The Homecoming comes to ACT in March as a showcase and celebration of ten years with Rene Augesen, who excels at playing comedic, tarty and provacative women at ACT. Carey Perloff the director has a history of collaboration with playwright Harold Pinter, who won a Tony Award in 1967 for his drama The Homecoming and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2005.
Rene in The Homecoming will play the attractive wife Ruth, who goes home to London’s East End with her husband and becomes embroiled in a power struggle between her husband, the son and his father.
Rene played English love triangles for laughs this past season in Round and Round the Garden set in an English backyard.
She most recently performed in Clybourne Park, the raucous comedy set in 1959 and current day about race and real estate.
I was in London and Brighton the year Pinter won the Nobel Prize for Literature, me cat sitting that holiday season, 2005. Yes, they were magnificent cats. The point is I would take the tube into London and rode all the way through the East End one dark cold night. As I rode through Whitechapel to get to the historic pub The Mayflower, the riders that night started looking more gritty and more like the East Bay BART riders than urban London types. However. An American tourist on the train told me the East End pub displays planks from the real Mayflower inside as the ship set sail for America from the nearby shoreline. Well, the place looked authentic and historic but closed for the holidays. I just walked back to the tube under weird PG&E type orange industrial streetlights and went back to Brighton. Mind the gap.
The Homecoming plays March 3–27, 2011, at the American Conservatory Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco). Tickets (starting at $10) are available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or at www.act-sf.org.
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Along with the production, A.C.T. will host Pursuing Pinter on March 20, 2011 following the 2 p.m. performance, a celebration of the life and work of Harold Pinter, in performance and discussion. Perloff will lead a discussion with Austin E. Quigley, author of The Pinter Problem and The Modern Stage and Other Worlds and former dean of Columbia College at Columbia University, and Michael Krasny, host of KQED Radio’s Forum program. Following the discussion, actors from A.C.T.’s core company and the A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program will read from a wide range of Pinter’s work in various venues at the theater. For updates and other information, visit act-sf.org/ homecoming.