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Revisiting the Melting Pot: Immigrant Perspectives in "The Jamaican Wash Project"

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Posted by Selena Chau, A.C.T. Web Development Fellow

In January, as part of A.C.T.’s ongoing activation of San Francisco’s thriving Central Market arts corridor, A.C.T.’s Costume Shop theater hosted The Jamaican Wash Project, a staged reading of a new play about the failing marriage of two immigrants with previously compatible traditional values—and the opposing marital advice offered by their two adult daughters. The project united two longtime A.C.T. collaborators and Bay Area residents: playwright Philip Kan Gotanda and A.C.T. Associate Artist Steven Anthony Jones.

Jones, a former A.C.T. core acting company member and current artistic director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (LHT), directed the reading. The cast featured Oakland-based actor Carl Lumbly, currently performing in SF Playhouse’s The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and included Bay Area notables Edris Cooper-Anifowoshe, Britney Frazier, Darryl V. Jones, Halili Knox, Kehinde Koyejo, and Awele Makeba. Together, these stage artis…

Dangerous Choices: An Interview with "A Doll’s House" Director René Augesen

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Posted by Selena Chau, A.C.T. Web Development Fellow

Beloved Bay Area actor René Augesen has been an A.C.T. core company member since 2001, and has appeared most recently in Endgame and PlayOnce in a LifetimeThe Homecoming, and Clybourne Park. In addition to performing in countless local productions, she is a teaching artist and peer to the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Program students in the classroom and on the A.C.T. stage.

This season, she takes on an additional role as director of a new M.F.A. Program production of Henrik Ibsen's classic drama A Doll's House, which features actors from the class of 2013 and plays February 12–16, 2013, at A.C.T.'s Hastings Studio Theater. In this popular and often controversial play, conversations and interactions between Nora Helmer and her husband Tolvald present a complex dynamic of role-playing in marriage.

Although Augesen carries a Norwegian name, she grew up in west Texas. Still, she connects with Norwegian playwrigh…