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!

  • Monday, March 16, 2015 · 7pm
    Page to Stage for Tartuffe
  • 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

Mesdames et messieurs!

Join us for Une Soirée Magnifique! It’s an evening of disguises and surprises at OVATION, a gala benefit for the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Champion the creation of exciting new plays through The Ground Floor and help provide arts education through our School of Theatre, bringing the performing arts to underserved groups in our community.

Bid on exclusive live auction packages, including elegant dining experiences, elite travel adventures, and exquisite cultural opportunities. Bring a special bottle (or two!) from your private cellar to share with your table or bid on “Buy Now, Drink Tonight” wines in the silent auction. Join us for une soirée théâtrale full of delectable delights and surprise entertainment!

Dress is festive et élégante…Masks admired, but not required!

Saturday, April 18, 2015
The Ritz-Carlton · 600 Stockton Street, San Francisco

5:30pm · Wine and Hors d’oeuvre Reception & Silent Auction
7pm · Dîner Gastronomique
8:30pm · Live Auction & Paddle Raise

Exceptional and extraordinary live auction lots

At OVATION, you’ll have the chance to vie on unique auction packages that can only be qualified as extraodinaire! Click below to learn more about what’s up for bid and start making your plans now to secure your place as the winner.

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A Travel Experience Like No Other—The World

There are only a few ways one can experience The World, the largest privately-owned residential yacht on earth—as an owner of one of its private residences, as an invited Guest, or by being the winning bidder of this exceptional lot. This is your chance to reserve your spot for the holiday of a lifetime on a one-of-a-kind Ship.

Two couples, or a family of four, will enjoy 16 days aboard The World as it journeys from Lima, Peru to Santiago, Chile from November 21 to December 5, 2015. On this exclusive voyage you’ll be joining its Residents who share your taste for adventure and unrivaled personalized service and amenities. Your posh home on this 165-Residence “floating luxury city” is a spacious two-bedroom apartment, beautifully appointed and fully furnished, with an expansive balcony from which to relax and watch the world go by.

Imagine arriving in a new port of call, such as Pisco or Valparaiso, and setting out on a day of cultural exploration. Perhaps you’ll want to taste the flavors of these South American cities or Pisco’s familiar namesake national beverage or bring back delicacies from a local market (or from Fredy’s Deli on board) to cook dinner at home. Your voyage includes world-class dining at one of six restaurants on board, including the haute cuisine of Portraits or Asian delights at East. Have a special occasion or in the mood for a romantic evening? For a unique and truly personalized dining option, The World’s “Call-a-Chef™” program will send a chef to your Residence to prepare a delicious meal.

Whatever you choose to do, The World’s discreet personalized service surpasses that of a well-staffed estate. An extensive range of onboard activities are available like playing a few sets on the only full-size tennis court at sea; practicing your swing on the world’s greatest courses on a state-of-the-art golf simulator along with tips from the Ship’s pro; or joining a yoga class on deck. Those seeking more peaceful pursuits can choose from the library’s 4,000 books, indulge at The World Spa & Wellness Center, watch first-run movies or listen to lecturers in the theatre, or shoot some pool on a self-stabilizing, gyroscopic billiard table. An average of three days in port offers a leisurely pace to explore every stop. And don’t forget, The World Concierge is always available to ensure you experience the best each port of call has to offer.

Why not make this Thanksgiving a holiday to remember?

Value of this exclusive package is $45,000. Air transportation, transfers, and meals are not included.

See for yourself what makes The World so special

An Idyllic Stay at a French Manor for Eight

Four couples, or two families, will enjoy a week’s stay in the heart of the Loire Valley. Your home will be the beautiful 16th century historical manor, Maison Dovalle, with a breathtaking view of the Thouet River.

Imagine waking up each morning and walking just a block away to a fabulous patisserie where you can purchase your flaky croissants, pain du chocolat and other pastries for your breakfast. Or you might choose to venture to the local weekly markets (there is one every day in one nearby town or another) and purchase local products for your lunch or dinner—which you can enjoy on the chateau’s beautiful terrace overlooking its exquisite gardens.

If you are a connoisseur of French wines, you will want to visit the wineries of the Loire Valley to imbibe in their sauvignon blancs, chenin blancs, semillons, and chinons, to name a few—at prices well below what you would find in California. Or, if spirits are more to your liking, pay a visit to the triple sec distillery in nearby Samur.

