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Thirty years after Peter Brook's groundbreaking adaptation of the Indian epic The Mahabharata, the director has created an intimate new interpretation and staging of this timeless tale in perhaps his finest work. A newly crowned king surveys a post-war battlefield—his army has won him the crown, but at what price? Written almost 2,500 years ago, The Mahabharata's magical story of finding tranquillity in the midst of war and destruction has striking connections to modern times, and has inspired some of Brook's most beautiful images and most transformative theatrical moments.
Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City's North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, 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 line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Vladimir Putin, Frozen, Iggy Azalea, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, The Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, Orange is the New Black, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kim Jong-un & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Chita Rivera is a living Broadway legend and a two-time Tony winner for Best Leading Actress in a Musical as Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman and Anna in The Rink. She originated the Broadway roles of Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Velma in Chicago, and appeared in the original casts of Guys and Dolls, Can Can, Seventh Heaven, Mr. Wonderful, Jerry's Girls, and many others.
An accomplished and versatile actress/singer/dancer, aside from her two Tony Awards, she has received seven additional Tony nominations, including most recently for her 2015 performance in The Visit. And in recent years has starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood on Broadway and in the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer's Life, a musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terrence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele.
Are you in need of a sultry Spanish night or a boheiman adventure? So brace yourself for a night when the well worn hardwood floors of Pachamama resonate with the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar. If you have not seen this group, this is an opportunity to experience their high energy and passion for their art that defines a new dimension in Flamenco and Spanish dance traditions.Carolina and her daughter Carolé offer a special evening for a date night, family gathering, or get together with friends and co-workers.
Pastor Paul comes back from Africa with a blasphemous interpretation of Christianity. Can his congregation handle his game-changing revelation? Thousands flock to his church each week — some for Holy Communion, some for hot coffee — where the big-screen TVs and the Olympic-sized baptismal fount are surefire crowd-pleasers. Backed by a live choir, The Christians is both epic and intimate, an unflinching look at faith in America — and its power to unite or divide.
Coretta is a one-woman show based on the life of Coretta Scott King. It brings to life Ms. King's journey from picking cotton as a teenager in Alabama to her career as a concert singer to meeting and marrying Dr. King and becoming a partner in the civil rights movement.
America's largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show located in downtown San Francisco. Solve a hilarious murder case while you feast on a fantastic four-course plated dinner. Just beware. The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect.
Can people ever truly escape their past? Amir Kapoor is living the American Dream and quickly climbing the corporate ladder at his powerful Manhattan law firm. But when Amir and his wife Emily, an artist inspired by Islamic painting, host a dinner party for friends and colleagues, the pleasant evening quickly erupts into a volatile cultural debate over race, religion, and class in the modern world.
In Flim-Flam, a world-premiere comedy written and directed by John Fisher, three desperate actors take to the road in search of roles. Along the way, they encounter highway hooligans, porno shoots, offended politically-correct youths, and "all the crazies" of America. "All the world's a stage," and it's an actor's nightmare in this comedy about America "trying to be great again."
In a run-down motel at the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unearth the dark secrets of their tangled relationship. Reality and fantasy as well as past and present collide in this explosive masterwork by Sam Shepard.
At morning's first light, a new edifice representing the soaring power of the empire will be unveiled: the glorious Taj Mahal. But for the two hapless guards assigned to protect the palace, morning will set the wheels in motion for a ghoulishly funny existential crisis that will shake their faith in God, the empire and each other. Guards at the Taj is a dark comedy about two average men swept up by the beauty, carnage and injustice surrounding one of the most famous wonders of the world.
Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
Be not deceived: The devil is lurking at the Christian Puppet Ministry in Cypress, Texas. And his name is…Tyrone. He may look like an innocent sock puppet, but when he infiltrates the angst-ridden church youth group and takes possession of Jason's arm, well, all hell breaks loose. Spectacularly foul-mouthed and wickedly scandalous, Tyrone shocks the congregation with his outrageous insinuations, exposing their deepest secrets—and teaching us all about love, grief, and what it means to be human. This fast-paced irreverent comedy is "darkly delightful," declares the New York Times.
Young, excitable Hare wants nothing more in this world than to race his friend — the older, slower Tortoise. While Hare speeds through daily life and does everything he can to make the time pass faster, Tortoise slows down and takes her time, whether doing chores or having fun. Hare and Tortoise is a fun, fast (and slow) show for four-to-eight-year-olds about friendship, the passing of time, and the excitement of growing up.
