A.C.T. 2008-09 season to focus on new works

American Conservatory Theater’s upcoming season, announced Wednesday, features works by favorite playwrights along with special-guest performances.

The 42nd season, which runs September through July 2009, kicks off with the West Coast premiere of Tom Stoppard’s “Rock ’n’ Roll,” set in Soviet-dominated Prague, on Sept. 11.

“The Quality of Life” by Jane Anderson, starring JoBeth Williams and Laurie Metcalf, runs Oct. 24 to Nov. 23. The show, set during the aftermath of the Oakland hills fire, explores questions of life and death.

A major revival of John Guare’s dark comedy “Rich and Famous” runs Jan. 8 through Feb. 8.

The Tony Award-nominated Judy Kaye stars in “Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins” about a New York socialite and tone-deaf diva who thought she was a great soprano.

The world premiere of Lillian Groag’s “War Music,” a modern adaptation of Homer’s tale of the conquest of Troy, runs March 26 through April 26.

“Boleros for the Disenchanted” by José Rivera (who wrote “The Motorcyle Diaries”) runs May 7 through June 7. The bittersweet love story, which spans years, begins in Puerto Rico in 1953.

The West Coast premiere of Edward Albee’s “Peter and Jerry” runs June 12 through July 12. The show re-imagines the award-winning playwright’s “The Zoo Story.”

The company reprises its new classic “A Christmas Carol” in a non-subscription run during the holiday season. For ticket information, call (415) 749-2228 or visit www.act-sf.org.

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