There is so much to explore during your stay, whether it’s venturing to spectacular chateaux and manicured gardens, or dining in Michelin-starred restaurants. What you will remember is a vacances magnifique!

A Culinary Exploration of Paris at Le Cordon Bleu

What better way to immerse oneself in the world of fine dining than by taking part in this special Le Cordon Bleu adventure in the City of Lights.

Founded in Paris in 1895, Le Cordon Bleu has acquired an international reputation built on excellence in culinary and hospitality education. In addition to culinary and management programs, Le Cordon Bleu has expanded its activities to include a range of short courses for those with a passion for the culinary arts.

As the winner of this package, you and your guest will have the option to choose one of two culinary experiences:

  • Le Cordon Bleu Paris Market Tour
    This is a 2-hour walking tour of a Parisian market followed by a 2.5-hour demo. Discover the secrets of selecting quality produce and making the most of fresh seasonal ingredients as a Le Cordon Bleu Chef guides you around one of Paris’ 80 markets. A light buffet lunch including produce from the market will be followed by the demonstration.
  • Le Cordon Bleu Discovery Workshops in Cuisine & Pastry
    This is a 6-hour themed workshop. Workshops take place in the practical classrooms, and give you as much exposure as possible to the working environment of a kitchen. This hands-on experience allows the more knowledgeable gourmet enthusiast the opportunity to innovate. All necessary ingredients and equipment are provided and you are free to take home your day’s work.

But your week-long trip to Paris won’t be just spent studying. You’ll be staying at the luxury hotel, Le Royal Monceau, located on the prestigious Avenue Hoche and just steps away from the majestic Arc de Triomphe and the Parc Monceau. It’s the perfect location from which to embark on all the magic that Paris offers.

Narsai David’s Private Dinner for Eight

Chef Narsai once again offers one of the most hotly sought-after items in Berkeley Rep’s annual gala. The Chef who has cooked for rock royalty and real royalty, and whose eponymous Kensington restaurant was once lauded by the New York Times as having one of the ten finest wine lists in the world, cordially invites you to join him and his wife Venus in their spectacular Berkeley home for an exceptional evening of food, wine, and conversation. Wine from three centuries, selected from Narsai’s extensive cellar, will be paired with the meal. Watch the master chef at work, and revel in a glorious repast. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

An American in Paris…in New York, for Four

Get a theatre insider’s view of the Big Apple with four VIP tickets to the musical that took Paris by storm this past December, and now premieres on Broadway: An American in Paris. The romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war, is the stuff of Broadway dreams.

An American in Paris promises to be the kind of new Broadway musical you thought they didn’t make anymore—a musical filled with beauty, artistry, and the unmistakable beat of the human heart. Highly acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon directs a remarkable cast of singers, actors, and dancers as they bring the magic and romance of Paris and the timeless songs of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin into perfect harmony.

Relive your experiences or enjoy a pre-theatre dinner at 54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club, which offers an unforgettable New York nightlife experience, combining performances by Broadway’s best with world class dining in an elegant setting. Featuring up to three shows nightly and a late night lounge, 54 Below has become Broadway’s living room—a home away from home for Broadway professionals and audiences alike.

This package also includes two pairs of VIP house seats to your choice of Airline Highway or Our Mother’s Brief Affair at Manhattan Theatre Club, where you will also have access to the exclusive patron lounge. Finally, when you need to retire from the bright lights of the big city, a private condominium in midtown Manhattan will be your home for the week of your stay. Go on, take Manhattan—it’s waiting for you.

Escape to Punta Mita

The magical charm and ideal weather of Mexico’s west coast have long been magnets for those seeking the perfect vacation and a respite from colder climates.

Escape to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, located in a 1,500-acre private peninsula on the northern tip of Baha de Banderas, one of the world’s largest natural bays. The shoreline is fringed by over nine miles of pristine white sand and rugged lava rock formations, and is located about an hour from Puerto Vallarta. This resort is rated #4 of the Top 35 Resorts in Mexico by Conde Nast Traveler and among the Top 500 in the World by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

Enjoy a 5-night stay in a garden-view Casita room including daily breakfast for two at this 5-star resort which offers more privacy and better service than any other hotel on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Three pools, including an Infinity-edge pool, together with two magnificent private beaches are attended by Four Seasons signature pool service with chilled towels, face misting, bottled water, fresh juices, and fruit. The spa offers exercise classes and a mix of New Age and Mexican treatments. Besides a well-equipped gym, the resort provides a whirlpool, ten lighted tennis courts, snorkeling equipment, and kayaks. One of two Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses boasts the world’s only natural island hole.

