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Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter

Created, written, and performed by Anna Deavere Smith
Music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner
Special Presentation · Roda Theatre · July 11– August 2, 2015

Running time: 2 hours and 25 minutes, including two 15-minute intermissions.

MacArthur Award winner Anna Deavere Smith turns her attention to “the school-to-prison pipeline” and performs striking portraits culled from interviews she conducted with nearly 150 individuals in Northern California and elsewhere in the nation, affected by the pipeline’s devastating policies—capturing the dynamics of a rapidly shifting social issue through her trademark performance technique.

Current ticket prices
Premium: $77–89 · Section A: $63–73 · Section B: $50–60

Berkeley Rep has committed to distributing Free Community Tickets for each performance of Notes From the Field. These tickets are available to Bay Area non-profit organizations and government agencies serving young people and individuals for whom cost might be a barrier. Due to overwhelming response, our Free Community Tickets program has reached its capacity. We’re heartened that this show has struck a chord with so many organizations, and we thank you for your interest.




Amélie, A New Musical

Book by Craig Lucas · Music by Daniel Messé
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé
Musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby
Choreographed by Sam Pinkleton
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Roda Theatre · Aug 28 – Oct 4, 2015

World premiere

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Amélie captured our hearts in the five-time Academy Award–nominated film — now she comes to the stage in an inventive and captivating new musical. Embark on a mesmerizing journey with inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her.

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The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance

Book by W. S. Gilbert · Music by Arthur Sullivan
Directed and adapted by Sean Graney
Co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell · Co-directed by Thrisa Hodits
Music direction by Andra Velis Simon
Osher Studio · Oct 16 – Dec 20, 2015

Join the party in our new Osher Studio on Center Street with a delightfully immersive, lovingly loopy, and fantastically eccentric 80-minute take – think banjos, beach balls, and guitars – on Gilbert and Sullivan’s preposterous, topsy-turvy world. This buoyant, award-winning Pirates of Penzance by Chicago theatre rebels The Hypocrites is “spirited, affectionate, and nearly irresistible,” says the Boston Globe.

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Disgraced

By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Co-production with the Goodman Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre
Roda Theatre · Nov 6 – Dec 20, 2015

West Coast premiere

Amir Kapoor is living the American Dream. But when he and his wife Emily, an artist influenced by Islamic imagery, host a dinner party for their friends and colleagues, lies and deception threaten to shatter Amir’s carefully constructed life of cultural assimilation. “A smart and provocative work of unusual daring,” lauds Newsday of this 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner.

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Aubergine

By Julia Cho
Directed by Liesl Tommy
Thrust Stage · Feb 5 – Mar 20, 2016

World premiere

An estranged son, a father who’s ill, a visiting uncle carrying their memories in tow, a woman without an appetite, and a refugee from a forgotten country – they all prove potent ingredients in this bittersweet and moving meditation from Julia Cho on family, forgiveness, and the things that nourish us. Obie Award–winning director Liesl Tommy helms this world premiere.

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Macbeth

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Roda Theatre · Feb 19 – Apr 3, 2016

Tony and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand stars as Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s murderous play about the lust for power and the fickleness of fate. 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. This thrilling new production is helmed by Tony and Obie Award winner Daniel Sullivan – dubbed the go-to guy for Shakespeare by the New York Times.

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Treasure Island

Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman
Thrust Stage · Apr 22 – June 5, 2016

Mary Zimmerman has mesmerized audiences with her exquisite adaptations of classic tales from the spellbinding Arabian Nights to the hypnotic White Snake. Now she takes us aboard the Hispaniola for a heart-pounding voyage filled with tales of swashbuckling gentlemen o’ fortune, a malicious mutiny led by infamous Long John Silver, and a deadly quest for fabled buried booty.

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For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Les Waters
Roda Theatre · May 20 – July 3, 2016

West Coast Premiere

Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters return to Berkeley Rep with a fanciful and moving look at growing up versus growing old within a family. In the wake of their father’s death, five siblings are driven to reconnect with childhood dreams and confront the inevitability of the passage of time.

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