A Sneak Peek at A.C.T. in 2018

By A.C.T. Publications Staff

Happy New Year! Because of patrons and theater fans like you, 2017 was a shining year for A.C.T. This year we celebrated our 50th anniversary, staged the world premiere of the hit new play A Thousand Splendid Suns, welcomed audiences to our second annual New Strands Festival, and kicked off the new season on a high note with Tony Award–nominated actor John Douglas Thompson as the prince of Denmark. As we look ahead to 2018, here is a sneak peek at A.C.T.’s upcoming shows that are sure to dazzle in the new year.

Show artwork for A.C.T.'s 2018 production of The Birthday Party.
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter at The Geary Theater, directed by Carey Perloff (January 10–February 4, 2018)

A star-studded cast takes the Geary stage as A.C.T. returns to the mysterious world of Harold Pinter in our first staging of his groundbreaking play The Birthday Party. Tony Award winner Judith Ivey joins Stratford Festival star Scott Wentworth and A.C.T. favorites Marco Barricelli and Firdous Bamji for this darkly comic British drama.

Vietgone by Qui Nguyen at The Strand Theater, directed by Jaime Castañeda (February 21–April 22, 2018)

Bold, vivid, and utterly fresh, Vietgone is an irreverent new comedy from one of American theater’s most innovative and lauded new playwrights. In this contemporary twist on the classic story of boy meets girl, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave their war-torn country for an eye-opening road trip across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America.

Heisenberg by Simon Stephens at The Geary Theater, directed by Hal Brooks (March 14­–April 8, 2018)

In a bustling London train station, free-spirited American Georgie unexpectedly kisses mid-70s British butcher Alex, and sets his world reeling. When she turns up in his shop a few days later, he is suspicious. Is she really attracted to him, or is there a longer con on the cards? As Alex is drawn into Georgie’s anarchic world, his conventional life becomes chaotic, uncertain, and undeniably richer.

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks at The Geary Theater, directed by Liz Diamond (April 25–May 20, 2018)

From Pulitzer Prize–winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes an explosively powerful and lyrical new play set against the backdrop of the American Civil War. In this epic take on the Odyssey, Southern slave Hero faces a terrible choice: to earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master, or to stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave.

A.C.T.'s Geary Theater in 2017. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
A Walk on the Moon by Paul Scott Goodman and Pamela Gray at The Geary Theater, directed by Sheryl Kaller (June 5–July 1, 2018)

Based on the award-winning film, this stunning new musical unites the landscape of Borscht Belt comedy, the radical spirit of sixties revolution, and the electricity of two newfound romances to create a soaring and original rock and roll score.

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