The Great Wave
By Francis Turnly
Directed by Mark Wing-Davey
Main Season · Roda Theatre
September 12–October 27, 2019
An epic new thriller
“And so I’ll live in hope. However long. Until I know for sure. Until I know.”
In a Japanese coastal town in 1979, teenage sisters Hanako and Reiko run onto the beach during a tremendous storm on a dare. Hanako is tragically swept out to sea, while Reiko survives—but recalls seeing three mysterious men on the shoreline. The authorities determine that Hanako has drowned, but her mother insists that her missing daughter is still alive.
Spanning over 20 years and the two vastly different countries of Japan and North Korea, The Great Wave is at once a riveting geopolitical thriller and a powerful story of the unshakable bonds between a mother, a daughter, and a sister who refuse to give up hope.
We expect this show to include one 15-minute intermission. We’ll update this information, and add running time, once we have confirmation.
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Premium: $57–97 · Section A: $50–81 · Section B: $30–65
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Docent talks and discussions
Pre-show docent talks
Meet us in the Theatre 55 minutes before the show on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees for an engrossing presentation about your subscription-season play. Hear about the playwright’s perspective, dive into the historical context, and discover why the script is relevant right now. Each 25-minute talk includes plenty of time for your questions.
Post-show docent-led discussions
Join your fellow audience members after all matinees and share your thoughts on the show.
Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.
- Friday, September 13, 2019
Teen Night begins at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Learn more and reserve your space.
Actor Q & A’s
Stick around after the show on select Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights for lively Q & A sessions with our artists.
- Tuesday, October 8, 2019
- Thursday, October 10, 2019
- Friday, October 25, 2019