Frequently asked questions

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How much are tickets?

Prices are subject to change based on availability. Generally, your best bet is to buy early. For the best seats and best prices throughout the year, buy a ticket package for three or more plays.

What days & times do you have shows?

Day Time
Previews First Fri, Sat, Tue, Thu 8pm · Sun, Wed 7pm
Opening Night (Fri) 8pm
Tuesday 8pm
Wednesday 7pm
Thursday 2 & 8pm
Friday 8pm
Saturday 2 & 8pm
Sunday 2 & 7pm

Previews are the first performances of each play, before the official press opening.

Opening Night is when the critics are invited to review performances. This special evening also features a pre-show dinner for donors.

While there are Sunday matinees every week, Thursday and Saturday matinees alternate weeks, sometimes unpredictably. Please see the individual performance schedule for each show to confirm matinee performances. Also, there are NO Thursday matinees for the two Limited Season shows.

When should I arrive at the Theatre?

We recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to curtain when the lobby opens; especially if you have tickets at Will Call. While you wait for the play to begin you can enjoy our lovely Narsai David Courtyard, look for Berkeley Rep merchandise at our Theatre Store and check out our fantastic concessions bar.

What happens if I’m late?

Performances begin promptly. Latecomers will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion, and may have to watch on a video monitor in the lobby until intermission. Patrons who leave the Roda Theatre during a performance may—at the sole discretion of the house manager—be re-seated during the performance, not in their same seats. Patrons who leave the Thrust Stage during a performance will not be re-seated during the performance, but can watch the performance on a video monitor in the lobby. This is a policy we must enforce without exceptions, due to the design of our theatres, and for the safety of our actors and audience members.

Can I exchange tickets?

All sales are final, and there are no refunds.

If you are a subscriber and the tickets in question were purchased as part of a subscription package, they may be exchanged (must be exchanged the day prior to your scheduled performance). Otherwise, if at the last minute you are unable to use your tickets, you may turn them in as a contribution to Berkeley Rep. The value of the donated tickets is tax-deductible and acknowledged by mail. Tickets for past performances cannot be considered a donation.

Can I look at seating charts of the theatres?

Thrust Stage

On the Thrust Stage no seat is more than 44 feet from the stage.

Thrust Stage

Osher Studio

In the Osher Studio every seat is close to the stage; the farthest seat is only 30 feet away.

Osher Studio

Roda Theatre

In the Roda Theatre the farthest seat is only 49 feet from the stage.

Roda Theatre

View larger, “printer friendly” versions of the seating charts for the 200-seat Osher Studio, 400-seat Thrust stage, and 600-seat Roda theatre.

What accessibility aids does the theatre offer?

Free assistive listening devices—both earbuds and neck loops—are available in the lobby prior to the performance by exchanging a license or credit card. No advance reservations required.

Scripts for those with hearing loss are available in the box office.

Berkeley Rep is wheelchair-accessible. Please see our seating charts for wheelchair seating locations.

We offer open captioning for one or more performances of each play, viewable from at least 25 seats. Open captioning is state-of-the-art technology that displays text of an actor’s speech at the same time the actor is speaking. Audience members don’t need to have any special equipment to see the displayed text. See the show calendars for open captioning performance dates, and call 510 647–2949, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7pm if you have questions or wish to reserve seats. Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund.

Need a specific accommodation? We’re happy to work with you—please call the box office at 510 647–2949 and let us know how we can help.

What are your box office hours?

Hours

Tuesday–Sunday, noon–7pm
CLOSED MONDAY

Location

2025 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Telephone

510 647–2949

Fax

510 647–2975

Are there any service fees?

There is a $7 per order service charge on telephone and online ticket purchases (waived for subscribers who purchase by phone). There is no service charge for tickets purchased in person at the box office.

Can I get discounted tickets?

Berkeley Rep has created several ticket discount programs, all aimed at making our shows accessible.

Ticket packages

Subscribers enjoy the most advantages at the consistently lowest prices, period. With a ticket package of three or more plays, you can be sitting pretty for as little as $25 per ticket. You get better seats at lower prices, and free ticket exchange when your schedule needs to change. Click here to explore.

Rush tickets

Student and Seniors (age 65 and over) with valid ID save $10 on tickets in sections A and B one hour before each show, based on availability. Discount not available online.

