Cast and Creative for “The Headlands” at American Conservatory Theater Has Been Announced

Playwright Christopher Chen. Photo courtesy of artist

The full cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of The Headlands has been revealed by American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.).  The Obie Award-winning play by Bay Area playwright Christopher Chen, will be performed at the Toni Rembe Theater February 9–March 5, 2023. The Headlands will be directed by Tony Award winner and A.C.T. Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon.

For true crime fan Henry Wong, his father’s unexplained death is the ultimate cold case. But as he digs into the SFPD evidence, he’s haunted by the myths and misdirections of his own family history. How did his parents really meet? What’s behind the detective’s warnings about the case? And what is hidden in the Marin Headlands?

“I am thrilled beyond measure to be bringing The Headlands to A.C.T., and to be working with Pam MacKinnon to bring it to life,” adds Chen. “The Headlands is my love letter to San Francisco, the city I spent my entire life in—from birth, up to right now. To share this play with my hometown—a place I feel so deeply in my bones—will be one of the most personally meaningful moments of my career.”

The creative team for The Headlands includes Pam MacKinnon (Director), Alexander V. Nichols (Scenic & Projection Designer), Lydia Tanji (Costume Designer), Wen-Ling Liao (Lighting Designer), Leah Gelpe (Sound Designer), Byron Au Yong (Composer), Ben Chau-Chiu (Assistant Director), and Natalie Greene (Intimacy Coach). 

The cast includes Keiko Shimosato Carreiro (Pat/Older Leena), Sam Jackson (Jess), Charles Shaw Robinson (Walter/Detective), Erin Mei-Ling Stuart (Leena), Jomar Tagatac (Tom), Phil Wong (Henry), and Johnny M. Wu (George).

Tickets for The Headlands are now available.