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David Sedaris is coming to Berkeley Rep!

posted by Chad Jones on Wed, Dec 16, 2009
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Yes, it's true. One of the funniest men in the world presents An Evening with David Sedaris from June 14 to 20 on Berkeley Rep's Thrust Stage.

Sedaris sketch

Last week, our subscribers and donors were the first to learn about this special event. A few days later, friends of Berkeley Rep found out (basically anyone who's on our email list, which you can join by clicking here), and now the information is spreading out to the rest of the world.

An Evening with David Sedaris will feature the author reading from his as-yet-untitled new book. He will take questions from the audience and then sign books (all of which will be available for sale in the lobby by arrangement with Books, Inc.). We're not kidding when we say tickets are going fast. Seriously. Fast.

Tickets are $35 (half that if you're under age 30). Click on our online box office or call 510 647-2949.

David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as four collections of personal essays: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller. There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in The Best American Essays. He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name "The Talent Family" and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at The Drama Department, La Mama Experimental Theatre Company, and Lincoln Center in New York City, as well as at theatres nationwide. Their scripts include The Book of Liz, which was published in book form by Dramatists Play Service; Incident at Cobbler’s Knob; One Woman Shoe, which received an Obie Award; Stitches; and Stump the Host. David’s original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life, distributed nationally by Public Radio International and produced by WBEZ.

He has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. Listen to a four-minute excerpt from his most recent recording, released last month,  David Sedaris: Live For Your Listening Pleasure here.

Here's David Sedaris discussing and reading from his most recent book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2008:

And because we couldn't resist, here's David Sedaris doing his famous Billie Holiday impression (also from Letterman):


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