By Nina Raine
Directed by Jonathan Moscone
Limited Season · Thrust Stage
April 11–May 11, 2014
When three smart siblings move back home with their opinionated parents, the cacophony of their family hits a new high—even for Billy who’s deaf. Nina Raine’s profound and powerful new play became a hit in London and New York, now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep. To fall in love or find a job, to forge an identity apart from your family, to fulfill that longing for somewhere to belong…is it as simple as following the signs? In Tribes, a deaf man learns to find his way in a world where everyone needs to be heard.
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“In 2006, Nina Raine won both British ‘most promising playwright’ awards. With Tribes, she keeps the promise; it’s the best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring—and funniest—new play in recent years…It’s a paradox of sorts that a play about deafness should have such scintillating dialogue.”—Wall Street Journal
“Big, brilliant…smart, lively…Tribes forces us to hear with our eyes…The confrontations that arise from Billy’s meeting Sylvia touch on a dizzying assortment of daunting topics…Listen closely, as this play asks, and you’ll find yourself suspended on a swaying bridge between two worlds.”—New York Times
“Nina Raine’s moving screwball tragedy…intelligently explores language and disability…By the bittersweet end, Raine has shown us the many ways in which humans are deaf whether or not they can hear.”—Village Voice
“Wonderful…rich and rewarding…Raine’s capacious writing explores issues of communication, self-expression and individuation…There are moments in this play that I don’t think I will ever forget—scenes that tap the beauty that can live and resound in silence.”—Time Out New York
“Subtle and scintillating…Tribes is as much about the tyranny of language as it is about the misery of not being able to hear it…In this provocative and original play, Raine keeps the ideas and the ironies coming until the final thrilling, paradoxical image…It forces the hearing audience to understand the poignancy of the struggle to transcend silence and the punishing limitations of speech.”—The New Yorker
Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone introduces Tribes.
Free Speech pre- and post-show enrichment programs
Meet us in the Theatre an hour before the show on Tuesdays and Thursdays for an engrossing presentation about your subscription-season play. Hear about the playwright’s perspective, dive into the historical context, and discover why the script is relevant right now. Each 30-minute talk includes plenty of time for your questions.
Post-show docent-led discussions follow matinees.
Our docents also offer talks off-site:
- Wednesday, April 16 · 2pm—Moraga Library
- Tuesday, April 29 · 7pm—Lafayette Library
- Tuesday, April 29 · 7pm—Orinda Library
Stick around after select performances for lively Q&A sessions with our artists on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.
- Thursday, April 17, 2014
- Friday, April 25, 2014
- Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Cap off your night with us after select evening performances throughout the season and sample wine, spirits, and other culinary delights from local vendors—all for FREE! Samplings begin immediately following the performance.
- Friday, April 18, 2014
Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.
Past Teen Night guests have included: Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director; Ray Garcia and Salvatore Vassallo, dancers in Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup; and Michael Suenkel, Berkeley Rep’s production stage manager.
- Friday, April 11, 2014