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John Logan talks "Red"

posted by Kathleen Martinelli on Wed, Apr 4, 2012
in At the theatre , Events , Our shows

As someone who’s dreamed about going to the Oscars since I was 4 years old, I was pretty star-struck when I heard a rumor that John Logan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Tony award-winning playwright of Red (which just extended, by the way!), would be doing a talkback at Berkeley Rep. I mean, this is the guy that Scorsese calls when he needs a good script. Martin Scorsese.  And Berkeley felt a little bit like Hollywood last Saturday night when Logan showed up for a post-show discussion with dramaturg Julie McCormick. 

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See Eve Ensler...tonight!

posted by Karen McKevitt on Fri, Feb 24, 2012
in Events

See Eve Ensler tonight at Dominican University and get a sneak peek at her new show, Emotional Creature, premiering here at Berkeley Rep in June!

What's more, Eve will be in conversation with the equally amazing Isabel Allende, talking about "activism, women and girls, and the power of stories." 

Here's the 411:

Tonight, Feb 24, at 7pm
Dominican University, Angelico Hall
Tickets: $35, includes a signed copy of Eve's book
Reservations: (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 

Eve Ensler with Tony Taccone. Photo: Cheshire Isaacs

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Doctor's big night/OUT

posted by Cari Turley on Wed, Feb 22, 2012
in At the theatre , Events , Our shows

February 16 was our final night/OUT of the year, and what better show to close us out than A Doctor in Spite of Himself. That show is bananas! And so was the party, thanks to our generous sponsors: Picante, Triple Rock Brewery, Raymond Vineyards, Tres Agaves Tequila, and of course our friends at the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

But most of all, thanks to the fabulous people who came out to the event on Thursday, including the cast and crew of Doctor. Only at Berkeley Rep can you chat with Steven Epp over a keg while the DJ plays "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" at full volume. I love my job.

Party streamers in the Roda Theatre

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DJ G* of the Hella Gay Oakland Dance Party, rocking the house

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The classiest disco ball in the world

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Party people! From L-R: Brandon Weinbrenner (Bret C. Harte Directing Fellow), Wendi Gross (former development fellow) and her friend Brendan, Jacob Ming-Trent (Valère/Cherub), and Mary Kay Hickox (graphics fellow)

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Singularity and the startup

posted by Kyle Sircus on Wed, Feb 22, 2012
in Events

Only hours before our production of A Doctor in Spite of Himself was set to open in the Roda Theatre, Berkeley Rep was happy to host the monthly Infusion Lunch. This month's speaker was Salim Ismail, the founding executive director of Singularity University, a new leadership-training program for up-and-coming leaders in the technological world. Salim drew what seemed like droves of tech-savvy individuals to the upper Roda lobby, and they all were completely engrossed by his stories and advice. Check out this photo taken by our director of marketing and communications, Robert Sweibel:


Much of Salim's talk centered on the changing facets of higher education, especially with emerging technology. Singularity University, based in the South Bay, has a mission is to assemble, educate, and inspire a new generation of leaders who strive to understand and utilize exponentially advancing technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. As an organization that reaps the benefits of collaboration every day, we were proud to host Salim and the Berkeley Startup Cluster at the Infusion Lunch. 

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Adding a little more gold to Rita's shelf

posted by Kyle Sircus on Tue, Nov 15, 2011
in At the theatre , Events , General theatre talk

Rita's already won the Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony awards. This weekend, she's gearing up to put the last Midas touch on her extended run of Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup. What more could our favorite leading lady want right now? A golden anniversary may just be the answer. 

This Tuesday, November 15 is the 50th anniversary of the film version of West Side Story in which Rita earned her Academy Award. George Chakiris (Bernardo to Rita's Anita) showed up at the show on November 6; dancer Ray Garcia snapped this photo backstage after Rita brought her former co-star onto the Roda stage for a bow.

Rita, Ray, George, & Sal

Rita Moreno, Ray Garcia, George Chakiris, and Salvatore Vassallo backstage after a performance of Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup at Berkeley Rep.

Movie theatres around the country have been showing the film for fans all month. Symphony orchestras have added the score to their repertoire this season to play live alongside the film. There was even this flash mob that happened in Times Square today to commemorate the movie's big birthday:


After the show closes this Sunday (and if you haven't seen this stellar show yet, get your tickets before they're gone), Rita is heading down to Los Angeles to celebrate at a reunion of some of the film's stars.

Who knows what Rita will touch next that will turn itself to gold? 



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Eve Ensler in the house!

posted by Karen McKevitt on Tue, Oct 25, 2011
in Events

Last Friday afternoon several hundred people packed the Roda Theatre to see Eve Ensler -- that's right, of The Vagina Monologues fame. Why? Because Berkeley Rep is premiering her brand new play, Emotional Creature, next June! Tickets go on sale to the public on November 6.

The line stretched down Addison Street!

