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Season 15–16

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08/13/15: Berkeley Rep Opens 2015–16 Season…

Berkeley Rep Opens 2015–16 Season with World Premiere of Amélie, A New Musical

British actress Samantha Barks stars as Amélie in new musical penned by Craig Lucas, featuring score by Daniel Messé of the acclaimed band Hem

Berkeley Rep welcomes Peet’s Coffee as new season sponsor, joining BART, Wells Fargo, and KPIX-TV

Berkeley Rep opens its 2015–16 season with Amélie, A New Musical starring award-winning actress Samantha Barks. Amélie captured our hearts in the five-time Academy Award-nominated 2001 French film. Now she comes to the stage in an inventive and captivating new musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon, who is known for her work on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Clybourne Park. With a book by Craig Lucas (An American in Paris, Prelude to Kiss), the musical features a stirring score by Daniel Messé of the band Hem and lyrics by Messé and Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys). Amélie, A New Musical is produced by special arrangement with Aaron Harnick, Triptyck Studios, and SBR Productions.

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08/07/15: Three-City Tour of Notes from the Field

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Announces Three-City Tour of Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter

Award-winning actress Anna Deavere Smith to perform excerpts of her one-woman show in Stockton, Davis, and Klamath

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announces that it will present a three-city Northern California tour of Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, a one-woman show about the school-to-prison pipeline. Following a critically acclaimed three-week run at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre, Smith will return to communities she visited during her research for the Pipeline Project to present excerpts of monologues from Notes from the Field. She will share her learnings and encourage dialogue and action to address the school-to-prison pipeline. The tour will also serve as an opportunity to spur youth within those communities to take action around racial inequities in the school system.

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07/31/15: Berkeley Rep Awards Fellowships…

Berkeley Rep Awards Fellowships to 15 Young Administrators and Artisans

Nonprofit’s prestigious program trains next generation of theatre professionals

Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that 15 young professionals—including seven California natives—have been awarded fellowships for the 2015–16 season. Each year, the brightest and best young minds from across the country are selected through a rigorous application process to take part in Berkeley Rep’s Fellowship program. This prestigious training program provides hands-on practical experience with educational seminars that offer insight into the operation and inner workings of an award-winning theatre.

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07/08/15: Key Casting for 2015–16 Season…

Berkeley Rep Announces Key Casting for Upcoming 2015–16 Subscription Season

Frances McDormand, Kathleen Chalfant, and Steven Epp star in must-see productions

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announces key casting for three highly anticipated productions of its 48th season. Tony and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand will star in Macbeth, actor Steven Epp will make his seventh Berkeley Rep appearance in Treasure Island, and award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant will play the lead role in the West Coast premiere of For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday. The Theatre previously announced the casting of award-winning British actress Samantha Barks in the title role in the world premiere of Amélie, A New Musical, set to begin its run in August.

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Announcing 2015–16 Season

Berkeley Rep Announces Casting for World Premiere of Amélie, A New Musical Adapted from the Academy Award-Nominated Film

Award-winning actress Samantha Barks to star as Amélie

06/19/15—Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that award-winning British actress Samantha Barks will star in the world premiere of Amélie, A New Musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Barks, who is best known for her stand-out performance as Éponine in the film adaptation of Les Misérables, will portray the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie. Her most recent theatre credits include City of Angels, Cabaret, and Oliver! in London’s West End, and Chicago at The Hollywood Bowl. She will be joined by Randy Blair (Hipolito), Adam Chanler-Berat (Nino), Alison Cimmet (Amandine/Philomene), Carla Duren (Gina), John Hickok (Raphael/Bretodeaux), Alyse Alan Louis (Georgette/Fluffy/Sylvie), and Paul Whitty (Joseph), with additional casting to be announced at a later time.

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Berkeley Rep Announces Final Production for 2015–16 Season

Acclaimed collaborators Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters return with West Coast premiere of For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

05/08/15—Today, Berkeley Repertory Theatre revealed that Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday has been selected as the seventh and final show for its upcoming 2015–16 subscription season. Ruhl partners once more with esteemed director Les Waters to bring this brand-new production to the Roda Theatre next summer.

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Berkeley Rep Announces Six Enthralling Shows for Upcoming 2015–16 Subscription Season

Theatre presents a rich array of compelling plays for its 48th season
—Plus one more show to be announced—

03/09/15—Building on its national and international reputation as a home for talented artists, Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces its 48th season—a trove of rich theatrical experiences featuring critically acclaimed productions and exhilarating new works. Today, Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone revealed six of the seven productions selected for the Theatre’s 2015–16 subscription programming, including the world premiere musical Amélie, based on the Academy Award-nominated film and directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon; the Berkeley Rep debut of Chicago theatre rebels The Hypocrites with their delightful, high-energy staging of Pirates of Penzance; the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, helmed by Kimberly Senior, following its triumphant run on Broadway; a thrilling new production of Macbeth, directed by Tony and Obie Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan; a lyrical and bittersweet new work from playwright Julia Cho and Berkeley Rep’s Associate Director Liesl Tommy; as well as the return of audience favorite and Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman with her heart-pounding voyage to Treasure Island, a co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company.

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Season 14–15

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July 2015

Anna Deavere Smith Participates in White House Conference to Rethink School Discipline

Superintendents, principals, and teachers gather to discuss solutions to school-to-prison pipeline

07/22/15—After an exuberant reception from critics and audiences alike for her performance in Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith today takes a break from her one-woman show currently playing at Berkeley Rep to participate in “Rethink Discipline,” a conference at the White House hosted by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice. Smith joins teams of superintendents, principals, and teachers from across the country (including Oakland Unified School District) for a day-long conference to discuss ways to create positive school climates and ways to implement effective discipline practices.

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Youth Speaks Announces Collaboration with Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter at Berkeley Rep

A one-woman show featuring stories about the nation’s school-to-prison pipeline with special musical guest Marcus Shelby

07/08/15—Youth Speaks is proud to announce they have been invited to participate in Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, a special presentation about the nation’s school-to-prison pipeline. Directed by Obie Award-winner Leah C. Gardiner and featuring music by Bay Area favorite, jazz musician Marcus Shelby, this limited engagement starts previews Saturday, July 11, and runs through Sunday, August 2, 2015, at Berkeley Rep’s, Roda Theatre. Individual tickets start at $50 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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June 2015

Berkeley Rep Announces Casting for World Premiere of Amélie, A New Musical Adapted from the Academy Award-Nominated Film

Award-winning actress Samantha Barks to star as Amélie

06/19/15—Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that award-winning British actress Samantha Barks will star in the world premiere of Amélie, A New Musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Barks, who is best known for her stand-out performance as Éponine in the film adaptation of Les Misérables, will portray the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie. Her most recent theatre credits include City of Angels, Cabaret, and Oliver! in London’s West End, and Chicago at The Hollywood Bowl. She will be joined by Randy Blair (Hipolito), Adam Chanler-Berat (Nino), Alison Cimmet (Amandine/Philomene), Carla Duren (Gina), John Hickok (Raphael/Bretodeaux), Alyse Alan Louis (Georgette/Fluffy/Sylvie), and Paul Whitty (Joseph), with additional casting to be announced at a later time.

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre Presents Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter

A one-woman show featuring stories about the nation’s school-to-prison pipeline with special musical guest Marcus Shelby

06/15/15—Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, a special presentation created, written, and performed by playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith. Directed by Obie Award-winner Leah C. Gardiner, this limited engagement opens Saturday, July 11 and runs through Sunday, August 2, 2015 in the Roda Theatre. Individual tickets start at $50 and are currently on sale to the general public. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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May 2015

Hit Comedy One Man, Two Guvnors Extends Run at Berkeley Rep

Onstage skiffle band The Craze will rock the bar after Saturday night performances

05/27/15—Due to an enthusiastic reception from critics and audiences alike, Berkeley Rep is proud to announce that the madcap comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, will extend for one week, closing on June 28, 2015.

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Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre Offers Exciting Summer Classes

Nonprofit’s education branch offers an array of engaging courses for all ages

05/21/15—Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre is excited to announce a new slate of classes for its summer session. Classes start as early as June 15, but many start in July. The summer session features over 20 engaging classes for students of all ages and skill levels, all taught by the School’s professional theatre artists. Registration for all classes is now open online or by calling 510 647–2996.

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre Announces New Hires

Theatre taps four dynamic women to fill key positions across the organization

05/13/15—This month Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes four exceptional new hires: General Manager Theresa Von Klug; Director of Marketing, Communications, and Patron Engagement Polly Winograd Ikonen; Associate Managing Director Sarah Williams; and Artistic Associate Sarah Rose Leonard. Together they bring to the award-winning Theatre a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience working in the arts and not-for-profit performing arts sectors.

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Berkeley Rep Announces Final Production for 2015–16 Season

Acclaimed collaborators Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters return with West Coast premiere of For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

05/08/15—Today, Berkeley Repertory Theatre revealed that Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday has been selected as the seventh and final show for its upcoming 2015–16 subscription season. Ruhl partners once more with esteemed director Les Waters to bring this brand-new production to the Roda Theatre next summer.

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Berkeley Rep to Present Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter

A one-woman show featuring stories about California’s school-to-prison pipeline with special musical guest Marcus Shelby

05/08/15—This July Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, a special presentation created, written by, and starring playwright, actor, and educator Anna Deavere Smith. Smith garnered a National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2012 and a MacArthur Award for her incisive and astounding theatrical investigations—from racial tension with law enforcement (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992) to the deficiencies in our health care system in Let Me Down Easy.

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April 2015

Berkeley Rep’s Annual OVATION Gala Raises $675,000

Une Soirée Magnifique yields strong support for Theatre’s artistic and educational programming

04/24/15—Berkeley Rep is proud to announce that its annual OVATION Gala raised $675,000 for the Theatre’s new play development, arts education, and community engagement programs. Held at the glitzy Ritz-Carlton hotel in San Francisco, the event swept guests up in a masquerade fête filled with theatrical spectacle and surprise entertainment. The Gala was one of the most successful in Berkeley Rep’s history, welcoming 330 attendees.

