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Music and lyrics by THE AVETT BROTHERS
Music arrangements and orchestrations by CHRIS MILLER AND BRIAN USIFER
Choreography by DAVID NEUMANN
World premiere
Peet’s Theatre

JAN 9–MAR 6, 2022

Running time: 90 min, no intermission

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) blew the roof off Berkeley Rep in 2009 with Green Day’s American Idiot. Now he returns with a captivating world premiere musical, this time featuring a book by Tony Award-winning stage and screen writer John Logan (Red, Broadway’s Moulin Rouge!, Skyfall, Gladiator), and music and lyrics by “America’s biggest roots band” (Rolling Stone) and multiple Grammy Award nominee The Avett Brothers.

1888, off the coast of New Bedford, MA. When a violent storm sinks their whaling ship, the four surviving souls—a young man in search of adventure, his big brother who has sworn to protect him, a captain at the end of a long career at sea, and a worldly first mate who has fallen from grace—each face a reckoning: How far will I go to stay alive? And can I live with the consequences?

Produced by special arrangement with Matthew Masten, Sean Hudock, and Madison Wells Live.


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How do I get tickets?

Tickets to Swept Away are now on sale to everyone. Rep 7-Play subscribers, Rep-Passport holders, and the general public can click the Buy Tickets/See Calendar button and log in above. At this time, Rep-Flex holders can reserve tickets only by calling the box office at 510 647-2949. Online ordering for Rep-Flex coming soon!

Have Swept Away tickets from 2020?

If you have tickets to Swept Away from Jun–Jul 2020 on your account, you have been assigned the same or similar seats for a new date in 2022. New tickets have been mailed to you, and you can exchange to a new date if you wish.

If you have any questions, email or call 510 647–2949 (Tue–Sun, noon–7pm).

Ticket Exchanges

In light of Omicron, we are making some temporary changes to our exchange policies to better service our patrons.

For Swept AwayMike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool, and Fran Lebowitz we are waiving the $15 exchange fees for all ticket buyers. Additionally, we will honor your tickets as an even exchange even if you opt to move to another performance date with a price difference.

All sales will continue to be final with no refunds.

Health and safety

Berkeley Rep is a vaccinated company. All patrons must present a vaccination card with matching photo ID and be fully masked.

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Season sponsors

BART Peet's Coffee

Executive sponsor

The Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Philanthropic Fund


Schwab Charitable

Swept Away is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and is made possible in part by the Mosse Artistic Development Fund.


Local Partnerships

In collaboration with local brewery The Rare Barrel, we are excited to debut our first ever specialty brewed beer made for our production of Swept Away. "Fire in the Spout" is a golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with raspberry, blood orange, and pink Himalayan sea salt. To purchase, stop into their Tasting Room at 940 Parker Street in Berkeley or order online for shipping in California.

See and hear

Stark Sands and Adrian Blake Enscoe perform "Murder in the City"

Enjoy this special performance of The Avett Brothers' song from Swept Away.

  1. (l to r) Stark Sands (Big Brother), Wayne Duvall (Captain), John Gallagher, Jr. (Mate), and Adrian Blake Enscoe (Little Brother) in Swept Away

  2. Adrian Blake Enscoe (Little Brother) in Swept Away

  3. (front row, l to r) Adrian Blake Enscoe (Little Brother) and Stark Sands (Big Brother); (second row, l to r) Cameron Johnson (Ensemble), Taurean Everett (Ensemble), Vishal Vaidya (Ensemble), Jacob Keith Watson (Ensemble), and John Gallagher, Jr. (Mate) in Swept Away

  4. (front) John Gallagher, Jr. (Mate); (second row, l to r) Cameron Johnson (Ensemble), Taurean Everett (Ensemble), Jacob Keith Watson (Ensemble), and Vishal Vaidya (Ensemble); (back row, l to r) Adrian Blake Enscoe (Little Brother) and Stark Sands (Big Brother) in Swept Away

  5. Wayne Duvall (Captain) in Swept Away

  6. (front) Adrian Blake Enscoe (Little Brother); (background, l to r) Cameron Johnson (Ensemble), Wayne Duvall (Captain), and John Gallagher, Jr. (Mate) in Swept Away

  7. (l to r) John Gallagher, Jr. (Mate) and Wayne Duvall (Captain) in Swept Away

  8. (l to r) Adrian Blake Enscoe (Little Brother) and Stark Sands (Big Brother) in Swept Away

Book by John Logan | Music and lyrics by The Avett Brothers | Music arrangements and orchestrations by Chris Miller and Brian Usifer | Choreography by David Neumann | Directed by Michael Mayer | Scenic design by Rachel Hauck | Costume design by Susan Hilferty | Lighting design by Kevin Adams | Sound design by Kai Harada | Music direction by Julie Wolf and Sean Kana

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