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THEATRE NEWS FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA—WEEK OF NOVEMBER 29TH

 

BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF AUBERGINE A NEW WORK BY ACCLAIMED PLAYWRIGHT JULIA CHO

Aubergine will be the first production in the newly remodeled Thrust Stage

 

– Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues its 2015-16 season with the new emotional family drama Aubergine, written by Julia Cho and directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone. This will be the first production presented on the newly renovated Thrust Stage and the second world premiere of the 2015 -16 season, following Amélie, A New Musical. Aubergine is the story of an estranged son, his ill father, a visiting uncle carrying their memories in tow, a woman without an appetite, and a refugee from a forgotten country. These characters prove potent ingredients in this bittersweet and moving meditation on family, forgiveness, and the things that nourish us. When language fails, when the past fades, the perfect meal transcends time and culture and says more than words ever can.

 

Commissioned by Berkeley Rep and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, Aubergine begins previews Friday, February 5 and runs through Sunday, March 20, 2016. Press night will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647-2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

 

“Aubergine is a deeply moving play that expresses our capacity for desire and loss” says Taccone. “Using food as a powerful touchstone that connects us with our past, Julia Cho has found a unique way to tell a story that explores the complexities of family, memory, and healing.”

“I am so honored that Aubergine will make its world premiere at Berkeley Rep,” says Cho. “Family dramas are nothing new, but there aren’t too many with a specifically Asian American context and point of view. I am grateful to Berkeley Rep for bringing Aubergine to a wider audience.”

The Los Angeles Times says, “[Julia Cho is] on many theater hot lists thanks to a reputation for crafting intricate, often poetic pieces that blur the lines between fact and fiction.”

 

The cast for Aubergine includes Safiya Fredericks (Diane),Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Lucien),Tim Kang (Ray), Jennifer Lim (Cornelia), and Joseph Yang (Ray’s uncle). And returning to the Berkeley Rep stage in the role of Ray’s father is longtime Bay Area favorite Sab Shimono. Shimono has appeared in several Berkeley Rep productions, including Yankee Dawg You Die (1989),The Ballad of Yachiyo (1997), and Last of Suns (1995). “Sab Shimono is a larger than life character,” says Managing Director Susan Medak. “All of us here at Berkeley Rep are ecstatic that he is returning.”

 

Headshots and bio information can be found in Berkeley Rep’s press room.

 

The creative team includes Wilson Chin (scenic designer), Linda Cho (costume designer), Jiyoun Chang (lighting designer), Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen (sound designers), Aaron Rhyne (projection designer), Madeleine Oldham (dramaturg), Leslie M. Radin (stage manager), and Amy Potozkin (casting).

 

Julia Cho’s plays include The Language Archive (Susan Smith Blackburn Award), The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss, and 99 Histories. They have been produced in New York at Roundabout Theatre Company, the Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, and New York Theatre Workshop, and regionally at Long Wharf Theatre, South Coast Repertory, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and many others. Cho studied playwriting at Amherst College, New York University, and the Juilliard School, and was a member of New Dramatists. Her play Office Hour will premiere at South Coast Rep in April 2016.

 

For the 2015-16 season, Berkeley Rep recognizes the generosity of returning season sponsors BART, Wells Fargo, and KPIX-TV (Channel 5), and welcomes Peet’s Coffee as its fourth official season sponsor. Aubergine is made possible thanks to the generous support of lead sponsors Frances Hellman and Warren Breslau, executive sponsor Guy Tiphane, and sponsor Jack Klingelhofer. Season sponsors include Jack and Betty Schafer, Michael and Sue Steinberg, and the Strauch Kulhanjian Family.

 

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SF City Theatre Company Plunges into Mysterious Time-Warp with J. B. Priestley’s “Dangerous Corner,” January 8-24  1930’s Psychodrama Now Considered Ahead of Its Time

 

“A fascinating combination of mystery play and psychological study. It shows how the gradual revelation of the truth about a murdered man disrupts his family and friends and shows them up for the rotters they are.” – Barry Dix, Get West London

 

.  Imagine a story that combines the surrealism of Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – all dinner jackets and cocktail dresses – with the clash of family members on daytime TV reality shows.  What you’d have is J. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner, staged by SF City Theatre Company at Royce Gallery in San Francisco, January 8 – 24, 2016.

 

David Acevedo directs a cast of seven, which includes Adrienne Dolan, Lukas Hoag, Deborah Joves, David Richardson, CJ Smith, Anastasia Durbala, and Mary Waterfield.