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Berkeley Rep Presents the West Coast Premiere of Richard Bean’s Award-Winning British Comedy One Man, Two Guvnors

Internationally acclaimed smash hit delivers ingenious mix of satire, songs, and slapstick

04/09/15—Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to conclude its 48th season with Richard Bean’s internationally acclaimed One Man, Two Guvnors, a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni’s classic knee-slapper, The Servant of Two Masters. Set in 1963 Brighton, England, One Man, Two Guvnors is a brilliantly delicious mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues. The uproarious plot features a disarming and doltish Francis Henshall who finds himself trapped by farce into working for two bosses—who are connected in wildly improbable ways. He just has to keep them from discovering each other. Inspired insanity, high-low antics, and nimble wordplay ensue—all backed by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four. Directed by David Ivers—artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival—and with songs by Grant Olding, One Man, Two Guvnors is a riotous blast complete with a colorful cast of characters in a topsy-turvy world of love triangles and mistaken identities. It previews on Friday May 8, 2015, opens on Friday, May 15, 2015, and plays through Sunday June 21, 2015. Press night for One Man, Two Guvnors will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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March 2015

Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Awards Residencies to Some of Nation’s Top Theatre Artists

R&D facility for theatre picks 14 groundbreaking projects for fourth Summer Residency Lab

03/25/15—Today, The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work announces that it has selected 14 projects for its fourth Summer Residency Lab featuring works from more than 20 talented artists. This June, as part of an extraordinary laboratory for collaboration, some of the nation’s most prominent and promising writers, directors, designers, and composers will unite at the Theatre’s campus in West Berkeley over an intense four-week period to share ideas, break bread, and create new plays. Dozens more local and out-of-town actors and directors will join the Summer Residency Lab, bringing the number of participating artists close to 100.

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Berkeley Rep Presents OVATION: Une Soirée Magnifique

Theatre to host gala at the Ritz-Carlton to benefit artistic and educational programming

03/17/15—On April 18 Berkeley Repertory Theatre invites guests to OVATION: Une Soirée Magnifique, a gala to champion the creation of exciting new plays through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work and the School of Theatre, which brings the performing arts to underserved groups in our community. The theatrical evening will feature exclusive live-auction packages, including elegant dining experiences, elite travel adventures, and exquisite cultural opportunities. Held at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, the gala will be une soirée théâtrale full of delectable delights and surprise entertainment! Tickets for OVATION begin at $750. Tables are priced between $7,500 and $18,000. For more information, contact Lily Yang at 510 647–2909 or lyang@berkeleyrep.org—or simply click berkeleyrep.org/ovation.

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Berkeley Rep Presents Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes

Acclaimed director Tina Landau to stage drama about faith and family

03/11/15—Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney for the West Coast premiere of Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic story about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting mouth of the Mississippi, Shelah’s family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday—bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah’s convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by Tina Landau, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its critically lauded world premiere in Chicago. Head of Passes is a co-production with the Public Theater in New York. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep’s intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, April 10, opens on Friday, April 17, and runs through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Press night for Head of Passes will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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Berkeley Rep Announces Six Enthralling Shows for Upcoming 2015–16 Subscription Season

Theatre presents a rich array of compelling plays for its 48th season
—Plus one more show to be announced—

03/09/15—Building on its national and international reputation as a home for talented artists, Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces its 48th season—a trove of rich theatrical experiences featuring critically acclaimed productions and exhilarating new works. Today, Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone revealed six of the seven productions selected for the Theatre’s 2015–16 subscription programming, including the world premiere musical Amélie, based on the Academy Award-nominated film and directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon; the Berkeley Rep debut of Chicago theatre rebels The Hypocrites with their delightful, high-energy staging of Pirates of Penzance; the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar, helmed by Kimberly Senior, following its triumphant run on Broadway; a thrilling new production of Macbeth, directed by Tony and Obie Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan; a lyrical and bittersweet new work from playwright Julia Cho and Berkeley Rep’s Associate Director Liesl Tommy; as well as the return of audience favorite and Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman with her heart-pounding voyage to Treasure Island, a co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company.

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February 2015

Berkeley Rep Presents Tartuffe

Serrand and Epp reunite for revival of Molière’s edgy satire about religious hypocrisy

02/17/15—Berkeley Rep is proud to welcome back the beloved team of Dominique Serrand and Steven Epp for a provocative and powerful revival of Molière’s dark comedy about religious hypocrisy. In 1664 when it was first performed Tartuffe was one of the most controversial plays of its day and faced severe censorship. This modern interpretation—featuring a hypnotic Epp in the title role—is as intense and incisive as the day it was written and eternally relevant. A seemingly pious Tartuffe ingratiates himself to the wealthy Orgon, gaining access to the old man’s house and throwing his family into chaos. As Orgon falls for the scoundrel’s ruse, Tartuffe’s deceit takes a dangerous turn. Berkeley Rep audiences fell in love with the impish Epp and esteemed director Serrand with such legendary shows as The Miser and Figaro. Epp has also appeared at Berkeley Rep in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, A Doctor in Spite of Himself, and Don Juan Giovanni. Adapted by David Ball, Tartuffe is a co-production of South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Shakespeare Theatre Company. Tartuffe begins previews Friday, March 13, opens on Friday, March 20, and runs through Sunday, April 12. Press night for Tartuffe will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand Wins Glickman Award

Script commissioned and premiered by Berkeley Rep and developed in The Ground Floor honored as best new play in the Bay Area in 2014

02/04/15—Berkeley Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce that playwright Marcus Gardley has won the prestigious Will Glickman Award for The House that will not Stand, which received its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in February 2014. Chosen by a panel of top local theatre critics, this honor is bestowed annually on the author of the best play to have its world premiere in the Bay Area. Gardley will receive the award at Theatre Bay Area’s Annual Conference on April 13, 2015 at Berkeley Rep. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting—The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. Told in a rich and lyrical river of words, The House that will not Stand was developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work and helmed by Patricia McGregor.

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13th Annual Teen One-Acts Festival Comes to Berkeley Rep

School of Theatre will produce two original plays written by local teenagers

02/02/15—Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre is proud to announce its selection of two original works for its 13th Annual Teen One-Acts Festival. This year’s two chosen plays are A Little Bit Less Than Infinity by David Kaus, a senior at Berkeley High School, and Blast Razor: Viral Hero by Eli Gaal, a junior at Berkeley High School. A Little Bit Less Than Infinity will be directed by Anna Talajkowski, a senior at Castro Valley High School, and Blast Razor: Viral Hero will be directed by Chloe Xtina, a sophomore at Oakland School of the Arts.

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December 2014

Berkeley Rep Brings Back Smash Hit The Pianist of Willesden Lane for Encore Presentation

Piano virtuoso Mona Golabek returns this February for a limited engagement

12/10/14—Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that its critically lauded presentation of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, starring acclaimed pianist Mona Golabek, will return in February for a limited engagement. After a record-breaking run last fall and a triumphant New York premiere, Golabek is back with the true story of her mother, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Golabek and Lee Cohen, the play is set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg. In this heart-stirring show, Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful piano music live as she shares her mother’s riveting story of survival. Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, The Pianist of Willesden Lane is infused with hope and invokes the life-affirming power of music. The show was one of the biggest hits in Berkeley Rep’s history, selling out virtually all 52 performances of its originally scheduled engagement and all 29 performances of its extension. The Pianist of Willesden Lane will have a three-week run February 3–February 22, 2015 in the Roda Theatre.

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Berkeley Rep Extends Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

Eight performances added due to popular demand

12/03/14—Audiences and critics agree, Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner’s Berkeley Rep debut in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, is brilliant and powerful. Due to an enthusiastic reception, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that the show will extend for an additional week. In the one-woman show, Turner is all smarts and sass as beloved journalist and humorist, Molly Ivins. Written by twin sisters Margaret Engel and Allison Engel and directed by Obie Award winner David Esbjornson, this acclaimed production captures the red-headed reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics. Originally scheduled to close Sunday, January 4, Red Hot Patriot now plays through Sunday, January 11, 2015. Individual tickets start currently at $39 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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Berkeley Rep Presents the World Premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)

American identity and love of the game meet head-on in this compelling docudrama

12/02/14—Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), a hard-hitting docudrama that examines our country’s passion for a game that is life-giving yet lethal. Our singularly American sport is intricately woven into our culture and rituals, yet its traumatic effect on players and their families has us reexamining its place in our country’s story. Playwright and football superfan KJ Sanchez, and collaborator Jenny Mercein, brings us a captivating story based on interviews with players, their families, and their fans. Directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone, X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story) is as visceral, emotional, and as highly theatrical as the game itself. Originally co-commissioned by Berkeley Rep and Center Stage in Baltimore, the play was developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep’s intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, January 16, 2015, opens Friday, January 23, 2015, and runs through Sunday, March 1, 2015. Press night for X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story) will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015.

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November 2014

A Flurry of Winter Classes at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre

Nonprofit’s education arm welcomes students of all ages for a variety of theatre classes

11/17/14—Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre is excited to announce a new slate of classes for its 2014–15 winter session. January 5 marks the beginning of a new session featuring over 40 engaging classes for students of all ages and skill levels, all taught by the School’s professional theatre artists. Prospective students can try a unique selection of classes from the winter line-up for free at Sunday Sampler on December 14, 2014 from 1–3pm at the School of Theatre.

