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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–FEB 27, 2022


Running time: 90 min, no intermission (estimated)

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.

How do I get tickets?

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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–Sat, noon–4pm).


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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.

Meet the company


Wayne is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Rep debut with Swept Away. Theatre credits include Broadway: 1984; Off-Broadway: Big River and Of Thee I Sing (Encores), The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theater); Regional: The Cake (La Jolla Playhouse), Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill (Signature Theatre), Bright Star and Working (The Old Globe), Bonnie and Clyde (Asolo Rep and La Jolla). Film credits include Richard Jewell; The Kitchen; American Animals; Wolves; Hello My Name Is Frank; Prisoners; Lincoln; Edge of Darkness; Duplicity; Leatherheads; In the Valley of Elah; Pride and Glory; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Hard Rain; The Fan; Apollo 13. Upcoming films: A Quiet Place 2, The Trial of The Chicago 7, The Hunt, and Werewolves Within. Over 100 TV guest stars, including Pearson, Suits, One Dollar, The Code, Sneaky Pete, Fargo, BrainDead, Madam Secretary, Gotham, The Leftovers, Hell on Wheels, Elementary, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, all the Law & Orders, Hawaii 5-0, Boardwalk Empire, The West Wing, The District. (he/him/his)


Photo by Kirsten Getchell


Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon’s undergraduate acting program, Adrian has made a name for himself by landing roles in Carter Smith’s indie film Jamie Marks Is Dead, opposite Cameron Monaghan and Morgan Saylor, as well as HBO’s Girls, and on the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black. He played opposite Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin in their indie feature The Greens Are Gone, and had a strong supporting role in Owen Long’s indie film Seeds. When not acting, Adrian moonlights as lead guitar and vocalist in the trio Bandits on the Run, with whom he recently wrapped up a local tour. Adrian can currently be seen starring opposite Hailee Steinfeld as Austin Dickinson in the Apple TV+ breakout hit Dickinson. He is based in Brooklyn, NY where he is very active in theatre. (he/him/his)


Photo by Stephanie Diani


Taurean is making his Berkeley Rep debut! His Broadway credits include Mamma Mia! (Broadhurst Theatre), Miss Saigon (Broadway Theatre), and The Cher Show (Neil Simon Theatre). His national tours and regional credits and concerts include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (first national tour); Thoroughly Modern Millie Concert (The Actors Fund/Minskoff Theatre); Guys and Dolls Concert (Carnegie Hall); Audrey 2 (in drag) in Little Shop of Horrors (Berkshire Theatre Group); Can Can, Damn Yankees, Curtains, and Peter Pan (Paper Mill Playhouse); Nikkos in Legally Blonde (The Cape Playhouse); Steam Heat (Mason Street Warehouse); Hairspray, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Full Monty, A Chorus Line, and Plato/Macavity in Cats (Music Theatre of Wichita). He has also been seen on the red carpet of the 2019 Met Gala accompanying Billy Porter, as well as appearing as a fashion model on Season 18 of Bravo’s Project Runway. @taureanje (he/him/his)


Photo by Sarah Jenkins Photography


John recently wrapped a series of high-profile film and television projects: HBO’s Westworld with Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright; Amazon Studio’s anthology series Modern Love with Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, and Dev Patel; The Best of Enemies with Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson for STXfilms; Will Eubank’s Underwater opposite Kristen Stewart for 20th Century Fox; and Amblin Partners’ Larry, which is based on the horror short by Jacob Chase. Recently, he appeared in Peppermint (Lakeshore Entertainment) opposite Jennifer Garner; the SXSW premiered Megan Griffiths’ Sadie opposite Melanie Lynskey and Tony Hale; and The Miseducation of Cameron Post, winner of the Grand Jury Prize of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, opposite Chloë Grace Moretz. Other notable performances: Paramount/Bad Robot’s 10 Cloverfield Lane opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman; Short Term 12 opposite Brie Larson, Rami Malek, and Lakeith Stanfield; James Gunn and Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment; and Mike Flanagan’s cult horror hit Hush. Past television work includes: Jim Harper in Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom (HBO); Christopher Kitteridge in Lisa Cholodenko’s Olive Kitteridge (HBO) opposite Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins; Zach on High Maintenance (HBO); and Lucas on Easy (Netflix). John is a regular on Broadway. He won a Tony Award originating the role of Moritz Stiefel in Spring Awakening (2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album); starred in the stage adaptation of punk rock band Green Day’s rock opera American Idiot (2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album); and starred as Edmund Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night alongside Michael Shannon, Jessica Lange, and Gabriel Byrne; and recently opened the American premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s NASSIM at New York City Center’s Stage II. (he/him/his)


