Tales of the City Musical Will Premiere in San Fran; ACT Season to Include McCraney, Irwin and Pinter

News   Tales of the City Musical Will Premiere in San Fran; ACT Season to Include McCraney, Irwin and Pinter
The musical adaptation of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City will make a homecoming during the 2010-2011 season at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre.
Jeff Whitty
Jeff Whitty

The season will open with two-time Tony Award winner Bill Irwin starring in his production of Moliere's Scapin. Irwin, last seen in the Broadway revival's of Bye Bye Birdie and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, directs the chaotic classic that he co-adapted with Mark O'Donnell.

ACT will also stage the final work in playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney's Brother/Sister Plays trilogy, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, directed by Mark Rucker. ACT is aligning with two other Bay-area theatres to stage the complete trilogy: The Marin (In the Red and Brown Water) and the Magic (The Brothers Size).

Artistic director Carey Perloff will stage Harold Pinter's sexually provocative drama The Homecoming, followed by the Paul Bowles adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's existential work No Exit, to be conceived and directed by Kim Collier.

The residents of 28 Barbary Lane will come home to roost in the musical based on Maupin's beloved series Tales of the City, which boasts a score by Scissor Sisters band members Jason Sellards (lyrics) and John Garden (music), and a book by Tony winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q). Jason Moore (Avenue Q, Shrek), who staged the developmental run of the musical at the O'Neill Center's Musical Theater Conference last summer, will again helm the production.

ACT will announce one additional work as part of the 2010-2011 season. Dates of production are forthcoming.

For information, call (415) 749-2228 or visit ACT-SF.

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