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May 18–July 10, 2011

Libretto by Jeff Whitty  Music and lyrics by Jake Shears and John Garden
Based on Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and More Tales of the City
Choreography by Larry Keigwin
Directed by Jason Moore

On the bustling streets of 1970s San Francisco, neon lights pierce through the fog-drenched skies, disco music explodes from crowded nightclubs, and a wide-eyed Midwestern girl finds a new home—and creates a new kind of family—with the characters at 28 Barbary Lane. Three decades after Armistead Maupin mesmerized millions with his daily column in the city's newspapers, his iconic San Francisco saga comes home as a momentous new musical. Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City unleashes an exuberant celebration of the irrepressible spirit that continues to define our City by the Bay.

Limited VIP tickets now available online
Your ticket includes center Premiere Orchestra seating, a voucher for a complimentary beverage, and a special Tales gift.

"An extended love letter to a magical San Francisco"The New York Times

"The most sublime piece of popular literature America has ever produced." —

Presented by
Made possible by
American Airlines
National Endowment for the Arts
Foggy Bridge
Grants for the Arts
Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Koret Foundation
San Francisco Chronicle
Offical Hotel Sponsor
The Fairmont San Francisco


May 24, 5:30 p.m.
Get inside the artistic process—come early for a preperformance discussion with director Jason Moore and a member of the A.C.T. artistic staff.

Opening Night Gala
June 1, 5 p.m. Dine under the stars in a tentend Union Square or enjoy a sparkling cocktail reception at the theater. Then revel in the magic of the production and dance the night away in brilliant company! Order your tickets today.

Theater on the Couch*
June 3, 8 p.m.
Get psyched after a performance of Tales of the City as members of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis explore the minds, motives, and behaviors of the characters.

Audience Exchanges*
June 7, 7 p.m.
June 12, 2 p.m.
June 15, 2 p.m.
After the show, stick around for a lively Q&A session with the actors, moderated by a member of the A.C.T. artistic staff.

OUT with A.C.T.
June 8, 8 p.m.
The best LGBT night in town! Mingle with the cast of Tales of the City and enjoy drinks and treats at this popular afterparty.

Fairmont Hotel Tales of the City Package
The Fairmont San Francisco has partnered with A.C.T. to create an exclusive package for Tales of the City patrons. Enjoy luxurious accommodations at a special price! Make a reservation today.

Offical Hotel Sponsor
The Fairmont San Francisco

*Discussions are free for ticket holders. Please note that performance times vary.


Read the official A.C.T. press announcement, and check out the feature article on

Judy Kaye Anna Madrigal
Keith A. Bearden Ensemble
Mary Birdsong Mona Ramsey
Josh Breckenridge Jon Fielding
Kristoffer Cusick Ensemble
Manoel Felciano Norman Neal Williams
Diane Findlay Mother Mucca
Alex Hsu Lionel
Kimberly Jensen Ensemble
Stuart Marland Ensemble
Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone DeDe Halcyon-Day
Pamela Myers Ensemble
Richard Poe Edgar Halcyon
Julie Reiber Ensemble
Matthew Saldivar Brian Hawkins
Andrew Samonsky Beauchamp Day
Wesley Taylor Michael "Mouse" Tolliver
Josh Walden Ensemble
Betsy Wolfe Mary Ann Singleton
Words on Plays
Words on Plays

Insight into the Play, the Playwright, and the Production

Each entertaining and informative issue of Words on Plays, A.C.T.'s in-depth performance guide series, contains a synopsis, advance program notes, study questions, and additional background information about the historical and cultural context of the play.

Words on Plays is available for purchase in the lobby of the theater during performances or online ($12 each + postage and handling or $5 each for the electronic edition). For more information about how to subscribe to a full or partial season, click here.

Photos of the Creative Team

Click to view larger images of the creative team for Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City at A.C.T.

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Armistead Maupin on KQED Radio

Armistead Maupin, author of the acclaimed Tales of the City series, joined KQED Forum host Michael Krasney on November 2, 2010 to discuss his latest installment, Mary Ann in Autumn.

Download audio (mp3) or click here to listen on the KQED website.

Tales of the City Merchandise

Tales of the City

This May, the best-selling novels come to life as a momentous new musical at A.C.T.! Commemorate this landmark theatrical event with exclusive items celebrating the world premiere production.

Click here to purchase Tales of the City merchandise online.

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