BASED ON THE NOVEL BY EMILY BRONTË
ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY EMMA RICE
A NATIONAL THEATRE, WISE CHILDREN, BRISTOL OLD VIC, AND YORK THEATRE ROYAL CO-PRODUCTION
WEST COAST PREMIERE
NOV 18, 2022–JAN 1, 2023
Acclaimed director Emma Rice (The Wild Bride, Tristan & Yseult, Romantics Anonymous) and her new company Wise Children make a triumphant return to Berkeley Rep with her latest wildly imaginative theatrical experience. Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff is adopted by the Earnshaws and taken to live at Wuthering Heights. He finds a kindred spirit in Catherine Earnshaw and a fierce love ignites. When forced apart, a brutal chain of events is unleashed. Emma Rice reimagines Emily Brontë’s gothic masterpiece with live music, dance, passion, hope, and a dash of impish irreverence, creating an intoxicating revenge tragedy for today.
“Emotionally epic entertainment” – The Times (London)
“A bold and ingenious production” – The Guardian
BY LYNN NOTTAGE
DIRECTED BY TAYLOR REYNOLDS
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
JAN 20–FEB 26, 2023
Nominated for the 2022 Tony Award for Best Play! Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage returns to Berkeley Rep for the first time since her extraordinary play Ruined. In this feel-good comic drama, the formerly incarcerated kitchen staff at a truck-stop sandwich shop attempt to rebuild their lives. While their tough-as-nails boss – who slings sizzling insults fast and processed food even faster – tries to thwart their dreams, each staff member is encouraged by the mysterious chef to indulge in imagining, then creating, their perfect sandwich. A buoyant play full of witty dialogue, Clyde’s is a transcendent story about people rising above their past mistakes and reconnecting with the world.
“(A) delightful new play” – The New York Times
“(Nottage) fuses her storytelling once again to a social issue desperately in need of illumination… (a) highly entertaining comedy of kitchen nightmares.” – The Washington Post
Cambodian Rock Band
WRITTEN BY LAUREN YEE
FEATURING SONGS BY DENGUE FEVER
DIRECTED BY CHAY YEW
A SIGNATURE THEATRE PRODUCTION
IN ASSOCIATION WITH ALLEY THEATRE, ARENA STAGE, ACT THEATRE/5TH AVENUE, AND CENTER THEATRE GROUP
FEB 25–APR 2, 2023
Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock! This darkly funny, electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia for the first time in 30 years, as his daughter prepares to prosecute one of Cambodia’s most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Directed by Chay Yew, this intimate rock epic about family secrets is set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history.
Cambodian Rock Band was developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.
“Yee has made her characters so joyfully and ridiculously human that it’s impossible—to a heartbreaking degree—not to identify with them.”—Los Angeles Times
“A haunting, wise, political and personally searing show”—Chicago Tribune
BY SANAZ TOOSSI
DIRECTED BY MINA MORITA
WEST COAST PREMIERE
MAR 31–MAY 7, 2023
Winner of the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play! Language and identity intertwine in this incisive, funny, and moving seriocomedy set in a classroom in Iran in 2008, where four adult students are preparing for the Test of English as a Foreign Language. But as they pursue fluency in a language that for them represents access, opportunity, and even escape, they find that while English may expand their world, it might also limit their voice.
“A rich new play…both contemplative and comic, it nails every opportunity for big laughs as its English-learning characters struggle with accents and idioms. But the laughter provides cover for the deeper idea that their struggle is not just linguistic.” – The New York Times
BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE, IN ASSOCIATION WITH MARLA RUBIN PRODUCTIONS AND BILL KENWRIGHT, PRESENTS THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND PRODUCTION OF
Let the Right One In
A STAGE ADAPTATION BY JACK THORNE
BASED ON THE SWEDISH NOVEL AND FILM BY JOHN AJVIDE LINDQVIST
DIRECTED BY JOHN TIFFANY
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/MOVEMENT STEVEN HOGGETT
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Tony Award winners Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), along with Obie Award winner Steven Hoggett, have entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with their exhilarating, cutting-edge brand of theatrical storytelling. Now they bring us a supernatural thriller that’s part brutal vampire myth and part coming-of-age romance. Oskar, a bullied boy from a broken home, and Eli, a teenager who moves in next door and rarely leaves the house, become devoted friends. When their neighborhood is haunted by a series of mysterious murders, a shocking truth tests Oskar and Eli’s growing love.
“A romance and a fairytale and a thriller and a chiller and a pretty thoughtful meditation on difference.” — The Guardian
“The gasp, so rarely heard in the theatre, rings out often here. First-rate… situated on the slipway between dream and daily life… a mesmerising evening.” — The Observer
Out of Character
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ARI’EL STACHEL
DIRECTED BY TONY TACCONE
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Before he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (The Band’s Visit), Ari’el Stachel grew up in Berkeley, an Israeli American of Yemeni Jewish descent. Then came 9/11. Desperate to avoid taunts and threats at school, Ari hides his Middle Eastern background – setting off a years-long journey of trying on different identities, code switching, and navigating debilitating anxiety. Now a successful stage and screen actor, Ari comes home to Berkeley and joins with former artistic director Tony Taccone to tell his story in his new solo show. Out of Character explores the intersections of race, mental health, and survival in a way that’s raw, authentic, and entertaining.
Out of Character was developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.
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Photo by Steve Tanner
The cast of Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights