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A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is Taylor Mac's multiyear effort to chart a subjective history of the United States through 246 songs that were popular throughout the country — and its disparate communities — from 1776 to the present day. In performing the work, Mac is joined by an orchestra — led by music director Matt Ray, who created new arrangements of all 246 songs — plus an ensemble of "Dandy Minions" and a variety of local special guests, including members of the audience cast as colonial needleworkers, World War One soldiers, and Yum Yum from The Mikado. Costume designer Machine Dazzle, a longtime Mac collaborator, has made by hand an outrageously imaginative, world-unto-itself costume specific to each decade.
Full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing, and irreverent humor, this spoof about a heavenly guy-group is adored by audiences and critics alike. With an extraordinary mix of sidesplitting songs convincing enough to be played on MTV, uncontrollable laughs, and lighthearted fun, this award-winning and original musical is 90 minutes of pure delight. Altar Boyz is suitable for all ages — the whole family will be laughing and singing along.
True tales of resilience take the stage at Aunt Lily's Flower Book — tales of a grandfather who built the railroad, a father in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team while his wife is in Poston Internment Camp, aunts and uncles in Hiroshima, a violin, and the birth of a movement. Family stories and memoirs are woven together with archival photographs and historic film clips in this piece written and performed by Brenda Wong Aoki with live music by Emmy Award-winning composer and contra bassist Mark Izu, featuring koto master Shoko Hikage.
Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City's North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats! Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Vladimir Putin, Frozen, Iggy Azalea, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, The Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, Orange is the New Black, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kim Jong-un & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
This Beauty and the Beast, a lovable stage adaptation of the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated Disney film, was a stepping stone to the 2017 live-action movie. It tells the story of Belle, a smart and heroic young woman; the Beast, a prince trapped under a spell; and his entire enchanted household, complete with dancing tableware. This musical is performed outdoors by a large cast and live orchestra at the historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's beautiful Joaquin Miller Park. Come early to enjoy a stroll along hillside trails and views of the bay and cities below.
Celebrate the Tony Awards and seven-time nominee, musical theater diva Patti LuPone with Patti Issues, the acclaimed solo play from writer and performer Ben Rimalower. When Ben was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort—like so many gay boys before him—in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone.
This staging of Harold Pinter's classic drama features Marco Barricelli, Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, and Stratford Festival star Scott Wentworth. In an undisturbed English seaside town, the inhabitants of a ramshackle boarding house react to the arrival of two unsettling strangers. Where do the mysterious Goldberg and McCann come from? Who sent them? And why do they keep asking about the sole boarder, piano player Stanley? As the party guests, including flighty Lula and flirty landlady Meg, gather for Stanley's birthday, the desperate pianist is forced to confront a surreal interrogation. Seething with mystery, danger, and sudden humor, this play is signature Pinter.
A familiar game is combined with the magic of Broadway as musical director Joe Wicht and hostess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy test particpants' knowledge of show tunes while talented Bay Area musical theater actors sing familiar and new show tunes. Audience members marks their bingo cards to win Broadway and Hotel Nikko prizes, including tickets to Feinstein's at the Nikko performances.
Everyone's favorite game is combined with the magic of Broadway as Musical Director Joe Wicht and Hostess Katya Smirnoff-Skyy test your knowledge of show tunes while talented Bay Area musical theatre actors sing familiar and new showtunes. The audience marks their bingo cards to win Broadway and Hotel Nikko prizes, including tickets to Feinstein's at the Nikko performances.
Please just meet the $20 per person food and beverage minimum from our new small plates menu and the entertainment is on us.
The Girl I Mean to Be is a night of stories and songs blending contemporary and classical musical theater, refashioned pop, and a few original indie-folk tunes in a show that promises something for everyone throughout a journey of self-discovery and an exploration of the music that has influenced Brooke Michael Smith along the way. Smith was born and raised in St. Louis and has also lived and performed in Los Angeles, New York, and now San Francisco, where she was named Best New Cabaret Artist of 2016.