A haunting story that took off-Broadway by storm, John is the latest hit from American theater's hottest new voice—2014 Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker (The Flick). Jenny and Elias show up at an old bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—he wants to tour the historic battlegrounds, she wants to be left alone. But in the creaking house they find something unsettling. Is it the spirits of the Civil War dead? The smiling dolls that line the rooms? Or their curious landlady, Mertis, who switches their bedroom because "the Jackson Room can be a little temperamental"?
Based on the great French-Italian play and film, but most well known as a blockbuster Broadway musical that won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, this is a rousing anthem that celebrates love, romance and being true to yourself. La Cage aux Folles, presented in the gritty style of an underground French Cabaret, glimmers with French flair, a wink and a grin at lifestyles and mores that seem at odds until they crumble under the power of love to transform.
Times are tough for Elvis impersonator Casey, who performs his act for an audience of zero in a Panama City, Florida dive bar. With the rent long overdue and a baby on the way, desperate Casey watches as a seasoned drag queen named Miss Tracy Mills brings her show to town. After filling in for one of Tracy's regular girls on short notice one night, Casey decides to trade in his sequin jumpsuit for a sequin dress, and under Miss Tracy's tutelage, finally achieves stardom.
Leni Riefensthal was the brilliant German film director of Triumph of the Will and Olympia, films cited by Pauline Kael as "the two greatest films ever directed by a woman," and which also served as propaganda for Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. In Sarah Greenman's wildly creative multimedia play, Riefenstahl's older and younger selves edit a film of the director's life, playing out and reshooting scenes from her past until the director finds the beauty she is seeking. Leni is an extraordinary work about artistic responsibility, narcissism and denial.
Cultures collide when Bridget, a young Chicagoan, meets a Lakota Sioux and a fellow American from Jersey on an army base in Kandahar, Afghanistan. But it isn't long before they discover they have more in common than expected as secrets are revealed that ultimately turns one of them into a whistleblower suspect. Mystical Native American and Irish history blends magic, politics and realism in this suspenseful examination of the 1916 Easter Rising.
You're invited to the wedding of the season! Award-winning film director Mira Nair brings her exuberant and sumptuous Monsoon Wedding to Berkeley Rep's stage in this highly anticipated world premiere musical. The perfect storm starts brewing when family members from around the world descend on Delhi for a nonstop four-day celebration of an arranged marriage between a modern upper-middle-class Indian family's only daughter and an American guy she's never met. But the bride is having an affair, her father's financial troubles deepen, and dark family secrets surface. The forecast calls for drama, love, hope, laughs, and a whole lot of rain.
Jazz legend Miles Davis travels to Europe in 1949 to discover the pleasures of Paris, unlock his creativity, and find his heroine in Juliette Gréco. At the same time, French filmmaker Jean Cocteau embarks on his own opium-fueled journey to New York. Individually, the stories are thrilling and heartbreaking, but what elevates this production is the extraordinary storytelling. Visionary Canadian director Robert Lepage mounts his set inside a vast suspended cube, with which he frames interlocking scenes from the different journeys. The result is not only a breathtaking dive into art and exile but also a spellbinding mix of stagecraft and visual storytelling.
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," "Mercedes Benz," "Cry Baby," and "Summertime," a remarkable cast, and breakout performances, A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock 'n' roll's greatest legends.
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins won the Obie Award for his radical, incendiary, and subversively funny riff on Dion Boucicault's once-popular 1859 mustache-twirling melodrama. Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is on the brink of foreclosure. George, the high-minded heir apparent, falls for the lovely Zoe, who's one-eighth black. But the bigoted plantation queen has eyes for George, and the dastardly overseer M'Closky plots to keep Zoe and Terrebonne for himself. A spectacular collision of the antebellum South and 21st-century cultural politics, An Octoroon is "This decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today," says the New York Times.
Twin sisters M and L care about two things in this world: academic ambition and each other. When M's supposed shoo-in slot at a prestigious university is given to someone else, the sisters begin to strategize how to secure their success by any means necessary. Egged on by a weird but seemingly psychic classmate, the sisters take a page from Shakespeare's Macbeth and decide that good old-fashioned murder might just be the extracurricular activity that will take them to the top. Jiehae Park's dark comedy is a savage satire on academia, teenagers, and race.