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Berkeley Rep Presents “A Conversation with Bobby Seale”—A One-Night-Only Engagement with Black Panther Co-Founder—Monday, November 17 at 7pm

Moderated by Davey D, host of KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio

Event is free and open to the public

11/06/14—As the revolution continues on stage with added performances of Party People, an energetic and vibrant musical about the legacies of the Black Panthers and Young Lords, Berkeley Rep presents “A Conversation with Bobby Seale,” a one-night-only engagement with the co-founder and former chairman of the Black Panther Party in the Roda Theatre on Monday, November 17, 2014. Seale, who co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1966 along with Huey P. Newton, will offer a rare insider perspective on the history and politics of the Black Panther Party, as well as his current work concerning social justice and human rights issues. The evening will also include a moderated discussion with Davey D, a nationally recognized journalist and host of KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio, and conclude with a book signing of Seale’s Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton. “A Conversation with Bobby Seale” is presented in association with the Museum of African Diaspora and Oakland Museum of California and is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Party People Extends Run at Berkeley Rep Through November 30

Seven more performances added due to popular demand

11/05/14—Due to critical acclaim and surging ticket sales, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song about the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords, has been extended for an additional week. Written by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, aka Ninja), Party People imagines the Black Panthers and Young Lords reuniting today at an art opening curated by a couple of young counterculturists, where old wounds open and generations collide. Directed by Liesl Tommy, associate director at Berkeley Rep, and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, Party People asks, what is the price of being a revolutionary, and what happens to those who come after? Originally scheduled to close Sunday, November 16, Party People now plays through November 30, 2014 on the intimate Thrust Stage. Individual tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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October 2014

Party People Extends Run at Berkeley Rep

Critics call Party People “intellectually stimulating” and “mightily entertaining!”

10/28/14—Due to an exuberant reception from critics and audiences alike, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song about the legacies of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords, will extend for an additional week, closing on November 23, 2014. Written by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, aka Ninja) and based on dozens of interviews, Party People imagines the Black Panthers and Young Lords reuniting today at an art opening curated by a couple of young counterculturists, where old wounds open and generations collide. Helmed by Liesl Tommy, associate director at Berkeley Rep, and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, Party People looks at the triumphant and complicated legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords and what happens to those who come after. Individual tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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Tony- and Oscar-Nominated Actress Kathleen Turner Makes Berkeley Rep Debut in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

Turner stars in one-woman show about beloved journalist and satirist Molly Ivins

10/14/14—This November, Berkeley Repertory Theatre rolls out the red carpet for two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner for her Berkeley Rep debut in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. The brassy, sharp-witted political journalist and best-selling author of Bushwacked, Ivins was celebrated for her folksy yet barbed humor. She was the rowdy raconteur stirring up trouble in the old boy’s club and ridiculing those she deemed too big for their britches—earning her a widely read syndicated column and a seat next to Mark Twain as one of America’s beloved satirists. Turner is all smarts and sass as the redheaded firebrand, recounting her political rants and personal reflections with a liberal dose of piss and vinegar. Written by twin sisters Margaret Engel and Allison Engel and directed by Obie Award winner David Esbjornson, this acclaimed production captures the red-headed reporter’s indomitable character by weaving personal anecdotes with her colorful take on national politics. Red Hot Patriot begins previews Friday, November 21, opens on Tuesday, November 25, and runs through Sunday, January 4. Press night for Red Hot Patriot will be held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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September 2014

City of Berkeley Celebrates Tony Taccone Day on September 30, 2014

Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone to be honored by Mayor Tom Bates

09/30/14—Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that the City of Berkeley has proclaimed Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tony Taccone Day. This day will honor Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone as a pioneer in contemporary American theatre. Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates will host a ceremony to present Taccone an official proclamation between 7pm and 7:30pm in the City Council Chambers at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The ceremony will be broadcast on local radio through KPFB Radio 89.3 and on television through Cable B-TV, Channel 33.

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Berkeley Rep Presents UNIVERSES’ Party People

Multimedia performance rocks and unlocks legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords

09/24/14—Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces the Bay Area premiere of Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song about the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords. In the 1960s these revolutionaries fought injustice, provided free food and medical care for their communities—and struggled against a government determined to suppress them. Written by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, aka Ninja) and based on dozens of interviews, Party People imagines the Black Panthers and Young Lords reuniting today at an art opening curated by a couple of young counterculturists, where old wounds open and generations collide. Helmed by Liesl Tommy, associate director at Berkeley Rep, and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, Party People asks, what is the price of being a revolutionary, and what happens to those who come after? Get ready for a hyperkinetic mix of live video, hip hop, jazz, rock, gospel, blues, Latin rhythms, and spoken word as the explosive theatre ensemble UNIVERSES rocks and unlocks the radical and complicated legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords. Party People begins previews Friday, October 17, opens on Friday, October 24, and runs through Sunday, November 16. Press night for Party People will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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Berkeley Rep Awards Fellowships to 15 Young Administrators and Artisans

Nonprofit’s prestigious program trains next generation of theatre professionals

09/04/14—Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that 15 young professionals—including four California natives—have been awarded fellowships for the 2014–15 season. Each year, the brightest and best young minds from across the country are selected through a rigorous application process to take part in Berkeley Rep’s Fellowship program. This prestigious training program provides hands-on practical experience with educational seminars that offer insight into the operation and inner workings of an award-winning theatre.

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August 2014

Berkeley Rep Opens 47th Season with World Premiere of An Audience with Meow Meow

International sensation teams up with Kneehigh’s Emma Rice for a thrilling musical play

08/11/14—Berkeley Rep opens its 47th season this September with An Audience with Meow Meow, a musical play of gargantuan proportions starring international superstar Meow Meow. This fall the singing sensation and ü̈ber-award-winning comedienne—who’s wowed audiences from Paris to the Antipodes—brings her breathtaking vocals and ingenuity to the Bay Area. The captivating and glamourous Meow Meow has rendezvoused with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pina Bausch, and David Bowie. Now she joins forces with the endlessly inventive Emma Rice (The Wild Bride, Tristan & Yseult, Broadway’s Brief Encounter), who adapts and directs this one-of-a-kind musical production featuring sizzling songs, sequins and satire, blow-torch wit, and divine mayhem! Expect beauty, expect hilarity, expect heart. And possibly the splits. Penned by Meow Meow herself, with music supervision by Lance Horne and choreography by Tiger Martina, the world premiere of An Audience with Meow Meow begins previews Friday, September 5, opens on Friday, September 12, and runs through Sunday, October 19. Press night for An Audience with Meow Meow will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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Berkeley Rep Adds Final Performances of Monsieur Chopin

Virtuoso artist Hershey Felder returns in September for the farewell presentation of his critically acclaimed solo show

Including one-night-only engagement of The American Songbook Sing-Along: Irving Berlin

08/06/14—Due to an exuberant reception from critics and audiences alike resulting in a sold-out engagement, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that Hershey Felder’s already extended Monsieur Chopin will have one final encore presentation of 10 performances September 16–21, 2014. In the second installment of his Composers Sonata—George Gershwin Alone; Monsieur Chopin; Beethoven, As I Knew Him; Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro; and Hershey Felder as Franz Liszt in Musik—Felder reveals the beloved and romantic composer’s secrets against a gorgeous lush score of more than a dozen compositions. This fall, don’t miss the last presentation of the critically acclaimed Monsieur Chopin, Felder’s most passionate performance. Then for one night only on Monday, September 22, join us at Berkeley Rep for The American Songbook Sing-Along: Irving Berlin featuring the music of one of America’s most prolific and beloved composers. Audiences will have the chance to be serenaded and sing along with Felder and might even get the chance for a solo number if they catch the star’s attention. Mark your calendar for “a singular display of sheer joy” (Chicago Sun-Times). Tickets for Monsieur Chopin are $29–87 (subject to change) and $50 for The American Songbook Sing-Along: Irving Berlin. For more information call 510 647–2949 or visit berkeleyrep.org.

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July 2014

Berkeley Rep Launches the Create Campaign to Invest in Theatre for the Next Generation

Award-winning Theatre embarks on journey to raise funds to support development of new work and signature Thrust Stage

07/31/14—Berkeley Repertory Theatre has grown from a modest beginning in a storefront on College Avenue to one of the premier theatres in the country. The 46-year-old Theatre with an international reputation has served more than 4 million people, amassed numerous awards including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, presented nearly 400 productions, transferred 29 shows to New York, and premiered over 67 new plays. This year alone Berkeley Rep successfully served 23,000 young people through its School of Theatre, making a huge impact on the community. Now, the Theatre turns the page on a new chapter with the launch of the Create Campaign, a $50 million comprehensive campaign to strengthen the relationship between artists, audiences, and the community, and to transform Berkeley Rep into one of the foremost centers for new play development in the country. At the core of the three-year campaign are two major initiatives: the $14 million expansion of the Theatre’s Harrison Street campus into a center for artistic innovation, and a $6 million renovation of the Thrust Stage, Berkeley Rep’s signature performance space. The campaign will also bolster the Theatre’s annual fund and capital reserve fund, and will invest in its staff. With the Create Campaign, Berkeley Rep is poised to re-invest in its commitment to make transformative, bold, and ambitious theatre for generations to come.

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Berkeley Rep Rents Its Theatres and Facilities to Local Arts and Nonprofit Groups

Downtown performance spaces made accessible to organizations for community-focused events

07/15/14—Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that during its 2014–15 season, it will make up to 320 hours available for public rental of its facilities. Rentals are a key way that Berkeley Rep engages with the community, with priority given to Berkeley-based arts organizations and other not-for-profit agencies. These rental hours are provided as part of the agreement governing the Theatre’s relationship with the City of Berkeley. During the theatre season that begins September 1, 2014 and runs through August 31, 2015, the following spaces will be available for rental on the specified dates:

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Announcing 2014–15 Season

Berkeley Rep Announces Compelling New Show to Complete 2014–15 Season

New script developed through The Ground Floor added to powerful and provocative lineup

04/30/14—Today, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that it has completed its 2014–15 subscription programming with the addition of X’s and O’s (A Gridiron Love Story) written by KJ Sanchez. Memory, myth, and football meet head on in this hard-hitting world premiere directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone. Working with collaborator Jenny Mercein, Sanchez delivers a gripping docudrama dramatically based on brutally honest and heartrending interviews with football players, their families, and their fans about traumatic brain injuries and their impact on the game. The play takes an unflinching look at the lives and loves around this singularly American sport—and the lingering questions it asks of us all. This dynamic world premiere is commissioned by Berkeley Rep and developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep’s intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, January 16, 2015, opens Friday, January 23, 2015, and runs through Sunday, March 1, 2015.

