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Smuin Presents SMUIN PRESENTS "DANCE SERIES 01"
Lesher Center for the Arts
9/21-9/21/2018
Smuin launches its 25th anniversary season with "Dance Series 01," a fall program that pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet. Acclaimed dancemaker Trey McIntyre returns with his fourth collaboration with Smuin in "Blue Until June," a sultry dance set to the heart-wrenching vocals of legend Etta James. Continuing Smuin’s long-time dedication to fostering new talent within the company is a trio of groundbreaking works first developed in Smuin’s Choreography Showcase: "Merely Players" by Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins, "Reflection" by Smuin dancer Ben Needham-Wood, and "Sinfonietta" by former Smuin dancer Rex Wheeler. "Dance Series 01" will also include Michael Smuin’s timeless "Schubert Scherzo," an effervescent dance set to Schubert’s sprightly C-Major Symphony called “A clear statement of his legacy, at its best” by The New York Times. Rounding out this bill is "Eternal Idol," Michael Smuin’s romantic pas de deux inspired by Auguste Rodin’s iconic sculptures of “The Eternal Idol” and “The Kiss.” This program repeats in February and March 2018 in Mountain View and Carmel.
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Smuin Presents SMUIN PRESENTS "DANCE SERIES 01"
Lesher Center for the Arts
9/22-9/22/2018
Smuin launches its 25th anniversary season with Dance Series 01, a fall program that pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet. Acclaimed dancemaker Trey McIntyre returns with his fourth collaboration with Smuin in Blue Until June, a sultry dance set to the heart-wrenching vocals of legend Etta James. Continuing Smuin’s long-time dedication to fostering new talent within the company is a trio of groundbreaking works first developed in Smuin’s Choreography Showcase: Merely Players by Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins, Reflection by Smuin dancer Ben Needham-Wood, and Sinfonietta by former Smuin dancer Rex Wheeler. Dance Series 01 will also include Michael Smuin’s timeless Schubert Scherzo, an effervescent dance set to Schubert’s sprightly C-Major Symphony called “A clear statement of his legacy, at its best” by The New York Times. Rounding out this bill is Eternal Idol, Michael Smuin’s romantic pas de deux inspired by Auguste Rodin’s iconic sculptures of “The Eternal Idol” and “The Kiss.”
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TARZAN in Broadway TARZAN
Palo Alto Players
9/7-9/23/2018
Disney's TARZAN® Book by David Henry Hwang Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins Based on the story, Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the Disney film, Tarzan Directed by Patrick Klein Choreographed by Claire Alexander Music Direction by Nick Kenrick Washed up on the shores of West Africa, an infant boy is taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. Apart from striving for acceptance from his ape father, Tarzan's life is mostly monkey business until a human expedition treks into his tribe's territory and he encounters creatures like himself for the first time. Tarzan struggles to navigate a jungle thick with emotion as he discovers his animal upbringing clashing with his human instincts. Based on Disney's unforgettable animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, TARZAN® features heart-pumping music by rock legend Phil Collins and a book by TONY Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang. Swinging excitement and hits like the Academy Award winning "You'll Be In My Heart" as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds" make TARZAN® an unforgettable experience for all ages. “You are going to be amazed!” - NY Magazine * PERFORMANCE INFORMATION: Performance dates: September 8 - 23, 2018 (preview September 7) Ticket Prices: $25-$55 (Discounts for Seniors, Educators, Patrons under 30, and Military available for all performances except Preview Night FRI SEP 7) For Ticket Info: www.paplayers.org or call (650)329-0891 Age Recommendation: Recommended for ages 3 and up. *Every person entering the theatre must have a ticket. Please Note: children under 3 years of age will not be admitted into the theatre. * All performances are held at the: Lucie Stern Theater 1305 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94301 In cooperation with the City of Palo Alto, Community Services Department, Division of Arts and Sciences For more information including details about parking, wheelchair access, and listening devices, visit our Plan Your Visit Page. To purchase 2018-2019 season tickets, please visit our website! SPECIAL EVENTS: Opening Night AfterGlow Party Saturday, September 