Group tickets

Groups of 10–14 receive $5 off per ticket, and groups of 15+ receive 20% off plus one complimentary ticket. Click here to explore.

Entourage tickets

Want to save money and impress your friends? Set up an Entourage for 10 or more people and we’ll give you an online code to save 20% on the dates of your choice. The more people use your code, the more perks you earn. Click here to explore.

Under 30 discount

Half-price advance tickets for anyone under the age of 30 for most shows. Proof of age required. Some restrictions apply. Based on availability. This discount is available online.

California Alumni Association membership discount

$5 off tickets to all performances, excluding Saturday evenings. CAA Membership Card required. Based on availability. Discount not available online.

Blue Star military tickets

Military personnel and their families receive 20% off all full-priced tickets to subscription season shows. Other offers also available. Some restrictions apply. Based on availability. Discount not available online. Click here to explore.

Please note that discounts are applied to full-price tickets, and cannot be combined or applied retroactively.

How can I request ticket donations for local nonprofits?

We’re happy to donate tickets to Bay Area nonprofit organizations for use as a fundraising tool. Berkeley Rep tickets make a hot auction item—often garnering more than their face value in the heat of the auction moment!

Mail your request to us approximately two months prior to your event. We only accept voucher requests that are mailed to us on your nonprofit’s formal letterhead. We’re unable to process requests that have been faxed, emailed, or hand-delivered. Learn more.

Why should I subscribe to Berkeley Rep?

Berkeley Rep subscribers save up to 29% off the regular ticket price, and are guaranteed the same seats for Main Season productions every year that they renew. Only subscribers have ticket exchange privileges, and same-day seat upgrade opportunities. Subscribers receive exclusive discounts to several area restaurants as well as $5 off all additional tickets they may purchase for family and friends. Subscribing is a great value! Learn more.

 

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How do I get to Berkeley Rep by car?

Downtown Berkeley gets busy around performance times. We recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes before your performance to allow time for parking.

From San Francisco

Take the Bay Bridge, get on I-80 East towards Berkeley/Sacramento. Take the University Avenue exit. Go east, towards the hills, two miles to Shattuck Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck, go one block to Addison Street and turn right again. The Theatre is halfway down the block on the right side.

From east of Berkeley via Highway 24

From Highway 24, take the Berkeley Exit: Highway 13, Tunnel Road/Ashby Avenue. Drive west on Ashby, two miles to Shattuck Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck Avenue, proceed two miles to Addison Street. Turn left on Addison Street. Go through one traffic light. The Theatre is on your right.

From east of Berkeley via Interstate 80

Take I-80 West to the University Avenue exit. Go east, towards the hills, two miles to Shattuck Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck, go one block to Addison Street and turn right again. The Theatre is halfway down the block on the right side.

From Marin County

Either come through the City (see above) OR take the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge onto 580 to I-80 to the University Avenue exit. Go east, towards the hills, two miles to Shattuck Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck, go one block to Addison Street and turn right. The Theatre is halfway down the block on the right side.

From the South Bay

Take 880 North to 80 East towards Berkeley. From I-80 take the University Avenue exit. Go east, toward the hills, two miles to Shattuck Avenue. Turn right on Shattuck, go one block to Addison Street and turn right again. The Theatre is on the right.

Where can I park?

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is located at 2025 Addison Street, near the intersection of Addison and Shattuck in downtown Berkeley. There’s ample parking near the Theatre, but we recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes before your performance to allow time.

Allston Way Garage

2061 Allston Way, between Milvia and Shattuck
(Please enter via the entrance gate located on Center Street.)
Phone: 510 981–9443
Open Monday–Friday: 6am–midnight; Saturday–Sunday: 8am–2am
$2.50 per hour for the first 2 hours
Weekday daily maximum is $15
Weekend daily maximum is $7

We recommend this garage, which is just one block south of the Theatre. You can park for only $3 Tuesday–Friday after 6pm or all day on Saturday or Sunday when you attend Berkeley Rep and validate your garage-issued parking ticket in the Theatre lobby. On rare occasions this offer will be unavailable, in which case you will see a price posted at the garage. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

