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American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) continues its 2017–18 season with Qui Nguyen’s critically acclaimed play, Vietgone (February 21–April 22, 2018). Hailed as a “raucous, immensely moving comedy” by the New York Times, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye- opening road trip across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. A vibrant mash-up of audacious language, pop-culture references, and kick-ass romance, Vietgone is an action-packed road trip that shifts gears instantaneously from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Following sold-out houses at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, this sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, backed by original hip-hop and Motown rhythms, will roll into The Strand in an all-new production this February.

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This spring, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will present Simon Stephens’s play Heisenberg, a hit both on Broadway and in London’s West End. In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie spots mid-70s British butcher Alex, kisses him on the neck, and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she honestly attracted to him or is there a longer con game in the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer. In this “vibrant and emotionally charged” (The New York Times) new play, Tony Award–winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts an unexpected comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg is an electric hit from one of theater’s most original voices.

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Following an extensive nationwide search, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Board of Trustees and Executive Director Peter Pastreich today named Tony, OBIE, and Drama Desk Award winner Pam MacKinnon the new artistic director of San Francisco’s premier nonprofit theater organization. MacKinnon succeeds Carey Perloff who will depart from American Conservatory Theater at the end of the 2017–18 season after 25 years at the helm. MacKinnon will begin planning the 2018–19 season alongside Perloff effective immediately. In addition, she will begin partnering with the leaders of A.C.T.’s world-class actor training programs and ever-expanding community programs, ensuring A.C.T. continues its role as the Bay Area’s leading theater arts educational organization.

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