Reverend Alan Jones and Carey Perloff engage in conversation about the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), where Perloff is artistic director, and its new production, the 17th century 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore.
A.C.T. explores dangerous territory with this rarely staged Jacobean tragedy. Set in a decadent society that prefers scandal and revenge to true love, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore pits the hot-blooded violation of a sexual taboo against the dirty machinations of a corrupt church and state. The result is passionate and poetic, violent and sardonic, and a classic that is mordantly fresh- Grace Cathedral
Rev. Alan Jones
Alan Jones, Ph.D., has been dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco since 1985.
Jones was formerly the director of the Center for Christian Spirituality and Stephen F. Bayne Professor of Ascetical Theology at General Theological Seminary in New York City. Born and educated in England, Jones was also on the staff of Trinity Institute of Wall Street's Trinity Church. He became a citizen of the United States in 1975.
Jones is the author of several books, most notably, Soul Making, The Desert Way of Spirituality, Passion for Pilgrimage and most recently, The Soul's Journey: Exploring the Three Passages of the Spiritual Life with Dante as a Guide. He is widely known as a gifted preacher and travels throughout the world preaching, lecturing, and leading retreats.
Carey Perloff is celebrating her 16th season as artistic director of A.C.T., where she most recently directed acclaimed productions of Philip Kan Gotanda's After the War (an A.C.T. commission that premiered in March), Tom Stoppard's Travesties, Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill's Happy End (including a critically acclaimed cast album recording), and A Christmas Carol (a new adaptation by Perloff with dramaturg Paul Walsh).
Known for directing innovative productions of classics and championing new writing for the theater, Perloff's work at A.C.T. also includes the West Coast premiere of her own play, The Colossus of Rhodes. Her latest play, Higher, was developed at New York Stage & Film in June.
Before joining A.C.T., Perloff was artistic director of the Classic Stage Company in New York. She studied classics and comparative literature at Stanford University and was a Fulbright Fellow at Oxford.
Artistic director of A.C.T. Carey Perloff, discusses the theater's most recent production, 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore, a 17th century Jacobean morality tale, and the questions it poses about justice, access to justice, and morality. She also expands on the theater's unique tolerance for ambiguity and its communal power in our society.
Artistic director of A.C.T. Carey Perloff discusses the conundrum of theater and elitism, and society's unwillingness to accept the intelligence and imagination are not democratic but rather "muscles" that must be exercised and challenged in order to develop.