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SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS | OCTOBER 11 - DECEMBER 10, 2017

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) continues its 2017–18 season with Bess Wohl’s fresh, perceptive comedy Small Mouth Sounds (October 11­–December 10, 2017). Under the eye of an unseen guru, six wildly disparate urbanites looking for life balance gather for a weeklong silent retreat in the woods. As they listen to their leader’s ruminations (and struggle to meditate while clumsily fighting their most primal of urges), they learn that silence can indeed be golden. It can also be funny, frustrating, erotic, comforting, and profoundly passive-aggressive.

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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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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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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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