Adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman
From the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
April 22–June 19, 2016
West Coast Premiere
Running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes, plus one 15-minute intermission
Mary Zimmerman has mesmerized audiences with her exquisite adaptations of classic tales from the spellbinding Arabian Nights to the hypnotic White Snake. This spring the Tony Award-winning director takes us aboard the Hispaniola for a heart-pounding voyage filled with tales of swashbuckling gentlemen o’ fortune, a malicious mutiny led by infamous Long John Silver, and a deadly quest for fabled buried booty. Caught in the middle is cabin boy Jim Hawkins, who must find uncommon courage as he faces a murderous plot and navigates the ambiguous tides of morality. Sail to Treasure Island with Mary Zimmerman for another visually tantalizing and exhilarating adventure.
Treasure Island includes fog, haze, nicotine-free vapor, and gunshot effects. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.
Mary Zimmerman · Adaptor / Director
Mary received the 2002 Tony Award for Best Director and a 1998 MacArthur Fellowship. This is her eighth show for Berkeley Rep, following acclaimed productions of The Arabian Nights, Argonautika, Journey to the West, Metamorphoses, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, The Secret in the Wings, and The White Snake. These plays—and others that she’s adapted and directed such as The Jungle Book, Eleven Rooms of Proust, The Odyssey, Silk, and S/M—have enjoyed celebrated runs at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Goodman Theatre, the Huntington Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, the Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theatre Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Second Stage Theatre. She also directed All’s Well That Ends Well and Pericles for the Goodman, Henry VIII and Measure for Measure for the New York Shakespeare Festival, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Huntington, and Guys and Dolls for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and at L.A.’s Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. In 2002, Mary created a new opera with Philip Glass called Galileo Galilei, which was presented at BAM, the Goodman, and the Barbican in London. In recent years, she has staged Armida and La Sonnambula for the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Met and at La Scala, Milan. Based in Chicago, Mary has won numerous Joseph Jefferson Awards—the city’s top theatrical honors—including prizes for best production and best direction. She is a member of Lookingglass, an artistic associate of the Goodman, and she holds the Jaharis Family Foundation Chair in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.
Todd Rosenthal · Scenic Design
Todd previously designed X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story), Tribes, and Ghost Light for Berkeley Rep. His Broadway credits include August: Osage County (Tony Award), The Motherfucker with the Hat (Tony nomination), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award for Best Revival), and Of Mice and Men. Off Broadway, he designed for the premiere of Red Light Winter at the Barrow Street Theatre and Domesticated at Lincoln Center Theater. Todd was the set designer for six years for the Big Apple Circus. His international credits include August: Osage County (National Theatre in London and Sydney Theatre in Australia) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Theatre Royal in Ireland. Todd designed 33 productions for Steppenwolf Theatre and is an artistic partner at Goodman Theatre. He also designed for the Guthrie Theater, the Alliance Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, the Alley Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and many others. Todd was lead designer for Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition and the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes. He received many other accolades, including the Laurence Olivier Award, the Helen Hayes Award, Ovation Award, the Back Stage Garland Award, the Joseph Jefferson Award, and the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration. Todd is an associate professor at Northwestern University and a graduate of Yale School of Drama.
Ana Kuzmanic · Costume Design
Ana is Yugoslav-born, Chicago-based costume designer for theatre and opera. She is thrilled to be back at Berkeley Rep where she last designed Argonautika directed by Mary Zimmerman. Most recently Ana designed costumes for Goodman Theatre’s production of 2666—stage adaptation of Roberto Bolaño’s novel, directed by Robert Falls and Seth Bockley. Ana’s Broadway credits include Desire Under the Elms (Carla Gugino, Brian Dennehy), Superior Donuts (Michael McKean), and the Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, for which she was the recipient of Drama Desk nomination for outstanding costume design. Her off-Broadway credits include The Jacksonian (Ed Harris, Bill Pullman) by Beth Henley. Her upcoming projects include Disgraced directed by Marcela Lorca at the Guthrie Theater, Wonderful Town directed by Mary Zimmerman at the Goodman, and Peter Grimes directed by Robert Falls at the Lyric Opera. Ana is associate professor of costume design at Northwestern University. Please visit anakuzmanic.com.
