, engage with enthusiastic audiences, and create some of the most dynamic work you'll see onstage.
Join us for the 2014–15 season, which includes vibrant classics, exciting premieres,
and imaginative new productions.
A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program performs in repertory
The Skin of Our Teeth
May 7–16, 2015
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Domenique Lozano
In Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize–winning 1943 play, George and Maggie Antrobus (of Excelsior, New Jersey) are the quintessential American couple—who happen to have been married for 5,000 years. Along with their two children and opinionated maid Sabina, the Antrobuses have survived fire, flood, pestilence, plague, the Ice Age, and dozens of wars. Wilder’s classic farce—a testament to humanity’s ability to rebuild in the midst of catastrophe—offers a hilarious window onto the heroes and buffoons who’ve survived a thousand calamities by the skin of their teeth.
Crazy for the Country
An adaptation of the Villeggiatura comedies
May 8–16, 2015
by Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Stephen Buescher
Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni’s classic comedies, Trilogia Della Villeggiatura (Holiday Trilogy) are given new life in this spirited adaptation. An eighteenth-century romantic comedy, Crazy for the Country features two aristocratic families and their entourages venturing on a retreat to the country. Linked by friendship, financial concerns, and the possibility of marriage, the characters find themselves in a series of unexpected skirmishes—from evading pesky creditors to combating unrelenting romantic rivals. Full of sarcastic servants, overbearing masters, vain playboys with expensive tastes, and young women vying for the perfect match, this comedy of errors is a bitingly witty commentary on overspending, and the emotional and practical upshots of marriage.
Performances for both productions take place at The Costume Shop, 1117 Market Street, San Francisco.
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A.C.T. Young Conservatory performs
Comedy Tonight: Songs that Make Us Laugh
May 15–18, 2015
Directed by Robert K. Rutt and Craig Slaight
Always our favorite, closing the season with a laugh. The song list comes from the repertoire of pop, standards, Broadway, and cabaret.
All YC Cabaret performances take place at The Garret on the fifth floor of A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, 415 Geary Street, San Francisco.