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ACT continues to grow and change, increasing and strengthening its presence as a home for bold, provocative voices in theatre, and challenging audiences with works both old and new. In 2015, ACT celebrated its 50th anniversary and its 40th year of A Christmas Carol.


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Vanities: A New Musical (2011)
In Vanities: A New Musical, you’ll set off on a life-affirming journey through the turbulent ’60s to the late ’80s and discover how three friends face life’s defining moments: growing up, getting older and getting over it. Vanities is a funny and poignant look at three women who discover that, even in 30 years of rapidly changing times, the one thing they can rely on is each other. Based on the original play Vanities by Jack Heifner.
About the Play
Written By: Jack Heifner - Original Play; Book
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 2/4/2011 - 5/1/2011
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: David Armstrong
Cast: Cayman Ilika - Kathy
Jennifer Sue Johnson - Joanne
Abby Duke Pollard - understudy
Billie Wildrick - Mary
Music: Greg Fulton - Electric Guitar; Acoustic Guitar; Banjo
Dave Long - Flute; Oboe; Clarinet; Bass Clarinet; Soprano Sax; Alto Sax; Tenor Sax
Chris Monroe - Drums; Percussion
Dave Pascal - Electric Bass; Acoustic Bass
Faith Seetoo - Keyboard
Behind the Scenes: Dane Andersen - Music Librarian; Assistant to the Music Director
David Armstrong - Executive Producer - The 5th Avenue Theatre; Artistic Director - The 5th Avenue Theatre; Musical Staging
Bill Berry - Producing Director - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Randy Cohen - Keyboard Programming
Ian Eisendrath - Music Director
Bernadine C. Griffin - Managing Director - The 5th Avenue Theatre
Jeffrey K. Hanson - Stage Manager
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Assistant Sound Designer
Catherine Hunt - Costume Designer
Eric Jensen - Assistant Director
Alyssa Keene - Dialect Coach
David Kirshenbaum - Music and Lyrics; Composer and Lyrics
Susannah Scott - Assistant Lighting Designer
Faith Seetoo - Conductor
Matthew Smucker - Scenic Designer
Tom Sturge - Lighting Designer
Ken Travis - Sound Designer
JR Welden - Assistant Stage Manager
The Prisoner of Second Avenue (2011)
Heat waves. Garbage strikes. Noisy neighbors. Burglars. No place dishes it out quite like New York City, and with his job hanging by a thread, Mel Edison is in no mood to grin and bear it. Sparkling with Simon’s usual wit and fueled by a still-resonant anger at the dehumanizing effects of modern city life, this comedy classic pits Mel and his steadfast wife Edna against an assault by 1970s Manhattan—and it’s anybody’s guess who’ll win.
About the Play
Written By: Neil Simon
On Broadway: IBDB Details
On the Screen: IMDB Details
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 4/29/2011 - 5/29/2011
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Warner Shook
Cast: Anne Allgood - Edna Edison
John Aylward - Harry Edison
Julie Briskman - Jessie
Kimberly King - Pearl
Cynthia Lauren Tewes - Pauline
R. Hamilton Wright - Mel Edison
Behind the Scenes: Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Mike Bowers - Production Assistant
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Rick Paulsen - Lighting Designer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
Susannah Scott - Assistant Lighting Designer
Matthew Smucker - Scenic Designer
Deb Trout - Costume Designer
JR Welden - Stage Manager
Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World (2011)
When Musa, an Egyptian cab driver who’s been in America less than a year, falls for Sheri, a sassy American waitress, his life takes unexpected and delightfully complicated turns. This sexy, "very now" world premiere comedy by Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi is full of unabashed sweetness and goofy charm, and reminds us that we are all “immigrants” with far more connecting than separating us.
About the Play
Written By: Yussef El Guindi
About the Production
World Premiere
Run Dates: 6/17/2011 - 7/17/2011
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Anita Mongomery
Cast: Anthony Leroy Fuller - Abdallah
Sylvester Foday Kamara - Tayyib
Shanga Parker - Musa
Carol Roscoe - Sheri
Kimberly Sustad - Gamila
Behind the Scenes: Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Melanie Taylor Burgess - Costume Designer
Lynne Ellis - Assistant Lighting Designer
Melissa Y. Hamasaki - Assistant Stage Manager
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Alyssa Keene - Dialect Coach
L.B. Morse - Lighting Designer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
Christine Sumption - Dramaturg
Erin B. Zatloka - Stage Manager
Jennifer Zeyl - Scenic Designer
In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (2011)
In a prim upper class Victorian home, a gentleman doctor has innocently invented a most extraordinary and mysterious device for treating "hysteria." When his increasingly despondent wife overhears the strange sounds emanating from the operating theatre and sees patients leaving in the pink of health, she is compelled to investigate - even if it means throwing over domesticity for desire. Ranging from the tender to the farcical, this smart comedy ponders marriage and intimacy, and how electricity came along to fuse them.
