Revivals of Mamet, Shepard, Nash, Gogol, Fugard, Ford Join Sweeney Todd in A.C.T.'s 2007-08 Season

News   Revivals of Mamet, Shepard, Nash, Gogol, Fugard, Ford Join Sweeney Todd in A.C.T.'s 2007-08 Season American Conservatory Theater has announced its 2007-08 season, which will include a number of revivals plus the previously reported West Coast premiere of John Doyle's Broadway production of Sweeney Todd.

The revivals include The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash, directed by Mark Rucker; Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet; The Blood Knot by Athol Fugard; 'Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford, directed by Carey Perloff; a 30th anniversary revival of Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard; and The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, directed by Perloff.

Sweeney Todd, in which the actors play instruments, runs Aug. 30-Sept. 30. The musical, which has songs by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler, will go on its national tour following the run.

Among the non-subscription events is Brainpeople, a new play by José Rivera that will be presented at the Zeum Theater. According to press notes, "The play unfolds at a surreal dinner party taking place in an unnamed totalitarian state, where three women reckon with the complexities of their pasts."

Another non-subscription event is The Tosca Project, created by Perloff and Val Caniparoli, directed by Perloff and choreographed by Caniparoli, which will be seen at The Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The work was first developed in a series of workshops last year with international actors and members of the San Francisco Ballet, and was featured in A.C.T.'s First Look festival earlier this year. According to press notes, the play is a "blend of theatre, movement, and music" that "toasts the rich history of Tosca's Café, the famed nightspot located in San Francisco's North Beach district that has been a favorite of opera singers, Beat poets, Russian émigrés, and other eclectic characters since the 1920s."

The season will also include a non-subscription production of A Christmas Carol. The A.C.T. subscription season at a glance:

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
From an adaptation by Christopher Bond
Originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Musical supervision and orchestrations by Sarah Travis
Directed and designed by John Doyle
Aug. 30-Sept. 30

The Rainmaker
by N. Richard Nash
Directed by Mark Rucker
Featuring René Augesen, Anthony Fusco and Jack Willis
Oct. 25-Nov. 25

Speed-the-Plow
By David Mamet
Jan. 4-Feb. 3, 2008

The Blood Knot
By Athol Fugard
Featuring Steven Anthony Jones and Jack Willis
Feb. 8-March 9, 2008

The Government Inspector
By Nikolai Gogol
Directed by Carey Perloff
Featuring René Augesen, Anthony Fusco, Steven Anthony Jones and Gregory Wallace
March 20-April 20, 2008

Curse of the Starving Class
By Sam Shepard
Featuring Jack Willis as Weston and Jud Williford as Wesley
April 25-May 25, 2008

'Tis Pity She's a Whore
By John Ford
Directed by Carey Perloff
Featuring René Augesen, Steven Anthony Jones, Gregory Wallace and Jack Willis
June 5-July 6, 2008

The season's non-subscription events:

A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Featuring James Carpenter as Scrooge, Jud Williford as Bob Cratchit and Jack Willis as Jacob Marley
Music by Karl Lundeberg
Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Directed by Carey Perloff
Featuring new staging by Domenique Lozano
Dec. 5-23

The Tosca Project
Created by Val Caniparoli and Carey Perloff
Directed by Carey Perloff
Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Featuring Gregory Wallace
At The Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Oct. 26-28

Brainpeople
By José Rivera
At the Zeum Theater
Jan. 26-Feb. 16, 2008

Full-season subscriptions are now available by calling A.C.T. Ticket Services at (415) 749-2250 or by visiting www.act-sf.org. Single tickets for individual productions will be available beginning Aug. 5.

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