T.J. Gerckens · Lighting Design
T.J. is pleased to return to Berkeley Rep where he previously designed The Arabian Nights, Journey to the West, Metamorphoses, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, The Secret in the Wings, and The White Snake. Recent designs include Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Wallis Annenberg Center, Treasure Island and Blood Wedding at Lookingglass Theatre Company, and Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book at Goodman Theatre and the Huntington Theatre Company. Other notable designs include the Mary Zimmerman and Philip Glass opera Galileo Galilei at the Goodman; Pericles at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC; and Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy. T.J.’s New York designs include Lucia di Lammermoor and La Sonnambula for the Metropolitan Opera, Measure for Measure in Central Park, Metamorphoses on and off Broadway, and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci at Second Stage. He has received numerous honors for his lighting, including a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Chicago’s Jefferson Award, Drama Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Ovation Award, and New York’s Drama Desk Award. T.J. is the faculty lighting designer at Otterbein University.
Andre Pluess · Original Music / Sound Design
Andre has worked with Berkeley Rep on numerous shows: after the quake, The Arabian Nights, Argonautika, Blue Door, Ghost Light, Honour, Metamorphoses, The Secret in the Wings, and The White Snake. His Broadway credits include 33 Variations, The Clean House, I Am My Own Wife, and Metamorphoses. His other credits include many productions for About Face Company (artistic associate), Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company (artistic associate), Northlight Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater (resident designer), and other Chicago and regional theatres. His more recent projects include Cymbeline at the Shakespeare Theatre, Equivocation at Arena Stage, Ghost Light and The Merchant of Venice at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Macbeth and Titus Andronicus at California Shakespeare Theater (where he is an artistic associate), Palomino at Center Theatre Group, Sex with Strangers at Steppenwolf, and Stage Kiss at the Goodman, as well as the score for the film The Business of Being Born. Andre received a Barrymore Award, a Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk and Lortel nominations, multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards and Citations, and an LA Ovation Award for composition and sound design.
Amy Potozkin, CSA · Casting
This is Amy’s 26th season at Berkeley Rep. Through the years she has also had the pleasure of casting plays for ACT (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, the Marsh, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Social Impact Productions Inc., and Traveling Jewish Theatre. Amy cast roles for various independent films, including Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton; Haiku Tunnel and Love & Taxes, both by Josh Kornbluth; and Beyond Redemption by Britta Sjogren. Amy received her MFA from Brandeis University, where she was also an artist in residence. She has been an audition coach to hundreds of actors and a presentation/communication coach to many businesspeople. Amy taught acting at Mills College and audition technique at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, and has led workshops at numerous other venues in the Bay Area. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, she was an intern at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Amy is a member of CSA, the Casting Society of America, and was nominated for Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting for The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures and One Man, Two Guvnors.
Megan McClintock* · Stage Manager
Megan is always happy to come home to Berkeley Rep after starting her stage management career as a Berkeley Rep fellow. In the years since she has stage managed at American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, Center Repertory Company, California Shakespeare Theater, and the San Francisco Opera. She most recently stage managed the world premiere of Swimmers at Marin Theatre Company. Favorite Berkeley Rep credits include The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Girlfriend, The Arabian Nights, The White Snake, No Man’s Land, Dear Elizabeth, The Wild Bride, Eurydice, and How To Write a New Book for the Bible. Megan has a BA in theatre and history from Willamette University.
Lookingglass Theatre Company · Co-Producer
Inventive. Collaborative. Transformative. Lookingglass is home to a multi-disciplined collective of artists who create original, story-centered theatre through a physical and improvisational rehearsal process centered on ensemble. Lookingglass has staged 64 world premieres and garnered numerous awards in its mission to change, charge, and empower audiences and artists alike. Lookingglass Education and Community programs encourage creativity, team work, and confidence with thousands of students and community members each year. In 2003, Lookingglass Theatre opened in Chicago’s landmark Water Tower Water Works. In 2011, Lookingglass received the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.
