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The 2017–18 Season

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Carey Perloff
Starring John Douglas Thompson

September 20–October 15, 2017
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

John Douglas Thompson is “our greatest classical actor”
The New Yorker


Tony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson returns to A.C.T. to take on one of theater’s most iconic roles: Hamlet. Two seasons ago, Thompson dazzled Geary audiences in the virtuoso one-man show Satchmo at the Waldorf. Now, to kick off the 2017–18 season, Thompson comes back to San Francisco to take on for the first time one of Shakespeare’s most complex and heartbreaking characters. In the story of a man who wakes up to find his world upended and his closest friends unworthy of trust, Shakespeare shows us how quickly change can happen—how an orderly kingdom ruled by a loving king can, in one stroke, become unrecognizable. A.C.T.’s first Shakespeare production since The Tempest reopened the Geary in 1996, Hamlet is a fitting part of A.C.T.’s celebration of 50 years.


Photo by Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication


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by Bess Wohl
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
An Ars Nova Production

October 11–December 10, 2017
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

2016 Critics' Pick!
The New York Times
, Time Out New York, New York Magazine

“Wit, compassion, and sparkle . . .  the sound of silence onstage has rarely made such sweet music!”
The New York Times

On a weeklong silent retreat in the woods, six wildly disparate urbanites looking for life balance find that staying quiet doesn’t necessarily bring inner peace. An acclaimed new comedy from Drama Desk Award–winning playwright Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds is a wickedly sharp look at mindfulness and the wellness industry.

Under the eye of an unseen guru, six people have gathered to get away from it all. But as they listen to their leader’s ruminations (and struggle to meditate while clumsily fighting their most primal of urges), they learn that silence can indeed be golden. It can also be funny, frustrating, erotic, comforting, and profoundly passive-aggressive. Small Mouth Sounds won over audiences and critics alike off Broadway, and its intimate and imaginative storytelling is perfect for The Strand Theater.

Please note: This production contains male nudity of a non-sexual nature.


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by Harold Pinter
Directed by Carey Perloff

January 10–February 4, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater


Highest Rating! “A Birthday Party to celebrate . . . [a] first-rate cast!”San Francisco Chronicle  


“Humor, intrigue, mystery, sweetness, pathos, and horror” —Theater Eddys

“Chilling . . . hilarious . . . deeply, and wonderfully, disturbing! Director Carey Perloff captures every nuance
—San Francisco Examiner

“Not to be missed!”—KQED

A star-studded cast takes the Geary stage as A.C.T. returns to the mysterious world of Harold Pinter in our first staging of his groundbreaking play The Birthday Party. Tony Award winner Judith Ivey joins Stratford Festival star Scott Wentworth and A.C.T. favorites Marco Barricelli and Firdous Bamji for this darkly comic British drama.

In an undisturbed seaside town, the inhabitants of a ramshackle boarding house react to the unsettling arrival of two strangers—who sent them and why do they keep asking about the sole boarder, piano player Stanley? A seminal work that has inspired artists from David Lynch to Quentin Tarantino, The Birthday Party is a Pinter classic of “tantalizing theatricality” (The New York Times), seething with mystery, sexuality, and sudden humor.


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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

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes, with one intermission

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 rhythms, will roll into The Strand in an all-new production this February.

Please note: This production includes strong language, a short strobe-like lighting effect, herbal cigarettes, loud explosions, and gunshots.


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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

The New York Times

“Thrilling! A masterpiece”
New York Magazine

“Grade A! Echoes of classic literature while at the same time doubling down on comedy!”
Entertainment Weekly

From Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/UnderdogThe 365 Plays/365 Days Project, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play inspired by the Odyssey and set amid the American Civil War.

Hero’s master offers him a terrible choice: earn freedom by fighting for the Confederacy, or stay with the woman he loves and remain enslaved. Acclaimed as “funny and tragic, whimsical and lacerating, poetic and poignant” (The Hollywood Reporter), this haunting play fuses classical Greek drama, contemporary wordplay, and the soaring spirit of blues, belonging, heroism, and freedom. A mythic and music-infused journey of one man’s soul—and of a nation at war with itself—this “provocative, rich, and irreverently funny” (New York Post) new play reaffirms Parks as one of America’s most important voices.


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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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