Twenty-five years! That’s the milestone that Acme Theatre Company of Davis is marking this month with several events, including a preview of a new piece bound for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Acme stages classics by William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and others, as well as important newer works and original plays—all featuring high-school-age performers. Since 1981, more than 2,000 young performers have been involved in 88 Acme productions.Acme’s anniversary events will be held throughout August at the Veterans’ Memorial Theatre, located at 203 E. 14th Street in Davis. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s early-Hollywood comedy Once in a Lifetime plays this Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. By The Seat Of Our Pants, an evening of original playlets written, rehearsed and presented in a 36-hour period, takes place on August 9 at 8 p.m. All in the Timing, featuring short plays by David Ives, runs August 10 and 11 at 8 p.m.
Lastly, a preview performance of Wounded, a new work by the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble (which includes Acme alumni), is planned for August 12 at 8 p.m. Wounded is based on interviews with men and women who were seriously wounded during the ongoing conflict in Iraq. It goes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe later this month. For more information on these events, visit www.acmetheatre.net.