Meet one of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita chefs on the beach and discover the many different varieties of seafood that grace Punta Mita’s shores, just delivered by the local fishermen. Then join the chef for your choice of cooking class—a Bahia Catch of the Day, followed by a leisurely lunch, or the opportunity to learn the art of modern Mexican cuisine.

A French-Canadian Luxury Experience

You don’t need to leave the continent to brush up on your French. Venture to Quebec and enjoy a total of seven nights in two Fairmont properties—Tremblant and Montreal. Each stay is in a Junior Suite, providing an oversized room with a well-defined seating area and a daily breakfast for two in the dining room.

Your first three nights are at the Fairmont Tremblant. Fairmont Tremblant sits at the foot of the majestic Laurentian peaks, tucked into the heart of the region’s most picturesque village. The architectural masterpiece of a resort rooted in the legends of Quebec, boasts state-of-the-art facilities. Climb aboard a high-speed chair lift at their doorstep to ski the slopes, explore mountain trails, or play a round of golf. Experience a Laurentian adventure at this inspired mountain chateau, a true legendary beauty.

Then you are off to Montreal, just a 90-minute drive from Tremblant, to enjoy a 4-night stay at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth which reigns over Montreal’s vibrant cultural center and sets the standard for service and hospitality in this remarkable city. The perfect base to explore this cosmopolitan metropolis, the hotel sits near famous landmarks such as Place des Arts, Dominion Square, and Place Bonaventure. Unwind after a day of exploration in its modern Health Club or sip a drink in the famed Beaver Lounge. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is in a neighborhood marked by gracious boulevards where both work and play take on a distinctly European flair.

A Dinner Party for 10 at the Chef’s Table

Parallel 37 at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco invites you to dine at the best table in the house! The Chef’s Table, with views of the action in the kitchen, seats ten guests and is fashioned from locally-sourced wine barrel staves, and enclosed by tall shelves with antique culinary accessories. A customized Three-Course Prix Fixe Menu, Five- or Eight-Course Chef’s Tasting Menus are presented with beverage pairings (for each course) for a playful tasting experience.

Guests can elect to reserve the “Kitchen Table” experience for a group at the Chef’s Table and start the evening inside the Parallel 37 kitchen enjoying cocktails and canapés with Chef Michael Rotondo while chefs plate dishes for dinner service. From there, guests will be seated at the kitchen-adjacent Chef’s Table where they will savor a spontaneous eight-course tasting menu featuring the finest seasonal and luxury ingredients, complete with beverage pairings.


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Berkeley Rep would like to thank the 2015 committee and sponsors

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Limelight sponsors

Bruce Golden & Michelle Mercer
Stewart & Rachelle Owen


Spotlight sponsors

Martha Ehmann Conte
Forest Creatures Entertainment
Meyer Sound
Osterweis Capital Management

Footlight sponsors

Bank of America
Rena Bransten
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
Thalia Dorwick
Robin & Rich Edwards
Jill & Steve Fugaro

Scott & Sherry Haber
Hoem & Associates
Latham & Watkins LLP
Leonard X & Arlene B. Rosenberg and Mayer Brown LLP
Gail & Arne Wagner
Wells Fargo

In-kind sponsors

Autumn Press
C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery
Coco Libre
Dashe Cellars
Dolphin Graphics
Domaine Carneros by Taittinger
Farm League Design & Management Group and East Bay Spice Company

Hafner Vineyard
Match Vineyards
Miette Pâtisserie and Confiserie
Peet’s Coffee & Tea
Quady Winery

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 March 5, 2015

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
  • 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!

  • Thursday, February 5, 2015 · 6pm
    Happy Hour with Company Management
  • Summer 2015
    Happy Hour with The Ground Floor

Event date 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 February and March 2015.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

  • Thrust Stage tour
  • Tours at 9:30am, 10am, and 10:30am

Saturday, March 14, 2015

  • Harrison Street campus tour
  • Tours at 2pm, 2:30pm, and 3pm

In addition, we’ll also hold a behind-the-scenes tour in May. Please check back in the spring for further details.

  • 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
  • Monday, March 16, 2015
    A discussion with actor Steven Epp and director Dominique Serrand, moderated by theatre critic Robert Hurwitt

Please check back for additional 2014–15 season dates.

Event dates subject to change