American Conservatory Theater Presents: Testmatch

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By Kate Attwell
Directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon

How can we understand the present, if we won’t acknowledge the past? Tony Award winner and A.C.T.’s Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon (in her Strand Theater debut) directs this scorching and comic world premiere by playwright Kate Attwell—a contrast of two interwoven stories focusing on cricket, a game of strict rules and hidden violence.

It’s 2019 and tensions in the locker room rise during a world-class match between rival women’s cricket players from India and England, as secrets spill about relationships, influencers, and the integrity of the sport. Then in 1800 (or so), Abhi, the Number One Sepoy of the East India Co., struggles to force two bungling, cheating British administrators—absorbed in setting down the rules of cricket—to focus on the famine they have created outside the compound walls.

As the actors shift gears from modern to historical—mashing up theatrical conventions with past and present—Kate Attwell asks us hard-hitting questions about colonialism, gender, and power. Bold, funny, and feisty, Testmatch is the launch of an exciting new voice in American theater.

 

A.C.T.’s Strand Theater

1127 Market Street, San Francisco

Now–Dec 8

Tickets on sale now at ACT-SF.ORG

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