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The Bronx to Take the Spotlight in Working Theater's THE BLOCK at Urban StagesThe Bronx to Take the Spotlight in Working Theater's THE BLOCK at Urban Stages
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Working Theater, the Off-Broadway company that in 2013 staged a production (about undocumented workers crossing the border to find work in this country) in the confines of an actual 48' trailer truck, will once again shed a unique light on a group of individuals rarely portrayed on stage. Under the direction of Artistic Producing Director Mark Plesent, the company will present THE BLOCK - a new play about community in the Bronx - which is no longer burning, but where life on the streets is as brutal as ever. (more...)

When It Rains It Pours! Broadway-Bound MONSOON WEDDING Musical to Premiere at Berkeley RepWhen It Rains It Pours! Broadway-Bound MONSOON WEDDING Musical to Premiere at Berkeley Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced that award-winning film director Mira Nair will bring her exuberant and sumptuous MONSOON WEDDING to the stage in this highly anticipated world premiere musical based on the 2001 Bollywood hit. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Stage West Coast Premiere of FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAYBerkeley Rep to Stage West Coast Premiere of FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the West Coast premiere of FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY by Tony Award-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl and directed by Les Waters. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Raises More Than $750,000 at Speakeasy GalaBerkeley Rep Raises More Than $750,000 at Speakeasy Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

On Saturday night, April 2, nearly 350 of the Bay Area's finest arts supporters gathered at The Ritz Carlton, San Francisco to celebrate Berkeley Rep, the Tony Award-winning theatre company known for its innovative and challenging works. SPEAKEASY AT THE RITZ raised over $750,000 to support the Theatre's artistic and creative efforts, including education and outreach programming. (more...)

Sinclair Lewis's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE to Open Berkeley Rep's 2016-17 SeasonSinclair Lewis's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE to Open Berkeley Rep's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Berkeley Rep, always a leader in generating timely theatrical work, announced today that a new adaptation of the classic novel IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE by Sinclair Lewis will open its 2016-17 season. The new adaptation will be created by Tony Taccone and screenwriter Bennett Cohen, and the production will be helmed by award-winning director Lisa Peterson. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Present West Coast Premiere of Zimmerman's TREASURE ISLANDBerkeley Rep to Present West Coast Premiere of Zimmerman's TREASURE ISLAND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the West Coast premiere of Treasure Island by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Critically praised as "nothing short of sublime" (Chicago-Sun Times), and "Zimmerman remains a superior storyteller " (Chicago Tribune), Treasure Island, a co-production with Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Company, is a glorious adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's most beloved novel. Previews begin Friday, April 22, and the show runs through Sunday, June 5, 2016. Press night for Treasure Island will be held on Friday, April 29. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone, 510 647-2949. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Premiere of John Leguizamo's New Show 'LATIN HISTORY FOR DUMMIES'Berkeley Rep to Premiere of John Leguizamo's New Show 'LATIN HISTORY FOR DUMMIES'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Berkeley Rep announced today it will present the world premiere of John Leguizamo: Latin History for Dummies. Written and performed by Leguizamo and directed by Berkeley Rep's Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone, this limited engagement will run Friday, July 1-Sunday, August 14 in the newly renovated Peet's Theatre. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 6 to the general public at berkeleyrep.org or by calling 510-647-2949. (more...)

The Public Theater Adds John Leguizamo's Solo Show  'LATIN HISTORY FOR DUMMIES' to 2016-17 SeasonThe Public Theater Adds John Leguizamo's Solo Show 'LATIN HISTORY FOR DUMMIES' to 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that it will present the New York premiere of JOHN LEGUIZAMO: LATIN HISTORY FOR DUMMIES as part of The Public's 2016-17 season. (more...)

HAND TO GOD, THE LAST TIGER IN HAITI & More Set for Berkeley Rep's 2016-17 SeasonHAND TO GOD, THE LAST TIGER IN HAITI & More Set for Berkeley Rep's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced today a dynamic collection of shows for its 49th season. Berkeley Rep's Michael Leibert Artistic Director, Tony Taccone, revealed four of the seven shows selected for the 2016-17 subscription programming. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Sets Full Cast of MACBETH, Starring Conleth Hill & Frances McDormandBerkeley Rep Sets Full Cast of MACBETH, Starring Conleth Hill & Frances McDormand
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Berkeley Rep presents Shakespeare's dark and violent tragedy on the Roda Stage. This classic exploration of the ominous side of ambition tells the story of a couple bound together in their thirst for the Scottish throne. Driven by an evil prophesy and his scheming wife, Macbeth kills the king and claims his crown, thus beginning a moral descent into a reign of terror. (more...)

