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Closing out the 2017–18 season, A.C.T. will present the world-premiere musical, A Walk on the Moon, based on the Miramax and Village Roadshow Pictures motion picture of the same name. In the summer of ’69, America is on the brink of change. In the cities, crowds are protesting the Vietnam War. In the skies, Apollo 11 is speeding towards the first moon landing. And at a Catskills resort near Woodstock, NY, Jewish housewife Pearl Kantrowitz is busy balancing her rebellious teenage daughter, her overworked television repairman husband, and her daily mah-jongg game. But when Pearl meets a free-thinking traveling salesman, she undergoes a unique transformation, awakening a newfound spirit of exploration and sexuality. Under the direction of Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall), A Walk on the Moon features a book and additional lyrics by Pamela Gray (screenwriter of the 1999 movie), music and lyrics by composer Paul Scott Goodman (Bright Lights, Big City) and choreography by Josh Prince (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical). Fusing the spirit of ‘60s folk and rock with today’s singer-songwriter sound, this stunning new musical captures a moving journey of self-discovery and the thrill of a generation in revolution.  

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Rehearsal photos by Mark and Tracy Photography

A.C.T. Announces 2018–19 SEASON

Tony, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner Pam MacKinnon, the incoming artistic director of American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), has unveiled her inaugural season at the helm of San Francisco’s premier nonprofit theater company. The 2018–19 season includes Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize–winning drama, SWEAT; Jaclyn Backhaus’s ingenious and provocative telling of 19th-century American explorers, MEN ON BOATS; Edward Albee’s wildly imaginative and satirical Pulitzer Prize–winning comedy, SEASCAPE; Mfoniso Udofia’s achingly poignant drama HER PORTMANTEAU; Lauren Yee’s exploration of cultural identity, global politics, and basketball, THE GREAT LEAP; and Kate Hamill’s rollicking new stage adaptation of William Thackeray’s classic novel, VANITY FAIR. The final production of the 2018–19 season will be announced at a later date.

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American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) will present Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3), Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Suzan-Lori Parks’s (Topdog/Underdog, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) explosively powerful and lyrical new play inspired by the Odyssey and set amid the American Civil War. Hero’s master offers him a terrible choice: earn freedom by fighting for the Confederacy, or stay with the woman he loves and remain enslaved. Acclaimed as “funny and tragic, whimsical and lacerating, poetic and poignant” (The Hollywood Reporter), this haunting play fuses classical Greek drama, contemporary wordplay, and the soaring spirit of blues, belonging, heroism, and freedom. A mythic and music-infused journey of one man’s soul—and of a nation at war with itself—this “provocative, rich, and irreverently funny” (New York Post) new play reaffirms Parks as one of America’s most important voices. Father Comes Homes from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) is a coproduction with Yale Repertory Theatre.

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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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