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Each season at Berkeley Rep, we offer you a captivating collection of plays. Along the way, we’ve built a national and international reputation as a home for talented artists who inspire us to bring their vision and imagination to our stage. We present stories from different eras that we hope will change the way you think about theatre—and the way you think about life. This year is no different.

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Amélie, A New Musical

Amélie, A New MusicalBook by Craig Lucas
Music by Daniel Messé
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé
Musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby
Musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Limited Season · Roda Theatre
August 29–October 4, 2015
World Premiere

Amélie captured our hearts in the five-time Academy Award-nominated film. Now she comes to the stage in an inventive and captivating new musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and penned by Craig Lucas (An American in Paris and Prelude to a Kiss), with a stirring score by Daniel Messé (of the acclaimed band Hem) and lyrics by Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys) and Messé. Embark on a mesmerizing journey with inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, she realizes that helping others is easier than concocting a romantic story of her own. After seeing the world through the magical and enchanted eyes of Amélie, you’ll never look at life the same way again.


Who’s who

Craig Lucas received Tony Award nominations for his play Prelude to a Kiss and for the book of the musical The Light in the Piazza. He also received an Obie Award for his direction of Harry Kondoleon’s Saved or Destroyed at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2001, and another Obie for his play Small Tragedy in 2004. He won the 2003 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay for The Secret Lives of Dentists. Craig’s other awards include the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the PEN/Laura Pels Mid-Career Achievement Award; and Outer Critics Circle, L.A. Drama Critics Circle, Drama-Logue, and Lambda Literary Awards.

Pam MacKinnon received a 2013 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for the revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She also received a Tony nomination and an Obie Award for directing for her work on Clybourne Park, and she recently directed a revival of The Heidi Chronicles, which opened on Broadway in February 2015 starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men).

Daniel Messé is the keyboardist and composer of Brooklyn neo-folk indie ensemble Hem. The band received glowing praise in a feature story on NPR’s All Things Considered and garnered an enthusiastic review from Entertainment Weekly. Daniel composed the original score and songs for the Public Theater’s 2009 Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, which garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play.

Nathan Tysen wrote lyrics for The Burnt Part Boys (2009 Lucille Lortel nomination for Best New Musical) and Fugitive Songs (2008 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revue). His current projects include lyrics for an adaptation of the popular novel Tuck Everlasting, and he is also the librettist and co-composer of the rock theatre piece Stillwater with band Joe’s Pet Project. An accomplished writer and performer of children’s music, Nathan has penned tunes for Sesame Street (2012 Daytime Emmy Award) and The Electric Company.

Samantha Barks (Amélie) is a British actress best known for the role of Éponine in Les Misérables. In 2008, she competed in I’d Do Anything in which she was one of the finalists in a search for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy in a West End revival of the British musical Oliver!. After the program, Samantha became a theatre actress in the West End, where she received many accolades for her performances. She recently appeared in Universal’s Dracula alongside Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper. She has garnered rave reviews and acclaim for her performance as the iconic Éponine in Universal’s Les Misérables, directed by Tom Hooper starring alongside Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, and Anne Hathaway. She received the Breakout Award at Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year Awards, Best Female Newcomer by the Empire Awards, the Spotlight Award from the Hollywood Film Festival, and was nominated for Young British Performer of the Year by the London Critics Circle. Recently Samantha played Velma in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s production of Chicago at The Hollywood Bowl and starred as Mallory/Avril in London’s Donmar Warehouse’s production of City of Angels.

The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of PenzanceBook by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Directed and adapted by Sean Graney
Co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell
Co-directed by Thrisa Hodits
Music direction by Andra Velis Simon
Limited Season · Osher Studio
October 16–December 20, 2015

Join the party in our new Osher Studio on Center Street with a delightfully immersive, lovingly loopy, and fantastically eccentric 80-minute take—think banjos, beach balls, and guitars—on Gilbert and Sullivan’s preposterous, topsy-turvy world. Frederic was mistakenly apprenticed as a young boy to a band of sentimental pirates. Now 21, he falls head-over-heels for the Major-General’s daughter and forswears the buccaneer’s life forever, or so he thinks. This buoyant, award-winning Pirates of Penzance by Chicago theatre rebels The Hypocrites is “spirited, affectionate, and nearly irresistible,” says the Boston Globe.