Berkeley Way Surface Lot

Berkeley Way, between Milvia and Shattuck
Phone: 510 981–7057
Metered parking / 6 hour limit / $1.50 per hour for 1–2 hours and $2.50 per hour for 3–6 hours
Free on Sundays

Center Street Garage

2025 Center Street, between Milvia and Shattuck
(Please enter via the entrance gate located on Addison Street.)
Phone: 510 843–1788
Open Monday–Friday: 5:15am–midnight; Saturday: 7am–midnight; Sunday: noon–midnight
$3 for up to 2 hours / $6 for 2–3 hours / $10 for 3–4 hours / $15 for over 4 hours
After 5pm—$5

Due to its proximity to the Theatre, this lot receives heavy use. We recommend that you either allow extra for time getting in and out, or choose any one of the many alternate parking lots close to the Theatre.

Golden Bear Garage

1995 University Avenue, between Bonita and Milvia (entrance on Bonita)
Phone: 510 832–5136
Open Monday–Friday: 6am–7pm; Saturday: building clients only; Closed Sunday
$1 per 20 minutes / $3 per hour / maximum $14
Early bird special before 9:30am—$10

Kittredge Garage

2020 Kittredge Street, between Shattuck and Milvia
Phone: 510 665–1660
Open Monday–Thursday: 6am–midnight; Friday: 6am–2am; Saturday: 7am–2am; Sunday: 7am–midnight
$2.50 per hour / maximum $15
Early bird special before 9am—$8
Weekend daily maximum is $5

Milvia Street Surface Lot

2109 Milvia Street, between Addison and Center
Phone: 925 933–8795
Open 24 hours every day
$2 per hour / daily maximum $12

Oxford Street Garage

2165 Kittredge Street, between Shattuck and Oxford
Phone: 510 843–1788
Open Monday–Saturday: 8am–midnight; Sunday: 8am–8pm
$1 for 1 hour / $3 for 2 hours / $6 for 3 hours / $10 for 4 hours / $15 for 5 hours
After 5pm—$4

Promenade Garage

1936 Addison Street, between MLK Jr. Way and Milvia
Phone: 510 444–7412
Open Monday–Friday: 7am–7pm; Closed Saturday and Sunday
$1 per 20 minutes / maximum $13
Special Thursday matinee offer: $5 flat rate after 1pm

We recommend this garage to all our Thursday 2pm patrons. Thursday 2pm patrons park for only $5 when you enter the garage after 1pm. The garage closes at 7pm. No validation necessary! The garage is located just one block west of the theatre.

UC Bancroft—Fulton Lot

Bancroft Way, between Fulton and Ellsworth
Phone: 510 643–7700
Open Monday–Friday: 5pm–2am; Saturday: 7am–2am; Sunday: 9am–2am
$1 per hour / maximum $12

UC Banway Lot

Bancroft Way, between Shattuck and Fulton
Phone: 510 643–7700
Open Monday–Friday: 5pm–2am; Saturday: 7am–2am; Sunday: 9am–2am
$1 per hour / maximum $12

UC Genetics Garage

Oxford Street, at Berkeley Way (east side)
Phone: 510 643–7700
Open Monday–Friday: 5pm–2am; Saturday: 7am–2am; Sunday: 9am–2am
$1 per hour / maximum $12

For more parking options, click here.

Can I take BART to Berkeley Rep?

The Downtown Berkeley station on Shattuck Avenue is around the corner from the Theatre. Take a Richmond-bound train and get off at the Downtown Berkeley station. Or, if you’re coming from Richmond, take a Daly City-bound or Fremont-bound train to the Downtown Berkeley station. On the upper level of the station look for the “Shattuck/Addison West” exit. At the top of the stairs, turn left on Addison Street, and you will see the Theatre on the right. Visit bart.gov or call BART at 510 465–2278 for schedules.

Which buses stop near Berkeley Rep?

Major AC Transit routes F, 1, 1R, 7, 12, 18, 25, 49, 51B, 52, 65, 67, 88, 604, 605, 800, 851 stop nearby. Call 511 or go to transit.511.org for schedules.

Where can I have dinner or a snack near Berkeley Rep?

Concessions are available before the show and at intermission in our lobbies.

  • For a list of our concessions offerings, click here.
  • For a list of recommended local restaurants, click here.

