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The LA Times trekked up to the Strand Theater to catch LOVE AND INFORMATION and called it “an exhilarating ride! Churchill [is] one of the sharpest minds in the theater.” See what all the buzz is about! Use code LOVE40 at www.act-sf.org/information and save up to 55% on select performances through July 31 (subject to availability).
It's only fitting that American Conservatory Theater should inaugurate the Strand, its new second stage in the city's tech corridor, with a recent play by the inexhaustibly original British playwright Caryl Churchill — a writer who has embodied innovation far longer than any of today's reigning Silicon Valley geniuses.
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You may have been one of the inspirations for the 150+ costumes in “Love and Information”! Go behind the scenes of our premiere play at The Strand Theater with A.C.T. Costume Director Jessie Amoroso in this feature from 7x7 Magazine.
Performances run through August 9!
For tickets to the inaugural production at The Strand Theater visit www.act-sf.org/information. ‪#‎ACTInformation‬
“Everyone’s running on fumes,” says Jessie Amoroso, American Conservatory Theater's (A.C.T.) costume director, during previews for Love and Information, the first play to premiere at the brand-new Strand Theater.
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Audiences and critics have fallen in love with A.C.T.’s romantic and lush “A Little Night Music”

Now extended through June 21, Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” has cast a spell over Bay Area audiences and critics. Hear what audiences have to say about the production StarkInsider.com called “smashing!”

For tickets and show information visit www.act-sf.org/music#NightMusicACT
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Thank you to StarkInsider.com for producing a beautiful and exciting video that looks at the grand history of The Strand Theater—including amazing photos ranging from San Francisco circa 1918 to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” era. We appreciate their exploration of all the work that’s gone into rebirthing this cinematic jewel into A.C.T.’s new venue on Central Market.
It's one of the biggest stories of 2015 in San Francisco. Go inside the new, modern space at The Strand Theater.
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Let There Be Love is an intimate and often humorous family drama by Kwame Kwei-Armah, one of Britain’s most distinguished contemporary playwrights. Alfred, a cantankerous and aging West Indian immigrant living in London, has managed to alienate all those around him—including his equally headstrong lesbian daughter, with whom he rarely sees eye to eye. When an idealistic young Polish caregiver, new to the country, is assigned to look after him, he experiences a powerful reckoning with his past. Filled with the sumptuous jazz standards that pour forth from Alfred’s beloved gramophone and featuring a tour-de-force performance from stage and screen star Carl Lumbly, Let There Be Love explores the unrelenting grip of memory, regret, and forgiveness—and what can happen when we welcome new possibilities. For tickets and info visit www.act-sf.org/love. #ACTLove
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The "D'Oh! Nut" of the season! To celebrate the West Coast premiere of Anne Washburn's MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY, we are proud to partner with Dynamo Donut to create Simpsons-themed donuts (vanilla and orange covered in raspberry and beer glaze, topped with rainbow sprinkles) available at all performances and at their Mission & Marina locations! "D'oh! Nut" miss it! For tickets and show information visit www.act-sf.org/burns #ACTBurns
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The San Francisco Chronicle’s John King takes an incisive architectural look at the The Strand Theater. “Amid all the changes so far in the Mid-Market area, the revitalized Strand best strikes the balancing act between old and new, inside and out . . . it takes cues from the area’s cultural roots while adding new venues that will be available for community use as well as A.C.T. productions.”
Read the entire article at http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/place/article/Strand-Theater-ACT-s-sublime-oasis-on-Market-6389501.php?t=f664bef6bd00af33be&cmpid=twitter-premium
The workhorse began life in 1917 as the 1,200-seat Jewel Theater, followed by an 86-year shuffle of names and formats and added attractions (bingo! a tailor shop!). By the time the Strand closed in 2003, pornography was the main attraction; a vice squad raid revealed that crack cocaine and prostitution were also on the bill. The only visible remnant of the past in the lobby is the scarred concrete structural wall on the left as you enter, broke...
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From iconoclastic playwright Caryl Churchill (Cloud Nine, Top Girls) comes Love and Information, an acclaimed new play that features 57 brief yet memorable scenes that make up a world where data inspires obsession, and FaceTime conversations and celebrity selfies threaten to replace human contact IRL. Premiering as the inaugural production at A.C.T.’s new Strand Theater—located in the heart of San Francisco’s tech community—this sharp yet tender theatrical kaleidoscope plays out like a fragmented newsfeed of moments, examining “our civilization’s lust for information, our inability to process it, and our loss of secrecy and privacy” (Gothamist.com). Churchill challenges audiences to consider the fateful, intimate dance between the virtual and the real, and the ways we filter data in the Information Age. In this provocative and fast-paced world of mysterious conversations, populated by 140 characters hungry for understanding, Churchill reminds us that no matter what the latest gadgets and hottest Internet memes are, the primary currency of choice will always be connection.

Performances begin June 3. For tickets and show information visit www.act-sf.org/information. #ACTInformation  
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Welcome to The Strand Theater!
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Performances of LET THERE BE LOVE start April 8! For tickets and information visit www.act-sf.org/love. ‪#‎ACTLove‬
A.C.T.'s Geary Theater. Running time: 1 hour and 55 minutes, plus one 15‑minute intermission. “[Kwei-Armah is] one of Britain's most talented and distinctive writers”—WYPR. “Often comic and ultimately touching”—The Telegraph, London. Let There Be Love is an intimate and often humorous family ...
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Tickets are on sale now for A.C.T.’s 2015 Gala featuring Tony Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Alan Cumming! Don’t miss this thrilling event that includes the first opportunity to explore our new Strand Theater! For tickets and information visit www.act-sf.org/gala. ‪#‎ACTGala2015‬
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In a post-apocalyptic Northern California, a group of strangers bond by recreating the infamous “Cape Feare” episode of The Simpsons. From this fortuitous meeting, distant memories of “Marge” and “Homer” become the basis for shaping a new society as the play travels decades into the future. An outrageous and enthusiastically acclaimed new comedy by Anne Washburn, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play is both a marvelous meta-tribute to the iconic first family of contemporary culture and a celebration of the power of generational storytelling. Performances begin February 18 at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater. Learn more at act-sf.org/burns. #ACTBurns
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San Francisco’s premiere nonprofit theater company: dynamic productions, training, and community engagement.
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A.C.T. nurtures the art of live theater with dynamic productions, intensive actor training, and an ongoing engagement with our audience and community.