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Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros Joins the A.C.T. Season Lineup

A.C.T. announces the final production of its 2018-19 season.

Frank Galati will direct Rhinoceros, beginning May 29, 2019.
(photo provided by Charles Zukow Associates)

Incoming American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) artistic director Pam MacKinnon announced that Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros — translated by Derek Prouse and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Frank Galati — will be the final production of A.C.T.'s 2018-19 season.

"I wanted to round out my first season as artistic director with a play for the ages," says MacKinnon. "I have loved Rhinoceros ever since I was in high school. As an adult theater-maker, I have never been able to find a translation that really sang off the page until now. Frank Galati's production — full of timely terror, transformational acting, and huge laughs — is the perfect capstone to A.C.T.'s 2018-19 season."

Rhinoceros will join the six previously announced productions, which include Lynn Nottage's 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat (September 26-October 21), Jaclyn Backhaus's telling of 19th-century American explorers Men on Boats (October 17-December 16), Edward Albee's satirical Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Seascape (January 23, 2019-February 17, 2019), Mfoniso Udofia's drama Her Portmanteau (February 13, 2019-April 14, 2019), Lauren Yee's exploration of cultural identity, global politics, and basketball The Great Leap (March 6-31, 2019), and Kate Hamill's new stage adaptation of William Thackeray's classic novel Vanity Fair (April 17, 2019-May 12, 2019). In addition, A.C.T. will welcome back the Bay Area's holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol directed by Domenique Lozano.

Rhinoceros will run May 29, 2019-June 23, 2019.

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