ACT's 2017/2018 Season: Stories You Thought You Knew


A season of fresh perspectives, misdirection, and imaginative reinventions

We can't wait to share this season of exciting titles with you! We're kicking the season off with the world premiere of Silver Thaw a new murder mystery by local Alaskan playwright, Schatzie Schaefers. Christmas promises to be full of laughs with Let Nothing You Dismay a comedy of errors from the playwright that brought you Perfect Arrangement. Fans of classical literature (and everyone else) are sure to be moved by Young Jane Eyre; a family friendly adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's famous novel with a focus on Jane's childhood. We'll welcome springtime with Shakespeare in Hollywood a great comedy by beloved playwright Ken Ludwig (Baskerville, Lend Me A Tenor). Finally, we'll finish the season with another family play; And in This Corner: Cassius Clay tells the story of Muhammad Ali's early years growing up in a segregated America.

Our theme for this season is Stories You Thought You Knew. We've chosen plays that deepen our understanding of characters and historical figures, shift our perspective on events or people, and find creative ways to mislead or redirect us. We think you're going to like it.

Currently Performing

Shakespeare in Hollywood by Ken Ludwig / March 2 - 25, 2018

It’s 1934 and prolific theatre director Max Reinhardt is given a shot at directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the movie. Oberon and Puck have magically materialized on set (a minor mistake by Puck), and who better to play them than…themselves? Hilarity ensues.

You’ll like Shakespeare in Hollywood if you like: Shakespeare jokes, farce, Ken Ludwig

Coming Up

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay by Idris Goodwin / April 20 - May 13, 2018

And in This Corner: Cassius Clay is a bold and refreshing look at the early years of Muhammad Ali’s life. This play reminds us of the America that Ali grew up in, how it shaped him and how he shaped it. And In This Corner promises to be an insightful and thought-provoking play for the entire family.

You’ll like And in This Corner: Cassius Clay if you like: Muhammad Ali, boxing, American history

Past Shows This Season

Silver Thaw by Schatzie Schaefers / September 15 - October 8, 2017

ACT is thrilled to present the world premiere of a new play by local playwright Schatzie Schaefers. The play is a murder mystery full of intrigue, misdirection, and a couple of laughs along the way. Like all the best murder mysteries it leaves you a little more confused than it found you.

You’ll like Silver Thaw if you like: murder mysteries, unexpected twists, local art

Let Nothing You Dismay by Topher Payne / November 24 - December 17, 2017

Let Nothing You Dismay is a hilarious new Christmas comedy about a young couple waiting for the birth of their baby, but when the entire family shows up uninvited and unannounced…there’s not quite enough room at the inn.

You’ll like Let Nothing You Dismay if you like: comedies, happy endings, family sitcoms

Young Jane Eyre by Marisha Chamberlain / January 19 - February 11, 2018

This play is exactly what it sounds like; a closer look at the childhood of Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved heroine. In this family oriented and memorable re-telling, we see in fresh detail the relationships, homes, and horrors that made Jane Eyre who she is.

You’ll like Young Jane Eyre if you like: Jane Eyre, British history, coming of age stories