By Carey Purcell
21 Jan 2014
The season also includes the inaugural production at the new Strand Theater, located in the revitalized Central Market Street Corridor.
The additional three productions for the 2014–15 season, as well as the complete show order and performance schedule, will be announced at a later date.
"These are plays that explode the notion of storytelling, recreating the past in dazzling fragments of memory, and wrestling with whose version of the truth gets to be told," artistic director Carey Perloff said in a statement. "The 2014-15 season will be filled with thrilling new work, incredible premieres, and gorgeous music — and it will also include the first production at our new theater, The Strand!"
ACT will present the West Coast debut of Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play by Anne Washburn. "Mr. Burns begins in a dark dystopia where a group of surviving strangers bond by recreating from memory the iconic 'Cape Feare' episode of The Simpsons," press notes state. "As the story moves decades later, the recollection takes on a life of its own, becoming an almost religious-like fable, elaborately staged for adoring crowds through live theater and opera."
Testament, by Colm Tolbin, which recently played Broadway under the title The Testament of Mary and received a Tony nomination for Best Play, "recounts in riveting detail Mary's personal narrative of the last days in the life of her son, Jesus. With pungent wit and wrenching resolve, Mary questions the motives behind the movement to deify her son, as she grieves for the child who has been taken from her by men she regards as fanatics." Seana McKenna will star, and Perloff will direct.
Indian Ink, the time-travel romance by Tom Stoppard, will also be directed by Perloff.
"Stoppard's exquisitely ruminative play tells the story of a contemporary English biographer and a young Indian man, who separately attempt to explore the mysteries of the erotic artwork and poetry left behind by a racy, freethinking English poet from the 1930s and the Indian painter whom she has come to love," press notes state. "Through the passion of the poet's writing and letters, they each discover that she held many more secrets in Jummapur, India, than ever before known or imagined."
Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's musical A Little Night Music will also be performed. "Filled with Sondheim's signature wit and some of his most gorgeous melodies—including the beloved and haunting treasure 'Send in the Clowns' — this is a bittersweet tale of lost love, scandalous infidelity, and young passions that intertwine over a midsummer's eve at a country home in 1900s Sweden."
Additionally, A Christmas Carol, adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff, will play its 38th year at the ACT.
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