American Conservatory Theater has announced that its 2013-2014 season will include Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (The Heiress) in Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel, from October 30-November 24, and Marco Barricelli and Seana McKenna in Eduardo De Filippo's Napoli!, from February 12-March 9.
Underneath the Lintel is a ghost story in which an eccentric librarian discovers a weather-beaten book in a return bin that is 113 years overdue. The new translation of Napoli! offers a fresh look at the chaotic days of World War II in Naples.
A.C.T.'s other offerings this season will include a new staging of 1776 directed by Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati (The Pirate Queen), running September 11-October 6. This beloved musical offers an exciting look at the events that shaped our republic more than 230 years ago.
For the holiday season, James Carpenter returns for his eighth year in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in A.C.T.'s annual A Christmas Carol, playing December 4-28. Then, in the new year, Theatre Calgary artistic director Dennis Garnhum will direct George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, a political comedy about a Salvation Army officer. It will run January 8-February 2.
The season's final two offerings will be a production of the David Ives' Tony Award-nominated comedy Venus in Fur, playing March 19-April 13, and the U.S. premiere of The Orphan of Zhao, a version of a classic Chinese legend that has its roots in the fourth century BCE. It is written by Tony Award winner B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly) and directed by Carey Perloff (Hilda).