FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME, Pre-Broadway Musical SOUL TRAIN, and THE LEHMAN TRILOGY Join Upcoming American Conservatory Theater Season

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(L-R): Anthony Veneziale, Chris Sullivan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Aneesa Folds, and Arthur Lewis (on keyboard) from the recent sold-out Broadway engagement of Freestyle Love Supreme. (Photo credit: Joan Marcus)
Zack Reiser
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March 22, 2021 8:00 PM

Today, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon and Executive Director Jennifer Bielstein announced an updated lineup and performance schedule that will comprise San Francisco’s premier nonprofit theater organization’s upcoming season.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the West Coast premiere of Obie Award–winning Bay Area playwright Christopher Chen’s The Headlands—originally scheduled to perform at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater May 27–June 20, 2021—will be replaced with a world premiere virtual play written by Chen, commissioned by A.C.T, and directed by Pam MacKinnon, set to debut late May 2021. Beginning in January 2022, the updated season will include the previously-announced Freestyle Love Supreme, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Bay Area-based Anthony Veneziale’s hip-hop improv sensation; the world premiere of the pre-Broadway musical, Soul Train; and the critically-acclaimed, smash-hit production, The Lehman Trilogy. In addition, A.C.T. will present María Irene Fornés’s landmark immersive play, Fefu and Her Friends, replacing the previously-announced William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

“I so look forward to welcoming patrons back into our theaters, feeling the anticipation of a story about to begin, and then being part of an audience together participating in making the story complete,” says MacKinnon. “Whether it's by laughing, or throwing a prompt to the performers, or creating the spaces around the action, or actively listening so hard that the actors literally feel your energy, or clapping along and stomping your feet to the music, the audience makes the art form. I cannot wait.”

“The arts are essential to our recovery as a community for many reasons - ranging from the positive impact on social cohesion to the economic impact on individuals and related businesses,” adds Bielstein. “As we look forward to the return of in-person performances, I am encouraged and heartened by the messages of support we have received from the community. We applaud the artists, staff, donors, subscribers, and single ticket buyers who have graciously supported A.C.T. over the past year, and look forward to sharing in a collective experience together soon.”

COVID-19 protocols will be in place in accordance with the City and County of San Francisco regulations for all in-person productions.

Season subscriptions range in price from $95–$385 and are available now by visiting or calling the A.C.T. Ticketing Office at 415-749-2228. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public at a later date.  

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Zack Reiser

Zack Reiser has a passion for theatre, cooking, and music. With professional experience in various roles in the Broadway community, he could tell you how theatre works from the front of the house to the back of the stage. He’s been with the Theatrely team since 2019.