When Henry, a cerebral playwright, is asked by his mistress to ghost-write a script, his life begins to imitate his art too closely. More comfortable with words than feelings, Henry must decide which of his emotions are the "real thing." Stoppard tackles questions of love and marriage with dazzling comedy and more than one play-within-a-play, sending his characters and the audience reeling between authenticity and artifice, intellect and passion, and love and fidelity.
Roe v. Wade — the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion is still fiercely debated more than 40 years later. In this play, acclaimed writer Lisa Loomer cuts through the headlines and rhetoric to reveal the divergent personal journeys of lawyer Sarah Weddington and plaintiff Norma McCorvey ("Jane Roe") in the years following the fateful decision. In turns shocking, humorous, and poignant, Roe reflects the polarization in America today while illuminating the heart and passion that different people have for their causes.
In the midst of a whirlwind tour of European capitals, a young princess yearns to experience life – to explore the world beyond diplomatic dinners and Royal balls. Enter an American reporter, who, almost overnight, goes from covering the royal family to covering up her great escape. And in the span of 24 unforgettable hours, they discover the magic of Rome, the promise of love, and a secret they will share forever.
Sharon is practical, from Iowa. Robyn is a Bronx-born vegan. Both are "bad-ass" women in their 50s dealing with isolation, aging and identity. They remind us that second chances are possible and transformation can grow beneath peals of uproarious laughter.
Silence! The Musical tells the story of rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling as she matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in order to catch the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons—and a troupe of singing and dancing lambs—while racing against the clock to unlock Lecter's clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill.
Stockton, California. 1946. The war is over, and American optimism is returning. Also returning are the three Matsumoto sisters — Rose, Grace, and Chiz — to their family home to begin their lives again after internment in Arkansas. Successful, prosperous, and part of the community before the war, they want to take up their former life where they left off, but doing so proves more complicated than they thought. Balancing comedy, romance, and suspense, this tender and truly heartwarming play tells an important story of what it means to be an American.
Grammy Award-winning Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Music of Leiber and Stoller is the longest-running musical revue to play Broadway. It features some of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's best known rock 'n' roll hits, including "Hound Dog," "Stand by Me," "Yakety Yak," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," "On Broadway," "Kansas City," "Love Potion #9," "Fools Fall in Love," and more.
In the opulent Presidential Palace of an unnamed country, four women await the arrival of the embattled dictator -- his wife, her best friend, a British journalist, and a translator -- while a revolution grows violent outside. As the political tension escalates, time refracts and earlier scenes replay from different perspectives. Morgan, the award-winning British playwright and screenwriter (The Iron Lady, Suffragette), takes the audience on a breath-taking journey with a fascinating theatricality that is at once compassionate, dispassionate, and probing.
Swan Lake, based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The ballet is in three acts with two intermissions, with music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Getzer. Running time is approximately two hours and 30 minutes. The Honored Artist of Ukraine, Olga Kifyak, will be dancing Odile/Odette (both the Black Swan and White Swan roles), with Eugeniy Svetlitsa as Prince Siegfried and Ivan Kozlov (who has been performing continuously alongside with Ulyana Lopatkina) as Prince's friend. Alisa Voronova, Sergey Kononenko and Anna Surmina will be performing Swan Lake Pas de Trois for the 25-city American tour.
The epic story of three generations of Afghan women and their remarkable resilience, A Thousand Splendid Suns is set amidst the war-torn streets of modern-day Kabul. Beautiful Laila, unmarried and pregnant, is forced to marry her older neighbor when her family and home are torn apart. After she forges an extraordinary and unlikely friendship with Mariam, her husband's first wife, the two women find the hope and strength to raise a new generation. A stunning new production featuring live music from renowned composer and saw player David Coulter.
For the past 10 years, Frank Olivier has traveled the world gathering together not only the finest variety artists but the most unusual and bizarre as well. The night of this show, for the first time ever, audience members witness this spectacle a decade in the making. Or do they?
Twisted Cabaret features a dozen different acts all played by one man. The show is inspiring, unusual, and above all, hilarious.
Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz's new dentist boyfriend. He's not just a weirdo - he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spy glasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth to save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure.
An innocuous comment at a dinner of two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of Cold War-style paranoia. You Mean to Do Me Harm is a psychological exploration of Chinese and American foreign relations, and of the personal relations we hold most dear.
It seems that hardly a day goes by that the media doesn't confront us with yet another unspeakable act. Kirsten Greenidge's Zenith teases out the complex and interwoven threads of one life that ends shockingly. Daring in structure and rich in detail, this play makes us question whether we can ever truly fathom another human being.