Events

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 our 2014–15 season events!

  • Friday, January 23, 2015 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 · 10am
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Berkeley Rep’s Harrison Street campus
  • Friday, March 20, 2015 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for Tartuffe
  • Friday, April 17, 2015 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for Head of Passes
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 · 5:30pm
    OVATION: Une Soirée Magnifique, A Benefit for Berkeley Rep at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
  • Friday, May 15, 2015 · 6pm
    Opening Night Dinner for One Man, Two Guvnors
  • Saturday, May 30, 2015 · 9:30am
    Backstage Tour of Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre and Thrust Stage

Event dates subject to change

The ultimate masquerade

Join us for a magical evening of masks and mystery, as Berkeley Rep hosts OVATION: Une Soirée Magnifique, on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco! Don your most alluring mask and be transported to Carnival in Paris, a feast for the senses with surprises around every corner. Vie for memorable trips, delectable dining experiences, and once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Berkeley Rep’s annual gala attracts nearly 400 prominent community members, creative and corporate professionals, and philanthropic leaders from throughout the Bay Area.

The evening

Saturday, April 18, 2015
5:30pm · Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7pm · Gourmet Dinner and Live Auction

The goal

To raise over $650,000 to benefit the Theatre and the School of Theatre educational programs.

See photos from Berkeley Rep’s 2014 OVATION gala

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Berkeley Rep would like to thank the 2015 committee and sponsors

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Limelight sponsors

Stewart & Rachelle Owen

Spotlight sponsors

Osterweis Capital Management

Footlight sponsors

Bank of America
Deloitte
Thalia Dorwick
Robin & Rich Edwards
Jill & Steve Fugaro
Gail & Arne Wagner
Wells Fargo

In-kind sponsors

Autumn Press
C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery
Fossil
Hafner Vineyard
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Semifreddi’s

Gala committee

Daniel David
Thalia Dorwick
Rich Edwards
Robin Edwards
David Fleishhacker
Kerry Francis
Elisheva Gur-Arieh
Brenda Leff
Pam Nichter
Deborah Taylor

* Sponsor list as of December 3, 2014

Opening night dinners and performances

For contributors of $1,500 and above (Artistic Director’s Circle members)

Artistic Director’s 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? Artistic Director’s 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.

We hope to see you at opening nights this season!

  • Friday, September 12, 2014
    An Audience with Meow Meow
  • Friday, October 24, 2014
    Party People
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
  • Friday, January 23, 2015
    X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story)
  • Friday, March 20, 2015
    Tartuffe
  • Friday, April 17, 2015
    Head of Passes
  • Friday, May 15, 2015
    One Man, Two Guvnors

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.

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

  • Spring 2015
    Happy Hour with Company Management
  • Summer 2015
    Happy Hour with The Ground Floor

Event dates to be announced

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!

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

To celebrate the launch of the Create Campaign, we will hold special tours of our Harrison campus and Thrust Stage in January and February 2015.

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015 · 10am & 10:30am
    Harrison Street campus tour
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 · 10am & 10:30am
    Thrust Stage tour

Learn more and sign up now.

In addition, we’ll also hold two behind-the-scenes tours in the spring.

  • Saturday, March 14, 2015 · 10am
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Harrison
  • Saturday, May 30, 2015 · 9:30am
    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 Tony Kushner (The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures), Mary Zimmerman (The White Snake), and Emma Rice (The Wild Bride).

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

  • Monday, October 6, 2014
    Party People
    A discussion with UNIVERSES, moderated by Berkeley Rep’s Madeleine Oldham, in the Roda Theatre

Please check back for additional 2014–15 season dates.

Event dates subject to change