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Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece finally arrives at Berkeley Rep in its entirety — directed by artistic director Tony Taccone in his 20th anniversary season! First staged 26 years ago and originally commissioned by the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco while Taccone was artistic director there, this fierce and astounding two-part drama is at once an epic exploration of American politics, gay identity, and mythology as well as a personal story of love and loyalty. In today's sociopolitical climate, Kushner's universal message of compassion and inclusion makes Angels in America as timely as ever.
Note: Tickets to performances of Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika are available separately as well as together in "Marathon Day" packages.
The extent to which we are able to address life's obstacles in an open and honest way is directly related to our ability to manifest our highest calling and most noble purpose — to love.
Set on a country estate between 1809 and the present day, Tom Stoppard's masterpiece explores mathematics, landscape gardening, Byron, and the undeniable power of the human heart.
Beach Blanket Babylon, San Francisco's hilarious pop-culture musical revue, is the perfect night out with friends. Celebrating more than 16,000 performances and seen by more than six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in San Francisco's North Beach district with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats!
Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way, she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing lineup of hilarious political and pop-culture characters, including Donald and Melania Trump, Kim Jong-un, Taylor Swift, Colin Kaepernick, Wonder Woman, Sarah Huckabee, Vladimir Putin, Ivanka Trump, Lady Gaga, Steve Bannon, Prince, Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Oprah, and the Golden State Warriors.
Did Springsteen help bring down the Wall? His 1988 concert in East Berlin is the centerpiece of this tense, fascinating drama which follows Anne, an American music producer caught up in the politics of intimidation at the height of the Cold War.
Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and deliciously spooky ghosts, this version of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff, stays true to the heart of Dickens's timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language. Now in its 42nd year, this show is a cornerstone of the American Conservatory Theater repertory and has become a holiday tradition for families in the Bay Area.
Set in 1606 England, King James's righthand man William Cecil commissions William Shagspeare to write the "true historie" of Guy Fawkes's infamous Gunpowder Plot. As Shag investigates the story, he discovers that the government's version might be less than truthful. Should he take the money and write a propaganda piece — or risk losing the theater and perhaps even his head? An entertaining tribute to art, politics, and the perils of negotiating both, Bill Cain Equivocation is a high-stakes political comedy with contemporary resonances.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins explores the most universal of truths: You can't take it with you, but everybody tries. When Everybody faces imminent death, which companion — Beauty, Friendship, Stuff, or Love — will make it to the final destination? The core company of actors — whose roles are randomly determined each night by lottery — let fate decide the journey as they play out this new riff on an ancient morality tale with surprising grace, humor, and heart.
Inspired by the writings of radical feminist philosopher and theologian Mary Daly, #GetGandhi, a "seriously radical feminist comedy," is a world-premiere, multi-character play written by award-winning playwright and actor Anne Galjour focusing on Mahatma Gandh's infamous experiments in brahmacharya, or celibacy. Gandhi would have a young woman disrobe and sleep with him completely naked as a test to prove his seminal continence and his purity of spirit. Gandhi never saw anything wrong with this practice, but a small coven of old-school bra-burning San Francisco feminists do. They plot to avenge these sex crimes. They set out for the Gandhi memorial statue, located on the Embarcadero in San Francisco, to rip it from its base, and drag it up Market Street in the middle of the night.
The play focuses on the women, their families, the backlash from their Generation X children, and the conflict that is fueled from opposing responses to the revered hero's celibacy experiments. To Bob, the male character who is a longtime practitioner of Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, his hero is flawed. To his female counterparts, this flawed prince of peace is an imposter and sexual abuser. #GetGandhi explores the themes of sexual assault and the removal of statues of historical figures once deemed heroic. Questions of the destruction of public art and vandalism are also debated in the play.
When a college basketball team from San Francisco is invited to China for an exhibition game in 1989, a smack-talking American coach prepares to take on his protégé — now grown and bent on crushing the Westerners. But after a public high school star from Chinatown joins the American team, the newbie's actions in Beijing become the accidental focus of attention, escalating the fractured history between the coaches. Funny, urgent, and contemporary, this slam dunk of a sports drama from award-winning Bay Area playwright Lauren Yee explores cultural identity, global politics, and the collision of cultures and generations. Soaring through time and leaping across continents from the hardball courts of San Francisco's Chinatown to a Beijing on the brink of revolution, The Great Leap builds tension right up to the buzzer.