 

Dangerous Corner begins as Robert and Freda Caplan are entertaining guests at their country retreat. A chance remark by one of the guests ignites a series of devastating revelations, revealing a hitherto undiscovered tangle of clandestine relationships and dark secrets, the disclosures of which have tragic consequences

 

  1. B. Priestley’s Dangerous Corner is an intriguing piece of theatre that was first produced in 1932 by Tyrone Guthrie at the Lyric Theatre in London. It was the author’s first work for the stage, appearing three years after his hugely-successful book The Good Companions and written, according to Priestley himself, within the space of a week. It has received numerous productions over the years, one of the latest at London’s Theatre Royal in 2014.

 

Dangerous Corner is numbered among Priestley’s “time plays,” works which rely on scenes of alternative reality to those initially presented to the audience.  The play is considered very much ahead of its time and attracted a great deal of attention in its early days, not only for its time structure, but for its inclusion of references to homosexuality, drug-taking, and infidelity, subjects rarely mentioned in theatrical productions of the Thirties.

 

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AURORA THEATRE COMPANY TWICE EXTENDS AMY FREED’S “THE MONSTER-BUILDER” Bay Area Premiere

– Critics and audiences agree –THE MONSTER-BUILDER is smashing! Due to popular demand, Aurora Theatre Company announces a second extension of the Bay Area Premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist (Freedomland) Amy Freed’s THE MONSTER-BUILDER for an additional 6 performances. Art Manke makes his Aurora directing debut with this viciously funny comedy featuring Danny Scheie (The Mystery of Irma Vep), Rod Gnapp (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), Nancy Carlin (Hysteria), Thomas Gorrebeeck (The Eccentricities of a Nightingale), Maggie Mason (Magic Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse), and Sierra Jolene. Originally extended through December 13, THE MONSTER-BUILDER now plays through December 20th (added performances: Tuesday, December 15, 7pm; Wednesday, December 16, 8pm; Thursday, December 17, 8pm; Friday, December 18, 8pm; Saturday, December 19, 8pm; Sunday, December 20, 2pm) at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-52) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org.

 

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THE MARSH BERKELEY ANNOUNCES DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY WILL EXTEND THROUGH JANUARY 23 Written and performed by Lisa Rothman Directed by David Ford

– The Marsh Berkeley announces due to popular demand, Lisa Rothman’s new solo show DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY will extend with performances through January 23. Ever since having a second baby, Lisa and Kevin have been fighting over sippy cups, fruit salad, and impenetrable origami instructions. Now Kevin is storming around the emergency pet clinic ranting about vet bills and wondering how a dog can possibly overdose on antibiotics. Lisa doesn’t know what to do – but does know this is the worst date night ever. Directed by David Ford, DATE NIGHT AT PET EMERGENCY was originally scheduled to run through December 5, but will now extend through January 23 with performances Saturdays at 5pm at The Marsh Berkeley, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley. For tickets ($20-$35 sliding scale; $55-$100 reserved seating), the public may visit www.themarsh.org or call 415-282-3055 between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm

 

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Bay Area Announces TBA Awards Recommended Productionsfor the week of November 25, 2015

 

– Each week, hundreds of adjudicators attend and evaluate eligible productions from all over the Bay Area on behalf of the TBA Awards. Based on the overall production scores from their peers, Theatre Bay Area issues a weekly list of productions that have reached the required threshold of scoring to be deemed “TBA Awards Recommended.”

 

This week, five new productions are recommended through the TBA Awards process, which involves more than 250 industry volunteers attending shows and logging scores within 48 hours of viewing the performances.

 

New productions receiving TBA Awards Recommended status this week are:

 

Disgraced / Berkeley Repertory Theatre / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1986

REVIEW IS UP ON TALKINBROADWAY SF REGIONAL

 

In Love and Warcraft / Custom Made Theatre Co. / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1853\

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

Stage Kiss / San Francisco Playhouse / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1603\

REVIEW COMING UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance / Berkeley Repertory Theatre / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1964

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY

 

The Kid Thing / New Conservatory Theatre Center / San Francisco

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/1843

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY.

 

One previously recognized TBA Awards Recommended production is still running:

 

The Monster-Builder / Aurora Theatre Company / Berkeley

Information: awards.theatrebayarea.org/listings/event/2113

REVIEW IS UP ON SAN FRANCISCO REGIONAL OF TALKINBROADWAY.

 

 

 

Information about the TBA Awards program can be found at www.theatrebayarea.org/?page=Awards.

 

Information about Theatre Bay Area can be found at www.theatrebayarea.org.

 

For discounts on Bay Area shows (including TBA Awards Recommended productions), sign up for the “Theatregoer,” www.theatrebayarea.org/default.asp?page=TheatreGoer, Theatre Bay Area’s weekly email newsletter, with discounted tickets, show recommendations and more.hrough Friday

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