Who’s who

Director and adaptor Sean Graney is the artistic director of The Hypocrites, a company he created in 1997. He received four Joseph Jefferson citations, was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and was a participant in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors.

The Hypocrites are recognized as groundbreakers that defy the audience’s expectations, earning over 20 Joseph Jefferson citations and a 2013 National Theatre Company Award presented by the American Theatre Wing. They have received acclaim for productions at Steppenwolf Garage, Goodman Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art, and American Repertory Theatre. The company’s smash-hit production of Our Town, directed by MacArthur Genius Award winner David Cromer, transferred in 2009 to off Broadway, Los Angeles, and Boston.


Buzz

“A zany delight from start to finish.”—Chicago Sun Times

“That cheeky Sean Graney, the very model of the modern conceptual director, has pulled out quite a delicious little off-Loop version of The Pirates of Penzance. This is not your father’s Gilbert and Sullivan…It features some spectacularly audacious arrangements of the melodic song stylings of Arthur Sullivan, here vivaciously rendered on everything from guitars to banjos to, memorably, a surprisingly tuneful saw. And, remarkably, the actors play all their own music as they bring to life Kevin O’Donnell hilariously wacky and beguiling orchestrations. This is how creativity can flourish when a work is allowed to pass into the public domain…But this is not some egregiously moderne take-down. It is an irreverent and fresh homage and entirely safe for Gilbert-and-Sullivan fans—and you know who you are—to attend and enjoy.”—Chicago Tribune

“Spirited, affectionate, and nearly irresistible…W.S. Gilbert’s elaborately witty wordplay is very much intact, and so is Arthur Sullivan’s sprightly, romping music. Apart from some amusing interpolations of brief snatches of contemporary songs, Pirates of Penzance displays a surprising fidelity to the original 19th-century score and storyline.”—Boston Globe

Disgraced

Ayad AkhtarBy Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Produced in association with Goodman Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre
Main Season · Roda Theatre
November 6–December 20, 2015
West Coast Premiere

Amir Kapoor is living the American Dream—an upper East Side apartment, Italian suits, and the promise of becoming partner at the law firm. But when he and his wife Emily, an artist influenced by Islamic imagery, host a dinner party for their friends and colleagues, lies and deception threaten to shatter Amir’s carefully constructed life of cultural assimilation. Playwright Ayad Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for this engrossing and combustible drama that probes the complexity of identity, the place of faith in today’s world, and the hidden prejudices still alive in liberal society. Director Kimberly Senior comes to Berkeley Rep to stage the provocative play that she shepherded from Chicago to London to its triumphant run on Broadway.


Who’s who

Ayad Akhtar is an author, playwright, and screenwriter. His novel American Dervish was published in over 20 languages worldwide and a 2012 Best Book of the Year at Kirkus Reviews, Toronto’s Globe and Mail, Shelf-Awareness, and O (Oprah) Magazine. His latest play, The Who & The What, premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in February 2014, and subsequently played at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in June 2014. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within.

Kimberly Senior is a resident director at Writers Theatre and an associate artist at TimeLine Theatre in Chicago. Her work has received multiple Joseph Jefferson nominations. She has also directed at Steppenwolf, La Jolla Playhouse, and Goodman Theatre. She teaches at Columbia College.


Buzz

“A continuously engaging, vitally engaged play about thorny questions of identity and religion in the contemporary world, with an accent on the incendiary topic of how radical Islam and the terrorism it inspires have affected the public discourse. In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Mr. Akhtar, a novelist and screenwriter, puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being who have embraced another…Everyone has been told that politics and religion are two subjects that should be off limits at social gatherings. But watching Mr. Akhtar’s characters rip into these forbidden topics, there’s no arguing that they make for ear-tickling good theater.”—New York Times

“The play remains a smart and provocative work of unusual daring, one that should be seen by anyone who cares about serious theater and the knotted tangles of tribal beliefs that lurk under civilized layers of educated, liberal professionals.”—Newsday

