If you missed him in Fool Moon and Scapin, you have one night, June 4, to catch Bill Irwin work his comic magic in a special benefit for San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre.
The gig at the Geary Theatre will feature highlights from Irwin's most acclaimed works, including the Off-Broadway work, In Regard Of Flight, that brought Irwin to international attention and helped him earn a celebrated MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant." Irwin will also showcase elements from his latest project, a full-length piece based on the life of 19th century clown, George L. Fox.
Irwin also appeared with Steve Martin and Robin Williams in the Lincoln Center Theatre production of Waiting For Godot and in George C. Wolfe's Central Park production of The Tempest for the New York Shakespeare Festival.
"Bill Irwin is a national treasure," said A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff. "We are thrilled that he has created this unique program as a special event to benefit A.C.T.'s artistic, education, and outreach programs."
Joining Irwin as special guests will be his longtime friends and frequent collaborators Doug Skinner and Michael O'Connor. Skinner has written music for ODC/San Francisco, Margaret Jenkins, Helen Dannenberg and other Bay Area choreographers. Connor played Harlequin in Berkeley Rep's Triumph Of Love. Actress Olympia Dukakis will also be on hand for the event, hosting a pre-performance dinner. Best known for her Oscar-winning role in the John Patrick Shanley film, Moonstruck, Dukakis is currently starring at SF's Geary Theatre in Singer's Boy, a play by Leslie (Nine Armenians) Ayvazian, directed by Perloff.
Tickets to the June 4, 8 PM event at the Geary Theatre range $30-$125 (performance only) to $500 (dinner, performance and reception). For information please call (415) 439-2313.