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, 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 silent and 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.

Explore the silent auction  Discover the live auction

Les vins: “Drink me Tonight” and BYO

As always, we’ll be pouring plenty of delectable California wines for all our guests throughout the evening. If you have a special bottle or two of your own that you would like to share with your tablemates at dinner, you are warmly invited to bring them! In addition, select bottles in the silent auction will be marked “Drink Me Tonight.” Bid to win and have them delivered to your table to enjoy with your meal.

Le lieu de la soirée (location)

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is located at 600 Stockton Street. Click here for a map and directions.

Le parking

The hotel offers valet parking only (limited street parking may also be available). Mention you are attending OVATION for a special $35 flat rate for the evening. We are pleased to offer complimentary vouchers for valet parking to our Limelight table sponsors and their guests, and our Spotlight table sponsors. Please contact Lily Yang at if you are the host of a Limelight or Spotlight table and have not received your vouchers.

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

Bruce Golden & Michelle Mercer
Stewart & Rachelle Owen


Spotlight sponsors

Edward D. Baker
Martha Ehmann Conte
Forest Creatures Entertainment
The Strauch Kulhanjian Family
Meyer Sound
Osterweis Capital Management

Footlight sponsors

Bank of America
Rena Bransten
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
Thalia Dorwick
Robin & Rich Edwards
David & Vicki Fleishhacker
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
Drake’s Brewing Company
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 April 9, 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