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ACT spells out 40th anni season

Perloff will direct Stoppard's 'Travesties'

American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco will kick off its 40th anniversary season with a reunion of artistic director Carey Perloff and playwright Tom Stoppard.

“Travesties,” a 1976 Tony winner for Stoppard, bows Sept. 14 and centers on a fictional meeting of the minds that includes such cultural notables as James Joyce, Lenin and Dada artist Tristan Tzara during World War I.

Perloff will direct.

Season, which runs from September through July 2007, also boasts a world preem, “After the War,” from San Fran local Philip Kan Gotanda. Commissioned and developed by ACT, “War” tells the story of the ghost town San Francisco’s Japantown became when more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans were imprisoned by the U.S. government during WWII. Perloff also helms the production, which has not yet set performance dates.

Rene Auberjonois (“Boston Legal”), a founding ACT member, toplines a revival of Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid,” a satire of upper-middle-class life, that runs June 7-July 8, closing out the season. Ron Lagomarsino directs.

Also on tap for ACT’s 2006-07 season are Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes,” helmed by Laird Williamson; Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler,” starring ACT company member Rene Augesen; the West Coast preem of David Harrower’s “Blackbird”; and a revival of W. Somerset Maugham’s “The Circle.”

Anniversary season reps Perloff’s 15th year as a.d.