Are you in need of a sultry Spanish night or a boheiman adventure? So brace yourself for a night when the well worn hardwood floors of Pachamama resonate with the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar. If you have not seen this group, this is an opportunity to experience their high energy and passion for their art that defines a new dimension in Flamenco and Spanish dance traditions.Carolina and her daughter Carolé offer a special evening for a date night, family gathering, or get together with friends and co-workers.
No flood will keep the ladies of the Charitable Sisterhood from fulfilling their sworn mission to provide relief to the homeless of Guatemala! The pastor's wife, a mother of nine, the local Yankee, a new-to-town Georgian, and a mysterious stranger all meet in the basement of the Second Trinity Victory Church to sort a monstrously large pile of donated goods while slinging quips and unravelling a mystery. This delightful comedy is a loving tribute to the power of sisterhood.
Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and deliciously spooky ghosts, this version of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff, stays true to the heart of Charles Dickens' timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language.
Dan Zemelman is an innovator in the San Francisco Bay Area jazz music scene. Dan has been performing with acclaimed bassist Jeff Denson and his quartet, featuring alto sax legend Lee Konitz. Dan also plays regularly with Grammy award-winning violinist Mads Tolling, as well as with former Cirque De Soleil Music Director Christian Tamburr. Zemelman is a bandleader, having performed at the Fillmore, San Francisco and San Jose Jazz Festivals, and as an in-demand jazz pianist. He performs regularly with iconic Bay Area jazz musicians like Marcus Shelby and Adam Theis. Zemelman is on the faculty at Jazz Camp West, The Jazz School and Lafayette Jazz Camp. His debut CD, One Way or Another, featuring trumpeter Erik Jekabson, received rave reviews and critical acclaim.
America's largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show located in downtown San Francisco. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. Just beware. The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect.
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: earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy alongside his master or stay home with the woman and family he loves but remain a slave. This poignant and music-infused journey mixes contemporary wit, folk ballads, and classical traditions to tell a timeless story of freedom, heroism, and belonging. By turns comic and heartbreaking, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) is a mythic journey through the American soul from one of our most accomplished contemporary playwrights.
Grandeur imagines a meeting between an ambitious young journalist and the shape-shifting music legend Gil Scott-Heron. Questions of legacy, art, hope, and redemption drive this funny and gut-wrenching exchange. It's a homecoming for MacArthur Genius Award winner Han Ong, who returns to the Magic Theatre after a 25-year hiatus. The cast of Grandeur is led by Carl Lumbly (ABC's Alias).
A tribe of the best and brightest young Bay Area musical theatre artists convey the story of friends Claude and Berger, their roommate Sheila, and the group of hippies with whom they rebel against the Vietnam War through a familiar score of songs including "Aquarius," "Manchester England," "Hair," "Easy to be Hard," "Where Do I Go," "Black Boys, White Boys" "Good Morning Starshine," and "Let the Sunshine in." The bohemian lifestyle of the characters included racial integration, sexual freedom, drug use, and the mockery of religion which were certainly controversial themes when Hair debuted Off-Broadway in 1967 and on Broadway in 1968. Our concert presentation will include stories from this time as well as later notable productions and an exploration of the legacy of this enduring musical.
Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
John Douglas Thompson returns to the Geary to take on one of theater's most iconic roles: Hamlet. Two seasons ago, Thompson dazzled Geary audiences in the virtuoso one-man show Satchmo at the Waldorf. Now, to kick off the 2017-18 season, Thompson comes back to San Francisco to take on, for the first time one, of Shakespeare's most complex and heartbreaking characters. In the story of a man who wakes up to find his world upended and his closest friends unworthy of trust, Shakespeare shows us how quickly change can happen — how an orderly kingdom ruled by a loving king can, in one stroke, become unrecognizable.
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. In this play, Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) crafts a comedy that rethinks the polar magnetism of opposites attracting, as well as the conventions of modern-day playwriting. With its perfect collision of strangers and strangeness, Heisenberg was a hit on Broadway from one of contemporary theater's most original voices.
