“A wonderful reorientation of perception”
The New York Times

“Ingeniously constructed . . . a novel blend of twisty whodunnit, family mystery, immigrant tale, and memory play”
The New Yorker

“Provocative . . . dark . . . intricately revealed”
New York Stage Review

“Cinematic . . . hard-hitting . . . fascinating”
New York Theatre Guide


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by Christopher Chen
Directed by Pam MacKinnon

May 27–June 20, 2021
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

Obie Award–winning playwright Christopher Chen dives deep into his San Francisco roots to create a propulsive, thought-provoking 21st-century noir. For true crime fan Henry Wong, his father’s unexplained death is the ultimate cold case. But as he digs into the SFPD evidence, he’s haunted by the myths and misdirections of his own family history. How did his parents really meet? What’s behind the detective’s warnings? And what is hidden in the Marin Headlands?

After its acclaimed world premiere at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater in 2020, The Headlands comes home to San Francisco in 2021. Utilizing cutting-edge projection design that glitters with Bay Area visions, Chen creates a shadowy and compelling mystery that explores the hidden power of stories untold and the flawed narratives we tell ourselves. Come to A.C.T.’s Strand Theater for The Headlands—you’ll never see San Francisco the same way again.



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