Sun, May 21


A.C.T. New Strands Commission

Port City

A New Musical
by Christopher Chen and Byron Au Yong
Directed by Meiyin Wang

Sunday, May 21 at 1 p.m.
The Lobby at The Strand Theater

In a musical fable framed as a spectacular product launch, Bay Area playwright Christopher Chen (Caught) and composer Byron Au Yong (Stuck Elevator) investigate the psychological and philosophical questions of how technology shapes our lives.

This site-specific musical presentation of excerpts from Port City will lead the audience through different locations in The Strand Theater.

New Strands / Ma-Yi Playwright-in-Residence

Strands and Strings

Composed by Tania Chen

Sunday, May 21 at 3:30 p.m.
The Lobby at The Strand Theater

Internationally acclaimed pianist and video artist Tania Chen premiers a new piece exclusively for the New Strands Festival, to be performed by a string quartet in the Strand Lobby in conjunction with an original video installation.

Sponsored by a “Building Demand” grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

A.C.T. / Young Conservatory Commission for the Collaborative Youth Arts Project  

Black Butterflies

by Darren Canady
Directed by Tyrone Davis

Sunday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m.
The Rembe at The Strand Theater

When you’re a girl of color trapped between school, court, and the incarceration system, orange ain’t the new black. An exploration of how young women try to escape the “school-to-prison pipeline,” despite the community-wide complicity of parents, educators, and lawyers.

New Strands Festival Happy Hour

Featuring drink specials and live music

Sunday, May 21 at 6 p.m.
The Lobby at The Strand Theater

Drop by, grab a drink, and mingle with artists and fellow festival-goers before the evening readings begin.

A.C.T. New Strands / Z Space co-commission for the M.F.A. Program Class of 2018

Malicious Animal Magnetism

by Dipika Guha and Jeremy Cohen
Directed by Jeremy Cohen

Sunday, May 21 at 7 p.m.
The Rueff at The Strand Theater

In 1973, amid men in suits, men weeping, and one psychiatrist in a Nixon mask, ten-year-old Peter witnesses a landmark moment in gay rights and reaches out to grab the hand of Oakland boy Deshawn. An epic story about love, queerness, and what we can't help looking at. 

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