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Berkeley Rep’s OVATION gala

Saturday, April 13, 2024
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco | 600 Stockton St

5:30pm | Cocktail reception
7pm | Seated dinner and entertainment featuring top-flight performances, awards, and a live auction
Dessert reception to follow


Join us as we raise a glass to celebrate the transformative power of storytelling. Gather friends and loved ones for an extraordinary evening paying tribute to Berkeley Rep’s history and future—including a sneak peek of the world premiere musical Galileo.

The evening begins with cocktails followed by an elegant, seated dinner at San Francisco’s renowned Ritz-Carlton hotel. Delight in a constellation of entertainment featuring singular performances, a live auction, and an awards ceremony for this year’s notable honorees. Indulge in a dessert reception to close out the evening.

You won’t want to miss our biggest event of the year that provides critical support to Berkeley Rep’s artistic and education programs. We hope to see you there!


2024 OVATION gala honorees


Michael Mayer (Director). Currently Off-Broadway: revival Little Shop of Horrors. Broadway: The Neil Diamond Musical, A Beautiful Noise. Other Broadway highlights: revival of Funny Girl, starring Lea Michele, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening, American Idiot (also co-author), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Side Man, A View from the Bridge, Everyday Rapture, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Triumph of Love. National Tours: Angels in America, Millie, Spring Awakening, Idiot, Hedwig, Charlie Brown. London: a record-breaking West End run of Funny Girl and UK tour, Spring Awakening, Millie, Idiot, Side Man, Marnie at the ENO. Film: Single All the Way, The Seagull, Flicka, A Home at the End of the World.


Michael directed the original musicals American Idiot and Swept Away at Berkeley Rep. He returns this spring with the world premiere musical Galileo.


Photo by Brigitte Lacombe


Yogen and his wife Peggy live in Palo Alto. He is on the board of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Past board services include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, TheatreWorks, and KQED. Both he and Peggy are members of Impact Partners, an organization that funds independent documentaries on pressing social issues. In 2010 he co-founded and seed funded Glooko, a company focused on creating a unified software platform for diabetes outcomes management, and currently serves on its board. He retired from Mayfield Fund in 2015 after 25 years as a venture capitalist. Prior to Mayfield, he was a founding member of two startups, Claris and Metaphor. He was an original member of the Star and Ethernet development teams at Xerox, and a co-author of the Internet’s TCP Specification in 1974 while a PhD student at Stanford.


Peggy Dalal spends much of her time in her ceramics studio enjoying her craft. She is on the board of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco and served on the board of TheatreWorks. She previously chaired the board of Avenidas, a non-profit that helps Bay Area mid-Peninsula seniors live well, learn, and maintain their independence, and is associated with a number of community organizations in Palo Alto. She was at Apple from 1979 to 1986 working on the marketing of the Apple II and Mac. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband Yogen and they have two married children in their mid 30s.


Yogen and Peggy are the lead supporters of the Musical Theatre Development Fund at Berkeley Rep.

Single tickets are available now starting at $850.

Reserve your tickets

Sponsorships are available beginning at $15,000 for up to 10 guests. Additional details on all sponsorship benefits are listed on the reservation form.

Sponsorship levels are subject to availability and some levels are likely to sell out quickly; all sponsorship packages are tax-deductible excluding the value of goods and services.

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OVATION gala sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Robin & Rich Edwards
Jill & Steve Fugaro
Bruce Golden & Michelle Mercer
Marcia Grand
Gail & Arne Wagner

Silver Sponsors

Christopher Doane & Dr. Neil Shorstein
Sudha Pennathur & Ed Messerly
Kelli & Steffan Tomlinson

Peet's Coffee

Bronze Sponsors

Stephen & Susan Chamberlin
William Espey & Margaret Hart Edwards
Melinda Haag & Chuck Fanning
Scott & Sherry Haber
Melanie Maier
Henning Mathew
Sandra & Ross McCandless
Leonard X & Arlene B. Rosenberg
Barbara Tomber
Steve & Linda Wolan

District Homes The Republic of Tea

Ovation Gala Committee

Jill Fugaro | Co-Chair
Sudha Pennathur | Co-Chair

Anna Bellomo
Robin & Rich Edwards
Sandra Eggers
Todd Rubin
Barbara Tomber
Gail Wagner

Honorary Committee

Narsai & Venus David
Marcia Grand
Jack & Betty Schafer
Audrey & Robert Sockolov
Michael & Sue Steinberg
Jean & Michael Strunsky

Photo by Terry Lorant/Berkeley Repertory Theatre

The OVATION Committee celebrates the 2022 return to live theatre. (l to r) Narsai David, Lynn Eve Komaromi, Johanna Pfaelzer, Jill Fugaro, Audrey Sockolov, Sandra Eggers, Sudha Pennathur, and Susie Medak.

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