In Oscar Wilde's brilliantly witty comedy, fate catches up to politician Robert Chiltern when a mysterious woman produces a letter revealing a past misdeed. Is this a public scandal or private shame? One of the more serious of Wilde's social comedies, An Ideal Husband focuses on the often corrupt underpinnings of wealth and power, how information and knowledge in politics hold sway, and how public and personal morality can collide. An Ideal Husband also takes a good-natured poke at the institution of marriage, asking viewers if it is it truly possible to try to have an "ideal" marriage. In the end, Wilde's message is surprisingly benign: Only love really matters; only love will lead to happiness.
Join the countess on a voyage through operatic disco cabaret as she re-creates her infamous final performance at the famed "Continental baths." The year was 1976, and Eastern Europe's most famous mezzo-soprano understudy played the Tuesday matinees at New York City's most spectacular gay bathhouse. With songs ranging from Jule Styne to Donna Summers, this cabaret has something for everyone and a disco beat that will take viewers back to a time when the boys were beautiful, the drinks flowed with reckless abandon, and love was free. Skyy is joined by her band, the Spectacle Players, under the musical direction of Tom Shaw.
Based on the great French-Italian play and film, but most well known as a blockbuster Broadway musical that won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, this is a rousing anthem that celebrates love, romance and being true to yourself. La Cage aux Folles, presented in the gritty style of an underground French Cabaret, glimmers with French flair, a wink and a grin at lifestyles and mores that seem at odds until they crumble under the power of love to transform.
Following her popular Beautiful, Dirty, Sexy, Me and LUSH shows, the sumptuously talented Leanne Borghesi returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko with What Is This Swing Called Love? Under the direction of Nicolas Minas, this flamboyant chanteuse journeys through the ups and downs of love with snazzy, jazzy standards of the swing and jazz era, played by the extraordinary Roger Glenn Trio with Amanda Wu on bass.
Times are tough for Elvis impersonator Casey, who performs his act for an audience of zero in a Panama City, Florida dive bar. With the rent long overdue and a baby on the way, desperate Casey watches as a seasoned drag queen named Miss Tracy Mills brings her show to town. After filling in for one of Tracy's regular girls on short notice one night, Casey decides to trade in his sequin jumpsuit for a sequin dress, and under Miss Tracy's tutelage, finally achieves stardom.
Times are tough for Elvis impersonator Casey, who performs his act for an audience of zero in a Panama City, Florida dive bar. With the rent long overdue and a baby on the way, desperate Casey watches as a seasoned drag queen named Miss Tracy Mills brings her show to town. After filling in for one of Tracy's regular girls on short notice one night, Casey decides to trade in his sequin jumpsuit for a sequin dress, and under Miss Tracy's tutelage, finally achieves stardom. With The Legend of Georgia McBride, MTC joyfully and campily brings a very different side of Matthew Lopez's repertoire to the Bay Area with this fierce, fabulous, and heel-toting showbiz comedy.
Lisa Geduldig is a Bay Area-based (but New York-bred) comedian and comedy producer. She's the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows. The most acclaimed, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ (Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant), celebrates its 25th Anniversary this December! She strives to present the Bay Area with intelligent and diverse comedy shows.
Samson Koletkar was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. He brings a refreshingly new approach to cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor with a first-generation, immigrant perspective. Driven by personal trials and tribulations, his subtle satire addresses religious and political hypocrisies, social issues, and the absurdities of human nature.
Joe Nguyen is subtle but sharp, laid-back yet engaging. He is the smart slacker beloved by audiences for his easygoing delivery and well-written jokes. Raised in Georgia by immigrants of Vietnamese and Jewish descent, Joe was destined to become a comedian.
Lorna Luft returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko for Pride Weekend performances that are uniquely Lorna. Daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, Luft will remind us all of the connection between her mother's funeral on June 27, 1969 and the Stonewall Riots that began in the early hours of June 28, 1969 starting the modern gay rights movement and how Garland's signature "Over the Rainbow" may have inspired the rainbow flag as the symbol of the LGBT community.
Luft's own theatrical career has included roles on Broadway, in national tours, European and regional theater productions and was most recently seen by San Francisco audiences in Irving Berlin's White Christmas at SHN last December.
