Berkeley Rep Blog

October 2012

Audiences rave about An Iliad

posted by Karen McKevitt on Tue, Oct 30

We're absolutely overwhelmed by how much our audiences love An Iliad! Of course we think Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's contemporary adaptation of the story of the Trojan War is pretty awesome, but here's what people like you say:

"This was theatre at its best — satisfying on so many levels. Please convey our deepest appreciation to Henry Woronicz for giving us so much."

"We were deeply moved by An Iliad. The acting was superb and the production fantastic!"

"One of the best Berkeley Rep productions I've seen. Have recommended it to two friends. One has seen it already, one is going next week. Wish my kids weren't off at college or I'd take them as well."

"A bravura performance! A real treat to see an actor so varied in his vocal and physical prowess."

"It was absolutely incredible! The acting by Henry Woronicz was not to be believed! He certainly deserved the standing ovation!!! What an amazing adaptation to today’s world. Thank you for a very thought-provoking experience."

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Oh, Muse: Teen Council meets Lisa Peterson

posted by School of Theatre on Thu, Oct 25

By Frances Maples, Teen Council member

An Iliad, a powerful, provocative play based on Homer’s The Iliad was eye-opening for 75 Bay Area teens who attended the show early in October. Before the performance, Frances Maples interviewed acclaimed director and writer, Lisa Peterson, asking the artist about her creative processes and inspirations.

Director Lisa Peterson with Frances Maples

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A Mary Zimmerman retrospective

posted by Karen McKevitt on Wed, Oct 24

Mary Zimmerman's White Snake opens in less than three weeks -- and it's her seventh show here at Berkeley Rep! She's among our most frequent guest directors, and she's a favorite with our patrons (and the critics).

To celebrate, let's take a look at the past six shows at the Theatre...

The Arabian Nights (2008-09, encore 2010)


Mary Zimmerman breathes new life into the tale of 1,001 nights.

"First rate entertainment... Zimmerman has a genius for building stage spectaculars from the most basic, old-fashioned materials." -- San Francisco Chronicle

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An Iliad wins glorious reviews

posted by Karen McKevitt on Fri, Oct 19

Even in previews, An Iliad earned standing ovations and more than several teary eyes as actor Henry Woronicz captivated audiences with a contemporary retelling of the Trojan War. 

It officially opened on Wednesday -- and the reviews are in! Here's what the critics say:

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Tony Taccone wins Margo Jones Award

posted by Karen McKevitt on Thu, Oct 11

Artistic Director Tony Taccone and Managing Director Susan Medak both scored awards recently. We already told you about Susan's award. On Friday, Tony picks up the Margo Jones Award!

Recipients of this award have demonstrated a significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of the craft of playwriting and have encouraged the living theatre everywhere. Past recipients include Joseph Papp, Lloyd Richards, and Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman.

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