Photo by Daniel King


Cameron is making his Berkeley Rep debut! His favorite credits in both theatre and opera include Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (National Yiddish Theatre Folkbiene), Misha in The Golden Bride (National Yiddish Theatre Folkbiene), Franz in The Tiny Moustache, Rapunzel’s Prince/Wolf in Into the Woods, Pasquale in Orlando Paladino, and Kyle in Jeff Blumenkrantz’s Moving Right Along. He received his BM at Acadia University and his MM at Manhattan School of Music. (he/him/his)


Photo by Breanne Sinibaldi


Stark most recently appeared on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird opposite Jeff Daniels. Prior to that, he was nominated for a Tony Award and received a Grammy Award for originating the role of Charlie Price in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. Recent film credits include Steven Spielberg’s The Post opposite Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers opposite Ryan Phillippe and John Slattery. He was most recently seen on television as the lead of the FOX series Minority Report. He made his Broadway debut in Journey’s End, for which he received his first Tony Award nomination and won the 2007 Theatre World Award before going on to star in Green Day’s rock musical American Idiot. (he/him/his)


Photo by Drew Wiedemann


Ben is making his Berkeley Rep debut! His national tour and regional credits include: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (North America), Jubilee (Arena Stage), Les Misérables (Alliance Theatre), and A Chorus Line (Lexington Theatre). Ben sends huge thanks to his family and friends, his agents at CGF Talent, and the creatives for the opportunity. BFA in Musical Theatre Texas State University. @B_toomer (he/him/his)


Photo by Sam Pickart


Vishal is making his Berkeley Rep debut! He made his Broadway debut as Larry the cameraman in Groundhog Day (August Wilson Theatre). His Off-Broadway and regional credits and concerts include Einstein’s Dreams (Prospect Theatre), Road Show (New York City Center), DAVE (Arena Stage), Spelling Bee (Ford’s Theater), Crazy For You (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), The Secret Garden (Shakespeare Theater Center, Cincinnati Playhouse), Cinderella (National Asian Artists Project), and a Helen Hayes nominated performance as Frog in A Year with Frog and Toad (Adventure Theatre). He has also had the honor of singing the National Anthem for President Barack Obama, and appears on the albums Losing My Mind: A Sondheim Disco Fever Dream, The Wellsongs Project, and Charlie Rosen’s Come Hang. IG: @vishgram (he/him/his)


Photo by Ricky Gee Photography


Jacob is excited to return to Berkeley Rep after appearing in the world premiere of Amélie, A New Musical. Broadway/NYC: Carousel (Enoch Snow, Imperial Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (Shubert Theatre), Violet (American Airlines Theatre), Amélie, A New Musical (Nino understudy, Walter Kerr Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Joseph Buquet/Monsieur Reyer, Majestic Theatre), 1776 (Robert Livingston, New York Scott Center), Mack & Mabel (Harry/Ensemble, New York City Center). National tour: Chicago (Amos Hart). Regional credits include Benny & Joon (Waldo, Paper Mill Playhouse), Shrek the Musical (Shrek, Broadway at Music Circus), Sister Act (Joey, Paper Mill Playhouse), Amélie, A New Musical (Berkeley Rep/Center Theatre Group), A Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley, Shakespeare on the Sound), Othello (Iago understudy, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), As You Like It (Corin, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre). Concerts/symphony: “New York, New York” at the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, Germany and “Kurt Weill on Broadway” at Symphony Space. TV/Film: The Gilded Age (John Dixon, HBO), Annie (Mr. Bundles, NBC). (he/him/his)


Photo by Andy Henderson

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.

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