American Conservatory Theater News

Bill Irwin returns to A.C.T. with ON BECKETTBill Irwin returns to A.C.T. with ON BECKETT
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

After a sold-out engagement last December, Tony Award winner Bill Irwin returns to A.C.T. with On Beckett (January 10-22, 2017), his latest exploration of Samuel Beckett. In this exhilarating look at the writer's plays, prose, poetry-and some soft-shoe rhythms-Irwin combines a series of Beckett passages with personal musings from a lifetime of exploring the writer's work. The performance schedule for On Beckett is as follows: Tuesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is no performance on Thursday, January 12. Press night for On Beckett is Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $30-$70 and are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or online at www.act-sf.org. (more...)

Love, Laughs, and Ninja Fights in Seattle Rep's VIETGONELove, Laughs, and Ninja Fights in Seattle Rep's VIETGONE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

Seattle Repertory Theatre presents Vietgone, the highly anticipated new play, produced in association with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, from up-and-coming playwright Qui Nguyen (Vampire Cowboys). Vietgone loosely chronicles Nguyen's parent's journey from Vietnam to American in 1975, with a quirky approach Nguyen describes as 'a sex comedy about my parents.' With direction by May Adrales, who has been with the show since its inception, Vietgone will run December 2, 2016-January 1, 2017 (opening night is December 7, 2016) in the Leo K. Theatre. Tickets are on sale now through the Seattle Rep Box Office at 206.443.2222and online at seattlerep.org. (more...)

Folksbiene's LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: a Concert of Yiddish Theater ComposersFolksbiene's LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: a Concert of Yiddish Theater Composers
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

 To ring in the New Year, on January 1 National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) will present 'Light Up The Night,' a concert of rediscovered and restored pre- and post-WWII music from the theatrical works of the great composers of the Golden Age of Yiddish Theater.  These include Ellstein, Goldfaden, Olshanetsky, Rumshinsky and Secunda.  All are leading songwriters from the era of 'The Golden Bride,' which was presented by Folksbiene Theatre in 2015 and 2016.  The cast will feature performers who were acclaimed in that production, backed by a 16-piece orchestra.  The production is in Yiddish with projected supertitles.  The full concert will be offered twice, at 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM, in Edmond J. Safra Hall at Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. (more...)

A.C.T. Replaces HERE LIES LOVE with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLINA.C.T. Replaces HERE LIES LOVE with A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced today the cancellation of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love,originally scheduled to close A.C.T.'s 2016-17 season. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the legendary Summer of Love in San Francisco-coinciding with A.C.T.'s 50th anniversary-A.C.T. will now present the critically acclaimed musical, A Night with Janis Joplin.  (more...)

Kate Arrington to Join Original Stars in Off-Broadway Encore of THE WOLVES; Rush Policy Announced!Kate Arrington to Join Original Stars in Off-Broadway Encore of THE WOLVES; Rush Policy Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

The Playwrights Realm has announced the complete cast of The Wolves, Sarah DeLappe's debut play. (more...)

Casting Announced for D.C. Premiere of ROE by Lisa LoomerCasting Announced for D.C. Premiere of ROE by Lisa Loomer
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Following an acclaimed run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lisa Loomer's world-premiere drama Roe makes its D.C. debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

American Conservatory Theatre Launches New Strands Residency programAmerican Conservatory Theatre Launches New Strands Residency program
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Today, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)'s Associate Artistic Director Andy Donald announced the inaugural New Strands Residency, giving emerging and established American playwrights the opportunity to create and develop new works in residence at A.C.T.'s state-of-the-art Strand Theater, located in the heart of San Francisco's Central Market neighborhood. Each year, A.C.T. will partner with a nationally recognized new-work incubator to select three playwrights, who will spend a week in San Francisco. Over the course of their residency, the playwrights will participate in a reading of their work, develop and workshop their plays-in-progress with directors and a shared ensemble of actors, and sit on various panel discussions. The New Strands Residency culminates with a free public presentation of their work during A.C.T.'s annual New Strands Festival, now in its second year, taking place May 19-21, 2017. (more...)

Ma-Yi Theater Company Named Inaugural Partner in A.C.T. Conservatory ResidencyMa-Yi Theater Company Named Inaugural Partner in A.C.T. Conservatory Residency
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Today, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)'s Associate Artistic Director Andy Donald announced the inaugural New Strands Residency, giving emerging and established American playwrights the opportunity to create and develop new works in residence at A.C.T.'s state-of-the-art Strand Theater, located in the heart of San Francisco's Central Market neighborhood. (more...)

