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BY LYNN NOTTAGE
DIRECTED BY TAYLOR REYNOLDS
A co-production with Huntington Theatre Company
Peet’s Theatre

Jan 20–Feb 26, 2023
TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Running time: 90 min, no intermission

Clyde’s contains the use of herbal cigarettes.

 

Clyde’s contains strong language, mature themes, and depictions of violence.

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.

 

Read digital program

 

Clyde’s delivers.... In Lynn Nottage’s appealing comedy… a perfect sandwich is a religious experience.

San Francisco Chronicle

There are lots of laughs…. Clyde’s is about real things, hard things, but [it’s] also a comedy. It’s heartfelt and hopeful, with laughs to leaven what might, in less skilled hands, become mawkish or sentimental…. [It] allows humor, connectivity and grace to warm a cold place.

Chad Jones’ Theater Dogs

A humorous slice of life… full of contrasts, crunch, with lots of flavor.

Berkeleyside

Both hilarious and heartbreaking. A compelling piece of fiction that feels drawn from plenty of truth.

SFist

Totally delicious and delightful. Rapid-fire, edgy, hilarious, and often moving and even inspirational… The result is a feast of fun that will assure that audiences leave Berkeley Rep’s Peet’s Theatre fully satiated.

Theatre Eddys

(A) delightful new play

The New York Times, Critic’s Pick

(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

The characters that Nottage creates are vivid and just as enticing as the food, making you want to follow their stories when they leave the stage. This show is raucous, bawdy and full of surprises.

The Chicago Sun-Times

How do I get tickets?

Tickets to Clyde’s are now on sale to everyone. Click the Buy Tickets/See Calendar button and log in above. At this time, Flex holders can reserve tickets only by calling the box office at 510 647-2949. Online ordering for Flex coming soon!

 

Events and extras

Postshow discussions
Stick around after the show on Feb 9 or Feb 14 for a postshow discussion, led by members of Berkeley Rep’s staff.

Postshow In Dialogue
Life Beyond Incarceration: A conversation on re-entry and community responsibility
Join us on Feb 21 for a postshow community conversation with representatives from the Formerly Incarcerated People’s Performance Project, Community Works West, and Dig Deep Farms to discuss pathways towards re-entry and our community responsibility towards supporting formerly incarcerated persons.

 

Health and safety

Berkeley Rep is a vaccinated company. Visit our health and safety page often for updates on our requirements for audience members.

Company and creative team

For full bios, please see our digital program.

LYNN NOTTAGE | PLAYWRIGHT

TAYLOR REYNOLDS | DIRECTOR

WILSON CHIN | SCENIC DESIGN

KAREN PERRY | COSTUME DESIGN

AMITH CHANDRASHAKER | LIGHTING DESIGN

AUBREY DUBE | SOUND DESIGN

MEGAN ELLIS | HAIR, WIG, AND MAKEUP DESIGN

ALAINE ALLDAFFER, CSA | CASTING

LESLIE M. RADIN* | STAGE MANAGER

LUCAS BRYCE DIXON | ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

WESLEY GUIMARÃES* | RAFAEL

CYNDII JOHNSON* | LETITIA

LOUIS REYES MCWILLIAMS* | JASON

APRIL NIXON* | CLYDE

HAROLD SURRATT* | MONTRELLOUS

ANDREÁ BELLAMORE* | U/S CLYDE/LETITIA

MAX CARPENTER* | U/S JASON

JOHN R. LEWIS* | U/S MONTRELLOUS/RAFAEL

* Indicates a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Season sponsors

BART Peet's Coffee

In-kind sponsor

Semifreddis

  1. Harold Surratt as Montrellous and April Nixon as Clyde in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

  2. Cyndii Johnson as Letitia in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

  3. Wesley Guimarães as Rafael in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s. (Photo by Muriel Steinke/Berkeley Rep)

  4. Louis Reyes McWilliams as Jason in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

  5. Louis Reyes McWilliams as Jason and Cyndii Johnson as Letitia in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

  6. Wesley Guimarães as Rafael and April Nixon as Clyde in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s. (Photo by Muriel Steinke/Berkeley Rep)

  7. Louis Reyes McWilliams as Jason and April Nixon as Clyde in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

  8. Harold Surratt as Montrellous and Cyndii Johnson as Letitia in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

  9. Louis Reyes McWilliams as Jason and April Nixon as Clyde in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

  10. Louis Reyes McWilliams as Jason, Harold Surratt as Montrellous, and April Nixon as Clyde in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

  11. April Nixon as Clyde and Harold Surratt as Montrellous in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

  12. Cyndii Johnson as Letitia and Wesley Guimarães as Rafael in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s. (Photo by Muriel Steinke/Berkeley Rep)

  13. Cyndii Johnson as Letitia in Lynn Nottage’s Tony Award-nominated play Clyde’s at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Berne/Berkeley Rep)

 

By Lynn Nottage | Directed by Taylor Reynolds | Scenic design by Wilson Chin | Costume design by Karen Perry | Lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker | Sound design by Aubrey Dube | Hair, wig, and makeup design by Megan Ellis

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