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News James Cromwell as Lear and West Coast Debut of A Number Slated for New A.C.T. Season James Cromwell will star as King Lear in the upcoming season at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater which also includes Caryl Churchill's A Number , Canadian hit The Overcoat, three new takes on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Rivals and Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
Upcoming A.C.T. headliners James Cromwell and Ren
Upcoming A.C.T. headliners James Cromwell and Ren

The 39th anniversary season at the California company's Geary Theater will also with feature a new A Christmas Carol adaptation written by A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh and directed by Perloff. The new take (Nov. 26-Dec. 24) on the Charles Dickens' tale will feature scenic designs from Broadway designer Thomas Lynch (A Raisin in the Sun, The Music Man), original music from composer Karl Fredrik Lundeberg and costume designs from Beaver Bauer (A.C.T.'s The Gamester).

A seventh addition to the season will be announced at a later date.

The 2005-2006 A.C.T. season (subject to change) is as follows:

  • The Overcoat (Aug. 25-Sept. 25)
    CanStage's production of the work, which Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling adapted from Nikolai Gogol's The Overcoat and Diary of a Madman, and features music by Dmitri Shostakovich. Featuring a 22-person cast, 85 costumes, and a two story set, the work plays at A.C.T. following sold-out European and Canadian tours.


  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Oct. 13-Nov. 13)
    A fiftieth anniversary production of the Tennessee Williams drama about the former football hero drowning in his grief after losing his best friend, while his lustful wife longs to produce an heir to inherit the family fortune. A.C.T. core acting company member René Augesen stars as Maggie.
  • Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Jan. 5-Feb. 5, 2006)
    David Mamet's tale of sex, love and the struggle to keep a relationship alive in a world of extramarital affairs.
  • The Rivals (March 23-April 23, 2006)
    Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy of love and deception with the famously misspoken Mrs. Malaprop. The Rivals tells of a rich captain who pretends to be a poor naval officer to court a lady who does not care about wealth.
  • A Number (April 28-May 28, 2006)
    Caryl Churchill's one-act makes its west coast premiere under the direction of Anna Shapiro. The work follows what happens after a son discovers that he is one of a number of clones produced by his father.
  • King Lear (June 8-July 9, 2006) Carey Perloff directs the William Shakespeare classic which will feature James Cromwell ("Angels in America," "Six Feet Under") in the title role of the tale of a fallen monarch and his feuding daughters. René Augesen will also appear in the production, which will mark the first time Shakespeare has been performed at the Geary Theater in ten years. Subscriptions are currently available to the season at A.C.T., 415 Geary St. in San Francisco, CA, by calling (415) 749-2228. Single tickets will be available starting July 31, with tickets for King Lear available Jan. 30, 2006. For more information, visit www.act-sf.org.

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