Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

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.

Creative team

Mary Zimmerman · Adaptor / Director
Todd Rosenthal · Scenic Design
Ana Kuzmanic · Costume Design
T.J. Gerckens · Lighting Design
Andre Pluess · Original Music / Sound Design
Amy Potozkin · Casting
Megan McClintock · Stage Manager
Philip R. Smith with Raymond Fox · Casting
Stephen Sorenson · Associate Lighting Designer
Lynne Soffer · Dialect Coach


John Babbo · Jim Hawkins
Matt DeCaro · Squire Trelawney
Travis Delgado · Constable Dance / Dick
Christopher Donahue · Billy Bones / Redruth
Steven Epp · Long John Silver
Kasey Foster · Mrs. Hawkins / George Merry / Musician
Greg Hirte · Musician
Anthony Irons · Pew / Others
Alex Moggridge · Dr. Livesey
Steve Pickering · Black Dog / Ben Gunn (April 22–June 12)
John Gregorio · Black Dog / Ben Gunn (June 14–19)
L.J. Slavin · Musician
Philip R. Smith · Captain Smollett
Demetrios Troy · Israel Hands (April 22–June 5)
Billy Higgins · Israel Hands (June 7–19)
Matthew C. Yee · Abraham Gray / Musician

Leaping man“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

“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

Watch now


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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