Celebrate with Berkeley Rep!

Enrich your Berkeley Rep experience at special events throughout the season! As a supporter of the Theatre, you receive invitations to a number of events, based on your level of giving. Join us for exclusive opening night dinners, festive happy hours, intriguing behind-the-scenes tours of Berkeley Rep, and much more!

Events tend to fill up quickly, so please make sure to reply as soon as you receive your invitation!

We hope to see you at events in the 2013–14 season!

  • February 5 · 5:45pm
    Opening Night Dinner for The House that will not Stand
  • March 1 · 10am
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Berkeley Rep’s Harrison Campus
  • March 12 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for Accidental Death of an Anarchist
  • April 16 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for Tribes
  • April 19 · 5:30pm
    OVATION, a gala to benefit Berkeley Rep, at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Event dates subject to change

Get your Glitz and Glam on at OVATION!

Give a standing “O” for Berkeley Rep and join us for an unforgettable evening to benefit our Tony Award-winning theatre. Help us support the creation of exciting new work through The Ground Floor and provide arts education through our School of Theatre, bringing the performing arts to underserved groups through community outreach, ticket donations, and discounts.

Vie for exclusive live auction packages, including fine dining, exceptional travel adventures, and priceless cultural opportunities. Bring a special bottle (or two!) from your private cellar or favorite wine shop to share with your table or bid on “Buy Now, Drink Tonight” wines in the silent auction. Join us for a theatrical evening full of delectable delights and surprise entertainment!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

5pm · VIP Reception *
5:30pm · Reception and Silent Auction
7:30pm · Gourmet Dinner and Live Auction

* VIP Reception for Limelight & Spotlight table sponsors, and VIP ticket holders.
Includes early access to the silent auction for “Buy It Now” bidding, and a photo session.

Tickets: VIP $1,250 ($1,000 tax-deductible) · Individual $750 ($550 tax-deductible)
Tables: Limelight $18,000 ($15,000 tax-deductible) · Spotlight $12,500 ($10,000 tax-deductible) · Footlight $7,500 ($5,500 tax-deductible)

Click here for the advance reservation form

Berkeley Rep would like to thank the 2014 committee and sponsors

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Limelight sponsors

Bruce Golden & Michelle Mercer

FossilFour Seasons HotelThe Roda Group

Spotlight sponsors

Dallas Summer Musicals & FireMused Productions, LLC
Forest Creatures Entertainment
Jill & Steve Fugaro
Meyer Sound
Osterweis Capital Management
Stewart & Rachelle Owen
Jean & Michael Strunsky

Footlight sponsors

Bank of America
Bregante + Company, LLP
Thalia Dorwick
Robin & Rich Edwards
Paul T. Friedman & Diane Manley
Scott & Sherry Haber
Latham & Watkins LLP
Don & Dale Marshall
Marjorie Randolph
Gail & Arne Wagner
Wells Fargo
Felicia Woytak & Steve Rasmussen

In-kind sponsors

Autumn Press
Blind Tiger Cocktail Co. & East Bay Spice Company
Dolphin Graphics
Domaine Carneros by Taittinger
EO Products
Epi Center MedSpa
Greenbar Craft Distillery
Grocery Outlet, San Leandro
Hafner Vineyard
Macallan Scotch & Black Grouse Scotch
Match Vineyards
Miette Pâtisserie and Confiserie
Naked Juice Coconut Water
Pat Paulsen Vineyards
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Quady Winery
St. George Spirits
Tres Agaves Products, LLC

Gala committee

Jill Fugaro, Co-Chair
Jean Strunsky, Co-Chair
Daniel David
Narsai David
Thalia Dorwick
Rich Edwards
Robin Edwards
Scott Haber
Diane Manley
Pamela Nichter
Deborah Taylor
Felicia Woytak

* Sponsor list as of April 9, 2014

Opening night dinners and performances

For contributors of $1,500 and above (Donor Circle members)

Donor Circle members are invited to celebrate the opening of each show at an exclusive pre-show dinner, in the company of Berkeley Rep artistic staff and special guests from the production, followed by the opening performance.

Can’t attend opening night? Donor Circle members may exchange or purchase VIP “house seats” located in the front center section for other performances during the season. Call 510 647–2901 for reservations. Seats are subject to availability.

Special thanks to our opening night dinner sponsors: Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen, Autumn Press, Back to Earth Organic Catering, Bistro Liaison, ETC Catering, Hotel Shattuck Plaza’s FIVE, Hugh Groman Catering, and Revival Bar + Kitchen.

We hope to see you at opening nights this season!

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    The Pianist of Willesden Lane
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013
    Tristan & Yseult
  • Wednesday, February 5, 2014
    The House that will not Stand
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014
    Accidental Death of an Anarchist
  • Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014
    The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

Event dates subject to change

Unscripted Happy Hours

For contributors of $150 and above

Unscripted connects our donors with members of our artistic and production staff over happy hour. In the past, we’ve featured staff from Costumes, the Scene Shop, Casting, and The Ground Floor (Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work). Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine on us as you learn about their creative contributions to current Berkeley Rep productions.

Special thanks to our Unscripted in-kind sponsors: Hotel Shattuck Plaza’s FIVE and Donkey & Goat Winery.

We hope to see you at Unscripted Happy Hours this season!

  • Thursday, September 12, 2013 · 5:30pm
    Managing a theatre
  • Monday, December 16, 2013 · 5:30pm
    Happy Hour with the Tristan & Yseult cast
  • Summer 2014
    Happy Hour with The Ground Floor

Event dates subject to change

Behind-the-Scenes tours

For contributors of $75 and above

Our exclusive behind-the-scenes tours alternate between backstage tours of our downtown theatres (Roda Theatre and Thrust Stage), and our Harrison campus in west Berkeley.

These tours provide an opportunity for you to catch a glimpse of the rehearsal hall and costume, props, and scene shops at our Harrison Street campus and explore the pit, control booths, and catwalks in our theatres!

Special thanks to our Behind-the-Scenes in-kind sponsors: Donkey & Goat Winery, Fournée Bakery, La Note Restaurant Provençal, and Peet’s Coffee & Tea.

We hope to see you at Behind-the-Scenes tours this season!

  • October 3, 2013 · 5:30pm
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Harrison
  • December 14, 2013 · 10am
    Backstage Tour at Addison
  • March 1, 2014 · 10am
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Harrison
  • May 31, 2014 · 10am
    Backstage Tour at Addison

Event dates subject to change

Page to Stage reserved seating

For contributors of $75 and above

Page to Stage is a special discussion forum that is open to the public, with premium seating reserved for our donors at the $75 level and above. Eminent theatre artists currently collaborating with Berkeley Rep are interviewed. In the past, we have featured Mary Zimmerman (The White Snake), Jonathan Moscone (Ghost Light), and Emma Rice (The Wild Bride).

We hope to see you at Page to Stage discussions this season!

  • November 11, 2013
    The Pianist of Willesden Lane
    A discussion with writer and actress Mona Golabek
  • January 27, 2014
    The House that will not Stand
    A discussion with playwright Marcus Gardley
    Please note: This Page to Stage takes place in the new Osher Studio, located in the Arts Passage on Center Street between Shattuck and Milvia—just a block from Berkeley Rep.
  • May 19, 2014
    The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
    A discussion with playwright Tony Kushner

Event dates subject to change