Image from Brundibar
© Maurice Sendak 2003
family opera for the holidays from Maurice Sendak and Tony Kushner!
Creators of Where the Wild Things Are and Angels in America
COMEDY ON THE BRIDGE / BRUNDIBAR
COMEDY ON THE BRIDGE
libretto by Tony Kushner adapted from Václav Kliment Klicpera
music by Bohuslav Martinu
libretto by Tony Kushner adapted from Adolf Hoffmeister
music by Hans Krása
production designs by Maurice Sendak with Kris Stone
featuring members of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
music director Valerie Gebert
directed by Tony Taccone
November 11December 28, 2005
The Roda Theatre
running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, including one 20 minute intermission
2PM MATINEES ADDED DEC 27 AND 28youth tickets $10 (limit two per family, phone orders only)
HEARTWARMING! for every member of the familyKGO Radio
FANTASTICAL!National Public Radio
FIRST-RATE! a dream-like comic worldSan Francisco Chronicle
JOY! gives audiences the feeling theyve stepped into a Sendak storyContra Costa Times
A BIG HOLIDAY PRESENTOakland Tribune
Hear an NPR feature on the show
Read an interview with Maurice Sendak
Berkeley Rep is proud to present Brundibar, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between two artistic giants: Tony Kushner and Maurice Sendak. Not only is Kushner the acclaimed author of Angels in America and Homebody/Kabul, he wrote the brilliant libretto for Caroline, or Changenow hes penned a new libretto for this remarkable musical fable. Sendaks singular style is famous from books such as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchendont miss his spectacular designs for this production. An allegory of innocence triumphing over evil, the opera Brundibar was originally composed in the ominous years leading up to World War II and was performed by children imprisoned at Terezín, the Nazis notorious model ghetto. In 2003, Kushner and Sendak published a picture-book version of this classic tale; now audiences can enjoy it live! Brundibar will be presented alongside the pairs adaptation of Comedy on the Bridge, an absurdist commentary on war also written in Czechoslovakia in the thirties. According to Kushner, Both shows are a testament to the creative power of human beings, even in dark times, to turn ugliness into music. They will be directed by his longtime collaborator, Artistic Director Tony Taccone, and performed by a multigenerational cast that includes a chorus of 29 local school children.
FOR PARENTS BRINGING CHILDREN
We recommend that your children seven and younger remain at home. Children under 10 will find Brundibar more accessible than Comedy on the Bridge, which is performed first. Each piece runs about 40 minutes. Theres an intermission in between. Persons leaving the theatre during the performance cannot be readmitted except at intermission.
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INVITE US TO SPEAK WITH YOUR GROUP
Berkeley Reps trained docents are willing to make house calls! Invite us to visit your group of at least six people. Well visit for a lively 45-minute presentation and conversation about the show. Please call 510.647.2949 with your request at least two weeks in advance of your date. Visits are of course subject to scheduling and availability.
MAURICE SENDAK ON PBS
Click here to read the transcript of Bill Moyers one-on-one interview with Maurice Sendak, conducted in 2004.
Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
Jewish Music Festival
Judah L. Magnes Museum
Holocaust Center of Northern California
UC Berkeley Jewish Studies program
programming subject to change
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