THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS – Coming to A.C.T.

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Carey Perloff has announced the complete lineup and dates for the company’s 45th subscription season. The final show of the subscription season will be the acclaimed musical The Scottsboro Boys, which just received 12 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman (twice nominated for her work on the show), The Scottsboro Boys marked the final collaboration between the celebrated songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago and Cabaret).

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John Kander and Fred Ebb
Susan Stroman. Photo, Paul Kolnik

The production features a book by Tony Award–nominated writer David Thompson, and will be presented in association with The Old Globe. Also joining the lineup is the nonsubscription presentation of the world premiere of Perloff’s Higher, directed by A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker at the intimate Zeum Theater. Running from September 2011 to July 2012, the season will offer a diverse collection of productions, both in content and style, bringing together international stories with plays about the San Francisco Bay Area and the best of today’s theatrical voices with new productions of celebrated classics.

THE COMPLETE 2011–12 SEASON

ONCE IN A LIFETIME – September 22nd – October 16th, 2011
By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Directed by Mark Rucker

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George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker. Photo, Kevin Berne

As silent films evolve into “talkies” in 1930, a trio of down-on-their-luck vaudevillians decide to try their luck out west, coaching Hollywood stars to make their speaking voices as beautiful as their glamorous mugs. Incorporating period film clips and dynamic backdrops to meld the worlds of theater and cinema, A.C.T.’s visually inventive new take on this backstage comedy will redefine your experience with “moving pictures.”

RACE — October 21st – November 13th 
A Bay Area Premiere   
By David Mamet. Directed by Irene Lewis

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DAVID MAMET

Fresh from a triumphant run on Broadway, David Mamet’s wicked and scathing courtroom comedy makes its Bay Area premiere at A.C.T. With his trademark verbal pyrotechnics, Mamet unleashes three attorneys as they scramble to represent a white man accused of assaulting a black woman. A captivating story that boldly confronts the most incendiary issues of our time, Race lures us into an enthralling web of tangled sexual and racial politics.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – December 1st –24th
A special non-subscription event
By Charles Dickens. Directed by Domenique Lozano
Adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh
, music by Karl Lundeberg, choreography by Val Caniparoli.
Featuring a lively cast of dozens, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area’s favorite holiday tradition returns with a sparkling, music-infused production of A Christmas Carol. A show for all ages and check your “humbugs” at the door!

HUMOR ABUSE — January 12th – February 5th, 2012
Created by Lorenzo Pisoni and Erica Schmidt in association with Seattle Repertory Theatre
A Bay Area Premiere

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LORENZO PISONI

In this theatrical high-wire act and love letter to the Bay Area, Lorenzo Pisoni – the youngest member of the Pickle Family Circus and son of cofounder Larry Pisoni –tells the story of growing up (often literally) in his father’s stage trunk. As he balances physical pratfalls with heartfelt recollections, Pisoni becomes “a one-man whirlwind” (WOR Radio), creating a vivid, living scrapbook of poignant memories and mesmerizing routines.

SCORCHED — February 16th – March 11th
By Wajdi Mouawad, as translated by Linda Gaboriau

A West Coast Premiere
Directed by Carey Perloff

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DAVID STRATHAIRN

To fulfill their mother’s dying wish, Janine and Simon embark on a journey to the Middle East to find the father and brother they never knew they had. Featuring Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), Scorched weaves its riveting mystery into a captivating tapestry, inviting us to slowly unravel an astonishing truth. The chaos of conflict has never been so immediate—or so human.

HIGHER – February 1st –18th
By Carey Perloff
At Zeum Theater (221 4th Street, San Francisco)
A World Premiere and Special Non-subscription Event
Directed by Mark Rucker

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Artistic Director Carey Perloff. Photo, Kevin Berne

A high-powered Jewish architect, madly in love with an equally talented colleague, discovers that she is his rival in a competition to design a memorial in Israel. As they roam from the sleek rooms of plush New York apartments to the muddy shores of Israel, the two architects are stretched to the limits of their creativity and sanity.

TWELFTH NIGHT – May 10th – June 9th
By William Shakespeare. Directed by Carey Perloff        

For the first time in 15 years, A.C.T. returns to the work of one of the world’s most enduring playwrights. Set sail for the romantic land of Illyria with Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most stirring comedies. When Viola is shipwrecked and loses her brother on an unfamiliar shore, she masquerades as a young man to serve the dashing duke. This joyous production swirls to life with evocative music, vibrant costumes, and some of the most exquisite love poetry in the English language.

THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS – June 19th – July 15th
Music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb

Book by David Thompson
Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman
12 Tony Award nominations, including best musical

A Bay Area premiere, this daring and visionary musical staged by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman transforms the true story of nine young African American men —unjustly accused of a shocking crime — into a vivid theatrical event. The final collaboration between the legendary songwriting team behind Chicago and Cabaret, this rousing production whirls through a mesmerizing chapter of history with an explosion of song and dance.

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The Scottsboro Boys. Broadway Cast.
Photo, Paul Kolnik

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Seán Martinfield
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