8 Enjoy a post-show champagne reception with drinks and appetizers while meeting the cast, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that evening’s performance. Post-Show Director/Cast Talkback Thursday, September 13 Enjoy our Talkback series with PAP Artistic Director & Show Director Patrick Klein and members of the cast following the performance, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for any performance during the run. Family Matinee Day (with support from The Woman's Club of Palo Alto) Sunday, September 16 Pre-Show Activities and Snacks beginning at 1pm, FREE with the purchase of a ticket for that afternoon’s performance. CAST: Starring Jimmy Mason as Tarzan and (in order of appearance): Kerchak: Michael D. Reed Kala: Phaedra Tillery Young Tarzan: Oliver Yellin Young Terk: Jenika Fernando Terk: Daniel Lloyd Pias Jane Porter: Jessica LaFever Professor Porter: George Mauro Mr. Clayton: Gary Giurbino Ensemble: Kaitlyn Bliven, Suzanna Dinga, Catherine Hsu, Zoey Lytle, John Ramirez, Stacey Reed, Arjun Sheth Youth Ensemble: Rylan Aburano, Marlowe Ephron, Jayden Fernando, Grace Hutton PRODUCTION TEAM: Director: Patrick Klein Choreographer: Claire Alexander Music Director: Nick Kenrick Scenic Designers: Patrick Klein and Nikolaj Sorensen Costume Designer: Patricia Tyler Lighting Designer: Edward Hunter Sound Designer: Brandie Larkin Properties Designer: Scott Ludwig Make-up & Hair Designer: Gwyneth Price Panos Stage Manager: Eric Dippel Artistic Director: Patrick Klein
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Shotgun Players presents Kiss in Broadway SHOTGUN PLAYERS PRESENTS KISS
Shotgun Players
8/23-9/23/2018
Kiss WEST COAST PREMIERE! Written by Guillermo Calderón Directed by Evren Odcikin Presented in association with Golden Thread Productions August 23–September 23 Opening Night: Thursday, August 30 M.A.D. Night: Thursday, September 9 (especially for folks 25 and under) Description A group of actors discover a script set in Damascus. They eagerly begin performing what appears to be a romantic melodrama, believing they will learn something about what it’s like to live in Syria. Then everything explodes. With subtly shifting perspectives, Kiss compels us to continually question our grip on reality. It’s a mystery and political thriller dressed up as a love story. Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
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THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
INLAND VALLEY REPERTORY THEATRE
9/25-9/26/2018

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Smuin Presents SMUIN PRESENTS "DANCE SERIES 01"
Palace of Fine Arts
9/28-9/28/2018
Smuin launches its 25th anniversary season with "Dance Series 01," a fall program that pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet. Acclaimed dancemaker Trey McIntyre returns with his fourth collaboration with Smuin in "Blue Until June," a sultry dance set to the heart-wrenching vocals of legend Etta James. Continuing Smuin’s long-time dedication to fostering new talent within the company is a trio of groundbreaking works first developed in Smuin’s Choreography Showcase: "Merely Players" by Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins, "Reflection" by Smuin dancer Ben Needham-Wood, and "Sinfonietta" by former Smuin dancer Rex Wheeler. "Dance Series 01" will also include Michael Smuin’s timeless "Schubert Scherzo," an effervescent dance set to Schubert’s sprightly C-Major Symphony called “A clear statement of his legacy, at its best” by The New York Times. Rounding out this bill is "Eternal Idol," Michael Smuin’s romantic pas de deux inspired by Auguste Rodin’s iconic sculptures of “The Eternal Idol” and “The Kiss.” This program repeats in February and March 2018 in Mountain View and Carmel. Show time are as follows: 7:30pm Friday, Sept. 28 2pm Saturday, Sept. 29 2pm Sunday, Sept. 30 7:30pm Thursday, Oct. 4 7:30pm Friday, Oct. 5 7:30pm Saturday, Oct. 6
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Ntozake Shange's 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf' presented by the African-American Shakespeare Company in Broadway NTOZAKE SHANGE'S 'FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE / WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF' PRESENTED BY THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
African-American Shakespeare Company
9/15-9/29/2018
