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An Audience with Meow Meow

Written by and starring Meow Meow
Choreography by Tiger Martina
Music Supervision by Lance Horne
Adapted and directed by Emma Rice
Main Season · Roda Theatre
September 5–October 19, 2014
World premiere

The “post-post-modern” phenomenon creates a theatrical world premiere of gargantuan proportions for Berkeley Rep’s audiences, featuring sizzling songs, sequins and satire, blow-torch wit, and divine mayhem! “Devilish funny bones, heavenly vocal chords!” – London Evening Standard




Monsieur Chopin [encore]

The Music of Fryderyk Chopin
Book by Hershey Felder
Directed by Joel Zwick
Special Presentation · Thrust Stage
A co-production with Eighty-Eight Entertainment

September 16 - 21, 2014

Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission

The play

You’ve seen Hershey Felder as George Gershwin on the hot streets of 1920s New York. You’ve seen him on the conductor’s podium revealing Maestro Leonard Bernstein’s heart. Now come back with Hershey to Paris in 1848…to a work of love and art and the place where his soul resides, in the depths of Chopin’s music. In his passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano,” Hershey reveals the beloved and romantic composer’s secrets about his creations – and the secrets he carried to his grave – against a gorgeous, lush score of more than a dozen compositions. Come back with Hershey to meet the mysterious Monsieur Chopin. “[Felder] carries a rapt audience along on a wave of true, powerful, and wordless passion,” declares the Boston Globe.

Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. This show has none. 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 American Songbook Sing-Along: Irving Berlin

Text by Hershey Felder
Special Presentation · Thrust Stage

Running time: 2 hours, no intermission

The play

Mark your calendar for “a singular display of sheer joy” (Chicago Sun-Times). At this grand show, The American Songbook Sing-Along: Irving Berlin, you’ll have the chance to be serenaded and sing along with Hershey, featuring the music of one of America’s most prolific and beloved composers. A sold-out smash last season, Hershey is coming back with a whole new batch of music that everyone loves.

The buzz

“A singular display of sheer joy… The sight (and sound) of literally thousands of happily singing souls giving their all to a slew of Broadway standards -- with an impressive number of intrepid people, both amateur and professional, volunteering for solo turns -- was marvelous to behold.” – Chicago Sun-Times




Party People

By UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, aka Ninja)
Developed and directed by Liesl Tommy
Thrust Stage · October 17–November 16, 2014

Get ready for a hyperkinetic mix of live video, hip hop, jazz, rock, gospel, blues, Latin rhythms, and spoken word as the explosive theatre ensemble UNIVERSES rocks and unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords in this high-wattage fusion of story and song. “A dazzling creation,” says KLCC Radio.




Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

By Margaret Engel and Allison Engel
Directed by David Esbjornson
Starring Kathleen Turner
Roda Theatre · November 21, 2014–January 4, 2015

In her Berkeley Rep debut, two-time Tony and Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner is all smarts and sass as the brassy, sharp-witted journalist and best-selling author, recounting her political rants and personal reflections with a liberal dose of piss and vinegar. “Absolutely wonderful, entertaining and illuminating,” lauds Huffington Post.




X’s and O’s (A Gridiron Love Story)

By KJ Sanchez with Jenny Mercein
Directed by Tony Taccone
Thrust Stage · January 16–March 1, 2015
World Premiere

Based on brutally honest and heartrending interviews with players, their families, and their fans about traumatic brain injuries and their impact on football, X’s and O’s (A Gridiron Love Story) is a gripping new play commissioned by Berkeley Rep that takes an unflinching look at the lives and loves around this singularly American sport – and the lingering questions it asks of us all.

X’s and O’s (A Gridiron Love Story) was commissioned by Berkeley Rep and developed in The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.




Tartuffe

By Molière
Adapted by David Ball
Directed by Dominique Serrand
Roda Theatre · March 13–April 12, 2015

“As spellbinding as a deadly snake charmed from its basket…” This modern interpretation of Molière’s most popular play – featuring a hypnotic Steven Epp as the deceitful hypocrite– is as intense and incisive as the day it was written, and just as entertaining. “Both brooding drama and zippy farce…a stylistic triumph,” says the Minneapolis Star Tribune.




Head of Passes

By Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Tina Landau
Thrust Stage · April 10–May 24, 2015

“Unbelievably powerful…beautiful…an extraordinary play,” raves WBEZ Radio. MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney and preeminent director Tina Landau team up for this poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation – coming straight from its acclaimed world premiere in Chicago.




One Man, Two Guvnors

By Richard Bean
Directed by David Ivers
Roda Theatre · May 8–June 21, 2015
West Coast premiere

Join Francis in the fun as he leads you through this topsy-turvy world of love triangles and mistaken identities. It’s more than a sassy update of Carlo Goldoni’s classic knee-slapper, A Servant of Two Masters. It’s a brilliantly delicious mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues. “Gut-busting,” says the Hollywood Reporter.