Olympia Dukakis and Tina Landau Featured in Next Season at San Francisco's ACT

News   Olympia Dukakis and Tina Landau Featured in Next Season at San Francisco's ACT Olympia Dukakis and Steppenwolf Theatre director Tina Landau headline the upcoming 2003-04 season at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. The California venue also boasts three world premieres: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Levee James, and A Mother.

Starting off the season will be a new adaptation of the classic French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" (made into the film "Dangerous Liasons"). Giles Havergal will helm her world premiere stagework for ACT. Artistic director Carey Perloff then takes on directing duties for stagings of Samuel Beckett's classic Waiting For Godot and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.

The world premiere of Sherry Shephard-Massat's Levee James will play the Bay Area stage. Set in a racially-charged 1920s southern town, a woman revisits an old passion at the home of her brother-in-law.

Next, in association with Washington's Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT will present the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life. Tina Landau helms the 1940 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama set right in San Francisco at the end of the Great Depression.

Actress Olympia Dukakis ("Moonstruck," Rose) returns to the stage in A Mother. The world premiere of a new adaptation by Constance Congdon of Gorky's "Vassa Zheleznova," is directed by Perloff. Dukakis plays the title character Vassa — a strong matriarch who fights to keep her business and family afloat as her husband fights to stay alive.

One more production is yet to be announced in the seven play season. The lineup for now follows: (subject to change)

  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Giles Havergal - (Sept. 11-Oct. 12)
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett - (Oct. 17-Nov. 16)
  • A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen -(Jan. 8-Feb. 8, 2004)
  • Levee James by Sherry Shephard-Massat - (Feb. 13-March 14, 2004)
  • The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan - (March 25-April 25, 2004)
  • A  Mother by Constance Congdon - (May 13-June 13, 2004) Subscriptions are currently available for the season at ACT in San Francisco, CA, by calling (415) 749-2250 or online at www.act sf.org. Individual tickets will be available Aug. 24.