A.C.T. AND SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL HOST SILENT FILM FRIDAYS FOR ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Free silent film screenings held at A.C.T. before Friday performances of Once in a Lifetime.
Director Mark Rucker participates in a postshow conversation with
SF Silent Film Festival Artistic Director Anita Monga on Friday, September 23.
American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is excited to partner with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival (SFSFF) to present screenings of short silent films before select Friday night performances of its season opener, Once in a Lifetime, the madcap Kaufman and Hart comedy about how the movies learned to talk. On September 30, October 7, and October 14, the SFSFF will host screenings of such silent short classics as Life and Death of 9413, A Hollywood Extra,and The Cameraman's Revenge, starting at 7:15 p.m. at the American Conservatory Theater before the 8 p.m. performance of Once in a Lifetime. The 30-minute screenings are free for all ticket holders. Additionally, on Friday, September 23, A.C.T. will host a conversation between A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker (who directs Lifetime) and SFSFF Artistic Director and local film luminary Anita Monga following that night's performance.
For more information on these events and Once in a Lifetime, please visit act-sf.org/once.
"The San Francisco Silent Film Festival has long been one of my favorite events of the entire year," said Rucker. "It's a real thrill to get a chance to partner with this organization for this show and to get a chance to have a conversation with Anita for our audience." Monga, who programmed San Francisco's famed Castro Theatre for 17 years, added: "A.C.T. has a long history of adventurous, high-caliber productions, and Mark Rucker's innovative approach to Once in a Lifetime is an ideal opportunity for us to collaborate. We are thrilled to be part of this production."
A.C.T. opens its 2011-12 season with the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart comedy Once in a Lifetime. In this "a delicious Hollywood sendup" (The New York Times), a trio of down-on-their-luck vaudevillians head west to pull off the ultimate con: posing as vocal coaches to help Hollywood stars make their speaking voices as beautiful as their glamorous mugs as silent films evolve into "talkies." This witty satire by the Broadway greats behind such comedy classics as The Man Who Came to Dinner and You Can't Take It with You will be directed by A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker and will feature an enthralling ensemble cast of 15 who will take on 70 roles. This unique production will incorporate period film clips and dynamic cinematic backdrops that meld the worlds of theater and film, redefining audiences' experience with "moving pictures."
Once in a Lifetime performs September 22-October 16, 2011, at the American Conservatory Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco). Press night is Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at 8 p.m. Tickets (starting at $10) are available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or at act-sf.org .