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Berkeley Rep to Present the West Coast Premiere of Richard Bean’s Award-Winning British Comedy One Man, Two Guvnors

Runaway hit added to Theatre’s compelling collection of shows for the 2014–15 season

04/10/14—Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that it has added Richard Bean’s internationally acclaimed smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors to its captivating collection of shows for the 2014–15 season. One Man, Two Guvnors is more than a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni’s classic knee-slapper, A Servant of Two Masters. Set in 1960’s Brighton, England, it’s a brilliantly delicious mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues. The uproarious plot features a disarming and doltish Francis Henshall who finds himself trapped by farce into working for two bosses—who are connected in wildly improbable ways. He just has to keep them from discovering each other. Inspired insanity, high-low antics, and nimble wordplay ensue—all backed by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four. Directed by David Ivers—artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival—One Man, Two Guvnors is a riotous blast complete with a colorful cast of characters in a topsy-turvy world of love triangles and mistaken identities. It previews on Friday May 8, 2015, opens on May 15, 2015, and plays through Sunday June 21, 2015. The Theatre will announce one more subscription season production in the coming weeks.

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Berkeley Rep Announces Five Captivating Shows for Upcoming 2014–15 Subscription Season

A roster of stellar artists—with more to come—takes center stage for the Theatre’s 47th season

03/05/14—Known nationally and internationally for thrilling audiences with captivating and esteemed productions, Berkeley Rep is poised to present yet another compelling collection of shows for its 47th season. Today, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone reveals five of seven productions that will comprise the 2014–15 subscription programming. This September, Kneehigh’s Emma Rice (Tristan & Yseult and The Wild Bride) is back to direct an electrifying world premiere: An Audience with Meow Meow, starring international singing sensation and ü̈ber-diva Meow Meow. Then theatre ensemble UNIVERSES teams up with Berkeley Rep’s Associate Director Liesl Tommy to deliver a powerhouse performance about the legacies of the Black Panthers and Young Lords in Party People. Next, two-time Tony and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner makes her Berkeley Rep debut in the acclaimed Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, directed by renowned director David Esbjornson. Spring 2015 will see audience favorite Steven Epp and celebrated director Dominique Serrand reunite for Molière’s satire on religious hypocrisy, Tartuffe. Making its West Coast premiere is the poignant and poetic new play Head of Passes by McArthur “Genius” grant awardee Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by preeminent Steppenwolf Theatre company member Tina Landau.

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July 2014

Berkeley Rep Extends Hershey Felder’s Monsieur Chopin

Eight performances added due to popular demand

07/15/14—Due to popular pre-sale demand, Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces it will extend Hershey Felder’s popular and critically acclaimed one-man show Monsieur Chopin, a celebrated musical biography of legendary composer Fryderyk Chopin, ahead of its debut. Originally scheduled to run through August 3, the show will now run for an additional eight performances through Sunday, August 10. This summer come along with Felder to Paris in 1848…to a work of love and art and the place where his soul resides, in the depths of Chopin’s music. In his passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano,” Felder reveals the beloved and romantic composer’s secrets about his creations against a gorgeous, lush score of more than a dozen compositions. Monsieur Chopin begins previews July 25, opens July 27, and plays through August 10, 2014 on the intimate Thrust Stage. Tickets start at only $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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June 2014

Take the Summer Plunge with a Class at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre

Classes available for beginners and professionals of all ages

06/19/14—As Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s 46th season comes to a close with Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures and the special presentation of Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, its School of Theatre begins its summer session. The School’s list of summer session class offerings includes something for everyone. Beginning June 30, theatre buffs of all ages can participate in a rich selection of performance workshops, theatre and film intensives for youth, and classes, ranging from classical acting to theatrical combatant certification to script analysis.

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Hershey Felder Stars in Special Presentation of Monsieur Chopin at Berkeley Rep

Piano virtuoso performs second movement of his critically acclaimed Composers Sonata

06/18/14—Following the wildly enthusiastic reception for Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, Berkeley Repertory Theatre invites audiences back this July for Hershey Felder’s Monsieur Chopin, a celebrated musical biography of legendary composer Fryderyk Chopin. You’ve seen Felder as George Gershwin on the hot streets of 1920s New York. You’ve seen him on the conductor’s podium revealing Maestro Leonard Bernstein’s heart. Now come back with Hershey to Paris in 1848…to a work of love and art and the place where his soul resides, in the depths of Chopin’s music. In his passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano,” Hershey reveals the beloved and romantic composer’s secrets about his creations—and the secrets he carried to his grave—against a gorgeous, lush score of more than a dozen compositions. Come back with Hershey to meet the mysterious Monsieur Chopin. “[Felder] carries a rapt audience along on a wave of true, powerful, and wordless passion,” declares the Boston Globe. This special presentation plays only 13 performances on the intimate Thrust Stage. Monsieur Chopin previews July 25, opens July 27, and plays through August 3, 2014. Tickets start at only $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Berkeley Repertory Theatre Present a Public Town Hall Featuring Anna Deavere Smith Thursday, July 17, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

Jazz musician Marcus Shelby joins Smith for staged reading and dialogue about California’s school-to-prison pipeline

06/11/14—Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) present a series of public Town Halls featuring MacArthur Award-winning actress, playwright, and educator Anna Deavere Smith, who will present a staged reading of her work-in-progress, Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education—The California Chapter. The evening will be comprised of material collected through Smith’s interviews with more than 100 individuals in Northern California who are affected by what has been commonly named the school-to-prison pipeline. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “There are policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.” Smith will hold three Town Halls in the Bay Area to spark discussion and increase public engagement with this pressing social issue. At each event, Smith—who will be joined by jazz musician Marcus Shelby, a favorite Bay Area artist—will present a reading of her work and then open the floor for public dialogue. Berkeley Rep will host two invitation-only Town Halls earlier in the month for some of the Bay Area’s most influential thought leaders, artists, and policy makers involved in public education and the prison system. Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education—The California Chapter was developed with support from The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

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Berkeley Rep’s Highly Anticipated Production of Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein Extended

Eight performances added due to popular demand

06/04/14—Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces today, due to extraordinary ticket demand, it will extend Hershey Felder’s popular and critically acclaimed one-man show Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro ahead of its debut. Originally scheduled to run through June 22, the show will now run for an additional eight performances through Wednesday, July 3. Audiences will remember Felder’s critically lauded performance last summer in George Gershwin Alone. Now the master entertainer and piano virtuoso is back to deliver a musically infused performance about America’s greatest musical legend. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, and Wonderful Town, Bernstein pushed all boundaries to become the world’s first serious musical media superstar. Felder and longtime collaborator Joel Zwick combine first-person narrative with the compositions of Bernstein and others to draw us deeply into the maestro’s fascinating life, filled with tragedy and triumph and of course, music. Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro previews June 5, opens June 6, and plays through July 3 on the Theatre’s intimate Thrust Stage.

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May 2014

Brian Copeland’s 10th Anniversary Presentation of Not a Genuine Black Man Extended at Berkeley Rep

Copeland’s hit solo show runs at Theatre’s Osher Studio through June

05/19/14—Due to resounding praise from critics and an enthusiastic reception from audiences, Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that Brian Copeland’s 10th anniversary presentation of Not a Genuine Black Man will extend for a month. The critically acclaimed show recounts Copeland’s compelling and moving story of growing up black in the 1970s in San Leandro, California, a city once nationally known as one of the most racist in America. With wit and heartfelt passion, he explores the themes of racial identity and, ultimately, belonging. Directed and developed in part by David Ford, Not a Genuine Black Man now plays through June 28, 2014 at the Theatre’s Osher Studio.

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April 2014

Berkeley Rep Announces Compelling New Show to Complete 2014–15 Season

New script developed through The Ground Floor added to powerful and provocative lineup

04/30/14—Today, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that it has completed its 2014–15 subscription programming with the addition of X’s and O’s (A Gridiron Love Story) written by KJ Sanchez. Memory, myth, and football meet head on in this hard-hitting world premiere directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone. Working with collaborator Jenny Mercein, Sanchez delivers a gripping docudrama dramatically based on brutally honest and heartrending interviews with football players, their families, and their fans about traumatic brain injuries and their impact on the game. The play takes an unflinching look at the lives and loves around this singularly American sport—and the lingering questions it asks of us all. This dynamic world premiere is commissioned by Berkeley Rep and developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep’s intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, January 16, 2015, opens Friday, January 23, 2015, and runs through Sunday, March 1, 2015.

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Bay Area’s Art Enthusiasts Raise $644,000 at Berkeley Rep’s OVATION Gala

Guests thrilled by special appearance from cabaret diva Meow Meow and a surprise flash mob performance

04/21/14—On Saturday, April 19, a host of distinguished guests descended on San Francisco’s elegant Four Seasons hotel for OVATION, Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s annual gala. Under the leadership of gala co-chairs Jill Fugaro and Jean Strunsky, the theatrical extravaganza raised $644,000 in support of the award-winning non-profit’s creation of exciting new plays and its commitment to education and outreach programs for the local community.