About the Play
Written By: Sarah Ruhl
On Broadway: IBDB Details
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 7/29/2011 - 8/28/2011
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Kurt Beattie
Cast: Jeff Cummings - Dr. Givings
Tracy Michelle Hughes - Elizabeth
Mary Kae Irvin - Annie
Jennifer Sue Johnson - Catherine Givings
Deborah King - Sabrina Daldry
Michael Patten - Mr. Daldry
Connor Toms - Leo Irving
Behind the Scenes: Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Jeffrey K. Hanson - Stage Manager
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Catherine Hunt - Costume Designer
Evan Ritter - Assistant Lighting Designer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
Matthew Smucker - Scenic Designer
Verhanika Wood - Production Assistant
Ben Zamora - Lighting Designer
Mary Stewart (2011)
A contemporary take on a classic masterpiece, the astonishingly relevant Mary Stuart examines power, passion and politics in the lives of two famous royal cousins. Amidst espionage, attempted assassinations, and prison breaks, a tragic crisis confronts both women with impossibly difficult decisions. Will Mary renounce her claim to the crown? Can Elizabeth free Mary without jeopardizing her throne? It's a thrilling episode from the past that strikes at the core of our contemporary selves.
About the Play
Written By: Peter Oswald
Friedrich Schiller - Original Play
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 9/9/2011 - 10/9/2011
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Victor Pappas
Cast: Anne Allgood - Mary Stuart
Allan Michael Barlow - Sir Amias Paulet
Suzanne Bouchard - Elizabeth Tudor
Dale Bowers - Earl of Kent; Guard
Joshua Carter - Mortimer
Peter Crook - William Cecil
Bradford Farwell - Count Aubespine; Sheriff
Allen Fitzpatrick - George Talbot
Alex Garnett - O'Kelly; Guard
Jon Lutyens - Page; Guard
Terry Edward Moore - Melvil
Marianne Owen - Hanna Kennedy
John Ulman - William Davison; Guard
R. Hamilton Wright - Robert Dudley
Behind the Scenes: Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Robert A. Dahlstrom - Scenic Designer
Mary Louise Geiger - Lighting Designer
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Frances Kenny - Costume Designer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
JR Welden - Stage Manager
Erin B. Zatloka - Assistant Stage Manager
Double Indemnity (2011)
Lust, intrigue, and cliffhanging twists amp up this much-loved crime tale, which Billy Wilder also adapted for his classic noir film. In the dusty, amoral Los Angeles of the 1930s, discontented insurance agent Walter Huff encounters temptations too great to resist and embarks on a dark journey to escape his life. Double Indemnity is a suspenseful and profound consideration of the materialistic and sexual cravings of Depression-era America, rendered in a delicious new voice by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright.
About the Play
Written By: David Pichette
R. Hamilton Wright
James M. Cain - Writer
On the Screen: IMDB Details
About the Production
World Premiere
Run Dates: 10/21/2011 - 11/20/2011
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Kurt Beattie
Cast: John Bogar - Walter Huff
Jessica Martin - Lola Nirlinger; Nettie; Nurse
Carrie Paff - Phyllis Nirlinger
Mark Anderson Phillips - Nino; Jackson; Norton
Richard Ziman - Keyes; Nirlinger
Behind the Scenes: Kurt Beattie - Artistic Director
Whitney Breite - Assistant Stage Manager
Jeffrey K. Hanson - Stage Manager
Brendan Patrick Hogan - Sound Designer
Rick Lombardo - Artistic Director - San Jose Rep
Thomas Lynch - Scenic Designer
Robert Macdougall - Fight Director
Nick Nichols - Managing Director - San Jose Rep
Rick Paulsen - Lighting Designer
San Jose Repertory Theatre - Co-Producer
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi - Executive Director
Annie Smart - Costume Designer
Adam Stern - Composer