The Homecoming, With Kenneth Welsh and René Augesen, Begins at A.C.T.

News   The Homecoming, With Kenneth Welsh and René Augesen, Begins at A.C.T.
American Conservatory Theater's new production of late Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, directed by A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff, plays March 3-27, featuring A.C.T. core acting company member René Augesen as Ruth. The actress is celebrating ten years with the San Francisco company.


Performances play at the American Conservatory Theatre on Geary Street.

Joining Augesen are A.C.T. core acting company members Anthony Fusco and Jack Willis; A.C.T. favorite Andrew Polk; award-winning Canadian actor Kenneth Welsh ("Grey Gardens" on HBO; The Real Thing on Broadway; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune Off-Broadway); and Adam O'Byrne.

In The Homecoming, according to A.C.T., "a long-absent son and his attractive wife, Ruth, return to his contentious childhood home in London's East End. Caught in a grueling power struggle, father and sons vie for Ruth's attention and affection with outrageous consequences in a play that changed the face of 20th-century drama."

Perloff began her artistic relationship with Pinter while she was the artistic director of Classic Stage Company in New York City, where she worked closely with the writer in staging his plays The Birthday Party and Mountain Language (American premiere). At A.C.T. she directed Old Times in 1998, as well as a double bill of Celebration (American premiere) and The Room in 2001.

Perloff said in a statement, "A writer of acute observation and meticulous precision, the late, great Harold Pinter is missed by all lucky souls who had the pleasure of working with him. Pinter's theatre, like his pauses, always leaves room for the audience to fill in the gaps with their own secrets, their own dreams, their own fears, their own imaginations. He was the least manipulative and, in some sense, the most generous (and wickedly funny) of playwrights. I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate his legacy than exploring The Homecoming, my favorite of all of Pinter's plays, with our amazing core acting company." Opening night is March 9. For tickets and information, call (415) 749-2228 or visit

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