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Tony Kushner and Tony Taccone Reunite for the West Coast Premiere of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

Emmy-nominated actor Mark Margolis stars in Kushner’s epic family drama

04/21/14—Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes back Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner for the West Coast premiere of his latest play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic tale of love, family, sex, money, and politics. Kushner reunites with one of his favorite collaborators, Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone, to bring this sweeping drama to the Roda Theatre. With his trademark mix of soaring intellect and searing emotion, the legendary writer unfurls a poignant story about an Italian family in Brooklyn. When retired longshoreman Gus Marcantonio decides to die, his kids come home with a raucous parade of lovers and spouses to find that even the house keeps secrets. A portrait of a dysfunctional family filled with weighty dialogue, humor, and passion, Kushner’s three-act play previews Friday, May 16, opens on Wednesday, May 21, and runs through Sunday, June 29, 2014.

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Berkeley Rep to Present the West Coast Premiere of Richard Bean’s Award-Winning British Comedy One Man, Two Guvnors

Runaway hit added to Theatre’s compelling collection of shows for the 2014–15 season

04/10/14—Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that it has added Richard Bean’s internationally acclaimed smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors to its captivating collection of shows for the 2014–15 season. One Man, Two Guvnors is more than a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni’s classic knee-slapper, A Servant of Two Masters. Set in 1960’s Brighton, England, it’s a brilliantly delicious mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues. The uproarious plot features a disarming and doltish Francis Henshall who finds himself trapped by farce into working for two bosses—who are connected in wildly improbable ways. He just has to keep them from discovering each other. Inspired insanity, high-low antics, and nimble wordplay ensue—all backed by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four. Directed by David Ivers—artistic director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival—One Man, Two Guvnors is a riotous blast complete with a colorful cast of characters in a topsy-turvy world of love triangles and mistaken identities. It previews on Friday May 8, 2015, opens on May 15, 2015, and plays through Sunday June 21, 2015. The Theatre will announce one more subscription season production in the coming weeks.

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Berkeley Rep’s Highly Anticipated Production of Tribes Extends Through May 18

Seven performances added due to popular demand

04/02/14—Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that today, due to extraordinary ticket demand, it will extend Tribes by seven performances before its first performance. Originally scheduled to run through May 11, audiences now have the opportunity to experience the critically acclaimed family drama by Nina Raine through Sunday, May 18. Directed by Jonathan Moscone, the play follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia—raised by deaf parents and going deaf herself—Billy decides it’s time to speak on his own terms and be heard. Tribes starts previews Friday, April 11, opens on April 16, and now closes on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Open-captioned performances for Tribes will take place Thursday, May 8 at 8pm; Friday, May 9 at 8pm; and Sunday, May 11 at 2pm. Berkeley Rep is also proud to offer three American Sign Language-interpreted performances on Saturday, May 3 at 8pm; Saturday, May 10 at 2pm; and Tuesday, May 13 at 8pm. For more information or to reserve seats, visit berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2949, Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 7pm.

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March 2014

The Pianist of Willesden Lane Lands in New York After a Triumphant Berkeley Rep Engagement

Piano virtuoso Mona Golabek to perform her deeply moving one-woman play for New York theatre lovers

03/31/14—After a sold-out run in the Theatre’s Thrust Stage last fall, Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces that The Pianist of Willesden Lane, starring internationally acclaimed pianist Mona Golabek, will make its off-Broadway debut at 59E59 Theaters July 7–August 24, 2014. Golabek’s unforgettable, musically infused performance was one of the biggest hits in the Theatre’s history, selling out virtually all 52 performances of its originally scheduled engagement and all 29 performances of its extension. Its record-breaking run landed The Pianist of Willesden Lane as one of 10 shows in the last 25 years of the Theatre’s history to draw more than 30,000 patrons. The Pianist of Willesden Lane is the 29th show the Theatre has helped send to New York in the last 27 years.

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Spring Forward with a Class at Berkeley Rep

Classes available for all theatre enthusiasts at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre

03/13/14—This spring, as Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces five captivating shows for its upcoming 2014–15 subscription season, Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre announces a new slate of spring classes for students of all ages and levels of experience. Beginning March 31, the school will offer over 40 dynamic classes ranging from classical acting to street performance to script analysis. Prospective students can preview the wide array of youth, teen, and adult classes from the spring session for free at the Sunday Sampler on March 16 from 1–3pm at the School of Theatre.

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Berkeley Rep to Host OVATION Gala at the Four Seasons

Theatrical extravaganza benefits Theatre’s artistic and educational programming

03/12/14—On April 19 Berkeley Repertory Theatre invites guests to OVATION, a gala featuring an epicurean extravaganza where theatre lovers, gourmands, and philanthropists gather to party the night away for a cause. The glamorous evening will feature a five-star gourmet dinner, exclusive live-auction packages, and surprise entertainment—all in support of the Theatre’s artistic and educational programming. Always a memorable evening, OVATION is not to be missed!

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Nina Raine’s Tribes Comes to Berkeley Rep This April

Renowned director Jonathan Moscone to helm powerful family drama in Bay Area premiere

03/10/14—Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues the second half of its season with Tribes, a sophisticated and moving family drama by celebrated British playwright Nina Raine. Her profound and powerful new play became an award-winning hit in London and New York. Now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep this April for its Bay Area premiere. Tribes follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia—raised by deaf parents and going deaf herself—Billy decides it’s time to speak on his own terms and to be heard. Playing out in words, sign language, and sometimes mesmerizing silence, this penetrating drama examines familial love, notions of belonging, and the intersections of communication. Tribes starts previews Friday, April 11, opens on April 16, and closes on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

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Berkeley Rep Announces Five Captivating Shows for Upcoming 2014–15 Subscription Season

A roster of stellar artists—with more to come—takes center stage for the Theatre’s 47th season

03/05/14—Known nationally and internationally for thrilling audiences with captivating and esteemed productions, Berkeley Rep is poised to present yet another compelling collection of shows for its 47th season. Today, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone reveals five of seven productions that will comprise the 2014–15 subscription programming. This September, Kneehigh’s Emma Rice (Tristan & Yseult and The Wild Bride) is back to direct an electrifying world premiere: An Audience with Meow Meow, starring international singing sensation and ü̈ber-diva Meow Meow. Then theatre ensemble UNIVERSES teams up with Berkeley Rep’s Associate Director Liesl Tommy to deliver a powerhouse performance about the legacies of the Black Panthers and Young Lords in Party People. Next, two-time Tony and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner makes her Berkeley Rep debut in the acclaimed Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, directed by renowned director David Esbjornson. Spring 2015 will see audience favorite Steven Epp and celebrated director Dominique Serrand reunite for Molière’s satire on religious hypocrisy, Tartuffe. Making its West Coast premiere is the poignant and poetic new play Head of Passes by McArthur “Genius” grant awardee Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by preeminent Steppenwolf Theatre company member Tina Landau.

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Berkeley Rep Now Accepting Applications for its Fellowship Program

Plus, participate in just-announced Creative Careers summit and webinar this Monday

03/03/14—Furthering its commitment to training the next generation of arts leaders, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre is now accepting applications from young administrators and artisans seeking to turn their passion for the arts into a profession through Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s lauded professional fellowship program. Mentored by the experienced staff of the Tony Award-winning nonprofit, fellows will collaborate on an extensive array of productions during the 2014–15 season. Throughout the process, they learn alongside an accomplished company of artists, administrators, guest directors, and designers. Interested applicants can apply by April 1, 2014 for the following positions: Bret C. Harte Young Director (artistic administration), company management, costumes, development/fundraising, education, graphic design, Harry Weininger Sound, lighting/electrics, marketing, Peter F. Sloss Literary/Dramaturgy, production management, properties, public relations, scenic art, scenic construction, and stage management.

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February 2014

Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Awards Residencies to Dozens of Esteemed Artists

R&D facility for theatre picks 18 exhilarating projects for third summer lab

02/26/14—Today, The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work announces that it has selected 18 projects from more than 30 innovative artists for its third Summer Residency Lab. This June, as part of an extraordinary laboratory for collaboration, some of the nation’s most prominent and promising writers, directors, and composers will unite at the Theatre’s campus in West Berkeley for an intense four-week period to live, dine, and create new plays together. Dozens more local and out-of-town actors and directors will join The Ground Floor process, bringing the number of artists involved close to 100.

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Marcus Gardley’s The House that will not Stand Extends Run at Berkeley Rep

Critics call new play “a dazzling and rousing experience” and “invigoratingly evocative”

02/19/14—Due to an exuberant reception from critics and audiences alike, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that the world premiere of The House that will not Stand will extend for an additional seven performances. A historically rich, sensuous, witty, and heartbreaking drama, The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. Commissioned from award-winning poet-playwright Marcus Gardley and developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, The House that will not Stand will now play through Sunday, March 23, 2014.

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Local Teens Showcase Talent in Berkeley Rep’s Teen One-Acts Festival

Two winning plays produced by Bay Area youth

02/13/14—As Berkeley Repertory Theatre premieres receive such accolades as one of “10 reasons for theater lovers to leave New York in 2014” in Time magazine, fresh and promising talent also emerges from local teenaged playwrights from the nonprofit’s annual Teen One-Acts Festival, produced by its School of Theatre. This year’s iteration will showcase the world premiere of plays by two local high-school students in productions directed, designed, and performed entirely by local high-school students.

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Steven Epp Returns to Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Christopher Bayes and Steven Epp reunite for a rollicking political farce

02/06/14—Director Christopher Bayes and comic actor Steven Epp—the duo behind the uproarious A Doctor in Spite of Himself—return to Berkeley Repertory Theatre with Accidental Death of an Anarchist, the explosive political farce by Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright Dario Fo. A Berkeley Rep favorite, Epp delighted audiences in Figaro and The Miser—now the master comedian returns in a criminally funny production about corruption. Only one man can cut through massive bureaucratic duplicity and reveal what happened to the suspected anarchist who died from a fall out of a fourth-floor police station window. Did he jump? Or was he pushed? In this contemporary take on a beloved classic, Berkeley Rep hauls you down to the station for a hilarious interrogation of our culture. This madcap comedy starts previews in the Roda Theatre on March 7, opens March 12, and runs through April 20.

