Waits’ ‘Rider’ coming to S.F.

ACT hosts only engagement of Burroughs piece

San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater will host the only North American engagement of “The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets,” a theater piece by director Robert Wilson, composer Tom Waits and author William Burroughs, as the kickoff of its 2004-05 season at the Geary Theater.

The musical theater collaboration, first produced in 1991 in German for Hamburg’s Thalia Theater, will feature an international cast led by singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull, according to ACT artistic director Carey Perloff. It begins previews Aug. 26. It’s a co-production of ACT with Cultural Industry (“Shockheaded Peter”) and London’s Barbican Theater.

Also on the ACT sked are Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” directed by Perloff and starring Rene Augesen and Marco Barricelli (previewing Oct. 19); and the Bay Area preem of Edward Albee’s Tony winner “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”

The season continues with “The Gamester,” Freyda Thomas’s adaptation of Jean-Francois Regnard’s romantic farce “Le Joueur.” The spring of 2005 also features Harley Granville-Barker’s “The Voysey Inheritance” and Eugene O’Neill’s “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” with Barricelli under the direction of Laird Williamson.

Season also hosts the final stand of the Williamson/Dennis Powers version of “A Christmas Carol.” ACT plans to unveil a new production of the Dickens classic in December 2005.

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