“A deftly crafted, theatrically compelling dissection of the intersection of sex, ethnicity and ambition…An unstinting and immediate drama…Plenty of plays feature protagonists who need to learn who they are and the importance of forefathers. This one features a guy who comes to see that one’s roots can be radioactive.”—Chicago Tribune

“Smart, spiky entertainment…A stimulating, sobering work from a distinctive new American playwright.”—Hollywood Reporter

Aubergine

Julia ChoBy Julia Cho
Directed by Liesl Tommy
Main Season · Thrust Stage
February 5–March 20, 2016
World Premiere

An estranged son, a father who’s ill, a visiting uncle carrying their memories in tow, a woman without an appetite, and a refugee from a forgotten country—they all prove potent ingredients in this bittersweet and moving meditation on family, forgiveness, and the things that nourish us. When language fails, when the past fades, the perfect meal transcends time and culture and says more than words ever can. Julia Cho’s plays have garnered critical praise from New York to Los Angeles. Now she pairs with Obie Award-winning director Liesl Tommy (Ruined and Party People) on the elegant, poignant, and lyrical Aubergine.


Who’s who

Julia Cho’s plays include The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss, and 99 Histories. Her work has been produced at the Vineyard Theatre, the Public Theater, South Coast Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, and New York Theatre Workshop, among others. She is the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and is an alumna of the Juilliard School and NYU’s Graduate Dramatic Writing Program.

Liesl Tommy is Berkeley Rep’s associate artist and director of such acclaimed shows as Ruined and Party People. Liesl has earned an Obie Award, a Lillian Hellman Award, and the Alan Schneider Award for directing, and the inaugural Susan Stroman Directing Award from the Vineyard Theatre.


Buzz

“[Julia Cho is] on many theater hot lists thanks to a reputation for crafting intricate, often poetic pieces that blur the lines between fact and fiction.”—Los Angeles Times

Macbeth

Frances McDormandBy William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Main Season · Roda Theatre
February 19–April 3, 2016

Tony and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand stars as Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s murderous play about the lust for power and the fickleness of fate. Driven by an evil prophesy and his scheming wife, Macbeth kills the king and claims his crown, thus beginning a moral descent into a reign of terror. This thrilling new production is helmed by Tony and Obie Award winner Daniel Sullivan—dubbed the go-to guy for Shakespeare by the New York Times.


Who’s who

Daniel Sullivan won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for Proof, and he was most recently nominated for another Tony in 2011 for The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino. Daniel most recently directed The Country House, The Snow Geese, Orphans, and Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway. For The Public Theater, he directed A Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stuff Happens, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Frances McDormand (Lady Macbeth) received a Master’s in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. On Broadway, she received the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People directed by Daniel Sullivan. Other stage appearances include The Country Girl directed Mike Nichols on Broadway, Caryl Churchill’s Far Away directed by Stephen Daldry at New York Theatre Workshop, her Tony-nominated performance as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Sisters Rosensweig directed by Daniel Sullivan at Lincoln Center Theatre, The Swan at the Public Theater, A Streetcar Named Desire (this time as Blanche) at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, and Dare Clubb’s Oedipus at the Blue Light Theater Company. With the Wooster Group, she performed in To You, The Birdie!, North Atlantic, and Early Shaker Spirituals. She recently collaborated and performed at national museums with the conceptual artist Suzanne Bocanegra on a performance piece, “Bodycast.” Films include Olive Kitteridge, Moonrise Kingdom, Promised Land, This Must Be the Place, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Friends with Money, Laurel Canyon, Something’s Gotta Give, Wonder Boys, City by the Sea, Madeline, Primal Fear, Lone Star, Palookaville, Chattahoochee, Darkman, Hidden Agenda, Short Cuts, Beyond Rangoon, Paradise Road, and in collaboration with Joel and Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading, Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Raising Arizona, and Blood Simple. With her company Hear/Say, Frances produced Every Secret Thing and Olive Kitteridge and is developing a screen adaptation inspired by Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma.