African-American Shakespeare Company presents Ntozake Shange's 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf' Directed by Elizabeth Carter Seven individual stories of women capturing the brutal, tender, and dramatic lives in Ntozake Shange’s 'For Colored Girls…' offers a transformative, riveting evening of provocative dance, music, and poetry. PERFORMANCES Saturday, September 15 at 8pm Sunday, September 16 at 3pm Saturday, September 22 at 8pm Sunday, September 23 at 3pm Saturday, September 29 at 8pm VENUE Taube Atrium Theater 401 Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA, 94102 Nearest BART Station: Civic Center TICKETS $35, General Seating ColoredGirls.BrownPaperTickets.com 800.838.3006 Customer Service available 24/7 Group discount available. https://www.african-americanshakes.org/productions/for-colored-girls/
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The Marsh Berkeley Presents THE MARSH BERKELEY PRESENTS "ONE LIFE STAND"
The Marsh Berkeley
8/17-9/29/2018
WHEN: August 17 – September 29, 2018 NO SHOWS ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 & SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 SHOWS: 8:00pm Fridays & 8:30pm Saturdays Alicia Dattner ("The Oy of Sex") shares her modern girl’s guide to enlightenment and other disorders, with her standup comedy show "One Life Stand." Coming to The Marsh Berkeley Cabaret this August with her ukulele, Dattner will share everything from how to floss sexy, how to tell if you love a love-avoidant, how to spot a narcissist in the wild, and how to win at heteronormative dating. She also muses on which Amazon to save, drinking at yoga, sleeping while meditating, nonduality in bed, and accidental enlightenment. For tickets or more information, visit www.themarsh.org or call (415) 282-3055 (Monday through Friday, 1pm-4pm).
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The Phantom of the Opera in Broadway THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Orpheum Theatre
9/5-9/30/2018
Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, sets out on a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is "bigger and better than ever before." This PHANTOM features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Bjornson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and a new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You," and "Masquerade" - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
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On Your Feet in Broadway ON YOUR FEET
Golden Gate Theatre
9/11-10/7/2018
ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent—and each other—to become an international sensation: Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
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Sordid Lives by Del Shores in Broadway SORDID LIVES BY DEL SHORES
Mountain Community Theater
9/21-10/14/2018
September 21 – October 14 SORDID LIVES By Del Shores Directed by Hannah Eckstein This rip-roaring black comedy about white trash tells the story of a colorful family from a small Texas town coming to grips with the accidental death of the elderly family matriarch, during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. The family and friends must deal with their own demons while preparing for what could be an embarrassing funeral. Sordid Lives Performances: Fri Sept 21 @ 8pm – Opening Night Champagne Reception Sat Sept 22 @8pm Thur Sept 27 @8pm – Community Night tickets 2 for 1 Fri Sept 28 @ 8pm Sat Sept 29 @8pm Sun Sept 30 @2pm – Talk Back with the cast and director Fri Oct 5 @ 8pm Sat Oct 6 @8pm Sun Oct 7 @2pm Fri Oct 12 @ 8pm Sat Oct 13 @8pm Sun Oct 14 @2pm The winner of 14 DramaLogue Awards, including Best Production, Sordid Lives tells a wild and wooly family story about acceptance, and just being who you are – which is saying a lot for these characters. A colorful family from a small Texas town comes to grips with the accidental death of the elderly matriarch during a clandestine meeting in a seedy motel room with her much younger, married neighbor. A legless Vietnam vet, a transvestite obsessed with Tammy Wynette, an over-sexed therapist, and an ex-con bar singer are just a few of the characters trying to get ready for what could be a very embarrassing funeral. Sordid Lives was also a 2000 independent film, written and directed by Del Shores, and starring Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, and Bonnie Bedelia. The film was followed by the 2008 television series Sordid Lives: The Series. Please join us for this black comedy directed with love and style starring a terrific group of local actors. Tickets on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets! for tickets, call BPT at: 1-800-838-3006
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The Revolutionists in Broadway THE REVOLUTIONISTS
Town Hall Theatre
9/27-10/20/2018
