Saturday, May 19


New Strands Master Class

Playwriting with Susan Soon He Stanton

11 a.m.

The Costume Shop Theater

Playwright Susan Soon He Stanton (Both Your Houses) leads a free two-hour master class for a select group of emerging Bay Area playwrights where they will share and fine-tune their writing.
Ten playwrights will be selected to participate in this master class. To be considered, please submit a brief paragraph about what you hope to work on and learn from the master class. All submissions must be emailed to Nailah Harper-Malveaux by Tuesday, May 15 at noon. Selected playwrights will be notified by Thursday, May 17.
This master class will not be open to an audience. 


A.C.T. New Strands Commission

Malicious Animal Magnetism

by Dipika Guha and Jeremy Cohen
Directed by Jeremy Cohen

11 a.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. Co-commissioned with Z Space, Malicious Animal Magnetism is an epic story about love, queerness, and what we can't help looking at.


A.C.T. New Strands Commission


by Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by Elizabeth Carter

2 p.m.

The Rembe at The Strand Theater

Playwright Marisela Treviño Orta dives into the world of Bay Area teenagers in this vibrant, fast-moving collage of interlinked stories commissioned for A.C.T.’s Collaborative Youth Arts Project (CYAP), a partnership of the Young Conservatory, A.C.T.’s Education & Community Programs, and Destiny Arts Center in Oakland. Exploring the changing face of San Francisco, Orta asks resonant and challenging questions about how that social, economic, and urban evolution affects young people today. 


A New Thao Nguyen Musical Project

Composed by Thao Nguyen
Directed by Eric Ting

4 p.m.

The Rueff at The Strand Theater

What happens when who you are collides with where you come from? San Francisco based songwriter and recording artist Thao Nguyen, lead musician of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, creates a new play with music (but not necessarily, she says, a musical!). As Nguyen explores the loneliness and oft comic absurdity of denying one’s identity for the comfort of the family, she writes of coming out, claiming love, and reckoning with her Vietnamese cultural heritage.


New Strands Festival Happy Hour with DJ Lady Lu

6 p.m.

The Lobby at The Strand Theater

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

ArtShare Sampler

7 p.m.

The Rueff at The Strand Theater

The ArtShare Sampler showcases excerpts of work created by A.C.T.’s 2017–18 ArtShare partners, including Campo Santo, AlterTheatre Ensemble, Bharatanatyam dancer Nadhi Thekkek, and performance artist Sammay Dizon. ArtShare is A.C.T.’s Community Space Sharing Initiative, which offers space grants and residencies in A.C.T.’s Central Market locations to theater companies and individual artists in the Bay Area.


A.C.T. New Strands / SPACE on Ryder Farm Residency

Untitled Tegan & Sara Musical

Book by Emily Kaczmarek
Music and lyrics by Tegan Quin and Sara Quin
Music direction, orchestrations, and arrangements by Jared Stein
Conceived and directed by Kate Sullivan

8 p.m.

The Rembe at The Strand Theater

Jesse’s life has always gone according to plan. But when tragedy shatters her perfectly ordered world, she finds herself crashing in New York City for the summer... and falling hard for Sam, a magnetic girl with a guitar. An original musical set to the music of Grammy-nominated duo Tegan and Sara, this bittersweet coming-of-age story takes audiences on the dizzying rollercoaster of first love and first heartbreak.


After Hours @ The Strand with DJ Olga T


9:30 p.m.

The Lobby at The Strand Theater

Grab a drink at the bar and share your thoughts and questions with Festival artists and audiences.

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