This charming musical follows the adventures of a young woman, who, before her own wedding, wants to discover the identity of her father. She invites three men from her mother's past to her wedding on the Greek island where she was conceived 20 years ago, but she doesn't tell her mother until they get there. This show is performed outdoors by a large cast and live orchestra at the historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. Come early to enjoy a stroll along hillside trails and views of the bay and cities below.
Gomez's comedy has been featured on HBO, LOGO, Showtime, Comedy Central, and PBS. She is also the author-performer of 12 solo plays that have been presented off-Broadway, nationally, and internationally. Gomez can be seen in season two of the Netflix series Sense8.
Grammy award-winning and gold and platinum-selling duo, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. will celebrate their multifaceted, 45-year career in a show that includes R&B, gospel, jazz, blues, and pop. As the original stars and lead singers of the legendary group, The 5th Dimension, they launched champagne and pop/soul classics including "Up, Up and Away," "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," "Worst That Could Happen," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Sweet Blindness," "Wedding Bell Blues," and "One Less Bell to Answer." After leaving the group, Marilyn and Billy recorded You Don't Have to be a Star, a chart topping, #1 record which earned them their seventh Grammy Award and a television series on CBS.
One of Broadway's favorite real-life married couples, Mario Cantone and Jerry Dixon, bring their new show to Feinstein's at the Nikko. How Long Has This Been Going On? promises to be a delicious evening of stories, songs, and of course, laughs. After all, the last time the duo worked together, they created Laugh Whore, Cantone's wickedly entertaining and Tony Award-nominated solo show-turned-Showtime special.
Maureen McVerry is a veteran of the Bay Area theater scene. She is celebrating 35 years of performing on local stages, including A.C.T. and Marin Theatre Company. She is the winner of six Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards and two Drama-Logue Awards. For over 20 years, she has performed her ever-evolving cabaret show Verry McVerry locally at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, Herbst Theatre, the Plush Room, the Venetian Room, and the Alcazar as well as other venues nationally. For her Feinstein's at the Nikko debut, she presents her new show Love Will Kick Your Ass, filled with songs that celebrate love in all its forms and backed by her three-piece band.
In 1965, Micky Dolenz was cast in the television sitcom The Monkees along with Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork and became the drummer and vocalist in the "imaginary" band that wanted to be The Beatles but that was never successful. The actors and musicians, however, soon became a real band. Dolenz wrote a few of the group's self-pinned songs as well as provided lead vocals for such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville," "Take a Giant Step," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Daydream Believer," and "I'm a Believer," giving The Monkees their distinctive sound. Although the sitcom was cancelled in 1968, the band continued to record until 1971. The Monkees have sold more than 75 million records worldwide and, at their peak in 1967, beat the sales of the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined.
You're invited to the wedding of the season! Award-winning film director Mira Nair brings her exuberant and sumptuous Monsoon Wedding to Berkeley Rep's stage in this highly anticipated world premiere musical. The perfect storm starts brewing when family members from around the world descend on Delhi for a nonstop four-day celebration of an arranged marriage between a modern upper middle-class Indian family's only daughter and an American guy she's never met. But the bride is having an affair, her father's financial troubles deepen, and dark family secrets surface. The forecast calls for drama, love, hope, laughs, and a whole lot of rain.
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," "Mercedes Benz," "Cry Baby," and "Summertime," a remarkable cast, and breakout performances, A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock 'n' roll's greatest legends.
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary, and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault's once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is on the brink of foreclosure. George, the high-minded heir apparent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who's one-eighth black. But the bigoted plantation queen has eyes for George, and the dastardly overseer M'Closky plots to keep Zoe and Terrebonne for himself. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural politics, An Octoroon is "This decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today," says the New York Times.
Join this Bay Area favorite, known for her rich, powerful contralto voice, for another evening featuring her eclectic set lists and unique interpretations of songs by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell, Pearl Bailey, and Ethel Waters. Paula West has performed nationally and internationally at prestigious venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Maison de la Musique, and the White House. She has released four CDs and won three New York Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Female Jazz Vocalist.