TOWN HALL THEATRE OPENS SEASON 2018/19 WITH LAUREN GUNDERSON’S EXPLOSIVE COMEDY THE REVOLUTIONISTS Town Hall Theatre “Lost & Found” Season 2018/19 opens with the Bay Area Premiere of THE REVOLUTIONISTS, a bold and irreverent new comedy by Lauren Gunderson. THE REVOLUTIONISTS will have 12 performances, including two previews, September 27 through October 20, 2018, at Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA. Tickets are $18 - $30, and are available through the Box Office at (925) 283-1557 or online at www.TownHallTheatre.com. THT’s production of THE REVOLUTIONISTS is directed by THT’s Artistic Director Susan E. Evans, and showcases a super-talented quartet of Bay Area performers: Sarah Mitchell as Olympe de Gouges, Kimberly Ridgeway as Marianne Angelle, Heather Kellogg as Charlotte Corday, and Suzie Shepard as Marie Antoinette. THT’s production also features an all-female creative team: Liliana Duque Piñeiro (scenic design); Keira Sullivan (lighting design); Lana Palmer (sound design); Hope Birdwell (costume design); and Debbie Shelley (properties design). Liberté, égalité... sororité! American Theatre magazine named Gunderson the most popular playwright in the country for the 2017-18 season, with 27 productions; and Town Hall is thrilled to introduce Bay Area audiences to yet another work from the playwright. In The Revolutionists, Gunderson concocts a bold and brutal comedic quartet about three real-life and one invented (but could be real) badass women during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror - Olympe de Gouges, activist playwright and feminist; Charlotte Corday, country girl and assassin; Marie Antoinette, fascinating former queen; and Marianne Angelle, black free woman from the Caribbean, a spy. “ … a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure. … wonderfully wild and raucous… She puts four women on the stage who have a lot to say and turns them loose. It’s a wild ride …” Cincinnati Enquirer “ … in this sparkling new work, politics is very, very funny.” – Houston Chronicle As Madame de Gouges (now best known for her Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen) struggles to write an important play to solidify her own legacy, three other women crowd in with their own agendas – Haitian rebel Marianne wants pamphlets about the abolition of slavery, Assassin Charlotte needs some last words before charging off to stab extremist Jean-Paul Marat, and deposed Queen Marie-A could really use better press, and minor revisionist history. The Revolutionists covers a lot of territory – violence and terrorism, feminism and sisterhood, passion and compassion, and the value of art and activism. In a recent interview in The Guardian, the playwright weighs in about the role of art and theatre given the current world climate and the timeliness of the play: “… I argue in the play that the stronger the art the better, the more art the better. It’s not a distraction from the real world. It’s another way of engaging with it. … ” She also notes an “eerie” similarity between our fraught times and 1793. “Ms. Gunderson tells us in the preface exactly what her play is and should be,” says director Evans, “ mostly a comedy, based on real women and real executions, a quartet, a revolutionary dream fugue taking place in Olympe’s mind, and a (mostly) true story. In this proto-feminist comedy with meta-theatre elements, she throws these four women together during one of the most frightening, savage and explosive periods in history. Add to that her canny and witty 21st century dialogue, and you have a courageous and relevant piece of theatre we think will reach out and grab our audiences.” Performance History The world premiere of THE REVOLUTIONISTS was commissioned and produced at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in February 2016; it is enjoying many subsequent productions around the country, including at Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre Company, Atlanta’s 7 Stages, Houston’s Main Street Theater and San Diego’s Moxie Theatre. ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT LAUREN M. GUNDERSON was the most produced playwright in America of 2017, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, she is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more. She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. See also http://laurengunderson.com/ and http://therevolutionists.tumblr.com/ ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Susan E. Evans joined Town Hall Theatre as Artistic Director in December 2016, and last Season directed THT’s Sense & Sensibility. ?Previously, she served as the Artistic Director of the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, directing Private Lives, Dividing the Estate, All My Sons, Eurydice, An Ideal Husband (Scott Munson adaptation), The Skin of Our Teeth and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Before