Philip R. Smith with Raymond Fox · Casting
Stephen Sorenson · Associate Lighting Designer
Lynne Soffer · Dialect Coach
John Babbo · Jim Hawkins
John was seen in Lookingglass Theatre Company’s productions of Treasure Island and In the Garden. His other theatre credits include A Christmas Story, the Musical (Broadway and national tour); Strandline (A Red Orchid Theatre); Oliver, Gypsy, and Sweeney Todd (Drury Lane Theatre); Beauty and the Beast (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); A Christmas Carol (Goodman Theatre); and Night and Day (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). His television and film credits include Chicago Fire (NBC), Sense8 (Netflix), Deadbeat (Hulu), UnderEmployed (MTV), Nintendo Amiibo (YouTube promotion, 2014), and upcoming independent features Thrill Ride and Not a Stranger.
Matt DeCaro* · Squire Trelawney
Matt has appeared as Fa Hai in Mary Zimmerman’s The White Snake at the Old Globe, the McCarter Theatre, Goodman Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, and the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in China. He has appeared in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Oklahoma! and Goodman Theatre’s Camino Real, The Play About the Baby, Romance, Heartbreak House, Boy Gets Girl, and Spinning into Butter, among others. Matt has also appeared at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Gypsy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard III, and As You Like It. Other Chicago credits include The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Talley’s Folly, and Glengarry Glen Ross, Perfect Mendacity, Men of Tortuga, Our Lady of 121st Street, and Slaughterhouse-Five at Steppenwolf Theatre. His regional credits include American Buffalo, Machinal, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Dark Rapture at American Conservatory Theater. Recent film credits include The Last Rites of Joe May, The Wise Kids, U.S. Marshals, Eagle Eye, and Mr. 3000. Matt’s TV credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, House, CSI, The Office, and Prison Break, among many others.
Travis Delgado* · Constable Dance / Dick
Travis is proud to join the cast and crew of Treasure Island as well as Berkeley Rep. Travis graduated from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi and now lives in Edgewater, Chicago. He is best known for playing Jurgis in The Jungle, adapted and directed by Jeff Award winner Matt Foss at Oracle Productions.
Christopher Donahue* · Billy Bones / Redruth
Christopher has appeared at Berkeley Rep in Mary Zimmerman’s productions of Journey to the West, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, and The Secret in the Wings. He has also performed at Arden Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, Boston Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Circle in the Square, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Classic Stage Company, Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center’s Serious Fun! Festival, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Oxford House Company, the Public Theater, Remains Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Shakespeare in the Park, the Smith Center (Las Vegas), Stories on Stage, Two River Theatre Company, Weston Playhouse, and Yale Repertory Theatre.
Steven Epp* · Long John Silver
Steven has appeared at Berkeley Rep in Tartuffe, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, A Doctor in Spite of Himself, Figaro, The Miser, Don Juan Giovanni, and he did the adaptation for The Green Bird. He is an actor, writer, and co-artistic director of the Moving Company, based in Minneapolis, where his acting/writing credits include The House Can’t Stand, Come Hell and High Water, Out of the Pan Into the Fire, and Imaginary Invalid at Playmakers, Massoud for Center Theatre Group, Tartuffe at South Coast Rep, and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Actors Theatre of Louisville. MOCO will present the world premiere of their newest creation Refugia at the Guthrie Theater, spring 2017. Steven’s regional credits include productions at the Guthrie, Ten Thousand Things, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Jungle Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company, Spoleto Festival, American Repertory Theatre, the Alley Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Center Stage, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the New Victory Theater off Broadway. Steven was an actor, writer, and co-artistic director at Theatre de la Jeune Lune, winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre, from 1983–2008. Acting credits include title roles in Tartuffe, Crusoe, Hamlet, Gulliver, Figaro, and The Miser. Steven has co-authored numerous plays including Children of Paradise, winner of the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play. He was a 1999 Fox Fellow, a 2009 McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow at Playwrights’ Center, and a 2013 Reinecke Fellow at Yale University, and won the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor as Truffaldino in Servant of Two Masters. Steve holds a degree in Theatre and History from Gustavus Adolphus College. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, and has three grown children.
