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A CHRISTMAS CAROL | DECEMBER 1 - 24, 2017

Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition returns as American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) presents its celebrated production of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Now in the theater’s 41st year of presenting the holiday classic, this version of A Christmas Carol—adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff—stays true to the heart of Dickens’s timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language.

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COLIN QUINN's ONE IN EVERY CROWD | DECEMBER 14 - 17, 2017

Whether he’s delivering killer comedy at an intimate nightclub, giving acclaimed performances on HBO’s Girls and in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, or performing live in his widely lauded, Jerry Seinfeld–directed hit Broadway shows, Colin Quinn has proven himself a master of comedic observation and storytelling. This December, Quinn—who is apparently refusing to leave the business—brings his sly wit and unique perspective to A.C.T.’s Strand Theater in the San Francisco debut of his all-new stand-up show, One in Every Crowd. Showcasing his distinctive brand of razor-sharp and intelligent comedy, One in Every Crowd proves that there’s always one person in every group situation who ruins everything! The first of several solo-storytellers presented under A.C.T.’s @TheStrand series, One in Every Crowd performs for five performances only December 14–17, 2017.

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LOUIE ANDERSON's DEAR DAD | JANUARY 10 - 14, 2018

Three-time Emmy Award–winning comedian Louie Anderson brings his New York Times–best-selling memoir Dear Dad to A.C.T.’s Strand Theater in an exclusive San Francisco engagement. Whether he’s portraying Zach Galifianakis’s mother on the FX hit Baskets or winning over audiences worldwide with his unique brand of stand-up, iconic comedian Louie Anderson has inspired and entertained with his inimitable brand of humor and warmth. In his one-man show, Dear Dad, Anderson recounts his unique upbringing through the touching and outrageous letters he wrote to his late father. In this new work in progress—a journey full of laughs, love, and possibilities—audiences will have the opportunity to see one of today’s top comedians share this powerful story in the intimate Strand Theater. Dear Dad is presented as part of A.C.T.’s @TheStrand series.

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MARK JACKSON NAMED STUDIO A.C.T. DIRECTOR

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Conservatory Director Melissa Smith announced the appointment of Mark Jackson as the company’s new Studio A.C.T. Director. A familiar face in the Bay Area theater community for over two decades, Jackson succeeds former resident company member Nick Gabriel, who recently departed from A.C.T.

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A FIVE-ACT PLAY: 50 YEARS of A.C.T.

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced today that it will release A Five-Act Play: 50 Years of A.C.T., a specially–commissioned commemorative book that provides a backstage and onstage perspective on A.C.T.’s rich 50-year history. Written by A.C.T.’s resident dramaturg Michael Paller­­––and published by San Francisco’s Chronicle Books––A Five-Act Play: 50 Years of A.C.T. is an inside story of the Tony Award–winning theater organization and celebrates 50 years of commitment to the highest standards of live storytelling and the artists of the future.

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