Berkeley Repertory Theatre News

Marin Theatre Company Announces Laura Brueckner as New Literary Manager and Resident DramaturgMarin Theatre Company Announces Laura Brueckner as New Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Marin Theatre Company is proud to welcome Laura Brueckner as its new Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg. She most recently served as the Editor for Theatre Bay Area and as a Resident Dramaturg for Crowded Fire Theatre Company. Ms. Brueckner's hiring not only enhances MTC's position as one of the leading incubators of new plays in the United States, but her long-time Bay Area residency will further strengthen MTC's collaborative efforts with local theatrical organizations and artists. (more...)

Bay Area Theaters Collaborate on EVERY 28 HOURS a Series of One-Minute PlaysBay Area Theaters Collaborate on EVERY 28 HOURS a Series of One-Minute Plays
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.),Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and FaultLine Theater announced today a series of events celebrating Every 28 Hours, a series of one-minute plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement from 90 contributing artists. A.C.T. and Berkeley Repertory Theatre will present two one-day festivals, including excerpts from Every 28 Hours and performances by local artists, on October 18 and 19, 2016. Faultline Theater-in collaboration with A.C.T., Campo Santo, Crowded Fire Theater, and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre-will produce a full production of Every 28 Hours October 21-November 12, 2016. All performances are free and open to the public. Each event will be followed by discussions led by local activists and artists. (more...)

Christa Scott Reed and Lori Wilner Join Richard Dreyfuss in RELATIVITY at TheaterWorks; Cast, Creatives Set!Christa Scott Reed and Lori Wilner Join Richard Dreyfuss in RELATIVITY at TheaterWorks; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

TheaterWorks announced today the full cast and creative team for RELATIVITY, a new play by Mark St. Germain directed by Rob Ruggiero. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Hypocrites Presents YOU ON THE MOORS NOWPhoto Flash: The Hypocrites Presents YOU ON THE MOORS NOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2016

The Hypocrites is pleased to launch its 2016-17 season with the Chicago premiere of YOU ON THE MOORS NOW, Jaclyn Backhaus's comical mash-up of mythology and 19th century literary heroines, directed by Devon de Mayo. YOU ON THE MOORS NOW will play September 9 - October 30, 2016 at The Den Theatre's Heath Main Stage, 1329 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Single tickets and season subscription packages are currently available at www.the-hypocrites.com.  The press opening is Sunday, September 18 at 7 pm. (more...)

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO Extends at 59E59 TheatersHershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO Extends at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Due to overwhelming ticket demand, Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro will extend its run for one week only at 59E59 Theaters. (more...)

Cast Will Sing, Dance AND Play the Music for Bay Area Children's Theatre Production of Seussical!Cast Will Sing, Dance AND Play the Music for Bay Area Children's Theatre Production of Seussical!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

The Cat in the Hat accompanying himself on the piano? Yes, and the accordion, harmonica, melodica and ukulele as well. That's what families will see when the Bay Area Children's Theatre (BACT) presents Seussical, TYA, a streamlined, kid-friendly version of the exuberant Broadway musical that brings to life everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude Mc Fuzz, Mayzie LaBird and other inhabitants of the captivating worlds imagined by the late, great American writer and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lucy Alibar's THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP at the DouglasPhoto Flash: First Look at Lucy Alibar's THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

The world premiere of 'Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up,' written and performed by the Oscar-nominated Lucy Alibar (Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'), will open this Friday, September 16 at 8 p.m. Currently in previews, 'Throw Me on the Burnpile...' will continue through October 2, 2016, at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at Alibar in action below! (more...)

Jordan Harrison's MARJORIE PRIME, Zayd Dohrn's THE PROFANE Honored with 2016 Horton Foote PrizeJordan Harrison's MARJORIE PRIME, Zayd Dohrn's THE PROFANE Honored with 2016 Horton Foote Prize
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Mari Marchbanks (Founder and Executive Director) announced today the 2016 recipients of the biennial Horton Foote Prize, named in honor of the late playwright, which recognizes excellence in American theater. (more...)

Broadwaysted Podcast Sits Down for Some Brews w/ AMERICAN IDIOT's Brian Charles JohnsonBroadwaysted Podcast Sits Down for Some Brews w/ AMERICAN IDIOT's Brian Charles Johnson
by Broadwaysted - Sep 13, 2016

This week the Broadwaysted crew is thrilled to sit down with Brian Charles Johnson, original Broadway cast member of SPRING AWAKENING and AMERICAN IDIOT! The beer is flowing and the laughs keep coming as Brian discusses his love of Blue Apron, making his Broadway debut in a smash-hit with a young cast, and introduces the one and only BCJGF. Brian shares some of the craziest experiences having audience members on stage during the show and Kimberly admits to being a 19-year-old fan girl of Spring Awakening (with a stage door pic to prove it!) Game Master Kimberly then leads us through a drinking game version of 'Finish the Lyric' and an epic round of Lights of Broadway Showcards Against Humanity. Why do we break out in songs from Oliver and Company? Join theatre's favorite happy hour and find out on this week's episode of Broadwaysted! (more...)