From an extraordinary new voice in American theater comes this taut and achingly poignant drama exploring the multigenerational bonds of a Nigerian family living in the US. Traveling from Lagos to visit her mother and American-born sister for the first time in two decades, thirtysomething Iniabasi is greeted by a snowy landscape and even chillier truths inside a small Manhattan apartment. As Nigerian traditions clash with American realities, the family is forced to confront its literal and emotional baggage and its painful legacies across language, continents, and cultures.
From the late August Wilson, one of America's greatest playwrights and creator of award-winning titles like Fences and Jitney, comes this autobiographical tour de force. In his one-man show, Wilson takes us on a journey through his days as a young poet: his first few jobs, a stint in jail, the support of his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music, and love as a struggling writer in Pittsburgh's Hill District. Originally performed by Wilson himself, How I Learned What I Learned is a heartfelt theatrical memoir — charting one man's journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America.
Harlem, 1926. The city overflows with Jazz. Folk move with musicality, and speak rhythms, and in the heart of it all is Violet — a middle-aged woman set on revenge. Her husband's affair with a beautiful young woman sets off a series of violent events and unforgivable acts. Adapted from Toni Morisson's stunning novel and musically underscored by Bay-Area jazz musician Marcus Shelby, Jazz is a theatrical composition. Peeling back layered accounts and alternating perspectives expose ultimately sympathetic characters, who — like the growing New York neighborhood and the winding woods of their youth — reveal their own rhythms.
A group of actors discover a script set in Damascus. They eagerly begin performing what appears to be a romantic melodrama, believing they will learn something about what it's like to live in Syria. Then everything explodes.
With subtly shifting perspectives, Kiss compels us to continually question our grip on reality. It's a mystery and political thriller dressed up as a love story.
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a walk down the aisle you'll never forget!
Spinning historical, theatrical, and gender conventions on their heads, this subversive tale of 10 men, four boats, and two rivers contains none of the above. Pack your gear for this 21st-century telling of 19th-century American explorer and one-armed Civil War veteran John Wesley Powell, who assembles a brawny band of soldiers, trappers, and adventurers to explore Wyoming's waterways. Inspired by Powell's actual travel log from 1869, Jaclyn Backhaus's nimble and ingenious script is provocative, laugh-out-loud theater, performed by a diverse cast of female-identifying and gender-fluid actors who infuse America's historic myths of male conquest with a sly blast of subtext. With the speed and force of Powell's white-water rapids, Backhaus conjures her epic story — in which simple materials are transformed into perilous canyons and death-defying cliffs — out of sheer imagination, shaping an innovative and innately theatrical play that became an off-Broadway sensation.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents Native Gardens, a cutting-edge suburban comedy from America's hottest new playwright and National Latino Playwriting Award winner, Karen Zacarías. When an up-and-coming Latino couple purchases a home in a sought-after neighborhood besides the prize-winning garden of a prominent Washington, D.C. family, conflicts over fences and flora spiral into an uproarious clash of cultures, exposing both couples' notions of race, taste, class, and privilege. In a play directed by Amy Gonzalez (Sunset and Margaritas, Anna in the Tropics), gardens and cultures collide, turning well-intentioned neighbors into ecological adversaries.
This smash-hit political thriller tells the true and widely unknown story of how Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen, planned and orchestrated top secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, culminating in the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Through back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics, common ground between the Israeli and Palestinian envoys is carefully unearthed. J.T. Rogers's Oslo is a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas; a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions.
In the opening moments of Eugene Ionesco's masterpiece of absurdist satire, a rhinoceros rampages through a village square. At the local café, people argue over what they saw. Was it really a rhino or just fake news? As the eccentric villagers shed refined facades for hides and horns — smashing windows and crushing flowerbeds — rumpled everyman Berenger faces a desperate choice: take a stand against the armored brutes or join the mindless herd? This outrageous, comedic story of a civilized community shifting from defiance to compliance is chillingly resonant and riotously funny. From Tony Award-winning director Frank Galati comes an all-new adaptation of this wickedly entertaining comedy about power, conformism, and mass culture.
Richard III explores the Machiavellian rise of power of one of Shakespeare's most fascinating and complex anti-heroes. King Edward sits on the throne ending the decades-long War of the Roses, but his youngest brother Richard has his eyes on the crown. Fueled by an entitled lust for power and villainous panache, Richard's path to glory is marked by seduction, murder, and betrayal. His darkly comedic ambition is no match for friends, family, or enemies as he careens his way to the top. Starring AASC artistic director L. Peter Callender as the unapologetic king you love to hate, this exploration in masterful manipulation is one of Shakespeare's most profound commentaries on power, family, and the right to rule.
