A.C.T. EXTENDS “SCAPIN” – Through 10/17

Tony Award winner Bill Irwin stars in Moliere comedy

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced a one-week extension for its 2010–11 season opener, Molière’s SCAPIN. In the title role of Moliere’s comedy – Bill Irwin. The event marks the return of two-time Tony Award winner and A.C.T. favorite to its stage. The additional performances include 8:00 curtains on Tuesday, October 10th, through Saturday, October 16th, and 2:00 matinees on Wednesday, October 6th; Saturday, October 16th; and Sunday, October 17th. In this lively baggy-pants comedy, the rascally title character balances his penchant for mayhem and mischief with a promise to help two pairs of wide-eyed lovers. Irwin – who adapted (with Mark O’Donnell) and directs – whips commedia dell’arte, live music, and his trademark sophisticated clowning into a frenzy, transforming this 17th-century farce of mistaken identities and mishaps into a theatrical event perfect for all ages. The production also reunites Irwin with several of his former cohorts from San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus. Celebrated Bay Area actor Geoff Hoyle takes on the role of Scapin’s curmudgeonly master, “Geronte”. Randy Craig, known for his work with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, composed the music for Scapin and performs in the show. ODC/San Francisco choreographer Kimi Okada serves as movement consultant.

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BILL IRWIN – SCAPIN
At A.C.T., September 16th – October 17th

“I’ve wanted to return to Molière’s Scapin and the adaptation Mark O’Donnell and I did together,” said Irwin, “and I’ve wanted to return to A.C.T. and its audiences. I’ve also wanted to return to work again with my San Francisco colleagues and friends. Might as well do it all at once.” A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff adds, “The incomparable Bill Irwin has made comic mischief with Bay Area clowns for decades and is reuniting with some of his favorite artists from his early days in San Francisco, so it feels like a delightful family effort and a gift to Bay Area audiences of all ages. This production of Scapin is the perfect fusion of so many aspects of A.C.T. – a collaboration among our extraordinary core company and extended family, along with three of our finest comic M.F.A. Program actors.”

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CAREY PERLOFF, Artistic Director
Photo, Kevin Berne

Irwin is one of a handful of artists keeping the longstanding tradition of clowning alive in the mainstream American theater. His detailed study of the comedic greats—from commedia dell’arte to vaudeville to Chaplin—comes through in his physically impressive and emotionally engaging performances. In this adaptation of Scapin – an irreverent and self-referential adaptation created with Mark O’Donnell (co-winner of the 2003 Tony Award for “Best Book of a Musical”, Hairspray; and staff writer for Saturday Night Live) — Irwin creates a theatrical roller coaster ride complete with live music, chase scenes, a big dance number, and playful barbs at A.C.T.

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A.C.T.’s 2010–11 season continues with the West Coast premiere of Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet (October 29th – November 21st), the finale of The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Magic Theatre and Marin Theatre Company will produce the other two plays in the trilogy in a first-time collaboration with A.C.T. More information about how to purchase trilogy packages can be found at BrotherSisterPlays.org. The new year brings the West Coast premiere of Bruce Norris’s comedy, Clybourne Park (January 20th – February 13th). Next up is Harold Pinter’s most provocative play, The Homecoming (March 3rd – 27th), directed by longtime Pinter collaborator A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff. Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential No Exit is being presented by Canada’s The Virtual Stage and Electric Theatre Company. A multimedia version, the production makes its U.S. premiere at A.C.T. April 7th – May 1st. The season culminates in the world premiere of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, a new musical based on Maupin’s beloved books and created by writer Jeff Whitty and director Jason Moore (the team behind Avenue Q) and Jake Shears and John Garden (the musical minds behind the glam-rock band, Scissor Sisters). A.C.T. brings the iconic saga to San Francisco live May 17th – June 19th, 2011. The season also includes A.C.T.’s annual nonsubscription holiday treat, A Christmas Carol (December 2nd – 24th, 2010).

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NO EXIT – Laara Sadiq, Lucia Frangione, and Andy Thompson
Photo, Michael Berz

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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