Eve Ensler in conversation with Artistic Director Tony Taccone

Eve rallies the audience

Eve signs copies of her book I Am an Emotional Creature

All photos by Cheshire Isaacs

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Berkeley Rep is Proud to Present. . . in the Library!

posted by Pauline Luppert on Mon, Oct 24, 2011
in Events , Our shows , School of Theatre

Do you know about Berkeley Rep's docent presentations?

Docent blog post

Free docent presentations offer a look inside each play and its development at Berkeley Rep. An engrossing 30-minute presentation begins one hour before most Tuesday and Thursday 8pm performances.

But wait there's more!

Berkeley Rep also brings docent presentations to you, in select public libraries, senior centers, and other community sites.This week there will be presentations for both shows currently playing at Berkeley Rep, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup and How to Write a New Book for the Bible.

Here are the details:


Monday, 10/24 – 10:30am
Event: Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup Off-Site Docent Talk – Marion Fay
Location: Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley
Docent: Charlotte Martinelli
Monday, 10/24 – 1pm
Event: Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup Off-Site Docent Talk – Marion Fay
Location: Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley
Docent: Joy Lancaster; Backup: Charlotte Martinelli

Tuesday, 10/25 – 7-7:30pm
Event: Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup Pre-Show Docent Talk
Location: Upper Roda Lobby
Docent: Nancy Fenton

Wednesday, 10/26 – 1pm
Event: Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup Off-Site Docent Talk – Marion Fay
Location: Alameda Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
Docent: Nancy Fenton

Thursday, 10/27 – 1-1:30pm
Event: Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup Pre-Show Docent Talk (special group request)
Location: Upper Roda Lobby
Docent: Nancy Fenton


Tuesday, 10/25 – 7-7:30pm
Event: How to Write a New Book for the Bible Pre-Show Docent Talk
Location: Addison Attic
Docent: Marc Seleznow

Wednesday, 10/26 – 2pm
Event: How to Write a New Book for the Bible Off-Site Docent Talk – Moraga Library
Location: Moraga Library, 1500 Saint Marys Rd, Moraga, CA 94556
Docent: Emika Abe

Thursday, 10/27 – 7-7:30pm
Event: How to Write a New Book for the Bible Pre-Show Docent Talk
Location: Addison Attic
Docent: David Tabb

Sunday, 10/30 – 4:20pm
Event: How to Write a New Book for the Bible Post-Show Docent Discussion
Location: Addison Attic
Docents: David Tabb & Thalia Dorwick


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Eve Ensler is in the house (and on the street)

posted by Cari Turley on Thu, Oct 20, 2011
in Events

Our office is abuzz with anticipation for tomorrow's free event with Eve Ensler. Will you be joining us? The pre-registration is full, but if you show up tomorrow, we'll give out all the unclaimed seats on a first-come, first-served basis. If you haven't heard, The Vagina Monologues creator Eve Ensler will be dropping by our theatre at 4:30pm tomorrow to sign copies of her bestselling book, I Am an Emotional Creature, and make a special announcement about her newest project in the U.S. Come by and be the first to hear the news!

As if her schedule wasn't full enough, Eve also stopped by the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City on Sunday to interview protestors for another upcoming project. Where does she find the time? Maybe we'll find out tomorrow...

Eve at ows
(Photo credit: Randyll Wendl Photography)

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Rita Moreno's big night/OUT

posted by Cari Turley on Mon, Sep 12, 2011
in At the theatre , Events , Our shows

Last Friday's night/OUT party for the LGBT community was a huge success! I mean, I know we say that a lot (what can we say; it's a successful series!) but this was one of the best night/OUTs we've had in a while. We had a huge crowd, a great DJ, incredible food and drink...but what really put the icing on the cake was a special, surprise visit from none other than Rita Moreno herself.

Rita (and dancers Ray Garcia and Salvatore Vassallo) stopped by the party and were gracious enough to mingle and take photos with our guests for a good long time. Or maybe they were just enjoying the party--can't say I'd blame them!

Take a peek and some of our photos below. (I may have gotten a little Instagram-happy.) If you were there and took a photo with Rita, share it in the comments!


Did you miss out this time? Don't worry, we have two more night/OUT events this season. It's not too early to buy tickets, so make sure you don't miss out again!

Thanks to our night/OUT season sponsors, San Francisco Bay Guardian and The Bay Area Reporter, as well as La Bonne Cuisine, Ale Industries, Tres Agaves, and DJ Gstar of the Hella Gay Oakland Dance Party for making this night a success. See you next time!

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Podcast of Anna Deavere Smith panel now available!

posted by Karen McKevitt on Fri, Sep 9, 2011
in Events

A Symphony of Ideas - Anna Deavere Smith at Berkeley Rep


Did you miss the terrific panel discussion on August 17 moderated by Anna Deavere Smith? No worries, because now the podcast of "A Symphony of Ideas: A Conversation About the Body and the Body Politic" is now available. This discussion was also moderated Paul Costello, CCO of Stanford School of Medicine, and featured the panelists Dr. Judith Butler, Dr. Arnold Milstein, Janice Mirikitani, and Lance Williams.

For more info on the panelists, click here. Otherwise, enjoy the podcast! 

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