The 2014–15 Season

“Epic! Unexpectedly moving. The play stimulates the heart as well as the intellect. Bamji and Meaney generate so much chemistry that the long-ago scenes crackle with intensity.”Bay Area News Group

“Erotically tinged. . . sumptuous! It takes your breath away.”San Francisco Chronicle

Two worlds collide in Indian Ink, the passionate drama by four-time Tony Award®–winner Tom Stoppard (ArcadiaThe Real Thing). Indian Ink follows Flora, a free-spirited English poet on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, the legacy of Flora's controversial career and mysterious past is revealed in surprising ways.

Direct from the sold-out, critically acclaimed production at New York’s famed Roundabout Theatre Company this surprising story of two people whose connection lives on through art movingly explores how the creative spirit can bring us together in the most unexpected ways.

  

“One of the most affecting tributes to theater and tenacity you’re likely to see all year. Get in line ASAP!”
New York Post

“Scary and sweet, funny but dead serious, unique and wonderfully theatrical."Time magazine

In a post-apocalyptic Bay Area, a group of strangers bond by recreating the infamous “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons. From this fortuitous meeting, distant memories of “Marge” and “Homer” become the basis for shaping a new society as the play travels decades into the future. An outrageous and enthusiastically acclaimed new comedy by Anne Washburn, Mr. Burns is both a marvelous meta-tribute to the iconic first-family of twenty-first-century pop-culture and a celebration of the power of generational storytelling. A sold-out success in New York, critics exclaimed that “Mr. Burns, a post-electric play has arrived to leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas. Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself, and makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.” (New York Times)

  

“[Kwei-Armah is] one of Britain’s most talented and distinctive writers”WYPR

“Often comic and ultimately touching”The Telegraph, London

Let There Be Love is an intimate and often humorous family drama by Kwame Kwei-Armah, one of Britain’s most distinguished contemporary playwrights. Alfred, a cantankerous and aging West Indian immigrant living in London, has managed to alienate all those around him—including his equally headstrong lesbian daughter, with whom he rarely sees eye to eye. When an idealistic young Polish caregiver, new to the country, is assigned to look after him, he experiences a powerful reckoning with his past. Filled with the sumptuous jazz standards that pour forth from Alfred’s beloved gramophone and featuring a tour-de-force performance from stage and screen star Carl Lumbly, Let There Be Love explores the unrelenting grip of memory, regret, and forgiveness—and what can happen when we welcome new possibilities.

  

“No score of Sondheim’s is as buoyant and thoroughgoing an example of musical comedy”
Wall Street Journal

“Sophisticated and enchanting”New York Times

Stephen Sondheim’s most rapturous and seductive musical waltzes onto the stage in a sumptuous, all-new production. Filled with Sondheim’s signature wit and some of his most gorgeous melodies—including the beloved and haunting treasure “Send in the Clowns”—A Little Night Music presents a beguiling and bittersweet tale of lost love, scandalous infidelity, and young passions that intertwine over a midsummer’s eve at a country home in 1900s Sweden. This ravishing production will sweep audiences away with mesmerizing theatrical storytelling that ignites the senses.

  

“Dizzying. . .exhilarating! [A] sharp-minded, tenderhearted play’s embrace of an ultimately random universe”
New York Times

“Vastly entertaining. . .it could not be more intoxicating!”Variety

With the explosion of information constantly at our fingertips, why do we feel so lost?  In a flood of data, what is the meaning of love? Master playwright Caryl Churchill’s (A Number, Cloud 9, Top Girls) astonishing new play Love and Information is a brilliant exploration of the relationship between our obsession with data and our longing for meaning in a society whose attention is constantly split between the virtual and the actual. Featuring a dozen actors portraying hundreds of characters in 50 interchangeable scenes, Churchill’s “thought-churning, deeply poignant new play” (New York Times) showcases her signature ability to reinvent structure, language, and theatricality in this internationally acclaimed new work making its West Coast debut as the premiere production in A.C.T.’s new performance venue, The Strand Theater. A pioneer who has been rocking the theatrical world for three decades, Churchill has created a theatrical event hailed as “the play that everyone should see.” (The Guardian)

 

All titles, artists, and dates are subject to change.