Berkeley Rep Presents the World Premiere of THE LAST TIGER IN HAITIBerkeley Rep Presents the World Premiere of THE LAST TIGER IN HAITI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the world premiere production of The Last Tiger in Haiti by playwright Jeff Augustin and directed by Joshua Kahan Brody. A co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, where the play had its world premiere in June, The Last Tiger in Haiti begins previews Friday, October 14 and the show runs through Sunday, November 27. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone, 510 647-2949. Press night will be on Friday, October 21. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are thrilled to announce the cast and creative team for William Shakespeare's bloody tale of unbridled ambition, Macbeth. Directed by Les Waters, Macbeth will preview on October 4 and October 5, open on October 6, and run through October 26 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium as part of the Brown-Forman Series. Tickets are available at502.584.1205, online at ActorsTheatre.org, or in person by visiting the Actors Theatre Box Office at 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY, 40202. (more...)

Twenty-Four to Make Broadway Debuts as 'GREAT COMET' Announces Complete CastTwenty-Four to Make Broadway Debuts as 'GREAT COMET' Announces Complete Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Complete casting has been announced for the new musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, featuring the Broadway debuts of 24 cast and creative team members, including Josh Groban* as 'Pierre' and Denee Benton* as 'Natasha.' (more...)

Christine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards NominationsChristine Ebersole, Patti LuPone & More Earn Jeff Awards Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Six world premiere plays and four new adaptations seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by The Jeff Awards Committee. 178 nominations in 32 categories honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. (more...)

Central Works 2016 Season Concludes with INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTHCentral Works 2016 Season Concludes with INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

The Central Works 2016 Season closes with Into the Beautiful North, a new play by Karen Zacarias opening Saturday October 15 in the historic Berkeley City Club. This production marks CW's first partnership with the National New Play Network for this Rolling World Premiere. Into the Beautiful North is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea and inspired by the classic Hollywood western The Magnificent Seven. (more...)

WONDERFUL TOWN at Center of Weeklong Leonard Bernstein Celebration at the GoodmanWONDERFUL TOWN at Center of Weeklong Leonard Bernstein Celebration at the Goodman
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Goodman Theatre kicks off its 2016/2017 Season with a major revival of Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein's timeless musical composition of hope and adventure, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and book by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

Acclaimed HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Comes to Berkeley RepAcclaimed HERSHEY FELDER AS IRVING BERLIN Comes to Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The story and music of America's Composer come to life on stage when Berkeley Repertory Theatre stages a special presentation of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, a play-with-music written and performed by award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone, Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro). Directed by Trevor Hay, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin will play Tuesday, April 4 - Sunday, April 30, 2017. Subscribers to (more...)

Hershey Felder Brings Leonard Bernstein Off-Broadway in MAESTRO, Beginning Next WeekHershey Felder Brings Leonard Bernstein Off-Broadway in MAESTRO, Beginning Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

A friendly reminder! 59E59  Theaters welcomes  Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro for a limited engagement Wednesday August 31 through Sunday, October 16 with Press Opening on Sunday, September 11 at 3 PM. MAESTRO, book by Hershey Felder with music by Leonard Bernstein and others, and directed by Joel Zwick is produced by The Town Hall with Samantha F. Voxakis and Karen Racanelli. (more...)

Casting Set for The Hypocrites' CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOES PremiereCasting Set for The Hypocrites' CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOES Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The Hypocrites has announced casting for its second production of its 20th Anniversary season, the world premiere of CINDERELLA AT THE THEATER OF POTATOES. (more...)

Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards Announce 2016 RecipientsEdgerton Foundation New Play Awards Announce 2016 Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the recipients of the first round of the 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards. The awards, totaling $580,000, allow 15 productions extra time in the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, helping to extend the life of the play after its first run. Two more rounds of recipients will be announced later this year. (more...)

Rehearsals Underway for Lucy Alibar's THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP at the DouglasRehearsals Underway for Lucy Alibar's THROW ME ON THE BURNPILE AND LIGHT ME UP at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Rehearsals have begun for the world premiere of 'Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up,' written and performed by the Oscar-nominated Lucy Alibar (Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'). 'Throw Me on the Burnpile...' begins previews September 10, opens September 16 and continues through October 2, 2016, at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre. (more...)

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