Can I bring children to the Theatre?

We love introducing young persons to live theatre! However, some of our productions include mature subject matter and/or language that may be inappropriate for children. Adults are ultimately the best judge of what is right for the young ones in their charge. Please inquire with us whenever you’re thinking of bringing children to a performance. As a rule of thumb, we advise against bringing children under the age of seven. No babes in arms.

How can I be contacted in case of emergency?

Since we ask all patrons to silence their cell phones and pagers while in the Theatre, please leave the below numbers with your babysitter or anyone else who may need to contact you at the Theatre in case of emergency. Please do not use these numbers for ticket exchanges or other box office inquiries.

  • Thrust house manager: 510 812–8447
  • Roda house manager: 510 812–8446

Can I take pictures or record the performance?

The use of cameras, video cameras, cellular phones, or any other kind of recording device is strictly prohibited.

How do I reach lost and found?

Anyone looking for Lost and Found items can call 510 647–2992 and leave a message for the house manager.

 

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Is the Theatre available for rentals?

During periods when Berkeley Rep’s facilities are not in use for the Theatre’s own performances and events, these spaces are available for rental. Spaces available for public use include the Roda Theatre, Thrust Stage, theatre lobbies, and Narsai David Courtyard, as well as rooms suitable for meetings, classes, and rehearsals. Non-profit rates are available for qualifying community organizations. Learn more.

How can I become a volunteer usher?

Berkeley Rep’s volunteer ushers are the most visible part of the “front-of-house” staff and are responsible for the welcoming, guidance, safety and comfort of all patrons. As an usher, you will be personally contributing to Berkeley Rep’s reputation for professionalism and quality by assuring that our patrons feel welcome. All aspiring volunteer ushers must attend one of our training sessions before they can be scheduled as an usher. All of your questions about Berkeley Rep’s usher program will be answered at that time. Learn more.

Do you have a fellowship program?

Berkeley Rep has a variety of fellowship opportunities that offer valuable work experience to college and graduate level adults. Get information on fellowships currently available.

How can I work at Berkeley Rep?

Please check our job listing page to see what positions are currently available.

How do I submit a script?

Berkeley Rep accepts script submissions only from agents, writers, and theatre artists with whom we have an existing professional relationship. We prefer to receive scripts during the producing season (September–May) rather than during the summer (June–August).

Berkeley Rep is not able to accept any unsolicited scripts; the volume of material we consider each year prohibits this. Unsolicited scripts will be returned immediately when there is a SASE enclosed; those without a SASE will be recycled.

The only exception to this policy is for writers whose permanent address is within the Bay Area. Those scripts will be read and assessed.

Please note that Berkeley Rep does not provide any comments or suggestions about work that we do not intend to either develop or produce.

How do I audition?

Berkeley Rep is a LORT B Theatre and hires actors who are members of Actors’ Equity Association. Occasionally local non-union actors are hired in large cast shows in supporting roles or as extras. Our understudy casts are drawn from the local non-union acting pool. Actors are hired on a show-by-show basis during the season and auditions for individual shows are by invitation only. Berkeley Rep holds open auditions annually in the late spring. These auditions are announced on the AEA hotline and the Theatre Bay Area hotline and magazine. Berkeley Rep also attends the Theatre Bay Area general auditions, which are usually held in January/February. For more information about TBA’s auditions, please call 415 430–1140 or visit their website. Out-of-town Equity actors who may be visiting the Bay Area can be seen on the third Monday of every month.

If you are a member of Actors’ Equity Association, plan to be in the Bay area, and would like to schedule an audition, please send your photo and resume with a cover letter to:

Amy Potozkin
c/o Berkeley Repertory Theatre
999 Harrison Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

 

How can I learn more about your School of Theatre?

The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre offers a wide variety of educational programs designed to enrich your theatre-going experience and appreciation through training for the working professional, the emerging artist and the theatre enthusiast. Berkeley Rep is also committed to deepening local students’ understanding and participation in the arts and actively responding to the recent cuts in local arts curricula. As an active member of the Bay Area arts community, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre also sponsors neighborhood programming. Learn more about the School of Theatre.

How do I sign up for a class in your School of Theatre?

We accept registration forms and payment online, and by mail or fax (credit card orders only). To select a registration form, click here.