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The Headlands

By Christopher Chen

Directed by Pam MacKinnon

Feb 9–Mar 5, 2023


This production contains occasional adult language, references to suicide, and brief consensual sexual content, as well as the use of theatrical haze.

The Headlands

Feb 9–Mar 5, 2023

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

The New Yorker

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The Headlands is a complicated love letter to our city. Obie Award–winning playwright Christopher Chen dives deep into his San Francisco roots to tell the story of true crime fan Henry Wong. For Henry, 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 about the case? And what is hidden in the Marin Headlands? Experience the West Coast Premiere of the shadowy and compelling mystery of The Headlands, directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon—you’ll never look at San Francisco the same way again. 

“I am thrilled beyond measure to be bringing The Headlands to A.C.T., and to be working with Pam MacKinnon to bring it to life. The Headlands is my love letter to San Francisco, the city I spent my entire life in—from birth, up to right now. To share this play with my hometown—a place I feel so deeply in my bones—will be one of the most personally meaningful moments of my career.

—Playwright Christopher Chen

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COVID-19 Safety Policy
American Conservatory Theater is happy to welcome you to our home. Our COVID-19 policy is in accordance with guidelines provided by the State of California and City of San Francisco. At this time this means that masking is encouraged but not required. It also means that vaccination checks are no longer required to see a performance. These policies will be updated if city guidelines change.