DMT, Susan served for 11 years as the Artistic Director of Eastenders Repertory Company where her directing work included We Won’t Pay, We Won’t Pay, Frozen, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, co-directed with Founder Charles E. Polly, and the World Premieres of Parts II and III of Mr. Polly’s Twyla Trilogy, among many others. She trained at the Drama Studio London @ Berkeley. Evans has twice collaborated with solo artist Carolyn Doyle (the Marsh, SF Fringe Festival), and directed locally with CCCT (Lisa Kron’s Well), and Actors Reading Writers in Berkeley. She is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.susaneevansdirector.com. ABOUT TOWN HALL THEATRE COMPANY Established in 1944 as the Dramateurs, Town Hall Theatre turned 74 this year, making it the oldest continuously active theatre in Contra Costa County. Town Hall Theatre was awarded Best Theatre Troupe 2016 in Diablo Magazines, Best of The East Bay, and is the past recipient of numerous Shellie Awards, and four regional 2016 Theatre Bay Area Awards. THT is also home to an extensive children’s educational program, twice voted the “Best Children’s Theatre Company” by Bay Area Parent Magazine. THT’s 102-year old historical building is managed by the Lafayette Association (LIA). Town Hall Theatre Company is located at 3535 School Street, in Lafayette, CA 94549. The Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 4:00 to 6:00PM, and Saturday, 2:00-4:00 pm, and can be reached at 925.283.1557. Information is also available at www.TownHallTheatre.com. -more- CALENDAR Information on THE REVOLUTIONISTS WHO: TOWN HALL THEATRE COMPANY presents WHAT: THE REVOLUTIONISTS by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Susan E. Evans. CAST: Heather Kellogg, Sarah Mitchell, Kimberly Ridgeway, and Suzie Shepard DATES: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, Preview @ 8:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, Preview @ 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018: OPENING RECEPTION THROUGH October 20, 2018 SHOWTIMES: Sept. 27 – Oct. 20, 2018 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00pm Sundays, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 @ 2:00 PM CLOSES: October 20 WHERE: Town Hall Theatre Company, 3535 School Street, Lafayette, CA 94549 SPECIAL EVENTS: September 29, 2018: Opening Night October 3, 2018: LIT UP at Town Hall, a Literary Salon, 7:30-9:00pm Oct. 5 & 19, 2018: Theatre Club 8:00pm Post-Show Talk-Backs TICKETS: $18 Previews $27-30 Thurs. eve., Fri. eve., Sat. eve $25-27 Sun. matinee Discounts available for Seniors and youth BOX OFFICE: (925) 283-1557; www.townhalltheatre.com
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The Marsh Presents THE MARSH PRESENTS "DURST CASE SCENARIO: MIDTERM MADNESS"
The Marsh San Francisco
9/18-10/30/2018
The Marsh San Francisco presents "Durst Case Scenario: Midterm Madness" by political comedian Will Durst, with newly added material. The show will perform Tuesdays September 18 - October 30 in San Francisco, with two additional performances at The Marsh Berkeley on October 18 and 20. Specializing in political humor for folks who don’t like politics, Durst’s rollicking feast of outraged and outrageous satire is a comedic exploration of how America is changing in the Trump era. For information or to order tickets visit www.themarsh.org or call (415) 282-3055 (Monday through Friday, 1pm-4pm). WHEN: Now through October 30 in San Francisco SHOWS: 8:00pm, Tuesdays in San Francisco
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The Marsh San Francisco Presents THE MARSH SAN FRANCISCO PRESENTS "ACID TEST: THE MANY INCARNATIONS OF RAM DASS"
The Marsh San Francisco
9/21-11/4/2018
"Acid Test" is the true story of Ram Dass, renowned spiritual teacher and LSD pioneer. Presented by The Marsh San Francisco, the show explores Ram Dass’ many incarnations from being Richard Alpert, the scion of a wealthy Jewish family and a psychology professor at Harvard, to launching the psychedelic revolution along with Timothy Leary. Whether meeting his guru in India or suffering a paralyzing stroke, Ram Dass illuminates his search for inner peace and lasting truth with humor and humility. Written by prize-winning playwright Lynne Kaufman, featuring acclaimed actor Warren David Keith, and staged by veteran director Nancy Carlin, "Acid Test" explores Ram Dass’ journey from “be here now” to “still here” to “be love.” For tickets or more information, visit www.themarsh.org or call (415) 282-3055 (Monday through Friday, 1pm-4pm). WHEN: September 21 – November 4, 2018 No shows Oct. 19, 20, 21 SHOWS: 8:00pm Fridays 8:30pm Saturdays 5:30pm Sundays
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