Berkeley Rep Blog

August 2011

Hot, hot, hot off the presses...

posted by Terence Keane on Mon, Aug 29

We're thrilled that Rita Moreno -- who begins previews for her new show here on Friday -- is featured on the front page of lots of local newspapers today.

As Karen D'Souza reports, "Dishing on the treasure trove of Hollywood trivia that is her life -- she once dated Elvis to make Brando jealous and it worked -- is the spice of Life Without Makeup, which Moreno and [Artistic Director Tony] Taccone are crafting together... Ever the temptress, she waits a beat before adding: 'If you want to hear the rest of the story, you've got to come see the show, honey.'"

You can read the whole (hot) article and watch a fantastic slide show of Rita's career by clicking below:


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"Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup" tickets on sale

posted by Karen McKevitt on Thu, Aug 25




Rita Moreno is in the house! Rehearsals are heating up, and we’re all humming tunes from West Side Story – some of us are even demonstrating the choreography. Yep, the world premiere of Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup begins previews on September 2!

Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup is an unflinchingly honest and spectacularly entertaining new show about her amazing life and career. Backed by an onstage band and two charismatic dancers, the incomparable Rita Moreno delivers a sensational performance that's part autobiography, part old Broadway, and all fabulous.

Watch a video of Rita introducing Life Without Makeup, learn more about the show,
then reserve your seats online!

And, check out this new interview with her on!


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A Tres Agaves debut at Berkeley Rep

posted by Karen McKevitt on Tue, Aug 9

Lmdecocktail-lr-9642 We have a brand-new specialty drink for the encore presentation of Let Me Down Easy -- and it's making a bit of a debut! Don’t miss the Tres Agaves Margarita, starring Tres Agaves Tequila and -- making its world premiere debut right here at Berkeley Rep --- Tres Agaves’ USDA certified Organic Margarita Mix. For a mere $8, you too can savor this tasty beverage. 




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And the winners are...

posted by Karen McKevitt on Mon, Aug 8

How did the following people win such fabulous prizes? They gave us great feedback on our big patron survey and were randomly selected among all the particpants -- well, those particpants who gave us their name and contact info so they could be entered, anyway.

Sheila S. and Marcia G. won the grand prize: they each picked up a free full 2011-12 season subscription!

Wendy S. and Bonnie H. got a pair of premium seats to In Paris with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

And the following people got a pair of premium seats to any subscription show in the 2011-12 season: Brad M., Rick R., Catherine L., Carol K., Robin S., Stuart F., Judy O., Ellen S., Corina A., Diane T., Marilyn L., Marvin H., Jane R., Judy G., Karla S., Carol W., Kay B., Meredith E., Betty H., and Dianne F.

Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who participated in our survey. We really do love to receive feedback, and your input will help us provide more superb Berkeley Rep experiences!

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Anna Deavere Smith in the Huffington Post

posted by Karen McKevitt on Fri, Aug 5

In case you haven't already heard, Anna Deavere Smith returns to Berkeley Rep next Wednesday for a limited encore presentation of Let Me Down Easy. And just yesterday, she published a fascinating essay in the Huffington Post about her 2005 trip to Africa to research her show, particularly around the HIV/AIDS crisis.

While she was in Africa, Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. She later conducted interviews with people in New Orleans, including Dr. Kiersta Kurtz-Burke, whose monologue is one of the most affecting in the show. While Anna says that much of the interviews she conducted in Africa did not make it into the version of the show we see now, her Huffington Post essay offers, among her own personal observations, excerpts of interviews with two AIDS activists. She says their words "still play like music in my ears." 

Read Anna's essay in the Huffington Post
Buy tickets to Let Me Down Easy 

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