Don't Dress for Dinner
Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights and has invited his best friend, Robert, along to provide the alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well, it's a farce, so... everything! An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.
Marc Camoletti / adapted by Robin Hawdon
September 7 - 23
A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration
It's 1864, and Washington, D.C. is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. In the White House, President and Mrs. Lincoln plot their gift-giving. On the banks of the Potomac, a young rebel challenges a Union blacksmith's mercy. In the alleys downtown, an escaped slave loses her daughter just before finding freedom. Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel weaves a tapestry of both fictional and historical characters together with holiday music, hymns, and spirituals of the period to tell a story of companionship and communal hope arising from one of our nation’s darkest hours.
November 23 - December 16
The Diary of Anne Frank
In this powerful adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with honesty, wit, and determination. Newly discovered writings from Anne's diary, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic. The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief.
February 1 - February 24
The Feral Child
Abandoned at an early age, Mary was raised in the jungle by a family of tigers. When she is finally rescued at the age of 13, Mary believes she is a cat. Dr. James Hauser, a well-known child psychologist, and his wife, Irene, contrive to win custody of Mary so they can attempt to turn her from a wild creature into a proper human being. Mary, however, may prefer the life of a cat to the life of a human.
ACT is proud to present the world premiere of The Feral Child, marking the second time a comedy by playwright Rand Higbee will debut on our stage!
March 22 - April 14
Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. When Jonas turns 12, he is selected for special training from The Giver. Jonas learns The Giver is the only person who holds any memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life—and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation of Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning novel, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny.
May 3 - Mary 26
CALL FOR DIRECTORS Matt Fernandez, Executive Director
Thank you for being interested in directing at ACT for our 2018-2019 Season! We are a company that relies heavily on the generosity and talent of our volunteers and as a director myself I appreciate the very great commitment directors make to ACT.
I’m putting out a general call for interested directors to answer the following questions and from those expressions of interest I will make a final choice. If you’re interested in directing but aren’t sure which play you want to do, come grab a script! They’re available for check out at the theatre with a $20 deposit that you’ll get back when you return the script.
My priorities are: to pair directors with plays they are excited about, be transparent about my process in choosing directors, and expand the pool of directors who work at ACT.
1. Describe relevant directing experience (or send resume)
2. Which play do you want to direct?
3. Why do you want to direct this play? (What do you love about it? Why is it important? Why are you well suited to direct this play? What is your concept/vision?)
4. ACT’s mission statement is “building community through theatre”. We want to create a safe, accessible, and fun environment during rehearsals. In community theatre the process is as important as the final product. As a director, how will you contribute to our mission? (Will you prioritize casting first time actors? Will you do your best to make interesting and diverse casting choices that contribute to building community? Discuss what our mission statement means to you.)
5. Would you be comfortable with and/or interested in having an assistant director?
Please email your expressions of interest to Matt Fernandez (matt@actalaska,org) by June 11, 2018. Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. Please feel free to include any feedback on the season of plays or this process.