Kasey Foster* · Mrs. Hawkins / George Merry / Musician
Kasey has been performing, singing, directing, and producing in Chicago since 2004. This production of Treasure Island marks her first regional theatre experience. In Chicago, Kasey has worked with the following theatre companies: Lookingglass Theatre Company, Manual Cinema, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Blair Thomas & Co., Redmoon Theater, Dog & Pony Theatre Company, Trap Door Theatre, Theater Wit, Red Tape Theatre, and Collaboraction. She sings with Chicago bands Grood, Babe-alon 5, Old Timey, and This Must Be the Band. Kasey has directed/choreographed over 30 original works, and produces an annual (and fantastic) series called Dance Tribute.
Greg Hirte* · Musician
Greg is an actor, musician, and composer based in Chicago. He is happy to be continuing with the cast of Treasure Island and making his first appearance at Berkeley Rep. Other recent Chicago credits include Luther in Ring of Fire: Music of Johnny Cash, Leon in the American Blues production of Hank Williams Lost Highway, and at Goodman Theatre for his 18th season of A Christmas Carol. Other Chicago credits include performance and musical composition for the Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Drury Lane Theatre, the Marriott, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, and the Piven Theatre Workshop (Jeff Award nomination for Best Original Score for Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play). Other credits include performances for several national and international theatre and music festivals. Greg is also a member of several Chicago area bands touring nationally and internationally, including Chicago’s own Mucca Pazza.
Anthony Irons* · Pew / Others
Anthony is delighted to make his Berkeley Rep debut with this great Lookingglass Theatre Company adventure. He is a Congo Square Theatre Ensemble member in Chicago, where he has performed in over a dozen productions and garnered Black Excellence Awards, Black Theatre Alliance Awards, and a Jeff nomination (King Hedley II). Other credits include Two Trains Running (Goodman Theatre), Waiting for Godot (Court Theatre), Red Scare and Second City Mile High (Second City), Black Eagles (Penumbra Theatre), Hamlet (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), As You Like It (Georgia Shakespeare Festival), and Treemonisha (Birmingham Broadway Series). Anthony’s television and film credits include Chicago Fire, Boss, Let’s Go to Prison, and The Lucky Ones.
Alex Moggridge* · Dr. Livesey
Alex has appeared in Berkeley Rep’s productions of Three Sisters and Chinglish (which also traveled to South Coast Repertory and the Hong Kong Arts Festival). Regionally, he has appeared at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. He understudied on the Broadway production of Betrayal, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz and directed by Mike Nichols. In the Bay Area, he has performed at American Conservatory Theater in The Beard of Avon, A Christmas Carol, and The Threepenny Opera; Aurora Theatre Company in Betrayed, The Entertainer, and Salomania; San Jose Repertory Theatre in By the Bog of Cats and The Weir; as well as at Center Repertory Company, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, and Shotgun Players. Alex’s film and TV credits include Batman Begins, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Person of Interest, and Trauma. Alex is also a writer, and his play Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet will be produced this fall at New York’s Access Theatre.
Steve Pickering* · Black Dog / Ben Gunn (April 22–June 12)
Steve performed in the original run of Treasure Island at Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago. Before that, he appeared as the title role in Macbeth for Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and as Oscar in The Little Foxes for Goodman Theatre—one of over 30 productions with the company since 1987, including Robert Falls’ staging of King Lear, Long Day’s Journey into Night, and Death of a Salesman (in Chicago, on Broadway, for the national tour, and in London’s West End). He received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Michael Kahn’s production of Wallenstein for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC, and has performed with many of the country’s major regional theatres, including Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Old Globe, and the Public Theater. Formerly the artistic director for Next Theatre in Evanston, he is currently a Goodman Theatre Creative Partner, and project manager for Shanghai Low Theatricals.
