New Season Begins at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre

Steven Anthony Jones

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s 2012–2013 season will begin with “Topdog/Underdog by Susan-Lori Parks, followed by “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” written by Alex Timbers and Sophocles’ “Electra.” “Topdog/Underdog” will run Sept. 27– Oct. 21. Presented at Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave. in Mill Valley and directed by Timothy Douglas, the play is described as a thrilling, comic drama by the New York Times. The play features Lincoln and Booth, two brothers ensnared in a dangerous sparring match fueled by their poverty, race, family history and, prophetically, their very names. Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Next up is “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, from Oct. 9–Nov. 24. The play is presented at The San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post St. in San Francisco and directed by Jon Tracy. Andrew Jackson may or may not have used his blazing Stratocaster to drive the Indians west or force the Spanish out of Florida — the history is unclear. But we know for sure that his controversial presidency doubled the size the country and set the stage for a Broadway Musical. Sophocles’ “Elektra” will be performed Oct. 25–Nov.  18 at American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St. in San Francisco. The play is translated and adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker, with original music by David Lang and directed by Carey Perloff. The play features Olympia Dukakis and Lorraine Hansberry’s Artistic Director Steven Anthony Jones, who returns to the ACT stage. Direct from its sold-out premiere in Los Angeles, this production of Elektra brings a new translation of the timeless Greek tragedy to the Bay Area. After her father is murdered by her mother, Elektra is driven by grief, perpetually reliving the horrific event to refuel her burning need for revenge. Subscription packages may be purchased from Lorraine Hansberry Theatre either on the Web at or by calling the box office at (415) 474-8800. All subscribers will receive a special offer for tickets to Disney’s “The Lion King” at the SHN Orpheum Theatre. Everyone who subscribes to three or more titles will enjoy free admission to all Bringing the Art to the Audience programs, at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), and additional venues around the Bay Area. Dates and times for events at MoAD and other venues will be announced on the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Web site at
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