Saturday, May 18




10 a.m.

The Lobby at The Strand Theater

Enjoy mimosas and light brunch fare in the Strand Café before the afternoon readings.


New Strands Master Class

Playwriting with Luis Alfaro


11 a.m.

The Costume Shop Theater

Playwright Luis Alfaro (Our Father’s House) leads a 2-hour master class for a select group of emerging Bay Area playwrights where they will share and fine-tune their writing. To sign up, fill out the following form and you will receive a confirmation if accepted into the master class.


A.C.T. New Strands / Page 73 Residency

The Best We Could

by Emily Feldman
Directed by Daniel Aukin

12 p.m.

The Rueff at The Strand Theater

In this witty and moving new play, a father-daughter cross-country road trip veers off course when family ties collide with the values of a changing culture.


A.C.T. New Strands Project

Our Father's House

by Luis Alfaro
Based on Federico García Lorca’s play, The House of Bernarda Alba
Directed by Peter J. Kuo

3 p.m.

The Rueff at The Strand Theater

When a seminary in the Central Valley is closed by the Archdiocese because of declining numbers, a veteran priest begins the hard task of untangling a group of young Franciscan Brothers who must decide between a life of service or a return to the fields. The arrival of a young Brother to help uncovers secrets in a cloistered life full of doubt and dreams.


A.C.T. New Strands Project

The Code

by The Kilbanes
Directed by Jessica Holt

5 p.m.

The Rembe at The Strand Theater

One of them stole the final exam and must face expulsion. No one has confessed. All seven members of St. Jude Prep’s Senior Seminar are sequestered in the library, where the school’s mysteries emerge and history comes alive as stories of the past and present intertwine. A new rock musical by The Kilbanes (Weightless) commissioned for A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory. 


New Strands Festival Happy Hour & Dinner Pop-Up

Featuring drink specials and DJ music

5:30 p.m.

The Lobby at The Strand Theater

Special dinner pop-up from Colibrí Mexican Bistro, discounted drinks, and music from DJ Lady Lu.

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A.C.T. New Strands / Page 73 Residency

Untitled Storytelling Project

by Jiehae Park
Directed by Eric Ting

7 p.m.

The Rueff at The Strand Theater

Whispered stories in the dark explode into urban fairytales, with adventures from an underground train station to millions of miles above in a glass tower to a publishing office in Manhattan. Exploring the way we build stories and structure power, Untitled Storytelling Project searches for the value in storytelling today.


A.C.T. New Strands Project

Mind Reader

Created and performed by Vinny DePonto
Written by Vinny DePonto and Josh Koenigsberg
Directed by Andrew Neisler

9 p.m.

The Rembe at The Strand Theater

What if there was a way for someone to hear your thoughts? Would you be frightened? Or maybe relieved . . . knowing that you’re not alone? The notion that we all live in our own little isolated bubble is truly one of the greatest tricks of the mind.


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