John Gregorio* · Black Dog / Ben Gunn (June 14–19)
John is delighted to be working with the incredible artists of Treasure Island and for the first time at Berkeley Rep. His off-Broadway credits include Around the World in 80 Days (the New Theater at 45th Street), Silent Laughter (the Lamb’s Players Theatre), and The Nuclear Family (the Belt Theatre). His regional credits include Home of the Brave (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), ZM (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center), Little Shop of Horrors and The 39 Steps (Geva Theatre Center), A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (North Shore Music Theatre), The Legend of Pecos Bill (Alliance Theatre), and The Mystery of Irma Vep (Dad’s Garage Theatre Company). His television credits include The Extended Family (Sundance), Good Eats (Food Network), and Smoking Gun TV (Court TV). John is a founding member of Dad’s Garage (Atlanta) and the Nuclear Family (New York), with whom he teaches and performs improvisation around the country.
L.J. Slavin* · Musician
L.J., an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, has performed in almost every type of venue imaginable. Theatrically, he recently performed in the premiere of Mary Zimmerman’s Treasure Island at Lookingglass Theatre Company. He served as musical director and lead musician in the Steppenwolf Theatre production of The March. Additional Steppenwolf credits include The Grapes of Wrath (Tony Award-winning production on Broadway, the National Theatre in London, and regional productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, and Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City), and provided music for Tennessee, The Glass Menagerie, and Curse of the Starving Class. Other productions include Woody Guthrie’s American Song at Northlight Theatre in Evanston (IL), Briar Street Theatre in Chicago, Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, and Pope Theatre in West Palm Beach; Appalachian Strings at the Denver Center, Meadow Brook Theatre in Michigan, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Virginia Stage Company; Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Sounding the River at Milwaukee Repertory Theater; and three seasons of A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre.
Philip R. Smith* · Captain Smollett
This is Philip’s first appearance at Berkeley Rep. In Chicago he serves as the producing director of Lookingglass Theatre Company, co-producer of Treasure Island. As such he promotes the company’s brand, ensemble, and mission through casting, marketing, facilities, events, and fundraising initiatives. He also acts. Recent Chicago credits include Bastion Podaris in Keith Huff’s Big Lake Big City at Lookingglass Theatre Company directed by David Schwimmer, and Wrede Sartorius in The March at Steppenwolf Theatre Company directed by Frank Galati. Other Lookingglass credits include the titular role in Ethan Frome, Will in Trust, Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, Ivan in The Brothers Karamazov, Tinker Bosch in The Wooden Breeks, and Creon in Hillbilly Antigone. Other recent credits include Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird and Rev. Parris in The Crucible, both at Steppenwolf, and Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days at Baltimore’s Center Stage. Other regional credits include work at the McCarter Theatre Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Arden Theatre Company, BAM (NYC), and the Actors’ Gang (LA). TV and film credits include Boss, Friends, Prison Break, Chicago Hope, Early Edition, Kissing a Fool, Since You’ve Been Gone, High Fidelity, The Express, and The Dilemma.
Demetrios Troy* · Israel Hands (April 22–June 5)
Demetrios makes his Berkeley Rep and Lookingglass Theatre Company debut. A Chicago-based actor, Demetrios’ credits include 2666, The Happiest Song Plays Last, A Christmas Carol, The Seagull, The Good Negro, and numerous readings at Goodman Theatre. His other Chicago credits include The Wheel (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Never the Sinner (Victory Gardens Theater); Inana, Blood and Gifts, and Danny Casolaro Died for You (TimeLine Theatre Company); Henry V, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, Richard III, and Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Awake and Sing (Northlight Theatre); Beyond the Score: Haydn, Beyond the Score: Beethoven, Beyond the Score: Schoenberg, The Soldier’s Tale, and Welcome Yule (Chicago Symphony Orchestra); and Working (Broadway Playhouse). Demetrios’ regional credits include The Boys Next Door (Syracuse Stage), Julius Caesar (Utah Shakespeare Festival), King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Riverside Shakespeare), King Lear and Tartuffe (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), and Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Door Shakespeare). His TV and film credits include Chicago Fire, Mob Doctor, The Year that Changed Us, The King, Two Thieves, and Jobless. He holds a BA from DePaul University/Barat College and an MFA from the University of South Carolina. Demetrios is an artistic associate at TimeLine Theatre.
