SOURCE: Livermore Valley Performing Arts

February 16, 2010 11:00 ET

Carey Perloff, Artistic Director of A.C.T., to Speak at the Bankhead Theater, March 18, 2010

Perloff Shares Insights Into How She Transformed a Ruined Historic Landmark Into a Vibrant Center for Theater and Education

LIVERMORE, CA--(Marketwire - February 16, 2010) -  Award-winning artistic director Carey Perloff will share her insights into how she transformed a ruined historic landmark building into the vibrant American Conservatory Theater on March 18, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, California. Perloff's appearance marks the finale of this season's 2009-10 Rae Dorough Speakers Series. Following her presentation, Perloff will take questions from the audience.

Perloff is celebrating her 17th season as artistic director of A.C.T., where her most recent directing credits include Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, José Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted, and a new translation of Jean Racine's Phèdre by Timberlake Wertenbaker. She is currently collaborating with choreographer Val Caniparoli on The Tosca Project, a new dance-theater piece that will have its world premiere at A.C.T. in June 2010.

In her presentation, From Archaeology to Artistic Director: A Career in the American Theater, Perloff explores her early roots in archaeology, describing how excavating ancient sites led her to excavating the meaning and emotions of theatrical texts from all over the world, and to rebuilding a ruined historic theater in the heart of San Francisco. The American Conservatory Theater opened as the Columbia Theatre on January 10, 1910 -- built in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake, which destroyed all eight of San Francisco's downtown theaters. The theater suffered severe damage during the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 and lay in ruins for several years before funds were raised to rebuild. Under Perloff's guidance, the theater was re-opened in 1996, and it is now the jewel in the crown of A.C.T.

Before joining A.C.T., Perloff was artistic director of Classic Stage Company in New York, which under her direction won numerous OBIE Awards. She is known for premiering works from such illustrious playwrights as Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard, and directing innovative productions of classics while championing new writing for the theater.

Tickets are $30, $12 for students 21 and under, and are available by calling 925-373-6800 or visiting

Dine & Discover at Eddie Papa's Restaurant with the San Francisco Treats Menu
Eddie Papa's restaurant is offering a special prix fixe dinner before the event in honor of Perloff's contributions to San Francisco theater.

The menu takes a fresh look at San Francisco favorites, including Fisherman's Wharf Crab Bisque, Green Goddess Wedge Salad, a California Beef Melt on Sourdough Bread, and Seafood Cioppino and IT'S-IT ice cream sandwich.

Eddie Papa's is located directly across from the Bankhead Theater, at 2417 First Street in Livermore, California. For reservations, call 925-373-6650.

About the Rae Dorough Speakers Series
The Rae Dorough Speakers Series, named for longtime Livermore resident and community activist Rae Dorough, features renowned commentators discussing interesting and timely topics ranging from oil to iPhones, dark energy to American theater.

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