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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

By Dario Fo
Adapted by Gavin Richards from a translation by Gillian Hanna
Directed by Christopher Bayes
Main Season · Roda Theatre
March 7–April 20, 2014

The play

A bank gets bombed, a suspect dies in custody and the police inquiry turns into…a masterpiece of comedy? Steven Epp returns to Berkeley Rep for a criminally funny production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist. He delighted audiences as Figaro and The Miser—now he’s back in another madcap show directed by Christopher Bayes. Nobel Prize-winner Dario Fo penned more than 70 incisive scripts, and this is by far his most famous. With Epp’s outrageous Anarchist, Berkeley Rep hauls you down to the station for a hilarious interrogation of our culture.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist uses haze and strobe effects, as well as loud noise. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.




Tribes

By Nina Raine
Directed by Jonathan Moscone
Limited Season · Thrust Stage
April 11–May 18, 2014

The play

When three smart siblings move back home with their opinionated parents, the cacophony of their family hits a new high—even for Billy who’s deaf. Nina Raine’s profound and powerful new play became a hit in London and New York, now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep. To fall in love or find a job, to forge an identity apart from your family, to fulfill that longing for somewhere to belong…is it as simple as following the signs? In Tribes, a deaf man learns to find his way in a world where everyone needs to be heard.

Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. Two tobacco- and nicotine-free herbal cigarettes will be smoked during Act 2 of Tribes. Patrons with concerns may watch Act 2 on a video screen in the bar. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.




Not a Genuine Black Man

Written and performed by Brian Copeland
Directed by David Ford
Special Presentation · Osher Studio
April 23 – May 31, 2014

The play

“In 1972, The National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing called San Leandro, California a ‘racist bastion of white supremacy.’ Fair Housing advocates considered it one of the most racist suburbs in America. The U.S. Commission in Civil Rights conducted hearings. And then, we moved to town.” So begins Brian Copeland in Not a Genuine Black Man. In a monologue that’s both entertaining and poignant, Brian explores how surroundings make us who we are. “Very funny,” raved the Chronicle. “Copeland is a winning, magnetic performer. More than that, he’s got an important tale to tell!”

Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We will post this information as soon as it’s available. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.




The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to...

Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Tony Taccone
Main Season · Roda Theatre
May 16–June 29, 2014
West Coast Premiere

The play

Winner of two Tony Awards, three Obies, an Emmy and a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Kushner returns to Berkeley Rep for the West Coast premiere of his latest play: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. With his trademark mix of soaring intellect and searing emotion, the legendary playwright unfurls an epic tale of love, family, sex, money and politics—all set under the hard-earned roof of an Italian family in Brooklyn. When Gus decides to die, his kids come home with a raucous parade of lovers and spouses to find that even the house keeps secrets. Kushner reunites with one of his favorite collaborators, Artistic Director Tony Taccone, to bring this sweeping drama to the Roda Theatre.

Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We will post this information as soon as it’s available. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.




Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro

Book by Hershey Felder
Music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and others
Directed by Joel Zwick
Special Presentation · Thrust Stage
June 5–22, 2014

The play

Last summer, Hershey Felder brought Bay Area audiences to their feet and even got them singing with George Gershwin Alone. Now the master entertainer and virtuoso pianist is back with his popular and critically acclaimed Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro, in which he brings one of America's greatest musical legends to life. Conductor, composer, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and composer of West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, and Wonderful Town, Bernstein pushed all boundaries to become the world's first serious musical media superstar. Felder combines first-person narrative with the compositions of Bernstein and others to draw us deeply into the maestro’s fascinating life, a life filled with tragedy and triumph… and music.