Last Friday was the season's final 30-Below, AKA the coolest theatre afterparty for people in their 20s. And it was a blast! We had the good folks at Picante on hand making fresh tortillas in our courtyard (after four salmon tacos, I am a fan for life), a keg of delicious Triple Rock Bug Juice Ale, wine courtesy of Raymond Vineyards, and even a pre-show maragarita tasting with the always-fabulous Tres Agaves. And as for entertainment? Our old friend DJ Ome was back to spin tunes while we waited for our turn in the Magbooth. That's right, I told you the photo booth would be back!
For those of you who missed it, here's a few snaps we took at the event. And those of you who were there, see if you can spot yourself in the crowd! Leave us a comment if you find yourself or a friend.
Thanks to David Trease for the photos! Click on the pictures to open a larger size in a new window.
partygoers enjoying 30-Below
the collectable Triple Rock coasters
Picante's fresh tortillas were a huge hit
(Looking for the full set of photo booth pictures? Check out the album here.)
Last Thursday was our final night/OUT event for the LGBT community of the season (don't worry, we'll be back in September!), and it was a blast. Right after Anna Deavere Smith's brilliant new show, Let Me Down Easy, the audience filled the courtyard for a couple hours of food, drinks, and music. We had a delicious spread courtesy of Bistro Liaison, wine from Raymond Vineyards, and the guys from Ale Industries were on hand to pour beer all night (you've gotta try their Orange Kush!). Meanwhile, DJ Pauline kept the music coming, and we even had a special live performance by genre-bending queer musician Maia Papaya.
But the final touch was a photo booth courtesy of our friends at Magnolia Photo Booth. They brought a suitcase full of props and let our partygoers take as many pictures as they wanted, even printing out free strips of photos to take home and treasure forever (in duplicate, no less!). If you missed it--or if you didn't, and you're looking for your new Facebook profile photo--here's a gallery of our fabulous friends. Check out a few of our favorites below!
Missed out? Don't worry, you'll get a second chance at 30-Below, coming up on June 17. If you're under 30 (and old enough to drink), join us for the party! Get a half-price ticket to Let Me Down Easy with the code 30BELOW, or call the box office at 510-647-2949 and mention 30-Below. Tickets to the show start at just $23.50, and you'll get to enjoy the post-show party for free! We'll have snacks from Picante, beer from Triple Rock Brewery, more wine from Raymond Vineyards, DJ Ome playing all your favorite music (she takes requests!), and of course another fabulous photo booth. 30-Below is sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, so be sure to say hi to those guys when you drop by, too. See you there!
by Ben Hanna, Community Programs Manager
In May, 18 teens from Teen Council gathered at the School of Theatre for a 24-hour fundraising "Dramathon." Yes, you read that right. Noon to noon, a nonstop theatre extravaganza! Here’s just a taste of this fundraising excursion of epic proportions:
Saturday, May 21
12pm - Teens sign up for play readings and warm up their bodies and voices in prep for 24 hours of performance.
1:15pm – Teens near the end of The Importance of Being Earnest, with a twist: a cross-gender cast!
3:11pm - Teen Council member Gideon Lazarus performs a monologue from Macbeth, sparking a series of monologue performances from the teens.
5:20pm – Participants delve into the world of one-acts, including works by playwrights Anton Chekhov, John Patrick Shanley, and David Ives.
6:47pm – Students scarf down a pizza dinner in prep for the Chicago sing-a-long. Peet’s coffee and tea are served, giving everyone a much-needed boost of energy.
9:07pm - Bay Area actress and School of Theatre teaching artist Elena Wright arrives as a special guest to read Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard with the teens. In Elena's words, "One of the hardest reads I've ever done -- three hours of Stoppard cold from nine to midnight!"
12:45am – Over 12 hours down, 12 to go. Students are clad in pajamas, and Christopher Durang’s The Idiots Karamazov has begun. Lots of hysterical laughter all around, perhaps due to the late-night giggles!
2:30am - Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” is blaring over our sound system, and a five-minute theatrical dance party ensues!
3:07am – Let’s do the time warp again! Eyes are drooping and the second round of Peet’s coffee is served! A cult classic is in order! Rocky Horror Picture Show is projected on our classroom wall for a read-through and sing-a-long!
6:45am - Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore has begun -- for those of you who saw it at Berkeley Rep, you can imagine the dramatic action all throughout the School!
9:03am - Improv games are played to wake-up the crowd. Education Fellows Candice McDowell and Allison Whorton pump up the energy, leading some intense “dance-offs.”
11:45am - The top three teen fundraisers for the Dramathon are announced and given great Berkeley Rep prizes in appreciation of their hard work!
Over the course of the evening, teens read 8 full-length plays, 10 one-acts, and 10 monologues as well as participated in 3 sing-a-longs and numerous improv games. Major kudos to these diehard theatre-lovers who raised over $3,500 for the Berkeley Rep Teen Council's programming next year.
Weren't able to sponsor a teen but want to help support Teen Council programming? Donate to the Teen Conference Fund and help send seven teens to represent the youth voice of American theatre at the TCG Conference this June.
More than 360 Berkeley Rep supporters gathered at the Four Seasons San Francisco last Saturday night for ONSTAGE, a gala celebrating the Theatre's 43rd birthday. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, presided as master of ceremonies, and the evening raised $587,000 to support the Theatre, including $115K for our arts education outreach programs (see a video on how theatre changes lives). Here are some highlights from photographer Cheshire Isaacs:
The legendary Rita Moreno sang selections from her upcoming show.
Cal Shakes' Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone with Berkeley Rep's Artistic Director Tony Taccone and MC Daniel Handler auctioning off the Ghost Light lot.
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If you missed the last post about our giant warehouse sale, or if you're just looking for an unusual place to take a first date this weekend, keep in mind 937 Carleton in Berkeley (not in Oakland). On Friday and Saturday (April 15 and 16) from 10am to 4pm our staff will be on hand to hook you up with some great deals on some unusual wares. Today I swung by to take some photos of the awesome items we have for sale. Keep in mind, many of the items pictured are props and costumes that have been on our stage -- you could even walk away in the shoes worn by Laura Bush!* The coolest items go fast and everything is cash only. Come early for the selection, come late for the deals!
See you this weekend!
*As played by Kate Eifrig in Tiny Kushner.
Hey, have you heard we're having a huge warehouse sale on April 15 and 16? Here's what you might find:
Were you incited to action after seeing Ruined? Come to the free Page to Stage panel discussion this Monday! Doors open at 6:30pm, and the 60-minute discussion starts at 7pm. No reservations necessary.
Berkeley Rep’s Madeleine Oldham hosts a conversation with Muadi Mukenge from the Global Fund for Women, Anneke Van Woudenberg from the Human Rights Watch’s Africa division, Heidi Lehmann from the Women’s Empowerment and Protection Unit for International Rescue Committee and Rachel Niehuus from the Cal Human Rights Center.
PlayGround, a new-play development organization dedicated to local playwrights, has been holding monthly Monday night readings at our Thrust Stage for years. It’s an awesome organization that’s ushered critically acclaimed new plays and even offers grants to local theatre companies to produce a world premiere by a PlayGround playwright. (Full disclosure: my husband is one of those playwrights.)
Well, their annual Benefit & Awards Night is coming up on Monday, April 11 at the elegant Claremont Hotel -- and it features a fireside chat with none other than our own Artistic Director Tony Taccone along with Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone and local playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (who currently has the most produced play in the country save for Shakespeare and Charles Dickens).
The annual benefit also features a reception and silent auction, dinner, the presentation of the 2011 PlayGround Emerging Playwright Awards, the June Anne Baker Prize, and PlayGround Fellowship. Learn more about the benefit and about PlayGround itself!
“We should take a picture of this now,” someone said as we all admired our surroundings. We were in the Helen C. Barber upper lobby of the Roda Theatre, standing amidst an array of Tupperware containers filled with buttons and foam; brightly colored yarn, gingerly placed; scraps of fabric from the costume shop in neat piles; and bowls of vibrant pom-poms all carefully arranged atop five tables covered in crisp, white paper. It was Saturday, just before one o’clock, and we were about to launch Berkeley Rep’s first-ever Sock Puppet Palooza.
Want to see a play, have a few drinks, and dance with cute strangers? Of course you do! Which is why you should check out the parties we're throwing at Berkeley Rep this week:
If you happen to be under 30 and a member of the LGBT community, I am hereby challenging you to come to both events. If you're up for it, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll prepare some kind of prize for you. No, seriously. I will. See you there!