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HAMLET | SEPTEMBER 20 – OCTOBER 15, 2017

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) kicks off its 2017–18 season with Williams Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, Hamlet. Obie Award winner and 2017 Tony Award nominee (Best Featured Actor in a Play, Jitney; Satchmo at the Waldorf, A.C.T.) John Douglas Thompson leads a stellar cast of beloved Bay Area favorites in Shakespeare’s ghostly tale of revenge, palace intrigue, and madness. Shattered by the mysterious death of his father, the king, and shamed by the unnatural acts of his mother, Hamlet’s despair has left him a devastated prince. When visited by the ghost of his father, who tells of the treasonous acts by Hamlet’s uncle, Hamlet vows to avenge the death that has brought a cloud of darkness over the castle. A classic tale of a family haunted by grief, power, and despair, Hamlet marks A.C.T.’s first production of Shakespeare in nearly two decades, and a thrilling start to the 2017–18 season.

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REFUSE THE HOUR | NOVEMBER 10 – 11, 2017

Following sold-out performances around the world, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is thrilled to present the West Coast premiere of Refuse the Hour, the critically acclaimed multimedia chamber opera conceived by and starring renowned South African artist William Kentridge. Refuse the Hour is a theatrical companion piece to Kentridge’s five-channel video installation, The Refusal of Time, a meditation on different historical conceptions of time and the complex legacies of colonialism and industry. Entirely original in its conception and presentation, Refuse the Hour interweaves an astonishing range of stylized visuals and eclectic soundscapes, setting dance, live music, projections, drama, and dynamic scenic design against one another on stage.

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SINGLES TICKETS NOW ON-SALE FOR A.C.T.'s 2017–18 SEASON

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Carey Perloff announced today that single tickets for A.C.T.’s 2017–18 subscription season are now available. Filled with vital, brave, and imaginative storytelling that unites vigorous, highly theatrical works with a stunning gathering of contemporary artists, A.C.T.’s 2017–18 season features William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, starring Obie Award winner and 2017 Tony Award nominee John Douglas Thompson in the title role, joined by stage and screen star Carl Lumbly; Bess Wohl’s critically acclaimed comedy Small Mouth Sounds; Harold Pinter’s classic drama The Birthday Party; Qui Nguyen’s irreverent new comedy Vietgone; Simon Stephens’s new hit play Heisenberg; and Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks’s Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), an epic, music-infused take on the Odyssey set against the backdrop of the Civil War. Closing out the 2017–18 season will be the world-premiere musical A Walk on the Moon, based on the 1999 movie of the same name.

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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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