In the midst of a whirlwind tour of European capitals, a young princess yearns to experience life — to explore the world beyond diplomatic dinners and royal balls. Enter an American reporter, who, almost overnight, goes from covering the royal family to covering up her great escape. And in the span of 24 unforgettable hours, they discover the magic of Rome, the promise of love, and a secret they will share forever.
Sharon is practical, from Iowa. Robyn is a Bronx-born vegan. Both are "bad-ass" women in their 50s dealing with isolation, aging and identity. They remind us that second chances are possible and transformation can grow beneath peals of uproarious laughter.
On a weeklong silent retreat in the woods, six wildly disparate souls looking for answers find that staying quiet doesn't necessarily bring inner peace. The acclaimed new comedy from Drama Desk Award-winning playwright Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds is a wickedly sharp look at reflection and self-discovery. Under the eye of an unseen guru, these six have gathered to get away from it all. But as they listen to their leader's ruminations (and try to hook up while struggling to meditate without snacks), they learn that silence can indeed be golden. It can also be funny, frustrating, erotic, comforting, and profoundly passive-aggressive.
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, already successful, set out to write a popular musical that would send a strong progressive message about racism. They succeeded so well that this vastly entertaining show's message remains relevant more than 60 years later. South Pacific has a compelling plot, likable characters, and most of all, some of the most glorious songs in musical theater history, including "Bali Ha'i," "Some Enchanted Evening," "Younger Than Springtime," "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught," and many more. This musical is performed outdoors by a large cast and live orchestra at the historic Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's beautiful Joaquin Miller Park. Come early to enjoy a stroll along hillside trails and views of the bay and cities below.
Widely regarded for his trademark honey baritone voice and original songs that blend compelling melodies, smart lyrics, and lush arrangements, Spencer Day has wooed audiences at venues all over the United States, including Birdland, Town Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, and Tanglewood Music Center. Local fans were introduced to Spencer in 2007 when he performed at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and headlined at venues across the entire Bay Area.
Since then, Spencer Day has recorded six CDs including Vagabond in 2009 with the hit "Til You come To Me," which reached the top spot on the Contemporary Jazz Billboard charts. His 2014 release, Daybreak, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz chart and reflects Day's roots in the Great American Songbook. For this return engagement in Feinstein's at the Nikko, Spencer will sing songs from his upcoming album Angel City.
In the opulent Presidential Palace of an unnamed country, four women await the arrival of the embattled dictator -- his wife, her best friend, a British journalist, and a translator -- while a revolution grows violent outside. As the political tension escalates, time refracts and earlier scenes replay from different perspectives. Morgan, the award-winning British playwright and screenwriter (The Iron Lady, Suffragette), takes the audience on a breath-taking journey with a fascinating theatricality that is at once compassionate, dispassionate, and probing.
Swan Lake, based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The ballet is in three acts with two intermissions, with music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Getzer. Running time is approximately two hours and 30 minutes. The Honored Artist of Ukraine, Olga Kifyak, will be dancing Odile/Odette (both the Black Swan and White Swan roles), with Eugeniy Svetlitsa as Prince Siegfried and Ivan Kozlov (who has been performing continuously alongside with Ulyana Lopatkina) as Prince's friend. Alisa Voronova, Sergey Kononenko and Anna Surmina will be performing Swan Lake Pas de Trois for the 25-city American tour.
In December 2016, Tom Reardon set out on a 9,000-mile journey across America, accompanied by his steadfast and aptly named dog, Yankee. That trip has inspired Tom's sixth one-man cabaret show at Feinstein's at the Nikko: Where I'm Bound: Songs From America. Tom is once again joined by Roberta Drake on drums, John Greitzer on bass, Billy Raphael on guitar and fiddle, and Jennifer Haber and Morgan Breedveld-Stinson on vocals. Daren A.C. Carollo directs and produces; local legend Joe Wicht is the musical director.
"Infectious fun" - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Based on Lloyd Kaufman's cult film, this laugh-out-loud musical has it all: an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor, bullies, mobsters, and stiletto-wearing back-up singers.
