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Tony Winners Bill Irwin and David Shiner Take Old Hats to the American Conservatory Theater

The award-winning clowns will reprise their 2013 off-Broadway roles in San Francisco. logo
Bill Irwin and David Shiner in the 2013 production of Old Hats, directed by Tina Landau, at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
(© Joan Marcus)

Tony Award-winning clowns Bill Irwin and David Shiner will return to San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater with the West Coast premiere of the 2013 Signature Theatre production of Old Hats. The production will open A.C.T.'s 2014-15 season.

Irwin and Shiner previously teamed up at A.C.T. for a 1998 run of their Broadway hit Fool Moon, reprising their roles in 2001 for a return engagement. Old Hats, the first collaboration between Irwin and Shiner since Fool Moon, earned the pair a 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience, and the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. Through music, technology, and movement, Old Hats is described as combining "the inimitable magic, slapstick and hilarity of Irwin and Shiner into a wild and remarkable outing of theatre for generations old and new."

"What a joy to welcome back our two beloved clowns in this exquisite and hilarious meditation on life, lunacy and the passage of time," says A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff. "Old Hats picks up where Fool Moon left off in a wildly imaginative journey about the anxieties of living in the modern world…This is the story of clowns getting older and even crazier. We can't wait to have them back!"

Click here to read TheaterMania's review of Old Hats off-Broadway.