Buzz

“In recent seasons the director Daniel Sullivan has become the go-to guy for Shakespeare in the Park…His first-rate productions of Twelfth Night, As You Like It and The Merchant of Venice have all been astutely cast and freshly imagined.”—New York Times

Treasure Island

The White SnakeAdapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman
From the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company
Main Season · Thrust Stage
April 22–June 5, 2016

Mary Zimmerman has mesmerized audiences with her exquisite adaptations of classic tales from the spellbinding Arabian Nights to the hypnotic White Snake. This spring the Tony Award-winning director takes us aboard the Hispaniola for a heart-pounding voyage filled with tales of swashbuckling gentlemen o’ fortune, a malicious mutiny led by infamous Long John Silver, and a deadly quest for fabled buried booty. Caught in the middle is cabin boy Jim Hawkins, who must find uncommon courage as he faces a murderous plot and navigates the ambiguous tides of morality. Sail to Treasure Island with Mary Zimmerman for another visually tantalizing and exhilarating adventure.


Who’s who

Mary Zimmerman received the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director and a 1998 MacArthur Fellowship. This is her eighth show for Berkeley Rep, following acclaimed productions of The White Snake, The Arabian Nights, Argonautika, Journey to the West, Metamorphoses, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, and The Secret in the Wings. These plays—and others that she’s adapted and directed such as Eleven Rooms of Proust, The Odyssey, Silk, and S/M—have enjoyed celebrated runs at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Goodman, the Huntington, Lookingglass, the Taper, McCarter, Seattle Rep, and Second Stage Theatre.

Steven Epp (Long John Silver) has appeared at Berkeley Rep in Tartuffe, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, A Doctor in Spite of Himself, Figaro, The Miser, Don Juan Giovanni, and he adapted The Green Bird. He is an actor, writer, and co-artistic director of the Moving Company, based in Minneapolis. He was an actor, writer, and co-artistic director at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre, from 1983–2008.

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

Sarah Ruhl and Les WatersBy Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Les Waters
Main Season · Roda Theatre
May 20–July 3, 2016
West Coast Premiere

Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters return to Berkeley Rep! Adored by Bay Area audiences for Eurydice, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Three Sisters, and Dear Elizabeth, these celebrated collaborators bring us a tender new tale, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday—a fanciful and moving look at growing up versus growing old within a family. In the wake of their father’s death, five siblings are driven to reconnect with childhood dreams and confront the inevitability of the passage of time. This West Coast premiere reunites two preeminent artists in the American theatre for another transcendent production.


Who’s who

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee for Best New Play); The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2005; the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play, a cycle (PEN American Award, the Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award); Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Demeter in the City (NAACP nomination); Late: a cowboy song; Three Sisters; and, most recently, Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth. Her plays have been produced on Broadway at the Lyceum by Lincoln Center Theater, off Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, and at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater, and downtown at Clubbed Thumb and Classic Stage Company. Her plays have been produced regionally all over the country, with premieres at Yale Repertory Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Madison Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cornerstone Theater, and the Piven Theatre Workshop in Chicago. Her plays have also been produced internationally in London, Germany, Australia, Canada, and Israel, and have been translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, Korean, German, and Arabic. Originally from Chicago, Ruhl received her MFA from Brown University where she studied with Paula Vogel. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award and the Whiting Writers’ Award. She was a member of 13P and of New Dramatists and won the MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. She was recently the recipient of the PEN Center Award for a mid-career playwright, the Feminist Press’ Forty under Forty Award, and the 2010 Lilly Award. She is currently on the faculty at Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Obie Award winner Les Waters currently serves as the artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville where he recently directed the world premiere of Charles L. Mee’s The Glory of the World, Naomi Iizuka’s At the Vanishing Point, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Will Eno’s Gnit, Todd Almond’s Girlfriend, and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night. Waters also previously directed Big Love by Charles L. Mee at the Humana Festival in 2000, and the site-specific production of Naomi Iizuka’s At the Vanishing Point at the 2004 Humana Festival. From 2003 to 2011, he served as associate artistic director at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In the last 10 years, his shows have ranked among the year’s best in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Time Out New York, Time Magazine, and USA Today. His productions have been seen in New York at Playwrights Horizons, the Public Theater, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, Connelly Theater, and Clubbed Thumb, and regionally at theatres such as Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and American Repertory Theater. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). He led the MFA directing program at University of California, San Diego from 1995 to 2003 and is an associate artist of the Civilians.