Billy Higgins* · Israel Hands (June 7–19)
A Bay Area native, Billy received his BFA from the University of Wyoming, his M.Ph. from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and MFA from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. As a sailor, storyteller, and poet, Billy has had the pleasure of working aboard the Privateer Lynx, sailing from Halifax to Long Island and through all five Great Lakes. Billy has taught, performed, and devised theatre in Indonesia and throughout Northern California with the Dell’Arte Company, directed the Irish national premiere of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged at the Samuel Beckett Centre in Dublin, and internationally toured his own ensemble-devised piece Hell To Pay. He would like to thank his teachers through the years, his friends, parents, and his siblings for being constant sources of inspiration and support, and especially Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Ms. Mary Zimmerman, and Lookingglass Theatre for welcoming him to Treasure Island.
Matthew C. Yee · Abraham Gray / Musician
Matthew appeared in Treasure Island at Lookingglass Theatre Company. Previous credits include The Wheel at Steppenwolf Theatre and Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure at Chicago Children’s Theatre. In 2014, he had a co-starring role in season three episode four of the NBC series Chicago Fire. In 2013, he graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Acting.
* Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
“This production, aside from being a faithful and skillful adaption of the book, puts the audience in the center of the action in ways that film and television could never muster…Zimmerman has powerfully captured the joy and danger and fantasy of the Stevenson’s novel…Pure fun, a potent coming-of-age story and a rollicking swashbuckler.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A hearty theatrical feast…[The] cast of 14 fill more than 20 roles with vitality and passion. [John] Babbo, who originated the role [of Jim Hawkins] in Chicago, delivers a performance of astonishing range and depth. All are impeccably dressed in the scruffiest, patchiest costumes imaginable, wonderfully designed by Ana Kuzmanic. Piracy has never looked so gritty.”—Huffington Post
“Zimmerman remains a superior storyteller. Add the proven bona fides of the source, and the pleasures of the piece are not inconsiderable…It reveals a great truth about Zimmerman’s work all these years: The further away from the familiar she travels, the better the artistic treasure.”—Chicago Tribune
“Awash in the whimsical stage pictures that are Zimmerman’s hallmark, this rollicking theatrical adaptation of the classic adventure is a yarn well spun…[Steven] Epp may well have been born to play the infamous buccaneer with the peg leg and the potty-mouthed parrot…suffusing Silver with equal parts swagger and desperation. His unabashedly charismatic performance captures the dualities of the iconic pirate.”—Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
“Transporting…Zimmerman gives us a fully realized fictional world complete with scary villains, violently drunken sailors, and sea shanties…It’s a play for adults that is nonetheless bound to make you feel like a kid again, and is guaranteed not to remind you of Johnny Depp.”—SFist
“The story telling is beguiling and Zimmerman has winningly ‘impressed’ a cast of 14 actors and musicians with terrific personalities, fearless physicality and distinctive faces to portray a mostly scrurrilous but sometimes honorable bunch.”—Chicago Sun-Times
Audiences tell us their favorite pirate-isms in Treasure Island.
Audience tell some tales
What people like best about this seafaring adventure.
Behind the scenes: John Babbo
Meet Treasure Island’s young hero, Jim Hawkins!
Spy on Treasure Island
Get yerself a sneak peek at the swashbucklin’ action!
Raising the Hispaniola
Watch the speedy construction of the Treasure Island set!
Behind the scenes: Steven Epp
Meet Treasure Island’s most notorious pirate, Long John Silver!
Introducing Treasure Island
Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep’s Michael Leibert Artistic Director, gives us the scoop on this seafaring adventure.
Set sail for Treasure Island
Ahoy, mateys! Get a sneak peek of this here TV spot, and set sail with our crew.
Discover Treasure Island
Director Mary Zimmerman reveals the inspiration behind her adaptation of Stevenson’s classic seafaring tale.
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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.
- Friday, April 22, 2016
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.
- Monday, April 25, 2016
Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham interviews director Mary Zimmerman
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Stick around after select performances for lively Q&A sessions with our artists on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.
- Thursday, May 12, 2016
- Tuesday, May 17, 2016
- Friday, May 20, 2016