In her American Conservatory Theater debut, artistic director Pam MacKinnon continues her career-long exploration of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). In this wildly imaginative and satirical comedy, a newly retired couple picnic and squabble on a beach about their life together, when they are interrupted by two human-sized, English-speaking lizards. Are these creatures an evolutionary miracle or a threat? And which couple is the greater risk to the other? As the two pairs begin to communicate, they come uneasily together, discovering how transitions in life can spark terror and restlessness in any creature of habit.
American Conservatory Theater kicks off its 2018-19 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat. In Reading, Pennsylvania — the blue-collar heart of America's steel industry — a tight-knit group of factory workers has gathered in the local bar for generations to share laughs, hopes, and cold beers. But as recession looms and a union lockout turns the assembly line into a picket line, lifelong friends find themselves pitted against each other in the struggle to survive. Inspired by the stories of Rust Belt workers, multi-Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined) unites heart and humor to forge a searing drama about the grit, drive, and resilience of our conflicted American dreams.
A Thousand Splendid Suns — the stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's international best-selling novel of the same name — returns to the Geary Theater. Set amid the war-torn streets of modern-day Kabul, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the epic story of three generations of Afghan women bound together by marriage, family, and a secret past. Strong-willed Laila, unmarried and pregnant, is forced to marry her older neighbor when her family and home are torn apart. In her new home, she forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her husband's first wife, and together the two women find the hope and strength to raise a new generation. Adapted for the theater by acclaimed Irish-Indian playwright Ursula Rani Sarma, this stunning production reunites many of the original cast members and, once again, features live music from renowned composer and saw player David Coulter.
From acclaimed playwright Kate Hamill comes a rollicking stage adaptation of William Thackeray's classic 19th-century novel, popping with 21st-century spirit. Ambitious Becky Sharp may not have been born with wealth or status, but she's determined to attain both — at any cost. Armed with fierce wit and calculating charm, Becky forges her own path through London's high society, dealing herself into a game she was never invited to play. Displaying the celebrated audacity and verve that she brought to her adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, Hamill conjures an inventive and lively period drama featuring one of literature's original "nasty women."
Political unrest and power grabs combine to create one of Shakespeare's most monstrous monarchs, who threatens the country with tyranny. When weak leadership and civil strife run rampant, what are the consequences? Who will take the throne? A fast-paced, far-ranging, vividly theatrical depiction of two powerful families — the Houses of Lancaster and York — and their decades-long fight for the English throne, The War of the Roses integrates Henry VI and Richard III.
Gus is a talented white male artist on the rise. His good friend Jane is the new curator at a prestigious museum. When Jane informs him he's "the exact opposite of what I'm looking for," Gus is crushed. Then he hires Vanessa, an African-American actor who agrees to an unconventional role. White navigates the treacherous waters of code-switching and cultural appropriation with biting wit and a splash of disco realism.
Brilliant Pakistani-American writer Zarina is focused on finishing her novel about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define them. From Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, comes The Who and the What — a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are.
For the holiday season, Marin Theatre Company revisits Regency romance with the World Premiere of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon's The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley — a companion piece to the duo's delightful Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley — both continuations of Jane Austen's popular novel Pride and Prejudice.
As the events of Miss Bennet unfold upstairs at Pemberley, the servants below find themselves in the midst of a different holiday scandal. An unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the hall in the middle of the night, drunken and half-beaten — Mr. Darcy's nemesis and Lydia's incorrigible husband Mr. Wickham. The bustling housekeeper Mrs Reynolds, Lucy the resilient new serving girl, and Brian the helplessly romantic groomsman must each balance their holiday preparations with keeping Wickham confined — for a secreted letter may be the key to bringing him to justice. But before long, old grudges and new misunderstandings reach a boiling point, and as the festivities spiral into chaos, Pemberley's residents struggle to keep peace without taking sides. Warm and sensational, Gunderson and Melcon's second Austen adaptation delves into class, privilege, family, and forgiveness — and what it means to truly give in the season of giving.
Sofie is an unhappy housewife, Gregor is her breadwinning husband, Dr. Franz is their strange psychiatrist, Wink is the cat, and Gregor has just skinned the cat. Violent desires, domestic anarchy, and feline vengeance at any cost make Wink a dark comedy about the thin, thin line between savagery and civilization.
Inspired by the internet meme of "women laughing alone with salad," Sheila Callaghan explores gender stereotypes, relationships, and sexism with a healthy side of humor and mixed greens. Callaghan breaks all the rules of our image-obsessed culture in this raw, feminist comedy where everyone is about to get tossed!