415 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

John Poster
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Closed April 23, 2017

Surprisingly touching... Played to spooky, endearing perfection by Georgia Engel

SF Examiner

Why See John?

The hit Off-Broadway play heads to San Francisco!

Annie Baker's hit 2015 Off-Broadway play John follows the phenomenal success of her Pulitzer Prize-winning work, The Flick. Making its way to San Francisco this fall for its A.C.T premiere, the epic drama will be helmed by Ken Rus Schmoll, taking over from original director Sam Gold. An examination into human relationships, John explores the dynamic between the establishment's cheerful elderly owner and two of its guests, a troubled young couple struggling to stay together.

The epic three-hour play shows the slow-boiling disintegration of a romantic relationship between Jewish Elias and Asian-American Jenny. Jenny has cheated on Elias in the past, with the unseen titular John, and Elias' anger over her infidelity turns to cold loathing, whilst they stay in Gettysburg on route from her parents in Ohio, to Brooklyn. Elias, an obsessive Civil War history buff has demanded that they take a detour to the battlefield; Jenny is less than interested, being a "stereotypical" girl. Throw into the mix the elderly Mertis, the kind and humble proprietor who witnesses their breakdown, determined not to lose her kindness and grace.

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Opening night: 22 February 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Three hours with two 15-minute intermissions

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Please note that performances begin promptly. The last late seating call will be 20 minutes after the start of the show. Any patrons arriving more than 20 minutes late will be seated during the first intermission.

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