After attempting to clean up Tromaville, the most polluted town in New Jersey, Melvin Ferd is dumped into a vat of radioactive toxic waste, only to reemerge as The Toxic Avenger. Affectionately known as Toxie, our new hero is a mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark, New Jersey. He's out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the blind librarian in town.
A hit off-Broadway and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Vietgone is a modern twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. In this irreverent new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants leave a war-torn country for an eye-opening journey across the bewildering and foreign landscape of 1970s America. A vibrant mash-up of pop culture references, audacious dialogue, and an action-packed road trip that instantaneously moves from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, Vietgone played to sold-out houses at 2016's Oregon Shakespeare Festival and New York's Manhattan Theatre Club. This sexy, sassy, freewheeling ride, with hip-hop and Motown rhythms, rolls into A.C.T.'s Strand Theater in an all-new production.
In the final summer of the 1960s, America is aching for change. In the cities, crowds are protesting the Vietnam War. In the skies, Apollo 11 is speeding toward man's first encounter with the moon. And at a Catskills resort near Woodstock, housewife Pearl Kantrowitz is busy balancing the demands of her rebellious teenage daughter, her overworked television repairman husband, and keeping her head in the daily mah-jongg game. But a chance meeting with a free-spirited traveling salesman awakens a newfound spirit of exploration and sexuality — and the realization of lost opportunities. Based on the award-winning film of the same title, this stunning new musical weds the landscape of Borscht Belt comedy, the radical spirit of '60s revolution, and the passion of two breathtaking love stories with a soaring and original rock 'n' roll score.
Two young men. A battle rages in the distance. Game on. Inspired by The Iliad and the epic tale of Achilles and Patroclus, warplay is a shockingly funny, poetic and radical re-imagining of one of the oldest love stories in all of Western literature.
By JC Lee (Writer on ABC's How to Get Away with Murder and HBO's Looking), Directed by NCTC Artistic Associate Ben Randle.
What in Tarnation?, an American farce written and directed by Jeff Bedillion, is set in the fictitious small southern town of Tarnation, where all hell breaks loose when the marriage equality law is overturned. The conservative Pastor Aiden and Faith, his right-wing sidekick at the Sunnyside Baptist Church, revel in the "glorious" news that gay marriage is again criminalized. However, two young lesbians will stop at nothing to ensure that they are married, even if it means barricading themselves inside the church. This raucous play dissects homophobia and intolerance with cutting-edge comedy and razor-sharp wit.
Note: This show is intended for mature audiences.
An upbeat, energetic, musical journey of America's greatest folk and pop songs of the 1960s including, "Where Have all the Flowers Gone," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Leavin' on a Jet Plane," "If I had a Hammer," "California Dreamin'," as well as "This Land is Your Land" and other hits William performed as a featured singer of the 1960s folk music group, The New Christy Minstrels.
The Winter's Tale explores the unsteady, unsettling, poisonous realm of jealousy and distrust as a childhood friendship is irrevocably torn apart by a grievous misunderstanding.
King Leontes of Sicilia accuses his pregnant wife, Hermione, of infidelity with best friend and fellow King of neighboring Bohemia, Polixenes. His rage and misguided tyranny results in the plot to have the King of Bohemia killed, banish the newborn baby girl, imprison his innocent wife, and turn his stunned staff and nation against him. Directed by Artistic Director of AASC, L. Peter Callender, this study of love, jealousy, tyranny and ultimate forgiveness will bring all the complicated plot twists, memorable characters and one of Shakespeare's most magical and romantic and unforgettable endings to life.
An innocuous comment at a dinner of two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of Cold War-style paranoia. You Mean to Do Me Harm is a psychological exploration of Chinese and American foreign relations, and of the personal relations we hold most dear.
It seems that hardly a day goes by that the media doesn't confront us with yet another unspeakable act. Kirsten Greenidge's Zenith teases out the complex and interwoven threads of one life that ends shockingly. Daring in structure and rich in detail, this play makes us question whether we can ever truly fathom another human being.