2017–18 Season

 

The 2017–18 Season

by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Jaime Castañeda

February 21–April 29, 2018
A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

“Hip, high-wire theatricality . . . sultry sexiness . . . quirky playfulness”
The Seattle Times


Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes, with one intermission

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.

A vibrant mash-up of audacious language, pop-culture references, and kick-ass romance, Vietgone is an action-packed road trip that shifts gears instantaneously from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Following sold-out houses at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York’s Manhattan Theatre Club, this sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, backed by original hip-hop rhythms, will roll into The Strand in an all-new production this February.

Please note: This production includes strong language, a short strobe-like lighting effect, herbal cigarettes, loud explosions, and gunshots.

 

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by Simon Stephens
Directed by Hal Brooks

March 14–April 8, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Wondrously stealthy . . . Resonates in your mind long after it’s over”
The New York Times

“Insightful, unforgettable”
Entertainment Weekly   

 

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

In this “vibrant and emotionally charged” (The New York Times) new play, Tony Award–winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts an unexpected comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg is an electric hit from one of theater’s most original voices.

 

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by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Liz Diamond
A coproduction with Yale Repertory Theatre

April 25–May 20, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater

“Extraordinary”
The New York Times

“Thrilling! A masterpiece”
New York Magazine

“Grade A! Echoes of classic literature while at the same time doubling down on comedy!”
Entertainment Weekly


Running time:
3 hours, including one intermission

From Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/UnderdogThe 365 Plays/365 Days Project, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) comes an 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.

Please note: This production utilizes theatrical smoke/haze.

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Book by Pamela Gray
Music & Lyrics by Paul Scott Goodman
Additional Lyrics by Pamela Gray

Based on the Miramax and Village Roadshow Pictures
motion picture “A Walk on the Moon”
written by Pamela Gray

Directed by Sheryl Kaller

June 6–July 1, 2018
A.C.T.’s Geary Theater


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.

Based on the award-winning film, this stunning new musical fuses the spirit of ’60s folk and rock with today’s singer-songwriter sound, capturing a moving journey of self-discovery and the thrill of a generation in revolution.
 

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All dates, titles, and artists are subject to change.

 

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