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Shattering the glass ceiling doesn’t come without a few injuries. It’s 1980s Britain and nothing will stop Marlene’s ascent from working girl to top exec. Not the sniveling, jealous male coworker. Not the family birthdays she’ll miss. Not even other women. In the race to the top, there’s no time for sisterhood. Directed by Tamilla Woodard (Men on Boats at A.C.T.), this modern classic dissects the cost of progress in a world divided by class, cruelty, and capitalism.

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How can we understand the present, if we won’t acknowledge the past? Tony Award winner and A.C.T.'s Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon (in her Strand Theater debut) directs this scorching world premiere by playwright Kate Attwell—a contrast of two time-traveling stories focusing on cricket, a game of strict rules and hidden violence. It’s 2019 and tensions in the locker room rise during a world-class match between rival women’s cricket players from India and England, as secrets spill about relationships, influencers, and the integrity of the sport. Then in 1800 (or so), Abhi, the Number One Sepoy of the East India Co., struggles to force two bungling, cheating British administrators—absorbed in setting down the rules of cricket—to focus on the famine they have created outside the compound walls. Asking hard-hitting questions about colonialism, gender, and power, Testmatch launches Kate Attwell, an exciting new voice in American theater.

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American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), San Francisco’s premier nonprofit theater organization, announced today a partnership with Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream, the small-batch ice cream brand known for its unique, innovative flavors, that will take place beginning with the season opener, Top Girls, at the Geary Theater on Thursday, September 19. In this new partnership, Humphry Slocombe will feature its brand new, single-serve ice cream cups at the Geary and the Strand Theaters.

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a.c.t. announces 2019–20 season

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein announced the seven productions that will make up the company’s 2019–20 season: Caryl Churchill’s acclaimed play, Top Girls; the world premiere of Kate Attwell’s Testmatch; Obie Award–winning playwright Will Eno’s latest work, Wakey, Wakey; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s shocking and scalpel-sharp dark comedy, Gloria; Lydia R. Diamond’s unforgettable baseball play, Toni Stone; the cult classic, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show; and Qui Nguyen’s raucously funny and deeply moving sequel to Vietgone, Poor Yella Rednecks.

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