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Out of Character


Jun 23–Jul 30, 2023

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.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets to Out of Character 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 Jul 7, Jul 13, or Jul 18 for a postshow discussion, led by members of Berkeley Rep’s staff.

Docent-led postshow discussions
Join your fellow audience members after all matinees and share your thoughts on the show.

Community Salon: An artist sharing series
Join us on Jul 11, Jul 18, and Jul 25 from 7–7:30pm in Michael’s Second Act bar (next to the Peet’s Theatre) to enjoy a pre-show cocktail and artistic sharings curated by Berkeley Rep’s In Dialogue initiative. This weekly series features selections from Berkeley Rep nationally renowned Ground Floor artists.


Health and safety

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

Season sponsors

BART Peet's Coffee

Photo of Ari’el Stachel by Ahron Foster

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