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January 2014

Berkeley Rep Announces 10th Anniversary Presentation of Brian Copeland’s Not a Genuine Black Man

The longest-running show in the Bay Area comes to the Theatre’s Osher Studio this April

01/09/14—Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces the 10th anniversary presentation of Brian Copeland’s Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo show in San Francisco history. After over 700 performances in its initial seven-year run in more than 30 cities including San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as off Broadway, Copeland’s acclaimed show comes to Berkeley Rep’s Osher Studio for 18 performances this April. Copeland, a writer, actor, comedian, and radio talk-show host, recounts his story of growing up black in the 1970s in San Leandro, California, a city once nationally known as one of the most racist in America. With wit and heartfelt passion, he explores the themes of racial identity and ultimately, belonging. “Very funny,” raved the San Francisco Chronicle. “Copeland is a winning, magnetic performer. More than that, he’s got an important tale to tell!” Directed and developed in part by David Ford, Not a Genuine Black Man previews on April 23, 2014, opens April 25, 2014, and plays through May 31, 2014. Tickets are on sale now.

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December 2013

The House that will not Stand Makes its World Premiere at Berkeley Rep

Award-winning poet-playwright—and Oakland native—Marcus Gardley debuts new play
Acclaimed director Patricia McGregor to stage production

12/30/13—Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces the world premiere of The House that will not Stand, a humorous and gripping historical drama commissioned from award-winning poet-playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting—The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. When her wealthy lover mysteriously dies, Beartrice Albans’ foundation of wealth hangs precariously by a thread. She is left to fend for her three unwed daughters in a world where freedom must be carefully negotiated. Told in a rich and lyrical river of words, this new play was developed through The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. It’s helmed by Patricia McGregor, whose many credits include the celebrated production of Spunk at California Shakespeare Theater. The House that will not Stand begins previews on Berkeley Rep’s intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, January 31, opens on Wednesday, February 5, and runs through Sunday, March 16, 2014.

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Berkeley Rep Announces Record-Breaking Subscribership

Nonprofit closes out 2013 with more subscribers and students, plus federal grant

12/23/13—Having successfully opened its first three shows of the season to wildly enthusiastic crowds and great acclaim, Berkeley Repertory Theatre will conclude 2013 with a number of successes. The Theatre is proud to announce that it reached an all-time record-breaking subscription enrollment for its 2013–14 season, making it a stellar year of growth for the organization. Other accomplishments include a surge in student enrollment at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and a $75,000 grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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Baryshnikov Returns to Berkeley Rep with Big Dance Theater’s Man in a Case

Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater to stage high-tech adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Man in a Case

12/16/13—Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes back legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov to its Roda Theatre to star in Man in a Case, a play based on two of Anton Chekhov’s 1898 short stories, “Man in a Case” and “About Love.” Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson, the creative masterminds behind the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater, bring their signature style of cutting-edge theatre to this adaptation to create a high-tech performance filled with movement, music, and video to illuminate those rare occasions when we’re offered life-changing possibilities. In Man in a Case two hunters trade stories both witty and haunting: one about a reclusive man’s courtship of a carefree young woman, which forces him to closely examine his own rigid nature; the other about a man who relives the story of lost love. Baryshnikov is joined onstage by a stellar cast of four veteran performers from Big Dance Theater including its co-director Paul Lazar, who joins the cast for the Berkeley run. Man in a Case plays only 20 performances at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre. It previews on January 25, opens on January 26, and plays through February 16, 2014.

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A Winter Wonderland of Activity at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre

Nonprofit’s education arm welcomes students of all ages for a variety of theatre classes

12/13/13—Holiday cheer is in full swing with Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s latest hit Tristan & Yseult, and in anticipation of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s return with Man in a Case in January, Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre announces a new slate of classes for its 2013–14 winter session. January 6 marks the beginning of a new round of 47 exciting classes for students of all ages and skill levels, all taught by the School’s professional theatre artists. Prospective students can try a unique selection of classes from the winter line-up for free at Sunday Sampler on December 15 from 1–3pm at the School of Theatre.

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Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult Extends Run at Berkeley Rep

Critics call reinvention of age-old love story a “raucous, bawdy adventure” and “wildly exciting”

12/11/13—Due to an exuberant reception of standing ovations and rave reviews, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that the critically acclaimed production of Tristan & Yseult is extending for an additional two weeks. Kneehigh’s latest theatrical offering, which has critics singing the company’s praises and audiences flocking to Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre will now play through Saturday, January 18, 2014 for an additional 12 performances.

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November 2013

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Invites Teens to Lead and Inspire at Annual One-Acts Festival

Call to local high schoolers to write, direct, produce, and star in this year’s celebration of new work

11/07/13—At Berkeley Repertory Theatre, opportunities abound for teens to explore the creative and collaborative elements of theatre-making. This spring local high school students are invited to audition to participate in Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s annual Teen One-Acts Festival. An ensemble of teens will delve into acting, directing, playwriting, and designing, producing another exciting festival of new works from the ground up. Now in its 12th season, the Teen One-Acts Festival has produced 24 original works, including one short film. Over the years, approximately 350 young artists have participated in the festival whose notable alumni include Lauren Yee (Ching Chong Chinaman), Katie Henry (winner of Young Playwrights Inc.’s National Playwriting Contest), and Roxie Perkins (recipient of Dr. Floyd Gaffney National Playwriting Award).

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Piano Virtuoso Hershey Felder Returns to Berkeley Rep to Perform in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro

One-man theatrical event tells the story of iconic American composer this June

11/06/13—Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder will return to star in Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro about the amazing life of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Felder, who is currently directing the deeply stirring one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane on Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage, last appeared in George Gershwin Alone. This summer the master entertainer and virtuoso pianist is back with his popular and critically acclaimed theatrical event. Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro plays only 22 performances on the intimate Thrust Stage. It previews on June 5, 2014, opens June 6, 2014, and plays through June 22, 2014. Tickets are on sale now to Berkeley Rep donors and subscribers to its 2013–14 season; the general public can access seats beginning on November 17, 2013.

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The Pianist of Willesden Lane Extends Run at Berkeley Rep Through January 5

Critics call musical narrative “an astonishing tour de force” and “deeply moving”

11/06/13—Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that The Pianist of Willesden Lane, starring internationally acclaimed pianist Mona Golabek, is extending for an additional four weeks due to resounding praise from audiences and critics alike. A riveting tale of hope and the life-affirming power of music, The Pianist of Willesden Lane will now play through January 5 for an additional 28 performances. The show is adapted and directed by award-winning musician Hershey Felder and based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Golabek and Lee Cohen. Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, the musical drama tells the true story of Golabek’s mother, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music as she chronicles the true story of her mother’s survival.

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Kneehigh Returns to Berkeley Rep for West Coast Premiere of Tristan & Yseult

Acclaimed creators of The Wild Bride and Brief Encounter reinvent ancient love story

11/04/13—This holiday season Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes back Britain’s Kneehigh Theatre—the company behind such runaway hits as The Wild Bride and Brief Encounter—for the West Coast premiere of Tristan & Yseult. Award-winning director Emma Rice and designer Bill Mitchell reunite to create must-see theatre, blending gorgeous music and ingenious staging to bring the oldest and most passionate of love stories to the Bay Area. Tristan & Yseult is based on an ancient tale—a love triangle between warrior Tristan; his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall; and the beautiful Yseult. This is the original age-old story of forbidden desires, broken hearts, and the agony of choosing one human being over another. Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult, which audiences around the world fell in love with and critics lauded as “a triumph” and “deliriously joyful,” begins previews in the Roda Theatre on November 22, opens November 26, and runs through January 6.

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October 2013

Berkeley Rep Announces New Board Leadership to Guide Theatre

Former McGraw-Hill executive Thalia Dorwick appointed board president for 2013–14 season

10/15/13—Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces its 2013–14 board of trustees, a team of exemplary leaders and art advocates from the Bay Area’s leading organizations and companies who will steer the Theatre through its 46th season. At its annual board of trustees meeting, the board elected author and retired McGraw-Hill executive Thalia Dorwick as its president, welcomed new and returning members, and reaffirmed its commitment to Berkeley Rep’s mission to produce and present ambitious and innovative theatre.

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September 2013

Berkeley Rep Extends Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Critics call Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning comedy “a hoot and a half”

09/27/13—Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a hit with audiences and critics alike. Due to popular demand, this year’s Tony Award winner for Best Play from three-time Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang will now play through October 25 for an additional four performances. Critics agree that Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is this fall’s must-see, laugh-inducing comedy:

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The Pianist of Willesden Lane Brings Powerful Tale of Survival to Berkeley Rep

Piano virtuoso Mona Golabek stars in one-woman play directed by acclaimed performer Hershey Felder

09/26/13—Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a one-woman play starring internationally acclaimed pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek. Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Golabek and Lee Cohen, the play is set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg and tells the true story of Golabek’s mother, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. In this poignant show, Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music live as she relates the real-life legacy of her mother’s quest to survive.

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Berkeley Rep to Host Previously Cancelled Traditional Staff Show for Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp

Sold-out play to bring together families and staff one last time after tragic loss

09/16/13—Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that it will host the popular traditional staff show for the recently destroyed Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp. The beloved camp, which has hosted generations of Berkeleyans and their friends since 1922, tragically burned down on Sunday, August 25 in the Sierra Rim fire. Now families and staff will get one more chance to come together to laugh and sing at what organizers are calling a camp spirit event. The play, Captain Amazing and the Superheroes of Camp Tuolumne, a musical comedy written and directed by Scott Gelfand and Steve Geahry, will be reprised by the 2013 Camp Tuolumne staff on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 4:30pm on Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage.