Kathleen Chalfant (Kathy) appeared at Berkeley Rep in Honour, directed by Tony Taccone. She has appeared on Broadway in Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Racing Demon, and Dance with Me. Her off-Broadway credits include Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Obie Awards), Tales from Red Vienna, Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington, Somewhere Fun, Red Dog Howls, Painting Churches, Family Week, Vita & Virginia, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell, Bloomer Girl, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Far Away, Twelve Dreams, and Henry V. Kathleen has also been seen in the New York productions of The Vagina Monologues, True History & Real Adventures, Phaedra in Delirium, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, The Party, Sister Mary Ignatius…, and The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. Her London and Los Angeles credits include Wit (Ovation Award), and Red Dog Howls. She has appeared around the country at the Guthrie Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Sundance Lab. Kathleen’s film credits include Isn’t it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., The Bath, In Bed with Ulysses, Lillian, Duplicity, The People Speak, Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, The Last New Yorker, Second Guessing Grandma, Dark Water, Kinsey, The Laramie Project, Random Hearts, A Price Below Rubies, and Murder and Murder. Her select television credits include The Affair, The Americans, House of Cards, Rescue Me, The Book of Daniel, The Guardian, Jo, Law & Order, One Life to Live, Elementary, Mercy, Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (HBO), Benjamin Franklin, Georgia O’Keeffe (Lifetime), Voices from the White House (PBS), A Death in the Family (PBS), and Storm of the Century. Kathleen has received the 1996 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, the 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, a Drama League Award, and a Sidney Kingsley Award.

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$25 for 5-play Main Season
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Allston Way parking mapWe feel your pain: parking in Downtown Berkeley is challenging. That’s why we’ve partnered with our friends at the Allston Way Garage on Center Street for an amazing deal: purchase guaranteed parking up front for every show in your subscription for only $5 per play!

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* Premium seats available to subscribers of five or more plays.
** There are no Thursday matinees for the two Limited Season shows: Amélie, A New Musical and Pirates of Penzance. For the Limited Season you will be scheduled for a Saturday or Sunday matinee.
Please note: Seating in some sections is extremely limited. If we are unable to accommodate your first-choice, we will seat you in the next-best price section.

New this season! We have two price groups for plays, as indicated in the table above.
Group I: Pricing for Amélie, A New Musical, Macbeth, and Treasure Island
Group II: Pricing for Pirates of Penzance, Disgraced, Aubergine, and For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

Full-time student / under 30
Save 50% on tickets to any performance. Not available for previews or opening night. Proof of eligibility is required for each discounted subscription ordered.

Senior (65+)
Choose five or more plays—receive $5 discount per play on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday matinees. Proof of eligibility is required for each discounted subscription ordered. Not available online—please call the box office.

Full-time pre-K–12 educator & employee
Choose five or more plays, and select seats in sections A or B—you and a friend save 30% on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday evening performances. Not available for previews or opening night. Proof of eligibility is required for each discounted subscription ordered. Not available online—please call the box office.

We reserve the right to change prices, plays, and dates in order to bring you extraordinary theatre.

Sign up for the Main Season of five plays

5 play Main SeasonYou’ll see Disgraced, Aubergine, Macbeth, Treasure Island, and For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday.

Main Season subscribers enjoy all the choose-your-own benefits, and more

  • Access to premium seats (subject to availability, of course)
  • Guaranteed priority seating before the general public and “choose-your-own” subscribers
  • The same seats for every show in each theatre—which you can keep from year to year

All subscribers enjoy these advantages

  • Save up to 23% off regular ticket prices—and lock in your savings!
  • Change your performance dates—free (no fees)—as late as 7pm the day before your show, whenever you need
  • Add additional plays to your package later—at discounted prices
  • Experience spectacular sold-out shows while other people are turned away

And there’s more!

