Dukakis and Barricelli Star in Panych's Vigil, Opening March 31 in CA

News   Dukakis and Barricelli Star in Panych's Vigil, Opening March 31 in CA Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis and Bay Area favorite Marco Barricelli return to American Conservatory Theatre for Vigil, the Bay Area premiere of the dark Canadian comedy written and directed by Morris Panych, opening March 31 after previews from March 25.
Marco Barricelli and Olympia Dukakis
Marco Barricelli and Olympia Dukakis Photo by Kevin Berne

Performances play to April 18 at A.C.T., 415 Geary Street in San Francisco. "When an embittered, self-involved bachelor arrives to care for the dying aunt he hasn't seen since childhood, his brief visit stretches to interminable lengths," according to production notes. "As her health improves against all odds — and against his hopes — their relationship evolves in unexpected ways. Vigil offers an uncanny balance of gallows humor and grave ruminations on family, identity, and the human condition."

Dukakis ("Steel Magnolias," "Moonstruck") has appeared at A.C.T. five times, including twice in the title role of Hecuba. Her most recent theatre credits include The Singing Forest at The Public Theater; an adaptation of The Tempest; and Rose by Martin Sherman at the National Theatre in London and on Broadway.

A former longtime member of A.C.T.'s core acting company, Barricelli (now artistic director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz) returns for this production. This is the second time that Dukakis and Barricelli have appeared together on the A.C.T. stage. They previously starred in another Canadian two-hander, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again by Michel Tremblay.

Panych, one of Canada's most acclaimed and prolific theatre artists, has won numerous international awards for his writing and directing. He co-created and co-directed The Overcoat, which has earned international acclaim.

The creative team includes scenic and costume designer Ken MacDonald, who is Panych's husband and longtime artistic collaborator (including on The Overcoat), lighting designer Alan Brodie and sound designers/composers Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe.

For information, call (415) 749-2228 or visit www.act-sf.org.

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