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Berkeley Rep Announces Open-Captioned Performances

New service provides greater access for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences

09/12/13—As Berkeley Repertory Theatre prepares to open a new season of exhilarating plays, the Theatre today announces that it will partner with Theatre Development Fund (TDF), a New York-based nonprofit organization, to offer open-captioned performances during its 2013–14 season. This state-of-the-art technology will allow Berkeley Rep to open its doors to a broader community by making performances accessible to patrons with hearing loss. Open captioning will be available for one performance of every show. For Nina Raine’s off-Broadway sensation Tribes—about a young deaf man finding his place in a cacophonous family and a bewildering world—Berkeley Rep will offer three open-captioned performances.

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Berkeley Rep School of Theatre Provides Free Arts Education to Local Schools

Outreach to the nine-county Bay Area helps schools meet state education standards

09/10/13—Berkeley Repertory Theatre is committed to providing access and opportunities for participation in the arts to educate, inspire, and empower. Through its extensive Outreach program, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre offers a wide range of free and low-cost theatre-based workshops to Bay Area schools from September 2013 through May 2014. With the help of highly qualified teaching artists—many of whom work as actors and theatre artists—students learn acting, storytelling, playwriting, improv, and stage combat and valuable life skills such as communication, problem solving, collaboration, and creative expression. The workshops cover multiple California content standards and are aligned with the Common Core. The first hour is free for any public school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties (pending staff availability) with additional sessions ranging from $55 to $75 an hour for up to 30 students.

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Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s Fall Session Offers 40 Classes for the Curious and Creative

Classes available for beginners and professionals of all ages

09/05/13—As Berkeley Repertory Theatre prepares to open its 46th season with the Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, its School of Theatre announces a new slate of classes for its popular fall session. Starting September 23, the school will offer 40 classes for youth, teens, and adults to explore theatre and gain valuable training. Classes include acting, improvisation, stage combat, playwriting, auditioning, clowning, and more. Prospective students can learn about the wide variety of programming offered at the School of Theatre at the free Sunday Sampler on September 15 from 1–3pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2071 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA.

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August 2013

Tony Award-Winning Comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Comes to Berkeley Rep

Christopher Durang’s Broadway sensation to be staged by Richard E.T. White

08/20/13—Berkeley Repertory Theatre kicks off its 46th season this September with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. The hilarious Broadway blockbuster from three-time Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang begins previews in the Roda Theatre on September 20, opens September 25, and runs through October 20. Durang, the renowned author of rollicking comedies such as Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You and The Marriage of Bette & Boo, turns Chekhov on his head with this witty and incisive farce. In bucolic Bucks County, Vanya and Sonia fritter their lives away in their family’s farmhouse amid regret, angst, and the alarming prophecies of an addled housecleaner. Enter their sister Masha, a self-absorbed movie star with her prized boy toy Spike, and the stage is set for an absurd weekend of hilarity and global warming. Acclaimed director Richard E.T. White returns to Berkeley Rep to stage the laugh-inducing Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a loving homage to Chekhov’s themes of heartbreak and hope.

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Berkeley Rep Awards Fellowships to 16 Young Administrators and Artisans

Nonprofit’s prestigious program trains next generation of theatre professionals

08/06/13—Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that 16 young professionals—including seven California natives—have been awarded fellowships for the 2013–14 season. Each year, the brightest and best young minds from across the country are selected through a rigorous application process to take part in Berkeley Rep’s Fellowship program. This prestigious training program provides hands-on practical experience with educational seminars that offers insight into the operation and inner workings of an award-winning theatre.

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Berkeley Rep Appoints Liesl Tommy as Associate Director

Nonprofit theatre welcomes internationally renowned director

08/01/13—Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone today announces the appointment of Liesl Tommy as the nonprofit’s associate director. Tommy, who most recently directed Berkeley Rep’s critically acclaimed production of Ruined, joins the Theatre’s artistic team effective September 1. Tommy will fulfill various artistic duties including directing for Berkeley Rep’s main stage; developing new work through The Ground Floor, the Center for the Creation and Development of New Work; and supporting ongoing artistic pursuits in the spirit of cultivating and producing innovative and adventurous work for the Theatre.

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July 2013

Berkeley Rep Hosts Free Public Discussion About Football Head Injuries for Play in Development

Panelist include Dr. Cindy Chang, chief medical officer for the 2012 US Olympic Team; Ben Lynch, former San Francisco 49er; and J. Douglas Hollie, former Seattle Seahawk

07/26/13—To kick off the development of one its newly commissioned plays, The Ground Floor—Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work—invites the public to a round-table discussion on the subject of sports head injuries. The American Football Project by playwright KJ Sanchez, based on interviews with players, coaches, medical staff, trainers, parents of young athletes, and other stakeholders, will explore how issues surrounding head injuries are affecting current and former players, what impact this information is having on standard practices, and how this might change the game. Berkeley Rep, in collaboration with Baltimore’s Center Stage, has commissioned The American Football Project from American Records, a theatre company devoted to making plays that chronicle our time and serve as a bridge between people.

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Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to Star in No Man’s Land at Berkeley Rep

Four weeks only: Acclaimed actors perform pre-Broadway run of Pinter’s play in August

07/22/13—This August, internationally acclaimed actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are joined by Tony Award winners Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley in a special presentation of No Man’s Land at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Award-winning director Sean Mathias stages a revival of Harold Pinter’s masterpiece in the Roda Theatre for a limited engagement of 34 performances. A theatrical event not to be missed, No Man’s Land begins previews on August 3, opens on August 11, and plays through August 31 before heading to Broadway, where it will be performed in repertory with Waiting for Godot.

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Berkeley Rep Rents its Theatres and Facilities to Local Arts and Nonprofit Groups

Downtown performance spaces made accessible to organizations for community-focused events

07/12/13—Today Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that during its 2013–14 season, it will make up to 320 hours available for public rental of its facilities. Rentals are a key way that Berkeley Rep engages with the community, with priority given to Berkeley-based arts organizations and other not-for-profit agencies. These rental hours are provided as part of the agreement governing the Theatre’s relationship with the City of Berkeley. During the theatre season that begins September 20, 2013 and runs through August 31, 2014, the following spaces will be available for rental on the specified dates:

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Announcing 2013–14 Season

Christopher Durang’s Latest Broadway Hit Comes to Berkeley Rep

New season begins when Richard E.T. White directs Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

04/10/13—Today, Berkeley Repertory Theatre revealed the seventh show selected for its upcoming season. The Tony Award-winning nonprofit will begin its 46th year of smart and adventurous shows with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the hilarious Broadway hit from three-time Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang. Respected director Richard E.T. White returns to the Bay Area to stage this hugely popular show in September.

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Berkeley Rep Announces Six Exhilarating Shows for Upcoming Season

Renowned artists bring smart and sophisticated shows to Berkeley Rep’s adventurous audience

03/05/13—Today, even as its first export to Asia finishes a sold-out run in Hong Kong, the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces a new year of exhilarating plays here at home. Artistic Director Tony Taccone revealed six of the seven shows selected for the 2013–14 season, featuring the world premiere of a captivating script commissioned from Marcus Gardley, powerful West Coast premieres from Kneehigh and Tony Kushner, another hilarious comedy from Steven Epp and Christopher Bayes, a true story of war-torn Europe from Mona Golabek and Hershey Felder, and an emotional production of Nina Raine’s Tribes, directed by Jonathan Moscone. Best of all, since Berkeley Rep insists that extraordinary art should be accessible and affordable, theatregoers can see three or more shows for as little as $25 each!

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June 2013

George Gershwin Alone Extends at Berkeley Rep

International sensation adds two weeks—and sing-alongs—to Bay Area debut

06/13/13—As its highly acclaimed production of Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth continues to captivate audiences, and theatregoers queue up in record numbers for its upcoming production of No Man’s Land, Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces today additional performances of its latest show, George Gershwin Alone. Originally scheduled to close June 23, the Bay Area debut of Hershey Felder’s international hit is now extended for an additional two weeks, through July 7. See George Gershwin Alone and prepare to be enthralled by the irresistible music of America’s favorite composer, just like local critics:

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre Announces New Director of Public Relations

Local PR professional Voleine Amilcar to head media relations for renowned nonprofit

06/11/13—The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announces that it has named Voleine Amilcar as its new director of public relations. Amilcar brings more than eight years of public relations and communications experience to the local nonprofit. In her new post, Amilcar will publicize all Berkeley Rep activities including its acclaimed seven-play subscription season, a range of special events, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, The Ground Floor new play development program, and other institutional efforts.

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May 2013

Fall in Love with Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre this Summer

Nonprofit’s education arm welcomes students of all ages for a variety of theatre classes

05/13/13—This summer, as Berkeley Repertory Theatre welcomes the lush love songs of George Gershwin and the bittersweet marriage of true minds between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre has announced a new slate of classes that people of all ages will love. Whether nurturing a lifelong commitment to theatre or just looking for a summer fling, students this season can fine-tune their skills in acting, directing, writing, and even flirting, under the guidance of Bay Area arts professionals.

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Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley Join Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart for No Man’s Land at Berkeley Rep

Full cast announced for limited, pre-Broadway run of Harold Pinter’s play this August

05/01/13—Tony Award winners Billy Crudup and Shuler Hensley will join Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart at Berkeley Rep for the pre-Broadway engagement of No Man’s Land. Award-winning director Sean Mathias stages Harold Pinter’s masterwork in the Roda Theatre for an exclusive and strictly limited run in August before bringing it to New York where it will play in repertory with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

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April 2013

Bay Area’s Finest Raise $656,000 at Berkeley Rep’s OVATION Gala

Local favorite Danny Scheie roasts and toasts at theatrical fête at the Four Seasons SF

04/25/13—On Saturday night, 400 of the Bay Area’s finest arts supporters gathered at the Four Seasons San Francisco to celebrate Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the neighborhood playhouse with the international reputation. The effervescent Danny Scheie, a Berkeley Rep stage veteran and one of the Bay Area’s most beloved actors, hosted a spectacular evening for theatre fans, foodies, and philanthropists in honor of the Tony Award-winning theatre. OVATION raised $656,000 to support the nonprofit’s myriad artistic and creative efforts, including education and outreach programs for the local community.