Lin-Manuel Miranda Chats IN THE HEIGHTS for Premiere Episodes of BROADWAY BACKSTORY PodcastLin-Manuel Miranda Chats IN THE HEIGHTS for Premiere Episodes of BROADWAY BACKSTORY Podcast
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

TodayTix, the fast-growing ticketing startup on a mission to redefine the way people see theater, today launched the first documentary style theater podcast, Broadway Backstory. In partnership with Patrick Hinds, founder of the popular Theater People podcast, both new-to-theater millennials and the global theater community will now be able to access the untold, behind-the-scenes stories of hit Broadway musicals - directly from the people who conceptualized and created them. (more...)

WCW and A.C.T. Unveil Findings from Women's Leadership in Regional Theatre StudyWCW and A.C.T. Unveil Findings from Women's Leadership in Regional Theatre Study
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) released the findings from the Women's Leadership in Residential Theaters research study conducted by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). (more...)

5th Avenue Theatre Launches Friday Night Mobile Lottery5th Avenue Theatre Launches Friday Night Mobile Lottery
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

With tickets to The 5th Avenue Theatre's highly-anticipated holiday production of Disney's The Little Mermaid (November 23 - December 31, 2016) in high demand, the nation's leading developer of musical theater is working to increase accessibility to affordable tickets for arts buyers, now and throughout the 2016/17 season. (more...)

2016 TBA Awards Celebration Announces Hosts, Entertainment2016 TBA Awards Celebration Announces Hosts, Entertainment
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Theatre Bay Area has announced the hosts and evening entertainment for The 2016 TBA Awards Celebration on Monday, December 5 at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater. (more...)

World-Premiere Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS to Hit A.C.T.World-Premiere Stage Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS to Hit A.C.T.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), currently celebrating its 50th anniversary subscription season, presents the world-premiere theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's international best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns (February 1-26, 2017). (more...)

UGLY LIES THE BONE's Mamie Gummer and More to Honor Lindsey Ferrentino at Kesselring CeremonyUGLY LIES THE BONE's Mamie Gummer and More to Honor Lindsey Ferrentino at Kesselring Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The beloved award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh and actress Mamie Gummer will be among those on hand to salute playwright Lindsey Ferrentino when she receives the 2016 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South).  (more...)

Richard Nelson's THE GABRIELS Election Year Play Cycle to Tour to DC, Hong Kong and AustraliaRichard Nelson's THE GABRIELS Election Year Play Cycle to Tour to DC, Hong Kong and Australia
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that Richard Nelson's acclaimed trilogy THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family will tour to Washington D.C., Australia, and Hong Kong beginning in January 2017. (more...)

Josh Rhodes and More to Take Part in GUYS AND DOLLS Panel at Asolo RepJosh Rhodes and More to Take Part in GUYS AND DOLLS Panel at Asolo Rep
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

Asolo Rep presents the first Inside Asolo Rep of the season today, November 9 at 11am. This insightful panel discussion will feature GUYS AND DOLLS Director Josh Rhodes, Lighting Designer Paul Miller and Set Designer Lee Savage. The artists will share their creative processes and what it takes to bring this iconic masterpiece to life. (more...)

Pulitzer Winner Edward Jones Slated for Z Space 2016 Gala This DecemberPulitzer Winner Edward Jones Slated for Z Space 2016 Gala This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

The Z Space 2016 Gala on Thursday December 1st features a special appearance of legendary journalist Belva Davis in rare conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward P. Jones following the performance of Word for Word's latest production of Edward P. Jones' All Aunt Hagar's Children. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/06/2016Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/06/2016
by BWW - Nov 6, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/06/2016 for San Francisco (more...)

INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH Extends Through 11/20INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH Extends Through 11/20
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

The Central Works 2016 Season closing production of Karen Zacarias' a new play Into the Beautiful North, has extended and must close November 20 (originally scheduled to close Nov. 13). Central Works' first partnership with the National New Play Network was met with a tremendous response from the press and audiences alike. Described at its premiere as possessing the "alchemy of inspired satire, turned into a laugh-filled theatrical experience" and "never allowing the humor to blind us to the plight of its characters...".  Into the Beautiful North is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea and inspired by the classic Hollywood western The Magnificent Seven. (more...)

SUNSET BOULEVARD's Glenn Close Among Honorees for Theatre Forward's Chairman's Awards GalaSUNSET BOULEVARD's Glenn Close Among Honorees for Theatre Forward's Chairman's Awards Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Theatre Forward and Chairman James S. Turley will lead a celebration to support American theatre at the annual Chairman's Awards Gala on Monday, April 3rd, at The Pierre New York (2 East 61st Street at Fifth Avenue). (more...)

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