The season starts of, Aug. 26-Sept. 26 with The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets, a musical theater piece featuring music and lyrics by Tom Waits, text from William Burroughs and arrangements by Greg Cohen and Waits. Robert Wilson directs star Marianne Faithfull in the work billed as a "re-imagining of a 19th century folk tale about a clerk who makes a Faustian pact with the devil, accepting magic bullets in order to win the hand of his beloved in a shooting contest."
The Black Rider was previously seen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff next directs Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing featuring René Augesen and Marco Barricelli, Oct. 19-Nov. 21. The work concerns a playwright and his actress wife who discover how life can imitate art.
The remainder of the season (dates not scheduled) includes the Bay Area premiere of Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? tentatively set for a January start; The Gamester, Freyda Thomas's adaptation of Jean-François Regnard's romantic farce, Le Joueur, about the risks of love and gambling;and Harley Granville-Barker's "tale of greed and financial treachery," The Voysey Inheritance.. Eugene O'Neill's semi-autobiographical A Moon for the Misbegotten featuring Marco Barricelli, under the direction of Laird Williamson, will completes the featured works.
For subscriptions to the season at A.C.T., 415 Geary St. in San Francisco, CA, call (415) 749-2250. Single tickets will be available Aug. 8. For more information, visit www.act-sf.org.