Berkeley Repertory Theatre to Reopen Signature Space DowntownBerkeley Repertory Theatre to Reopen Signature Space Downtown
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the reopening in January 2016 of its signature theatre space in downtown Berkeley, following nine months of renovation. The Thrust Stage, which opened in 1980 as Berkeley Rep's first permanent home, will be renamed the Peet's Theatre in recognition of a new major partnership with Peet's Coffee. (more...)

Berkeley Rep's Starry MACBETH Begins Performances in FebruaryBerkeley Rep's Starry MACBETH Begins Performances in February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Berkeley Rep presents Shakespeare's dark and violent tragedy on the Roda Stage. This classic exploration of the ominous side of ambition tells the story of a couple bound together in their thirst for the Scottish throne. Driven by an evil prophesy and his scheming wife, Macbeth kills the king and claims his crown, thus beginning a moral descent into a reign of terror. Macbeth starts previews Friday, February 19, 2016 and runs through Sunday, April 10. Press night for Macbeth will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016. Individual tickets for Macbeth will go on sale at noon Wednesday, December 2. Individual tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647-2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org. (more...)

BWW Review: X'S AND O'S - Center Stage Presents a Play About FootballBWW Review: X'S AND O'S - Center Stage Presents a Play About Football
by Charles Shubow - Dec 1, 2015

You will never watch a football game the same after you see this play. (more...)

Tim Kang and Sab Shimono to Lead Berkeley Rep's AUBERGINE World Premiere This FebruaryTim Kang and Sab Shimono to Lead Berkeley Rep's AUBERGINE World Premiere This February
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues its 2015-16 season with the new emotional family drama AUBERGINE, written by Julia Cho and directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone. This will be the first production presented on the newly renovated Thrust Stage and the second world premiere of the 2015 -16 season, following AMELIE, A NEW MUSICAL. (more...)

Crowded Fire Theater Unveils 2016 SeasonCrowded Fire Theater Unveils 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) Crowded Fire's newly appointed Artistic Director Mina Morita unveiled the 2016 mainstage season lineup of three contemporary plays that continue to uphold the company's long tradition of producing boundary - pushing, thought-provoking theater. At a season-announcement party on Saturday, November 14th Morita addressed Crowded Fire donors, patrons, and artists saying "At Crowded Fire, we are unafraid of tackling big issues. We commit ourselves to true experimentation of form and content to question, disrupt, or complicate comfortable notions of cultural hierarchy." (more...)

Artists Rep Opens Submissions for Oregon Play Prize; Deadline Jan 31Artists Rep Opens Submissions for Oregon Play Prize; Deadline Jan 31
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2015

The play submission gates were thrown open on November 1 when the Table|Room|Stage (T|R|S) new play development program at Artists Repertory Theatre began accepting submissions for the new Oregon Play Prize. (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Stage West Coast Premiere of Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACED, 11/6-12/20Berkeley Rep to Stage West Coast Premiere of Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACED, 11/6-12/20
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to present the West Coast premiere of Disgraced by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar. (more...)

Olivier Winner Conleth Hill to Join Frances McDormand in Berkeley Rep's MACBETHOlivier Winner Conleth Hill to Join Frances McDormand in Berkeley Rep's MACBETH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced that Olivier Award-winning actor Conleth Hill, accomplished on both stage and screen, will play the title role opposite Frances McDormand in a new production of Macbeth directed by Daniel Sullivan, opening in February 2016. (more...)

X'S AND O'S Begins Rehearsals at Center StageX'S AND O'S Begins Rehearsals at Center Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

The NFL takes Center Stage in X's and O's, a new, ripped-from-the-headlines play about America's love of football and the often traumatic impact the sport has on many of its players and families. X's and O's is the final production at Center Stage before building-wide renovations move the company's last two productions of the season to a temporary residency at Towson University. (more...)

Tony Taccone Will Now Direct AUBERGINE at Berkeley Rep in 2016Tony Taccone Will Now Direct AUBERGINE at Berkeley Rep in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced that Michael Liebert Artistic Director Tony Taccone will direct the upcoming production of Aubergine, by Julia Cho, which is scheduled to have its world premiere performances at the Theatre in February 2016. Liesl Tommy, Berkeley Rep's former associate director, has had to withdraw from the production following the just-announced Broadway transfer of Eclipsed, which Tommy is directing at the Public Theater in New York. (more...)

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