  • Receive discounts to nearby restaurants and stores
  • Bring guests at reduced prices—we waive your service fees
  • Receive our super-popular liner notes, delivered by email to your inbox days before your performance—free
  • Get dibs on tickets to non-subscription events like Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter. Past performers have included Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Leguizamo, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen.

Specials

We offer even deeper discounts to full-time students, persons under 30 or 65+, and anyone who works full-time in a pre-K–12 environment.


See the five plays in our Main Season

Select a subscription package from the list below.

Performance Premium A B Discounts available
Tuesday 8pm $292 $229 $154 Educator / Student / Under 30
Wednesday 7pm $292 $229 $154 Student / Under 30
Thursday 2pm $292 $229 $154 Senior / Student / Under 30
Thursday 8pm $326 $272 $191 Student / Under 30
Friday 8pm $359 $313 $238 Educator / Student / Under 30
Saturday 2pm $326 $272 $191 Senior / Student / Under 30
Saturday 8pm $426 $345 $248 Student / Under 30
Sunday 2pm $326 $272 $191 Senior / Student / Under 30
Sunday 7pm $326 $272 $191 Educator / Student / Under 30

Please note: Seating in some sections is extremely limited. If we are unable to accommodate your first-choice, we will seat you in the next-best price section.

Full-time student / under 30
Save 50% on tickets to any performance. Not available for previews or opening night. Proof of eligibility is required for each discounted subscription ordered.

Senior (65+)
Receive $25 discount on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday matinee subscription packages. Proof of eligibility is required for each discounted subscription ordered.

Full-time pre-K–12 educator & employee
Select seats in sections A or B—you and a friend save 30% on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday evening performances. Not available for previews or opening night. Proof of eligibility is required for each discounted subscription ordered.

We reserve the right to change prices, plays, and dates in order to bring you extraordinary theatre.

Subscribe to the Full Season of seven plays

7 play Full SeasonYou’ll see every subscription show in the 2015–16 season!

Full Season subscribers enjoy all the Main Season and choose-your-own benefits, and more

  • Absolute highest priority seating before anyone else
  • First access to premium seats (subject to availability, of course)
  • One free upgrade to a more expensive seat or date—for everyone in your party
  • The same seats for every Main Season show in each theatre—which you can keep or improve from year to year

All subscribers enjoy these advantages

  • Save up to 23% off regular ticket prices—and lock in your savings!
  • Change your performance dates—free (no fees)—as late as 7pm the day before your show, whenever you need
  • Add additional plays to your package later—at discounted prices
  • Experience spectacular sold-out shows while other people are turned away

And there’s more!

  • Receive discounts to nearby restaurants and stores
  • Bring guests at reduced prices—we waive your service fees
  • Receive our super-popular liner notes, delivered by email to your inbox days before your performance—free
  • Get dibs on tickets to non-subscription events like Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter. Past performers have included Mikhail Baryshnikov, John Leguizamo, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen.

Specials

We offer even deeper discounts to full-time students, persons under 30 or 65+, and anyone who works full-time in a pre-K–12 environment.


See the seven plays in our Full Season

Select a subscription package from the list below.

Performance Premium A B Discounts available
Preview (Tue / Wed / Sun eve) * $332 $291 $175  
Preview (Thu / Fri / Sat eve) * $367 $302 $187  
Tuesday 8pm $410 $322 $217 Educator / Student / Under 30
Wednesday 7pm $410 $322 $217 Student / Under 30
Thursday 2pm ** $425 $340 $232 Senior / Student / Under 30
Thursday 8pm $459 $383 $269 Student / Under 30
Friday 8pm $505 $440 $335 Educator / Student / Under 30
Saturday 2pm $459 $383 $269 Senior / Student / Under 30
Saturday 8pm $598 $485 $349 Student / Under 30
Sunday 2pm $459 $383 $269 Senior / Student / Under 30
Sunday 7pm $459 $383 $269 Educator / Student / Under 30

* Preview subscriptions available to 7-play subscribers only. Saturday and Sunday previews are sold out.
** There are no Thursday matinees for the two Limited Season shows: Amélie, A New Musical and Pirates of Penzance. For the Limited Season you will be scheduled for a Saturday or Sunday matinee.
Please note: Seating in some sections is extremely limited. If we are unable to accommodate your first-choice, we will seat you in the next-best price section.

