San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, in coproduction with the Canadian Theatre Calgary, will stage George Bernard Shaw's comedy Major Barbara, scheduled to run from January 8-February 2, 2014, at A.C.T.'s Geary Theater. Theatre Calgary Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum will helm the production.
The play follows the title character, an officer of the Salvation Army, who becomes disillusioned with her faith when her church decides to accept money from her estranged father — an armaments manufacturer and whiskey distiller. The timely satire explores the topics of business, faith, family, and philanthropy.
"I am honored to be directing this masterpiece that speaks of the passion of faith and the passion of war in strikingly modern terms," says Garnhum. "I know the audiences at A.C.T. will enjoy the stimulating mix of thought-provoking narrative and insightful humour."
The cast features Nemuna Ceesay as Jenny Hill, Kandis Chappell as Lady Britomart Undershaft, Dan Clegg as Bronterre O'Brien Price and Bilton, Jennifer Clement as Mrs. Baines, Tyrell Crews as Charles Lomax, Dean Paul Gibson as Andrew Undershaft, Gretchen Hall as Barbara Undershaft, Dan Hiatt as Peter Shirley and Morrison, Nicholas Pelczar as Adolphus Cusins, Stafford Perry as Stephen Undershaft, Valeri Planche as Rummy Mitchens, Elyse Price as Sarah Undershaft, and Brian Rivera as Bill Walker.
The creative team includes scenic designer Daniel Ostling, costume designer Alex Jaeger, lighting designer Alan Brodie, and sound designer Scott Killian.