A.C.T. to Present OLD HATS; Tickets On Sale 7/20

A.C.T. to Present OLD HATS; Tickets On Sale 7/20

Sixteen years after they swept San Francisco Bay Area audiences off their feet with the Tony Award-winning production Fool Moon, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) welcomes back Tony Award winners Bill Irwin and David Shiner in the West Coast premiere of the Signature Theatre production of Old Hats. Using technology and movement-and featuring original music written and performed by Shaina Taub (actress, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812)-Old Hats combines the inimitable magic and hilarity of Irwin and Shiner into a wild and remarkable outing of theater for generations old and new. Directed by Tina Landau (The Time of Your Life at A.C.T. in 2004), Old Hats was the recipient of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. Old Hats marks the first collaboration for Irwin and Shiner since the smash Broadway hit Fool Moon, which set A.C.T. box office records during its sold-out 1998 run and their return engagement in 2001. Old Hats will perform at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco) September 10-October 5, 2014. Press night for Old Hats will be on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Single tickets ($20-$120) are available beginning Sunday, July 20 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased online at act-sf.org or by calling 415.749.2228.

"I can't wait to bring Old Hats to A.C.T. and San Francisco, back to my favorite audience in the entire world," says Irwin. "We played Fool Moon twice in the Geary Theater, 16 and 13 years ago and now it's time for baggy pants comedy, the mature-years version. David Shiner and I will bring our love for the art of the clown-which still gets us excited, even in deep, deep middle age-back to A.C.T. with an all-new show!"

Says A.C.T. Artistic Director, Carey Perloff: "What a joy to welcome back our two beloved clowns in this exquisite and hilarious meditation on life, lunacy, and the passage of time. Old Hats picks up where Fool Moon left off in a wildly imaginative journey about the anxieties of living in the modern world. For our audience, this will be a beautiful follow up to Humor Abuse, Lorenzo Pisoni's coming of age story. This is the story of clowns getting older-and even crazier-and we can't wait to have them back!"

A.C.T. will offer numerous InterACT events-many of which are presented free of charge-in association with Old Hats that will give patrons opportunities to get closer to the action while making a whole night out of their evening at the theater. Visit act-sf.org/interact to learn more about subscribing to these events throughout the season:

• Bike to the Theater Night
Wed., September 10
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:
Tues., September 16, 5:30 p.m.
Get inside the artistic process at this lively preshow discussion with A.C.T. artistic staff.

• Theater on the Couch:
Fri., September 19, 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:
Tue., Sept. 23, 7 p.m. | Sun., Sept. 28, 2 p.m. | Wed., Oct. 1, 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.:
Wed., Sept. 24, 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:
Tue., Sept. 30, 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:
Sat., Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m.
Before this matinee performance, get hands-on with theater with the artists who make it happen at this interactive workshop.

A.C.T.'s production of Old Hats is made possible by executive producers Nion T. McEvoy and Leslie Berriman; producers Lloyd and Janet Cluff; Kirke and Nancy Sawyer Hasson; Dr. and Mrs. Gideon Sorokin; and associate producers Judith and David Anderson; Vicki and David Fleishhacker; Paula and John Murphy; and Elsa and Neil Pering.

A.C.T. would like to acknowledge its 2014-15 company sponsors Frannie Fleishhacker; Priscilla and Keith Geeslin; Jeri Lynn and Jeffrey W. Johnson; Fred M. Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation; Burt and Deedee McMurtry; Ms. Barbara Ravizza and Mr. John S. Osterweis; Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock; Doug Tilden and Teresa Keller.

The creative team for Old Hats includes director Tina Landau (The Time of Your Life at A.C.T.; Bells Are Ringing and Superior Donuts on Broadway); scenic and costume designer G.W. Mercier (The Time of Your Life at A.C.T.; Juan Darién: A Carnival Mass on Broadway) , lighting designer Scott Zielinski (The Times of Your Life at A.C.T.; Topdog/Underdog on Broadway), sound designer John Gromada (Hedda Gabler at A.C.T.; Tony nomination for The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway), and projection designers Wendall K. Harrington (Ragtime and Tommy on Broadway) and Erik Pearson (Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth on Broadway; Othello at Allentown Shakespeare in the Park).

A.C.T.'s 2014-15 season continues with Colm Tóibín's fiercely lyrical solo play, Testament, starring Seana McKenna; the Bay Area's favorite holiday tradition, the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol; an all-new production of Tom Stoppard's great time-travel romance, Indian Ink; the West Coast debut of the outrageous and enthusiastically acclaimed new comedy, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play; the sumptuous jazz-filled production, Let There Be Love; the West Coast premiere of Caryl Churchill's internationally acclaimed new work, Love and Information; and Stephen Sondheim's most rapturous and seductive musical, A Little Night Music.

Full-season subscriptions offer incredible savings, unparalleled access, exclusive benefits, and personalized customer service. Subscribers save as much as 50% off single-ticket prices. Students and educators are eligible to save up to half-price on subscriptions, and senior discounts are available for certain series. To make subscriptions more affordable, A.C.T. also offers all subscribers an extended payment plan that allows payment in two easy installments. A.C.T.'s competitive subscriber benefits include free ticket exchanges up to the day of scheduled tickets, guaranteed best seating, ticket insurance, access to convenient prepaid parking one block away from the theater, discounts for neighborhood restaurants, and the opportunity to subscribe to Words on Plays, A.C.T.'s in-depth theater guide for each show. Subscriptions can be ordered via the A.C.T. subscriptions office by calling 415.749.2250 or online at www.act-sf.org/subscribe

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