A.C.T. Extends A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Due to popular demand, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) has announced the extension of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's rapturous and seductive musical, A Little Night Music. Tickets are now on sale through Sunday, June 21. In addition, A.C.T. announced that they will offer an open captioned performance of A Little Night Music on Wednesday, June 17 at 8 p.m. Special seats have been reserved for hearing-impaired audience members who would like an optimal view of the digital screen. These tickets (located in the Orchestra section) are $40 per person and available by visiting www.act-sf.org/music (select the "caption" tab) or by calling A.C.T. at 415.749.2228. Regular tickets ($20-$140) for A Little Night Music are available online at www.act-sf.org and by phone at 415.749.2228.

The use of open captions in theater has gained worldwide attention and support for its ease of integration and program enhancement and has introduced a wave of new audiences to the theater. Open captioning displays text alongside live speech, dialogue, and singing. It does not require patrons to use special equipment for viewing the text. Open captioning services for A.C.T. are provided by Turner Reporting and Captioning Services.

A Little Night Music presents a beguiling and bittersweet tale of lost love, scandalous liaisons, and youthful passions that intertwine over a midsummer's eve at a country home in 1900s Sweden. The Wall Street Journal raves, "No score of Sondheim's is as buoyant and thoroughgoing an example of musical comedy as A Little Night Music." Filled with Sondheim's signature wit and some of his most gorgeous melodies-including the beloved and haunting treasure "Send in the Clowns"-this sumptuous, all-new production of A Little Night Music will sweep audiences away with theatrical storytelling that ignites the senses.

Directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Mark Lamos, the cast for A Little Night Music includes Patrick Cassidy (Broadway: 42nd Street, off Broadway: Assassins); Tony Award nominee Dana Ivey (Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George; Film: The Help; TV: Boardwalk Empire); Emily Skinner (Broadway: Billy Elliot: The Musical, Side Show); and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba (Broadway: Bullets Over Broadway, Contact). Joining them are Paolo Montalban (Broadway: Pacific Overtures, The King and I; A.C.T.: The Orphan of Zhao); Bay Area native Justin Scott Brown (off Broadway: Far from Heaven, National tour: Marius in LES MISERABLES); Marissa McGowan (Broadway: Bonnie & Clyde, A Little Night Music); and Laurie Veldheer (Broadway: Newsies, Mamma Mia!) as Anne Egerman. Bay Area performers Christine Capsuto, Brandon Dahlquist, Michael McIntire, Brigid O'Brien, Annemaria Rajala, Andres Ramirez, and Caitlan Taylor round out the cast.

The creative team for A Little Night Music includes set design by Riccardo Hernandez, lighting design by Robert Wiertzel, costume design by Candice Donnelly, sound design by Kevin Kennedy, choreography by Val Caniparoli, and music direction by Wayne Barker.

In association with A Little Night Music, A.C.T. will offer numerous InterACT events-many of which are presented free of charge-that will give patrons opportunities to get closer to the action while having an entire night out at the theater. Visit act-sf.org/interact to learn more about subscribing to these events throughout the season:

• Bike to the Theater Night
Wednesday, May 20
Providing a greener alternative to theater transportation, A.C.T. and the San Francisco Bike Coalition offer free valet bike parking, as well as a special discount on tickets, for these select performances.

• Prologue:
Tuesday, May 26, 5:30 p.m.
Before the curtain goes up, get behind the artistic process at this fascinating preshow discussion with the director and artistic staff.

• Theater on the Couch:
Friday, May 29, following the 8 p.m. performance
Led by Dr. Mason Turner, chief of psychiatry at San Francisco's Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, this exciting postshow discussion series explores the minds, motives, and behaviors of the characters and addresses audience questions.

• Audience Exchanges:
Tues., June 2, 7 p.m. | Sun., June 7, 2 p.m. | Wed., June 10, 2 p.m.
After the show, stick around for a lively Q&A session with the actors and artists who create the work onstage.

• OUT with A.C.T.:
Wednesday, June 3, following the 8 p.m. performance
The best LGBT night in town! Mingle with the cast and enjoy free drinks and treats at this popular afterparty.

• Wine Series:
Tuesday, June 9, 7 p.m.
Before the show, raise a glass at this wine-tasting event featuring leading sommeliers from the Bay Area's hottest local wineries.

• PlayTime:
Saturday, June 13, 12:45 p.m.
Before this matinee performance, get hands-on with the artists who make it happen at this interactive theater workshop.

A.C.T.'s production of A Little Night Music is made possible by executive producers Christopher and Leslie Johnson; Burt and Deedee McMurtry; producers Marcia and John Goldman; Paul R. and Mary Lee Gupta; Alan and Ruth Stein; Susan A. Van Wagner; associate producers Edward and Della Dobranski; Barb and Gary Erickson; Mr. Milton J. Mosk and Mr. Thomas E. Foutch; Arnie and Shelly Glassberg; Alan and Cricket Jones; Mr. Joel Krauska and Ms. Patricia Fox; Mr. and Mrs. Ban Hudson; Mr. and Mrs. John R. Upton; Beverly and Loring Wyllie; lead corporate sponsor US Bank/Ascent; and corporate sponsors Farella Braun & Martel LLP; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; with additional support by The Directors Circle; Acorn Winery; Campari; Piazza Market Catering; Inspiration Vineyards.


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