Previews
The first performances of each subscription show are previews. We’re still fine-tuning the show. Previews are perfect for adventurous theatregoers who want to get in early on the creative conversation.

Full-time student / under 30
Save 50% on tickets to any performance. Not available for previews or opening night. Proof of eligibility is required for each discounted subscription ordered.

Senior (65+)
Receive $35 discount on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday matinee subscription packages. Proof of eligibility is required for each discounted subscription ordered.

Full-time pre-K–12 educator & employee
Select seats in sections A or B—you and a friend save 30% on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday evening performances. Not available for previews or opening night. Proof of eligibility is required for each discounted subscription ordered.

We reserve the right to change prices, plays, and dates in order to bring you extraordinary theatre.

Series dates for 2015–16 season

Limited Season series dates

Main Season series dates

Series code Day / Time Amélie Pirates †   Series code Day / Time Disgraced Aubergine Macbeth Treasure Island Peter Pan
J4 pre. Fri 8pm 9/4 10/16 or 10/17 2pm*   A4 pre. Fri 8pm 11/6 2/5 2/19 4/22 5/20
J5 pre. Sat 8pm 9/5 10/17 or 10/17 2pm   A5 pre. Sat 8pm 11/7 2/6 2/20 4/23 5/21
J6 pre. Sun 7pm 9/6 10/18 or 10/18 2pm   A6 pre. Sun 7pm 11/8 2/7 2/21 4/24 5/22
 
K1 pre. Tue 8pm 9/8 10/20 or 10/18 2pm*   B1 pre. Tue 8pm 11/10 2/9 2/23 4/26 5/24
K2 pre. Wed 7pm 9/9 10/21   B2 pre. Wed 7pm 11/11 2/10 2/24 4/27 5/25
K3 pre. Thu 8pm 9/10 10/23*   B3 pre. Thu 8pm 11/12 2/11 2/25 4/28 5/26
K4 open Fri 8pm 9/11 10/22*   B4 open Fri 8pm 11/13 2/12 2/26 4/29 5/27
KB Sat 2pm 9/12 10/24 or 11/28   BB Sat 2pm 11/14 2/13 2/27 4/30 5/28
K5 Sat 8pm 9/12 10/24 or 11/28   B5 Sat 8pm 11/14 2/13 2/27 4/30 5/28
KC Sun 2pm 9/13 10/25 or 11/29   BC Sun 2pm 11/15 2/14 2/28 5/1 5/29
K6 Sun 7pm 9/13 10/25 or 11/29   B6 Sun 7pm 11/15 2/14 2/28 5/1 5/29
 
L1 Tue 8pm 9/15 10/27 or 11/17   C1 Tue 8pm 11/17 2/16 3/1 5/3 5/31
L2 Wed 7pm 9/16 10/28 or 11/18   C2 Wed 7pm 11/18 2/17 3/2 5/4 6/1
L3 Thu 8pm 9/17 10/29 or 11/19   CA Thu 2pm 11/19 2/18 3/3 5/5 6/9
L4 disc. Fri 8pm 9/18 10/30 or 11/20   C3 Thu 8pm 11/19 2/18 3/3 5/5 6/2
LB Sat 2pm 9/19 10/31 or 11/21   C4 Fri 8pm 11/20 2/19 3/4 5/6 6/3
L5 Sat 8pm 9/19 10/31 or 11/21   C5 Sat 8pm 11/21 2/20 3/5 5/7 6/4
LC Sun 2pm 9/20 11/1 or 11/22   CC Sun 2pm 11/22 2/21 3/6 5/8 6/5
L6 Sun 7pm 9/20 11/1 or 11/22   C6 Sun 7pm 11/22 2/21 3/6 5/8 6/5
 
