THEATRE NEWS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY
BERKELEY REP PRESENTS LILLIAN HELLMAN’S WATCH ON THE RHINE
Rarely produced political play highlights fight against fascism
Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents Watch on the Rhine, Lillian Hellman’s 1940s political thriller about loyalty, family, and sacrifice. The play, directed by Berkeley Rep’s associate director Lisa Peterson, begins previews on Thursday, November 30, 2017 and runs through Sunday, January 14, 2018. Individual tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone at 510 647-2949. Press night will be on Monday, December 4.
“This play is a revelation to me,” says director Lisa Peterson. “It’s witty, and it’s frightening, and it’s a wonderful exploration of the birth of activism, at a time in America where that was deeply necessary. It’s a compelling play, and I think Berkeley audiences will find it inspiring.”
It’s 1940 — and Fanny Farrelly, a wealthy matriarch living in Washington, DC, is about to learn it’s no longer the world she once knew. After spending 20 years abroad, Fanny’s daughter arrives home with her German husband, Kurt, an anti-fascist activist. When a houseguest and Nazi sympathizer threatens to turn Kurt in, the family discovers how far they’ll go to fight for what they believe — and for each other. Written in 1941 by activist playwright Lillian Hellman, Watch on the Rhine is a timely examination of moral obligation, sacrifice, and what it means to be American.
Watch on the Rhine is a co-production with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN.
CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE THEATER ANNOUNCES RETURN ENGAGEMENT OF MARCUS GARDLEY’S HIT BLACK ODYSSEY
Record-breaking hit to play the Bruns for a limited two-week run in September 2018
– California Shakespeare Theater announced today the return of its record-breaking hit play black odyssey for a special limited engagement, September 25 through October 7, 2018 at the Bruns Amphitheater. Marcus Gardley’s music-filled journey through African-American folklore garnered box office records, critical acclaim, sold-out houses, and standing ovations during its initial August 2017 run.
The northern California premiere of black odyssey marked the Cal Shakes debut of Oakland native Marcus Gardley (The House That Will Not Stand at Berkeley Rep), and was the second production ever of the play, which was re-set in Oakland for Cal Shakes. The production and artistic company garnered a collective sixteen Theater Bay Area Award nominations, including nominations for Outstanding Ensemble, Production, and Direction.
“I’m thrilled to bring Marcus’ enthralling journey back to the Bruns,” says Eric Ting. “Our streamlined 2018 subscription season has made it possible to respond to the huge outpouring of support from audiences who wanted to see the show again or who missed it the first time around. It’s a pleasure to be able to give this show the extension the artists and audiences deserved and craved. It fits right in with our season of epic stories, and subscribers get the first chance to add this special engagement to their packages before single tickets go on sale in the spring.”
black odyssey will follow the previously announced 2018 subscription season at the Bruns: Quixote by Octavio Solis, adapted from Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes, June 13-July 1; the West Coast premiere of Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, July 18-August 5; and The War of the Roses: Henry VI and Richard III, by William Shakespeare, August 22-September 9. Season packages for the three-play season are available now; prices start at $99 for a three-play subscription, with discounts available for seniors, youth, and full-time K-12 educators.
Subscribers to the Cal Shakes 2018 three-play season can add black odyssey tickets to their subscription now at rates up to 33% off regular prices and receive priority seating by calling the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666 or by visiting www.calshakes.org. Single and group tickets will go on sale to the general public in April 2018. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
BERKELEY REP WELCOMES FAMED CHICAGO COMEDY TROUPE THE SECOND CITY
Legendary group to perform this holiday season
—Berkeley Rep announced today that Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre, The Second City, will make its first-ever appearance in Berkeley during the month of December. The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue delivers a healthy dose of seasonal satire where neither holiday film classics, family gatherings, nor Christmas carols are too sacred for a show that is the perfect alternative to the same old holiday shows. Performances begin Tuesday, December 5, 2017 and will run through Sunday, December 31, 2017. Individual tickets go on sale Thursday, October 19. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone from the box office at 510 647-2949, Tue-Sun, noon-7pm.
Buzz on The Second City:
“The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City.” —New York Times
“The troupe that gave us SCTV and inspired Saturday Night Live and Whose Line is it Anyway?!” —Chicago Tribune
An evening with The Second City will not only provide audiences with the chance to see comedy stars in the making, but also give them the opportunity to see hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation – all with a wicked holiday slant. It’s a fast-paced, interactive comedy revue filled with style and wit – where even Rudolph is fair game.
.ROCKY HORROR SHOW CHANGES LOCATION DUE TO CANCELLATION OF COSMIC CON AND FAMOUS MONSTERS HALLOWEEN BASH
Benefit Performance for Wildfire Relief added to Schedule
WHO: Roshi Entertainment presents
WHAT: Rocky Horror Show (LIVE)
WHEN: October 26, 2017 through November 4, 2017 (See schedule below)
WHERE: San Jose Stage Company, 490 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113
WHY: Famous Monsters Halloween Bash at San Jose McEnery Convention Center has been officially cancelled due to Northern California Wildfires.
When the violent Northern California wildfires swept through Napa and Sonoma counties, half of the staff of Famous Monsters (the producers of Cosmic Con) were evacuated from their homes and many have not been allowed back to their neighborhoods. The Famous Monster offices in Sonoma are now closed to protect the staff against ash pollution. Famous Monsters had no choice but to cancel Cosmic Con 2017 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center October 27 – 29. Said Senior Manager of FM Philip Kim, “My team and I are grateful to everyone who trusted us and believed in our show. It has been one of the hardest decisions of my Famous Monsters career, but we are officially canceling Famous Monsters Halloween 2017.”
Ticket holders to any of the Rocky Horror Show performances scheduled for October 27 and 28 at the Convention Center location have the option of either attending performances at San Jose Stage Company or having their ticket purchases refunded.
Phone: 844-OH-ROCKY (844-647-6259)
A special performance of Rocky Horror Show has been announced lor Saturday, October 28 at 11:30pm.
(This performance is “Pay As You Can” with all proceeds benefitting local Community Foundations for Napa and Sonoma.)
6th Street Playhouse to Replace Studio Theatre production with Fire Relief Cabaret Show
6th Street Playhouse is replacing the run of the play Two Rooms by Lee Blessing, scheduled in the Studio Theatre Nov. 3-19, with a musical cabaret show entitled SANTA ROSA STRONG: RECOVERY AND STRENGTH THROUGH SONG, featuring various performing artists as they present songs of inspiration, strength, resilience and love, engage the audience in musical sing-a-longs, readings, share stories and experiences of heroism about the recent events, and provide a fun atmosphere away from life’s stresses.
“We felt that, though Two Rooms is an important and relevant play and still deserves to be produced at the Playhouse, this is not the right time for us to be offering it to our community,” said Craig A. Miller, Artistic Director of the Playhouse. “We hope to come back to it down the line, but for now we have chosen to replace it with a more uplifting, inspiring event that will provide happiness and a celebration of community strength to those affected by the tragic fires.”
Tentative dates for this event are November 10-12, but please stay tuned for more details regarding the SANTA ROSA STRONG: RECOVERY AND STRENGTH THROUGH SONG cabaret by checking on our website at 6thstreetplayhouse.com or by calling the box office at (707) 523-4185.
If you are currently a Playhouse season subscriber and your subscription includes Two Rooms, you will be contacted by our Box Office to make arrangements following this decision. Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.