‘DARLING’ COMES TO A.C.T. IN SAN FRANCISCO

RSO and Brett Ryback’s Darling will be presented by American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory, June 14-29, 2013 in San Francisco.

Director Craig Slaight says of Darling “I became interested in this work after exploring Ryan Scott Oliver’s extraordinary music in YC classes. Although set in Boston in 1929, the themes of the abandonment of young people by adults and the adolescent quest for place are timeless. Rebellion, the budding of first love, danger, and finally redemption lead these characters through a story inspired by J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.”

The production will feature the talents of young actors from all over the San Francisco Bay Area: Abby Arora, Kemp Atkinson, Aidan Elsesser, Christina Euphrat, Leah Gallagher, Carson Harvey, Hannah Herbert-Hunt, Zach Hollander, Kyleigh Hoye, Preston Kerwin-Battaglia, Oliver Klein, Chelsea Looy, Alexa Martinez, Michaela Marymor, Lucy Murphy, Meg Nakamura, Seana Nicol, Veronica Ortiz, Tobiah Richkind, Emma Roos, Peter Scattini, Fiona Scott, and Julian von Nagel.

Shows will take place at The Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum, located at 221 4th Street in San Francisco, CA. Tickets are $20 can be purchased by visiting http://www.act-sf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=events_conservatory_yc or calling (415) 749-2228.

Creative team includes: co-directors Slaight and Domenique Lozano, music director Robert K. Rutt, choreographer Christine Mattison, set designers Slaight and Sarah Phykitt, lighting designer Krista Smith, and sound designers Michael Creason and Ashley Hanson.

With music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver and book by Brett Ryback, this lively jazz-age musical follows upper-crust teenager Ursula Morgan in 1929 Boston in the turbulent weeks before the stock market crash. Neglected by her excessive, self-absorbed parents, Ursula encounters a boy named Peter, who is being pursued by the captain of police for a heinous crime he may or may not have committed. When Peter offers Ursula the opportunity to run away with him, she finds herself swept into a seedy underground world of jazz, sex, and a mysterious white powder called Fairy Dust.

Slaight is a resident artist at A.C.T. and the director of the YC. He assumed the leadership of the YC in 1988. During his time at A.C.T., he has taught in all of the conservatory programs and served as a director on A.C.T. mainstage productions and as a member of the artistic team of the company. Slaight began the YC’s New Plays Program in 1989 with the mission to develop plays by outstanding professional playwrights that view the world through the eyes of the young. To date 45 new plays by leading American and British playwrights have been developed and produced. With A.C.T.’s director of academic affairs, Jack Sharrar, Slaight has edited numerous anthologies of scenes and monologues for actors and is the editor of five volumes of New Plays from A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory. Before coming to A.C.T., Slaight was an award-winning professional director in Los Angeles. He has also directed in England at the National Theatre and Theatre Royal Bath and His Majesty’s Theatre in Scotland.

At A.C.T.’s Tony Award–winning YC, students ages 8 to 19 develop their talents, perform in professional-caliber productions, and gain the confidence to succeed—all in a creative, fun, and encouraging environment. The ten sessions of classes and eight public productions offered throughout the year are designed to develop talent and creativity, as well as communication and cooperation skills, for young people with all levels of theater background. Working professional actors and directors lead students in a spectrum of classes, including acting, directing, voice and speech, musical theater, audition, and improvisation. Call 415.439.2444 or visit act-sf.org/conservatory for applications and information.

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