"Satchmo at the Waldorf" by Terry Teachout at the Westside Theater in New York City in 2014. Pictured: John Douglas Thompson. (Photo by Kevin Sprague)

A.C.T.’s 2015–16 Season Ranges From ‘Riverside’ to ‘Ah, Wilderness!’

The roster includes musicals, dramas and comedies from Eugene O’Neill to Will Eno.

SAN FRANCISCO: American Conservatory Theater announced its full season for 2015–16, including a world premiere, a West Coast premiere and the return of a holiday favorite.

The season kicks off with Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Pulitzer-winning Between Riverside and Crazy (Sept. 2–27), about an ex-cop desperately trying to hang on to his prime piece of real estate along Riverside Drive while battling his inner demons. Irene Lewis will direct.

Next will be the world premiere of Sean San José and Philip Kan Gotanda’s Monstress (Sept. 16–Nov. 22), two one-act plays about Filipino-American life adapted from a collection of short stories by author Lysley Tenerio. A.C.T. artistic director Carey Perloff will direct.

The following will be Eugene O’ Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! (Oct. 14–Nov. 8), about a sensitive teen poet trying to find what it means to be young and in love. Associate artistic director Mark Rucker will direct.

The A.C.T. holiday tradition of Charles Dickens’s  A Christmas Carol (Dec. 2–27), adapted by Paul Walsh and Perloff, returns for the 38th time with music, spooky ghosts and holiday spirit.

The new year begins with Terry Teachout’s Satchmo at the Waldorf (Jan. 13–Feb. 7, 2016), about the last days of jazz titan Louis Armstrong. Gordon Edelstein will direct.

Next will be The Unfortunates (Feb. 3–April 10, 2016), by Jon Beavers, Kristoffer Diaz, Casey Hurt, Ian Merrigan and Ramiz Monsef. The musical combines gospel and blues to tell the story of a soldier who risks everything to save a courtesan from the plague. Shana Cooper will direct.

Following will be the West Coast premiere of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses (March 9–April 3, 2016), a comedy about two couples who live next door to each other who share the same last name—and much more. Loretta Greco will direct.

The season closes with Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years ( May 11–June 5, 2016), a musical that chronicles the five-year relationship between a struggling actor and a rising novelist.

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