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No Man’s Land

No Man’s Land

By Harold Pinter
Directed by Sean Mathias
Special Presentation · Roda Theatre
August 3–31, 2013

In No Man’s Land, we wonder if two writers really know each other. Or are they performing an elaborate charade? The ambiguity—and the comedy—intensify with the arrival of two other men, drawing the audience into a place between the present and time remembered, between reality and fantasy.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Written by Christopher Durang
Directed by Richard E.T. White
Limited Season · Roda Theatre
September 20–October 27, 2013

“Deliriously funny,” says the NY Times about the Tony Award winner for Best Play. In this Chekhov homage, Masha returns to the family farmhouse with her 20-something boy toy, and sets the stage for hilarity.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane
by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder
Main Season · Thrust Stage
October 25, 2013–January 5, 2014

Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. In this poignant show, virtuoso Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful piano music as she shares her mother’s riveting story of survival.

Tristan & Yseult

Tristan & Yseult

Adapted and Directed by Emma Rice
Writers: Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy
Main Season · Roda Theatre
November 22, 2013–January 18, 2014
West Coast premiere

King Mark rules with his head, until he falls head over heels for his enemy’s sister. Based on an ancient tale from Cornwall, Tristan & Yseult revels in forbidden desires, broken hearts, grand passions, and tender truths. It’s another marriage of gorgeous music and ingenious staging from the acclaimed creators of Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride.

Man in a Case

Man in a Case

Adapted from Two Stories by Anton Chekhov
Adapted and Directed by Paul Lazar & Annie-B Parson / Big Dance Theater
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tymberly Canale, Chris Giarmo, Paul Lazar, and Aaron Mattocks
Produced by Baryshnikov Productions
in association with ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann
Special Presentation · Roda Theatre
January 25–February 16, 2014

Mikhail Baryshnikov and the creative masterminds behind the Obie Award-winning Big Dance Theater, Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, bring us an inviting, innovative take on two of Anton Chekhov’s 1898 short stories, Man in a Case and About Love. Two hunters trade tales both witty and haunting: one about a reclusive man who falls for a cheerful, extroverted woman; the other about a fellow who relives the story of lost love. Garnering rave reviews and featuring Baryshnikov and a stellar ensemble of artists, Man in a Case is a high-tech fusion of theatre, movement, music, and video that illuminates those rare occasions when we’re offered life-changing possibilities.

The House that will not Stand

The House that will not Stand

Written by Marcus Gardley
Directed by Patricia McGregor
A co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre
Main Season · Thrust Stage
January 31–March 23, 2014
World Premiere

The House that will not Stand by Marcus Gardley unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans. It’s humorous and gripping family drama told in a rich and lyrical river of words.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

By Dario Fo
Adapted by Gavin Richards from a translation by Gillian Hanna
Directed by Christopher Bayes
A co-production with Yale Repertory Theatre
Main Season · Roda Theatre
March 7–April 20, 2014

A bank gets bombed, a suspect dies in custody, and the police inquiry turns into…a masterpiece of comedy? Berkeley Rep hauls you down to the station for a hilarious interrogation of our culture.

Tribes

Tribes

By Nina Raine
Directed by Jonathan Moscone
Limited Season · Thrust Stage
April 11–May 18, 2014

A young deaf man finds his place in a cacophonous family and a bewildering world. According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s “the deepest, most daring—and funniest—new play in recent years.”

Not a Genuine Black Man

Not a Genuine Black Man

Written and performed by Brian Copeland
Developed by Brian Copeland and David Ford
Directed by David Ford
Special Presentation · Osher Studio
April 23–June 14, 2014

“In 1972, The National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing called San Leandro, California a ‘racist bastion of white supremacy.’ Fair Housing advocates considered it one of the most racist suburbs in America. The U.S. Commission in Civil Rights conducted hearings. And then, we moved to town.” So begins Brian Copeland in Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running one-man show in San Francisco history—back for its 10th anniversary at Berkeley Rep!

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide...

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

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

“The rarest of theater delights,” notes The Nation about the Pulitzer Prize-winner’s latest play—an epic tale of love, family, sex, politics, and money.

The American Songbook Sing-Along II

Hershey Felder in Concert: The American Songbook Sing-Along II

Text by Hershey Felder
Special Presentation · Thrust Stage
June 16, 23, and 30, 2014

At this grand show, Hershey Felder in Concert: The American Songbook Sing-Along II, you’ll have the chance to be serenaded and sing along Hershey from the Great American songbook.

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro

Book by Hershey Felder
Music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and others
Directed by Joel Zwick
Special Presentation · Thrust Stage
June 5–July 3, 2014

Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, and Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein pushed all boundaries to become the world’s first serious musical media superstar. Hershey Felder combines first-person narrative with the compositions of Bernstein and others to draw us deeply into the maestro’s fascinating life, a life filled with tragedy and triumph…and music.

Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education—The California Chapter

Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education—The California Chapter

Developed and performed by Anna Deavere Smith
Music by Marcus Shelby
Presented by Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater · 700 Howard St, San Francisco
July 17, 2014

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.