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Celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed musical revue continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in the City's North Beach district with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats! Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Vladimir Putin, Frozen, Iggy Azalea, Hillary & Bill Clinton, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Governor Jerry Brown, Nicki Minaj, The Royal Family, Game of Thrones, Miley Cyrus, Orange is the New Black, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Oprah, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kim Jong-un & the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
The writer of In the Red & Brown Water returns with an intimate coming-of-age story threaded throughout with haunting a cappella gospel music. When Pharus and Bobby compete for lead tenor in Drew Prep School's legendary choir, their afterschool battles lead to huge revelations about love and hate.
Recommended for mature teens and up.
Pick your head up and sing.
The writer of the popular Brother/Sister Plays trilogy – In the Red & Brown Water (MTC), The Brothers Size (Magic Theatre) and Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet (A.C.T.) – returns with an intimate coming-of-age story threaded throughout with haunting a cappella gospel music. When Pharus and Bobby compete for lead tenor in Drew Prep School's legendary choir, their afterschool battles lead to huge revelations about love and hate.
Lanford Wilson's "The Talley Trilogy" continues on Aurora's mainstage. It's 1977 and Ken Talley has retreated to his family's farmhouse in Missouri after losing the use of his legs in Vietnam. Family and friends from their student UC Berkeley days gather to pull Ken back from the brink and to decide the fate of the Talley legacy. A heartwarming and often hilarious portrait of the Woodstock generation at the precise moment they realize the fireworks ended yesterday.
MacArthur "Genius" Award-winning Tarell Alvin McCraney pens a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting source of the Mississippi, Shelah's family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday—bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah's convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by the preeminent Tina Landau in her Berkeley Rep debut, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its acclaimed world premiere in Chicago.
Based on Joseph Conrad's classic novel, Heart of Darkness is a powerful opera that portrays the greedy world of ivory smugglers in Central Africa as narrated by the central character, Marlow. The plot unfolds through a series of short, fast-paced scenes that gradually increase in tension, as Marlow's tale approaches its climax.
Tarik O'Regan's score is concise and colorful, and is imbued with a magical and haunting beauty. Joined with Tom Phillips' inspired libretto, this work truly delivers the power of Conrad's psychodrama, conveying deep emotion and touching audiences. Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel's design, in high-impact Opera Parallèle style, is full of production innovations that bring this opera to stirring life.
Freshman year at college is hard when your roommate is weird, you're feeling homesick, and a hook-handed serial killer is slashing girls' throats. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high school best friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be okay. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up—and it's not pretty.
Hookman is a meditation on what it means to be young and female in a world that seems—at times—hostile, lonely, and dangerous.
An intimate and disarmingly honest play from one of England's most celebrated modern playwrights (and Artistic Director of Baltimore's Center Stage), Let There Be Love tells the story of Alfred, a gruff and complicated West Indian immigrant, recently transplanted to London. Struggling with his new surroundings and his estrangement from both of his daughters, he experiences a new awakening, and a new reckoning with his past, when he comes to know a young Polish caregiver assigned to his case. Filled with the sumptuous jazz standards that pour forth from Alfred's beloved record player, Let There Be Love explores the forces of memory and mystery that lie at the heart of all immigrant experiences—and what can happen when, at any age, we open our minds to the possibility of change.
Tough, sexy and audacious Mirandolina is the mistress of a Tuscan inn whose guests include a Count who bought his title, a Marchese who has nothing but his title, and a Cavaliere who is determined to scorn all women. Armed with wit and wiles, Mirandolina sets out to teach her guests some lessons in love and finance, while hanging onto the handsome Fabrizio as both her fiancé and employee! Will true love prevail? Will Mirandolina "lean in" and get it all? A rapturous and sharply hilarious 18th Century battle-of-the-sexes comedic caper about a woman trying to run a business in a man's world, in a fresh new World Premiere adaptation by the director of the REP hits Noises Off, Sweet Charity, and Rumors.
Cutting Ball's resident playwright Andrew Saito examines the United States' inconsistent progress on issues of power and race through the colliding histories of two prominent American figures on one shared tract of land. On a plantation in a small Maryland town, a teenaged slave named Frederick Douglass once fought and triumphed against an overseer named Edward Covey. The moment would permanently alter the course of Douglass' life, freeing him from fear and building a new sense of agency. In 2003, Covey's home, "Mount Misery," was purchased by former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for $1.5 million. In Mt. Misery, Saito imagines Rumsfeld and Douglass' interactions across time. Mt. Misery was commissioned by Cutting Ball and developed as part of the 2014 edition of RISK IS THIS… The Cutting Ball New Experimental Plays Festival.
The Star Without a Name is the story of a 12-hour love affair, and of those who were there to witness it. The life of routine in a sleepy country village in 1942 is shaken one night when an express train makes an unexpected stop to unload a mysterious passenger — a glamorous woman who has no money and refuses to say who she is. Translated and adapted from Romanian by director and producer Ana-Catrina Buchser, The Star Without a Name is written by Mihail Sebastian, better known in the US for his journals on surviving fascism and anti-semitism, which were adapted into a play by David Auburn in 2004.
It's the 4th of July, 1944 in Lebanon, Missouri. After a lifetime of believing they'll never truly belong in the world around them, Matt, a liberal Jewish immigrant, has worked up the courage to ask well-to-do gentile Sally Talley for her hand, and convince her that they do belong—as husband and wife. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the first entry in "The Talley Trilogy."
A comic thriller about a reality TV show where the boundaries between fiction and fact, life and death, are dangerously blurred. Also skewering the effect of the information age on the nature of identity.
Mom's fine. She's filing for bankruptcy, her health could better, and she should probably stop driving. But she'll overcome adversity through Optimism! and Courage! – or so she tries to convince her daughters through frontier folk songs and tall tales of pioneers past. Wryly funny and generously tender, this new family drama with music won MTC's 2013 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize.