By Michael Gioia
15 Apr 2012
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The "black-tie-with-a-twist" event (guests are encouraged to be theatrical and add their own flair and props to their outfits) begins at 5 PM with a cocktail reception and is followed by a dinner and original musical production entitled Tales of A.C.T.!, written exclusively for the gala by Dan Rubin and directed by A.C.T. associate artistic director Mark Rucker.
Tales of A.C.T.! features A.C.T. Young Conservatory alumnus Criss, Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Patrick Lane (Tales of the City at A.C.T.) and Betsy Wolfe (Everyday Rapture) alongside students from the company's Master of Fine Arts Program and Young Conservatory as well as members of A.C.T.'s Board of Trustees. Proceeds from the gala support the actor-training and arts education programs.
"We are stepping out of the box with this event and doing something completely different from anything A.C.T. has ever done before," said gala chair Rueff in a statement. "We are honored and thrilled that Darren, Bill, Patrick and Betsy will be lending their talent and support to raise money for our conservatory and A.C.T.'s arts education programs in Bay Area schools."
American Conservatory Theater is a Tony Award–winning theatre and educational institution "dedicated to nurturing the art of live theater through dynamic productions, intensive actor training in its conservatory and an ongoing engagement with its community."
The Regency Center is located at 1300 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco, CA. For more information or to purchase tables or tickets, visit www.act-sf.org/gala or contact Luz Perez at (415) 439-2470 or email@example.com.