The cast of "Small Mouth Sounds" at Ars Nova in 2015. (Photo by Ben Arons)

ACT Completes 2017-18 Season With 4 Shows

The San Francisco theatre has added a world premiere musical, ‘Small Mouth Sounds,’ and a ‘Hamlet’ starring John Douglas Thompson to its lineup.

SAN FRANCISCO: American Conservatory Theater has announced the four additional productions in its 2017-18 season, which will include a world premiere musical, A Walk on the Moon, based on the 1999 movie of the same name.

As previously announced, 2017-18 will be artistic director Carey Perloff‘s final season with the company.  “This is a season of plays in which larger-than-life characters—filled with longing and appetite—suddenly strive to try something new,” said Perloff in a statement.

The season will kick off with Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Sept. 20-Oct. 15). Obie winner John Douglas Thompson will play the title role. Carl Lumbly will also star. Perloff will direct.

Next will be Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Oct. 11-Dec. 10), about six people who go on a silent retreat. Rachel Chavkin will direct.

In the spring, ACT will present Simon Stephens’s Heisenberg (March 14-April 8, 2018). The two-hander is about Alex, a British man in his 70s whose world is turned upside down by a much younger woman named Georgie. Hal Brooks will direct.

The season will close with the world premiere musical A Walk on the Moon by Paul Scott Goodman and Pamela Gray (June 5-July 1, 2018). Based on the 1999 film, the musical takes place in the 1960s and is about a housewife who has an affair with a traveling salesman. Sheryl Kaller will direct.

These four productions join three previously announced productions: Pinter’s The Birthday Party, Vietgone by Qui Nguyen, and Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by Suzan-Lori Parks.

Founded in 1965, American Conservatory Theater produces groundbreaking explorations of classic works and bold new plays.