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Berkeley Rep artists head into the big, wide world

posted by Chad Jones on Mon, Jul 12, 2010
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When artists complete their work at Berkeley Rep, they often head into a diverse and fascinating array of other projects. To keep you up to date on some of our artists’ activities, we'd like to share a few of their projects with you.

Joe Goode

Girlfriend choreographer Joe Goode (seen at right) and his Joe Goode Performance Group are reviving the hit site-specific dance/theatre work Traveling Light at the Old Mint in San Francisco. The show continues through August 1. Click joegoode.org for information. We're biased, but we think this show is not to be missed.

Delroy Lindo, who directed Joe Turner’s Come and Gone in 2008, is revisiting the show once again. He's playing Bynum Walker in the play at London's Young Vic. Delroy’s long history with Joe Turner goes all the way back to the original Broadway production in 1988 when he played Harold Loomis. Delroy has given some interesting interviews to The Root and to whatsonstage.com.

American Idiot cast member Joshua Henry (you’ll remember his standout moment as a military hero jumping out of a TV during the song “Favorite Son”) has joined the cast of the Broadway-bound musical Scottsboro Boys, which also happens to star Colman Domingo, last seen at Berkeley Rep in Passing Strange.

Carrie Fisher has already taken her autobiographical Wishful Drinking to Broadway. Now she’s turning the show into an HBO documentary for release next year. She talked to the Huffington Post about it. 

Tony Kushner

Tiny Kushner author Tony Kushner is once again collaborating with his Caroline, or Change composer Jeanine Tesori. The pair’s new opera A Blizzard in Marblehead Neck will debut at the Glimmerglass Opera next summer. And Tony’s work is the subject of the entire upcoming Signature Theatre Company season. Both parts of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes run in repertory September 14 through December 19. Next March will see a production of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures  or iHo for short (a co-production with The Public Theater in association with The Guthrie Theater). And the Kushner season ends in April 2011 with a new production of The Illusion directed by Michael Mayer, who you may remember directed a little show here called American Idiot.

Girlfriend author Todd Almond’s follow-up musical, On the Levee, written with Marcus Gardley, ran last month at the Duke on 42nd Street as part of Lincoln Center’s LCT3 program. Read about it in Time Out New York.

In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) costume designer and Girlfriend set designer David Zinn spent part of his summer up in Ashland designing the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor production of Twelfth Night. Read an interview with David from the Mail Tribune.

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