The 2016–17 Season

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It Can’t Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here

Adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen from the novel by Sinclair Lewis
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Main Season · Roda Theatre
September 23–November 6, 2016
World premiere

Sinclair Lewis’ darkly satirical novel follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Called “a message to thinking Americans” upon its publication, this eerily prescient book receives a new adaptation just in time for election season. More info

Still to come in the 2016–17 season

The Last Tiger in Haiti

The Last Tiger in Haiti

By Jeff Augustin
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody
Co-production with La Jolla Playhouse
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
October 14–November 27, 2016
World premiere production

Five kids in modern-day Haiti, all entangled in a dark history of servitude, spin spellbinding folktales, vying for the title of best storyteller—and dreaming of their freedom. When two of them reunite 15 years later, the boundary between reality and fiction vanishes. More info

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice
Directed by Emma Rice
In association with Kneehigh and Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Main Season · Roda Theatre
December 2, 2016–January 15, 2017
American premiere

Kneehigh is back! The theatrical alchemists return with a tender new coming-of-age tale that uncovers the secrets behind World War II’s D-Day landings—with swingin’ live music, enchanting puppetry, and signature stage sorcery. More info

Hand to God

Hand to God

By Robert Askins
Directed by David Ivers
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
February 3–March 19, 2017
West Coast premiere

A spectacularly foul-mouthed and wickedly scandalous sock puppet shocks a town’s congregation with his outrageous insinuations, exposing their deepest secrets—and teaching us all about love, grief, and what it means to be human. “Darkly delightful,” declares the New York Times. More info

Roe

Roe

By Lisa Loomer
Directed by Bill Rauch
Co-production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage
Limited Season · Roda Theatre
March 3–April 2, 2017
World premiere production

In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant, Roe cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of Roe v. Wade lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey (“Jane Roe”) in the years following the fateful decision. More info

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin

Lyrics and music by Irving Berlin
Book by Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay
Special Presentation · Peet’s Theatre
April 4–30, 2017

Hershey Felder is back with the inspiring story of “America’s Composer” in a tour-de-force performance. His signature creation of character and musical performance will make this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey. More info

Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding

Book by Sabrina Dhawan
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Directed by Mira Nair
Main Season · Roda Theatre
May 5–June 25, 2017
World premiere

Award-winning film director Mira Nair brings her exuberant and sumptuous Monsoon Wedding to Berkeley Rep’s stage in this highly anticipated world premiere musical about an arranged marriage between a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter and an American guy she’s never met. More info

An Octoroon

An Octoroon

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Eric Ting
Limited Season · Peet’s Theatre
June 23–July 23, 2017
West Coast premiere

Playwright and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary, and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault’s once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural politics, An Octoroon is “This decade’s most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today,” says the New York Times. More info