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It's 1959 and the civil rights movement is starting to grip America. In Montgomery, Alabama, a fight over a controversial children's book — one in which a black rabbit marries a white rabbit — pits librarian Emily Wheelock Reed against segregationist Senator E.W. Higgins. Childhood friends reunite, only to be caught up in the political and racial tensions of the time. Inspired by true events, this drama explores tests of character and emotions that reshaped our nation.
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.
This staging of Harold Pinter's classic drama features Marco Barricelli, Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, and Stratford Festival star Scott Wentworth. In an undisturbed English seaside town, the inhabitants of a ramshackle boarding house react to the arrival of two unsettling strangers. Where do the mysterious Goldberg and McCann come from? Who sent them? And why do they keep asking about the sole boarder, piano player Stanley? As the party guests, including flighty Lula and flirty landlady Meg, gather for Stanley's birthday, the desperate pianist is forced to confront a surreal interrogation. Seething with mystery, danger, and sudden humor, this play is signature Pinter.
After enthralling audiences with Aubergine, Julia Cho returns to Berkeley Rep with a searing and touching play that tunes into the plight of "the other" in a country steeped in distrust and intolerance. Hiding sullenly in the back of the classroom, Dennis has his fellow students and professors on edge. But during an office visit, his writing instructor seeks to break through Dennis's silence and earn his trust — with shocking results. A deeply personal story of empathy and redemption, Office Hour explores otherness and paranoia while revealing our essential human need for connection.
Fresh from a triumphant run on Broadway, David Mamet's sly and searing legal comedy makes its West Coast debut at A.C.T. With his trademark verbal pyrotechnics, Mamet unleashes a thrilling power struggle as three attorneys scramble to represent a wealthy white man accused of assaulting a black woman. As alliances shift and battle lines are drawn, Race boldly confronts the most incendiary issues of our time, challenging our perceptions of justice: What is the truth, and who has the right to tell it?
Ray's swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. Pressure builds as he confronts the lure of a deal with Speedo, the perils of family, and the unforgiving weight of success.
A sharp and compelling play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the America dream of a level playing field or of leveling the field yourself.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2017-18 season with the regional premiere of Skeleton Crew in a coproduction with Marin Theatre Company. A makeshift family of auto plant workers navigate the possibility of foreclosure in this funny, tough, and tender American drama set during the Great Recession. Rising-star playwright Dominique Morisseau (Ain't Too Proud) creates a world in which ambitious dreams and corporate deception interweave, pushing friendships to the limit. Skeleton Crew is directed by Jade King Carroll (associate director of the Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire).
At the start of the Great Recession, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on shaky ground. Each of the workers must make choices on how to move forward if their plant goes under. Shanita must decide how she'll support herself and her unborn child, Faye must decide how and where she'll live, and Dez must figure out how to make his ambitious dreams a reality. Power dynamics shift as their manager, Reggie, is torn between doing right by his work family and by the red tape in his office. Powerful and tense, Skeleton Crew is the third installment of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit Project trilogy, which also includes Detroit '67 and Paradise Blue.