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Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to Star in No Man’s Land at Berkeley Rep

Four weeks only: Acclaimed actors perform pre-Broadway run of Pinter’s play this August

04/20/13—Tonight, at the annual gala celebrating the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the nonprofit’s artistic director thrilled the crowd with a surprise announcement: Tony Taccone informed the guests that legendary actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will perform at Berkeley Rep in a pre-Broadway engagement of No Man’s Land. Award-winning director Sean Mathias stages Harold Pinter’s masterwork in the Roda Theatre for an exclusive and strictly limited run in August.

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American Idiot Comes Home to Berkeley Rep in Rocking Documentary

Broadway Idiot screens in the theatre where it all began to benefit the School of Theatre

04/11/13—The blockbuster musical that traveled from Berkeley Repertory Theatre to Broadway, Britain, and beyond comes home this May with an exclusive screening of a new film. Broadway Idiot, a documentary about the making of Berkeley Rep’s acclaimed stage version of Green Day’s American Idiot, debuted to stellar reviews at last month’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Now it returns to the theatre where it all began as a benefit for Berkeley Rep’s education and outreach programs. Broadway Idiot plays for one night only in the Roda Theatre on Saturday, May 4 at 8pm.

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Christopher Durang’s Latest Broadway Hit Comes to Berkeley Rep

New season begins when Richard E.T. White directs Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

04/10/13—Today, Berkeley Repertory Theatre revealed the seventh show selected for its upcoming season. The Tony Award-winning nonprofit will begin its 46th year of smart and adventurous shows with Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the hilarious Broadway hit from three-time Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang. Respected director Richard E.T. White returns to the Bay Area to stage this hugely popular show in September.

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Les Waters Returns to Berkeley Rep with Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth

Acclaimed collaborators paint a portrait of renowned poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop

04/04/13—To conclude its 45th season, Berkeley Repertory Theatre welcomes back a pair of acclaimed collaborators: Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters, the creators of Eurydice, Three Sisters, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), return to Berkeley Rep with another tale of love and longing. Dear Elizabeth follows the beautiful and bittersweet friendship between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Across oceans and continents, across three decades, these esteemed poets found a true marriage of minds in their eloquent correspondence. Dubbed the Dickinson and Whitman of the 20th century, they traded hundreds of vibrant, witty, and passionate letters that now spring to life on stage. This West Coast premiere paints an intimate portrait of two extraordinary—and quite ordinary—lives, told anew by two of the finest artists of our time. Ruhl and Waters deliver Dear Elizabeth to the Roda Theatre, where it begins previews on May 24, opens May 29, and runs through July 7. In this new production, Mary Beth Fisher portrays Elizabeth Bishop and Tom Nelis plays Robert Lowell.

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Berkeley Rep Offers Free Talk with Obie-Winner Mark Wing-Davey

Tony Taccone moderates a conversation with the visionary director of Pericles, Prince of Tyre

04/01/13—Theatres are usually dark on Monday nights, but several times each year Berkeley Repertory Theatre makes them glow with Page to Stage, a series of talks that engage brilliant guests in sparkling conversation. Today, the Tony Award-winning theatre announced that Artistic Director Tony Taccone will moderate a chat with Obie Award-winner Mark Wing-Davey, only days before he brings the Bard back with a bang in Pericles, Prince of Tyre. This free event on April 8 takes place at the new Osher Studio in the Arts Passage at Berkeley Central. The address is 2055 Center Street in downtown Berkeley, only half a block from BART.

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March 2013

Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor Awards Residencies to 27 Awesome Artists

New R&D facility for theatre picks 18 innovative projects for second sizzling summer lab

03/18/13—This June, as part of an extraordinary new laboratory for collaboration, some of the nation’s most prominent and promising writers, directors, and composers converge on Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Today, the renowned nonprofit announced 18 selections for the second sizzling summer lab at The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. During an intense four-week period, dozens of artists will live, dine, create, and collaborate at the Theatre’s new campus in West Berkeley.

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At Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, Students Take Center Stage

Summer Theatre Intensive and Teen Actors Studio Give Local Youth the Summer Spotlight

03/13/13—As it opens Lawrence Wright’s Fallaci, its 65th world premiere, Berkeley Repertory Theatre also announces open registration for its Summer Theatre Intensive and Teen Actors Studio programs. These summer camps provide middle- and high-school students a rigorous and rewarding training program with full access to the creativity and operations of the Tony Award-winning nonprofit. Throughout June and July, local youth will adapt and mount their own performances on one of the Theatre’s renowned stages.

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Berkeley Rep Announces Six Exhilarating Shows for Upcoming Season

Renowned artists bring smart and sophisticated shows to Berkeley Rep’s adventurous audience

03/05/13—Today, even as its first export to Asia finishes a sold-out run in Hong Kong, the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces a new year of exhilarating plays here at home. Artistic Director Tony Taccone revealed six of the seven shows selected for the 2013–14 season, featuring the world premiere of a captivating script commissioned from Marcus Gardley, powerful West Coast premieres from Kneehigh and Tony Kushner, another hilarious comedy from Steven Epp and Christopher Bayes, a true story of war-torn Europe from Mona Golabek and Hershey Felder, and an emotional production of Nina Raine’s Tribes, directed by Jonathan Moscone. Best of all, since Berkeley Rep insists that extraordinary art should be accessible and affordable, theatregoers can see three or more shows for as little as $25 each!

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February 2013

Mark Wing-Davey Directs Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Berkeley Rep

Obie Award-winning director brings a nimble take on Shakespeare to the Thrust Stage

02/28/13—This spring, at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Obie Award-winning director Mark Wing-Davey brings the Bard back with a bang. William Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre starts previews on the intimate Thrust Stage on April 12, opens April 17, and runs through May 26 in a production conceived by Wing-Davey with Jim Calder.

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Danny Scheie Hosts the Year’s Hottest Party at Berkeley Rep’s Gala

Guests gather for a deliciously theatrical extravaganza at the Four Seasons San Francisco

02/25/13—On April 20, Berkeley Repertory Theatre invites guests to don their bowties, boas, and bling for the grandest, funniest, and most delicious party of the year. Join Danny Scheie—the Bay Area’s prince of comedy—for OVATION, a night of delectable food, fine wine, and extravagant revelry to celebrate the neighborhood playhouse with an international reputation.

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The Play’s the Thing for Spring at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre

Nonprofit’s education arm provides platform for sparring, speech, and courtship

02/15/13—At Berkeley Repertory Theatre, acclaimed director Mark Wing-Davey presents his new take on Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre to audiences this spring. Just next door, the nonprofit’s School of Theatre gives local drama enthusiasts the chance to take on the Bard too—along with Pinter, new performance techniques, and even romance. Under the guidance of Bay Area arts professionals, the School has 40 exciting classes for people of all ages, from beginners to seasoned performers—and everyone is invited to preview the spring fare at a free Sunday Sampler at 1pm on March 17.

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Berkeley Rep’s Chinglish: So Good in So-Cal, Sold Out in Hong Kong!

02/12/13—Berkeley Rep is thrilled by the early reports on its first export to Asia: Chinglish has already sold every ticket for its hotly anticipated appearance at the Hong Kong Arts Festival next month! The 1,200-seat Lyric Theatre at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts is filled to capacity for eight shows from March 1 through March 6, including prime seats snapped up by passionate fans from the Bay Area. As one reviewer wrote, we can’t wait “to see how the other half laughs.”

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Berkeley Rep Hosts Free Events with Lawrence Wright and Rita Moreno

02/07/13—Theatres are usually dark on Monday nights, but several times each year Berkeley Repertory Theatre makes them glow by engaging brilliant guests in sparkling conversation. Now the Tony Award-winning nonprofit announces a pair of events in March where renowned reporters interview the luminaries behind two popular new books:

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Two Weeks Only: Berkeley Rep Presents George Gershwin Alone

S’wonderful Broadway show about beloved composer plays only 18 performances in June

02/05/13—Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces a limited engagement of George Gershwin Alone, a play with music that invites audiences to enjoy an evening with a great composer. This celebrated production plays two weeks only—June 8 through June 23—on the intimate Thrust Stage. Tickets for these 18 performances go on sale today to Berkeley Rep’s subscribers; the public can access seats beginning on Sunday, February 10. This special presentation features music by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin with a book by Hershey Felder. Starring Hershey Felder as George Gershwin, it has been staged by acclaimed director Joel Zwick.

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January 2013

As Berkeley Rep Goes Global, Local Teens Win Playwriting Prizes

24 youth from nine local communities collaborate to present a pair of winning plays

01/29/13—As shows from Berkeley Repertory Theatre crisscross the globe—from Hong Kong to London to New York—local teenagers are getting in on the act with Berkeley Rep’s 11th annual Teen One-Acts Festival. This year, two winning teens will premiere their plays at the nonprofit’s new Osher Studio in productions directed, designed, and performed entirely by local high-school students.

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Pulitzer-Winner Lawrence Wright Premieres Fallaci at Berkeley Rep

The renowned journalist and dramatist debuts a new script directed by Oskar Eustis

01/23/13—Even as his latest book attracts international attention, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright premieres his new play at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. A reporter renowned for his work with The New Yorker—and the bestselling author behind The Looming Tower and Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief—Wright is also the playwright who penned My Trip to al Qaeda and The Human Scale. Now he debuts a fictional play about the last days of legendary journalist Oriana Fallaci. Don’t miss this sizzling new script, which is directed by Oskar Eustis, stars Concetta Tomei and Marjan Neshat, and features an incredible team of designers. The 65th world premiere presented by Berkeley Rep, Fallaci begins previews in the Roda Theatre on March 8, opens March 13, and runs through April 21.

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