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Our 2017–18 season is filled with big, bold, highly theatrical work that unites modern classics with the most vigorous contemporary artists, from hip-hop road trip rom-com Vietgone to A Walk on the Moon, a world-premiere musical based on the hit movie.

 

 

 

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The 2017–18 Season

 

by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Jaime Castañeda

February 21–April 22, 2018
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

“Hip, high-wire theatricality . . . sultry sexiness . . . quirky playfulness”
The Seattle Times

 

Bold, vivid, and utterly fresh, Vietgone is an irreverent new comedy from one of American theater’s most innovative and lauded new playwrights. In this contemporary twist on the classic story of boy meets girl, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave their war-torn country for an eye-opening road trip across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America.

A vibrant mash-up of audacious language, pop-culture references, and kick-ass romance, Vietgone is an action-packed road trip that shifts gears instantaneously from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Following sold-out houses at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, this sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, backed by original hip-hop and Motown rhythms, will roll into The Strand in an all-new production this February.

 

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by Simon Stephens
Directed by Hal Brooks

March 14–April 8, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Wondrously stealthy . . . Resonates in your mind long after it’s over”
The New York Times

“Insightful, unforgettable”
Entertainment Weekly   

 

In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie spots mid-70s British butcher Alex, kisses him on the neck, and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she honestly attracted to him or is there a longer con game in the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer.

In this “vibrant and emotionally charged” (The New York Times) new play, Tony Award–winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts an unexpected comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg is an electric hit from one of theater’s most original voices.

 

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by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Liz Diamond
A coproduction with Yale Repertory Theatre

April 25–May 20, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Extraordinary . . . epic . . . endlessly stimulating”
The New York Times

“Thrilling . . . a masterpiece”
New York Magazine

From Pulitzer Prize–winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. In this epic take on the Odyssey, Southern slave Hero faces a terrible choice: to earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master, or to stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave. This poignant and musical-infused journey mixes contemporary wit, folk ballads, and classical traditions to tell a timeless story of freedom, heroism, and belonging. By turns comic and heartbreaking, Father Comes Home from the Wars is a mythic journey through the American soul from one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights.

 

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Book by Pamela Gray
Music & Lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman
Additional Lyrics by Pamela Gray

Based on the Miramax and Village Roadshow Pictures
motion picture “A Walk on the Moon”
written by Pamela Gray

Directed by Sheryl Kaller

June 6–July 1, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

In the final summer of the ’60s, America is aching for change. In the cities, crowds are protesting the Vietnam War. In the skies, Apollo 11 is speeding towards the first moon landing. And at a Catskills resort near Woodstock, NY, housewife Pearl Kantrowitz is busy balancing her rebellious teenage daughter, her overworked television repairman husband, and keeping her head in the daily mah-jongg game. But a chance meeting with a free-spirited traveling salesman awakens a newfound spirit of exploration and sexuality—and the realization of lost opportunities. Based on the award-winning film, this stunning new musical unites the landscape of Borscht Belt comedy, the radical spirit of sixties revolution, and the electricity of two newfound romances to create a soaring and original rock and roll score.
 

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  HIGHEST RATING!

“A great storytelling success!”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Epic . . . truly radiant!”
Bay Area News Group

“Powerful”

SFist

 
“Packs the cathartic emotional power
that made the book a bestseller”

Stark Insider

“Gripping! There’s no denying
the play’s power”

Huffington Post

 
“At once haunting and hopeful; shattering and uplifting . . .
a searing adaptation”

BroadwayWorld.com

Adapted by Ursula Rani Sarma
Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini
Original music written and performed by David Coulter
Directed by Carey Perloff

July 17–29
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

Running Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes
 

Based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the epic story of three generations of Afghan women who are bound together by marriage, family, and a secret past, amid the war-torn streets of modern-day Kabul. Adapted for the stage by acclaimed Irish-Indian playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, this stunning production reunites many of the original cast members and will, once again, feature live music from renowned composer and saw player David Coulter.

This production depicts violence and mature themes, and utilizes theatrical smoke.

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

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