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.
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by David Mendizábal
The next case on the docket in downtown Purgatory: God versus Judas Iscariot. Featuring a witness list that includes a hard-of-hearing Mother Teresa, a sarcastic Satan, and a hot-headed Sigmund Freud, this darkly comedic story from Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis explores faith and forgiveness in all its foul-mouthed, complicated glory.
Put Another Dime in the Jukebox, Baby
Apr 6 & 9 (High School Musical Ensemble)
Apr 7 & 8 (High School Cabaret Ensemble)
Jukebox musicals have exploded on Broadway. From Mamma Mia and Motown to Rock of Ages and Carole King’s Beautiful, transforming radio hits to Tony Award–winning scores is a trend that continues to delight audiences and musical theater performers alike. Join us for an evening of jukebox hits interpreted by our extraordinary group of student cabaret performers.
by Qui Nguyen
Directed by M. Graham Smith
Geekgurl Emi Edwards is a righter of wrongs, the slayer of her school’s cruel shoguns. But, as she journeys to dethrone each clique leader, will her own cravings for popularity and power corrupt her quest to establish a new world order? An action-packed samurai story set inside the halls of an all-American high school, Begets: Fall of a High School Ronin explores whether violence always begets more violence.
Apr 13 & 14 (Junior Cabaret Ensemble)
Join us for a musical road trip through California, celebrating our state’s musical history. Featuring duets, solos, and group numbers from musical theater, pop, rock, and folk genres, this cabaret is a love letter to our beautiful state.
by Lope de Vega
Directed by Domenique Lozano
May 9–12, 2018
The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater
1127 Market Street
Resistance. Dishonor. Torture. Power. The citizens of Fuenteovejuna are fed up. Their commander is raping their women, and murdering anyone who stands in his way. In a small town caught between two armies, who can the citizens turn to except each other? An exploration of honor, morality, and female leadership from Renaissance Spain’s most beloved playwright.
by Wole Soyinka
Directed by Stephen Buescher
May 9–12, 2018
The Costume Shop Theater
1117 Market Street
A battle is raging in Thebes. On one side, a king. On the other, a god. It’s man versus nature in Nobel Prize–winning Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka’s visceral drama of vengeance and defiance. Brimming with Soyinka’s poetic, muscular voice, The Bacchae of Euripides is a dark, unflinching look at humanity’s power to imprison, test, and endure.
May 18 & 21 (High School Musical Ensemble)
May 19 & 20 (High School Cabaret Ensemble)
In the final cabaret performance of the 2017–18 season, student performers bring to the stage songs of their own choosing from a variety of musical genres. We look forward to celebrating another wonderful season with this special night showcasing the enormous talent and uniqueness of our cabaret ensemble members.
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