M1 disc. Tue 8pm 9/22 11/3 or 12/1   D1 Tue 8pm 11/24 2/23 3/8 5/10 6/7
M2 Wed 7pm 9/23 11/4 or 12/2   D2 Wed 7pm 11/25 2/24 3/9 5/11 6/8
M3 Thu 8pm 9/24 11/5 or 12/3   D3 disc. Thu 8pm 12/15* 2/25 3/10 5/12 6/9
M4 Fri 8pm 9/25 11/6 or 12/4   D4 Fri 8pm 11/27 2/26 3/11 5/13 6/10
MB Sat 2pm 9/26 11/7 or 12/5   DB Sat 2pm 11/28 2/27 3/12 5/14 6/4
M5 Sat 8pm 9/26 11/7 or 12/5   D5 Sat 8pm 11/28 2/27 3/12 5/14 6/11
MC Sun 2pm 9/27 11/8 or 12/6   DC Sun 2pm 11/29 2/28 3/13 5/15 6/12
M6 Sun 7pm 9/27 11/8 or 12/6   D6 Sun 7pm 11/29 2/28 3/13 5/15 6/12
 
N1 Tue 8pm 9/29 11/10 or 12/8   E1 disc. Tue 8pm 12/1 3/1 3/15 5/17 6/14
N2 Wed 7pm 9/30 11/11 or 12/9   E2 Wed 7pm 12/2 3/2 3/16 5/18 6/15
N3 disc. Thu 8pm 10/1 11/12 or 12/10   E3 Thu 8pm 12/3 3/3 3/17 5/19 6/16
N4 Fri 8pm 10/2 11/13 or 12/11   E4 Fri 8pm 12/4 3/4 3/18 5/27 6/17
NB Sat 2pm 10/3 11/14 or 12/12   EB Sat 2pm 12/5 3/5 3/19 5/21 6/18
N5 Sat 8pm 10/3 11/14 or 12/12   E5 Sat 8pm 12/5 3/5 3/19 5/21 6/18
NC Sun 2pm 10/4 11/15 or 12/13   EC Sun 2pm 12/6 3/6 3/20 5/22 6/19
N6 Sun 7pm 10/4 11/15 or 12/13   E6 Sun 7pm 12/6 3/6 3/20 5/22 6/19
 
          F1 Tue 8pm 12/8 3/8 3/22 5/24 6/21
          F2 Wed 7pm 12/9 3/9 3/23 5/25 6/22
          F3 Thu 8pm 12/10 3/10 3/24 5/26 6/23
          F4 disc. Fri 8pm 12/11 3/11 3/25 5/20 6/24
          FB Sat 2pm 12/12 3/12 3/26 5/28 6/25
          F5 Sat 8pm 12/12 3/12 3/26 5/28 6/25
          FC Sun 2pm 12/13 3/13 3/27 5/29 6/26
          F6 Sun 7pm 12/13 3/13 3/27 5/29 6/26
 
          G2 ** Wed 7pm 12/16 3/16 3/30 6/1 6/29
          GA ** Thu 2pm 12/17 3/17 3/31 6/2 6/30
          G3 ** Thu 8pm 12/17 3/17 3/31 6/2 6/30
          G4 ** Fri 8pm 12/18 3/18 4/1 6/3 7/1
          GB ** Sat 2pm 12/19 3/19 4/2 6/4 7/2
          G5 ** Sat 8pm 12/19 3/19 4/2 6/4 7/2
          GC ** Sun 2pm 12/20 3/20 4/3 6/5 7/3
          G6 ** Sun 7pm 12/20 3/20 4/3 6/5 7/3

Pre—Preview subscriptions available to 7-play subscribers only.
Open—Opening night is available to Berkeley Rep supporters at the Benefactor level and above.
Disc—Post-show discussion (excluding Pirates of Penzance M1 series on 12/1)
All series ending in 1 or 3—Pre-show docent presentation
All matinee series—Post-show docent discussion
* Performance falls on a different day of the week than the rest of the series.
** Series G is available through renewal only.
Pirates of Penzance—Due to the small house size of the Osher Studio, most series are accommodated over two dates. Please call the box office at 510 647–2949 if you have questions.

We reserve the right to change prices, plays, and dates in order to bring you extraordinary theatre.