The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…

By Tony Kushner
Directed by Tony Taccone
Main Season · Roda Theatre
May 16–June 29, 2014
West Coast premiere

Winner of two Tony Awards, three Obies, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Kushner returns to Berkeley Rep for the West Coast premiere of his latest play: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. With his trademark mix of soaring intellect and searing emotion, the legendary playwright unfurls an epic tale of love, family, sex, money and politics—all set under the hard-earned roof of an Italian family in Brooklyn. When Gus decides to die, his kids come home with a raucous parade of lovers and spouses to find that even the house keeps secrets. Kushner reunites with one of his favorite collaborators, Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone, to bring this sweeping drama to the Roda Theatre.

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Production sponsor

The Bernard Osher Foundation

Season sponsors

BARTSan Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.comWells Fargo

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Curtain times

Please note our atypical evening curtain times for Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide—Tue, Thu, Fri, and Sat at 7:30pm, and Wed and Sun at 7pm.

“That rarest of theater delights—a big, noisy, sexy play in which argument is hot and throbbing…Bear witness to Tony Kushner’s roaring new play [and] banquet on rich and delectable passions and ideas, washed down with lashings of wit.”—The Nation

“Theatergoers who have previously thrilled to Mr. Kushner’s heady language and his visceral commitment to ideas made flesh are sure to feel a rush of the old excitement [as] Guide explodes into a babel of fast-talking, passionate voices—slapping and overlapping, twining and crashing into one another. And you may find yourself sitting back and grinning at this noisy spectacle of so many people having so much to say with so much passion and eloquence.”—New York Times

“Rich, deep, beautiful…Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious…Whereas the questions of life and death would be sufficient ingredients for most writers, Kushner spices up the fare with dashes of Marxism, contemporary theology, Communist Party history, the labor movement, and gay activism. Out of this bubbling mélange comes an unexpectedly powerful and bittersweet taste of our post-imperial moment…The play is operatic, and Kushner is at his funniest when he hits the pure, clear note of high dudgeon.”—The New Yorker

“A family drama of the first rate…It’s also lush and beautiful, funny and an education. It is poignant and smart…Kushner uses a Brooklyn family to expose a place one is meant to avoid at polite cocktail parties: The battleground where politics and personal lives overlap and buckle.”—Associated Press

Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone introduces The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide.

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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.

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Our docents also offer talks off-site:

  • Tuesday, May 20 · 7pm—Orinda Library
  • Monday, June 9 · 7pm—Kensington Library
  • Wednesday, June 18 · 2pm—Moraga Library
  • Tuesday, June 24 · 7pm—Lafayette Library

Post-show discussions

Stick around after select performances for lively Q&A sessions with our artists on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.

  • Thursday, June 5, 2014
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014
  • Friday, June 20, 2014

Page to Stage

Every season, Berkeley Rep hosts Page to Stage, a series of free discussions with eminent theatre artists, designed to give audiences additional insight into the plays and playwrights produced at Berkeley Rep. Past programs have featured theatre luminaries such as David Edgar, Sarah Jones, Tony Kushner, Delroy Lindo, Donald Margulies, Terrence McNally, Charles Mee, Rita Moreno, Salman Rushdie, and the Chicano performance trio Culture Clash.

Each talk starts at 7pm and runs about 60 minutes. No tickets are necessary for these free events, but seating is limited. The lobby opens at 6pm, and doors to the Theatre open at 6:30pm for general admission seating. Berkeley Rep donors at the Friend level or higher ($75+) enjoy reserved seating. For more information about Page to Stage or how to become a donor, call 510 647–2907.

  • Monday, May 19, 2014
    A discussion with playwright Tony Kushner

Teen Night

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.

Teen Night begins at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Tickets are $10. Learn more. To reserve your space, call Teen Council at 510 647–2973 or email

  • Friday, May 16, 2014