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Each spring, actors in A.C.T.’s top-ranked Master of Fine Arts Program take an abridged (60–80 minutes) production of a classic play, adapted and directed by a distinguished professional director and followed by a post-show Q&A with the cast, to Bay Area schools and public spaces.


Neo-Symposium

Script Consipirators:

Anne Yumi Kobori, Shannon R. Davis
and the MFA Class of 2022

Directed by Shannon R. Davis
Asst. Directed by Gracie Brakeman

MAR 21–22, 2022

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Love. What is Love? Who is worthy of it? In the backdrop of a typical San Franciscan book club, a group of humans’ interaction with Plato’s Symposium is anything but typical. Surrounded by books, mythologies, cultural stories, and a serious dose of humor, this diverse group looks inward to understand their own self-love, queerness, relationships, and vulnerability, all while enduring the chaotic playfulness of the old gods. 

This staged reading of Neo-Symposium breaks down love in a community-centric, interactive, experiential theatrical piece inspired by the themes of Plato’s Symposium. We invite you to gather as a community and share in the act of breathing life into the philosophy of love.  

This year's production is FREE to the Bay Area community!

  • Runtime: 50 minutes
  • Grade recommendation: 9th grade and up

Monday, Mar 21 at 2:15 p.m.
University of San Francisco

Tuesday, Mar 22, 1:30 p.m.
Manny's