AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER’S MASTER OF FINE ARTS PROGRAM, CLASS OF 2016, PRESENTS DAN LEFRANC’S THE BIG MEAL FEBRUARY 24–27, 2016 THE RUEFF AT A.C.T.’S STRAND THEATER
)—American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts Program, Class of 2016, will present Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal—a delicious comedy about eight diners, four generations and one family—February 24–27, 2016 in The Rueff at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater (1127 Market Street, San Francisco). Family is not a word, it’s a seating chart in this delicious and provocative comedy. Playwright Dan LeFranc orients the drama around four generations of a single family loving and laughing, fighting and yelling over a series of meals. While the passing of time in LeFranc’s world is fluid (this feels like a modern cousin of Thornton Wilder’s The Long Christmas Dinner), the meals are quick and casual—a moveable feast. One moment, two young lovers are hooking up over cocktails, the next moment, they’re middle-aged and clashing about their kids. With characters that develop, flip, and shift, The Big Meal serves up a thought-provoking feast for audiences.
The performance schedule for The Big Meal is as follows: Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m.; Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m.; Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, February 27 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.act-sf.org/mfashows or by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228.
Directed by Ryan Purcell, The Big Meal will feature Matthew Baldiga, Matthew Capbarat, Christina Liang, Michael McIntire, Rosa Palmeri, Jennifer Reddish, Thomas Stagnitta, and Caitlan Taylor.
This production is made possible by generous grants from The Bernard Osher Foundation and Jewels of Charity. Additional support provided by donors to A.C.T.’s season gala.
THE MARSH BERKELEY ANNOUNCES DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY WILL EXTEND THROUGH MARCH 26 BENEFIT FEBRUARY 13 Written and performed by Lisa Rothman Directed by David Ford
– The Marsh Berkeley announces that due to popular demand, Lisa Rothman’s new solo show DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY will extend again through March 26. The show will also host a special Valentine’s benefit on February 13 celebrating couples who have stuck it out. Ever since having a second baby, Lisa and Kevin have been fighting over sippy cups, fruit salad, and impenetrable origami instructions. Now Kevin is storming around the emergency pet clinic ranting about vet bills and wondering how a dog can possibly overdose on antibiotics. Lisa doesn’t know what to do – but does know this is the worst date night ever. Directed by David Ford, DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY was originally scheduled to close in December and has already extended once through January 23, and will now extend again through March 26 with performances Saturdays at 5pm at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. For tickets ($20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 reserved seating for regular performances and $50 for regular seats and $100 for reserved seats for the benefit), the public may visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday#