All the major networks descended on the Roda Theatre today: ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. Why? A special press conference for Ghost Light, which officially opens in a mere few hours. But be sure to watch the news tonight -- Tony Taccone and Jonathan Moscone both had profound, even moving, comments.
(Yeah, the photo's a little dark. I didn't want to disturb everyone with a flash.)
Ghost Light, the much-anticipated world-premiere production, begins previews tonight. In this haunting show, Artistic Director (and playwright) Tony Taccone conjures an imaginary world based on the historic assassination of Mayor George Moscone. The play is helmed by none other than Jonathan Moscone.
Both Tony and Jonathan were guests this morning on NPR’s Forum with Dave Iverson. Miss it? Listen to it now!
Catch a PBS documentary on the creation of Ghost Light! KQED airs The Memory Be Green starting January 17. Watch a screening at Berkeley Rep! Our free Page to Stage event on January 23 features the documentary followed by a conversation with Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham with writer Tony Taccone and documentary-maker Dave Iverson.
Richard Dodds of the Bay Area Reporter filed “Moscone memories,” an insightful article that traces the creation of Ghost Light back to the release of the film Milk.
Happy New Year, blog readers! January offers all of us a time to commit to resolutions and reflect back on the year that was. In our case at Berkeley Rep, it was certainly a busy one filled with a whole slate of shows, some of which were lucky enough to receive some "best of 2011" nods from theatre critics around the country. In case you missed it, here's a rundown:
To close out this post, we are so excited that our current production of The Wild Bride was named the "high point of the year" in Robert Hurwitt's San Francisco Chronicle list. The show's been extended until January 22. If you haven't seen it yet, why not add that to your list of resolutions?
The reviews are in and critics love The Wild Bride! It even got a "wild applause" from the Little Man. What can we say? Kneehigh totally rocks!
Here's what the critics are saying:
“The Devil is at the crossroads, a girl is in peril and love is gloriously indestructible in the exhilarating The Wild Bride… A feast of timeless story, irresistible music and wildly imaginative theatricality… Bride is a gift that keeps on giving.” – SF Chronicle
“The Wild Bride will steal your heart from start to finish… An ingenious marriage of dance, theater, puppetry and music… Once upon a time has rarely been so intoxicating.” – Bay Area News Group
“Devilishly entertaining … Anyone who believes in magic should see it!” – SF Examiner
“Without question, the great treat of the holiday theater season!” – Chad Jones’ Theatre Dogs (Love the caption, Chad!)
So, tickets are already going fast, so don't wait, reserve your seats now before shows sell out!
We'll see ya real soon!
After a successful and vibrant eight years at Berkeley Rep as associate artistic director, it's time to bid farewell to a local favorite. Today, Actors Theatre of Lousiville named Les Waters as their new artistic director.
In Les' words, “For a director such as myself, whose career has focused on fostering new work, it has been a delight to be part of the team at Berkeley Rep. It is an extraordinary theatre staffed by extraordinary people dedicated to the highest quality of craftsmanship...It is difficult to leave Berkeley -- yet it is an honor and a privilege to take up the reins at Actors Theatre of Louisville...I am committed to making theatre there that is passionate and intelligent, funny and heartfelt, and look forward to leading Actors Theatre to new artistic endeavors.”
Check out the Actors Theatre press conference video. Les speaks about 8 minutes in.
All of us at Berkeley Rep wish Les all the best as he begins his new Kentucky adventure (where he'll certainly make a mark, just as he has on Addison Street)! We'll miss his charm, wit, and sweaters, but we're not ready to bid him farewell just yet. Les will be back in Berkeley to direct Red, which plays the Thrust Stage from March 16 - April 29, 2012. And we'll certainly have a few more blog posts before he departs.
What was your favorite Les Waters production at Berkeley Rep? Please share your thoughts with us below.
Photo of Les Waters by Rebecca Martinez
Happy birthday to our New Book playwright, Bill Cain.
What do you give a Jesuit priest (and playwright) whose birthday is on Halloween?
(Pictured: Linda Gehringer, Leo Marks, Aaron Blakeley, and Tyler Pierce. Photo by kevinberne.com.)
Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep's artistic director, is making his first foray into playwriting this season with not one but two new plays. Both Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup and the upcoming Ghost Light are penned by the director turned playwright, though that title isn't one that comes easily to him.
Check out Tony's recent post on HowlRound to hear about his journey into the world of writing...and why, on a good day, he's more prone to call himself an artist than a writer.
Happy California Arts Day from Berkeley Rep!
This year’s California Arts Day theme is “driving creativity.”
But driving isn’t always easy and, these days, it doesn’t always have the most positive connotations. The word alone ignites thoughts of high gas prices, traffic, and parking frustrations.
It’s the same with the arts. Funding is tight and schools are pushing out art requirements in an effort to meet standards. We all know the spiel.
So for California Arts Day, let’s focus on those who are keeping us driving -- inventing the “hybrid cars” of the arts.
Thank your teachers, politicians, and local artists who keep driving creativity in California even when that parking space seems pretty impossible to find.
We certainly do! Thanks California for continuing to “drive creativity!”
Join our California Arts Day Facebook/Twitter* campaign by posting the following phrase:
“FILL IN THE BLANK drives me in the arts! Repost this status with what drives you to celebrate California’s Arts Day!”
*If you’re tweeting, be sure to use #BerkRepArtsDay as your hashtag.
October is National Arts & Humanities Month, an annual coast-to-coast celebration of culture in America and coordinated by Americans for the Arts. President Obama has issued a White House proclamation that recognizes the value of the arts and humanities and kicks off this month’s celebrations. How can you participate? Check out the Google Events Map to see what events are happening in your community. Or, follow Americans for the Arts on Twitter, and share items from the Arts Action Fund page with your social networks. Join the celebration!
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.