Seana McKenna Will Star in Controversial Testament, by Colm Tóibín, at ACT | Playbill

News Seana McKenna Will Star in Controversial Testament, by Colm Tóibín, at ACT Testament, the solo play that played a brief Broadway run under the title The Testament of Mary, will be presented by the American Conservatory Theater.

Performances of Colm Tóibín's work begin Oct. 29 prior to an official opening Nov. 5. The production will continue through Nov. 23 at the Geary Theater in San Francisco, CA. A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff will direct.

Seana McKenna will star in the play, which "recounts in riveting detail a defiant mother's story of her son, who has been taken from her by men she regards as fanatics," according to press notes.

"Colm Tóibín's novels and short stories have always taken my breath away, so the chance to be in a room with language of such beauty and imagination is one I couldn't pass up," Perloff said in a statement. "Testament is a solo show with an epic reach. It wrestles with big questions about faith and cults, about mothers and sons and about who, ultimately, gets to write history. Colm will be in San Francisco for rehearsals, so the script will be constantly evolving. And who better than Seana McKenna to bring this tour de force to life?"

The creative team for Testament includes lighting and scenic designer Alex Nichols, costume designer Jessie Amoroso and sound designer Will McCandless.

The Geary Theater is located at 415 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA. More information can be found by calling (415) 749-2250 or visiting

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