The 2019–20 season

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The Great Wave

The Great Wave

By Francis Turnly
Directed by Mark Wing-Davey
Main Season · Roda Theatre
September 12–October 27, 2019
American premiere

An epic new thriller

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. More info

White Noise

White Noise

By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Jaki Bradley
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
September 26–November 10, 2019
West Coast premiere

An uncompromising new drama

Brave, intelligent, and eviscerating, White Noise by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most talked about new plays tackling our rapidly unraveling social contract. We’re proud to be the only regional theatre outside New York to present White Noise this year. Winner of the 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. More info

The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

Book, music, and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co.
Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo and the Universal Pictures animated film
Directed by Marc Bruni and PigPen Theatre Co.
Special Presentation · Roda Theatre
November 21, 2019–January 5, 2020

Full of gorgeous music, stunning stage effects, witty performances, and a message of optimism and community, The Tale of Despereaux is an inspiring and beguiling story for all ages. More info

Becky Nurse of Salem

Becky Nurse of Salem

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Anne Kauffman
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
December 12, 2019–January 26, 2020
World premiere

A world premiere by one of Berkeley Rep’s beloved playwrights

The latest play from Tony-nominated Sarah Ruhl, Becky Nurse of Salem speaks to the trials and triumphs of women today—and is also a comedic, warmhearted story about trying to do the right thing in a chaotic world. More info

Culture Clash (Still) in America

Culture Clash (Still) in America

Written and performed by Culture Clash
Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
February 20–April 5, 2020

Irreverent, thought-provoking social satire

The missionaries of mayhem are back with their unique, badass brand of Chicano satire! Born here in the Bay and Los Angeles-based, Culture Clash first brought their dangerous and subversive version of documentary theatre to Berkeley audiences with Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, gleefully skewering American culture through the lens of the Latino experience. More info

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Awoye Timpo
Main Season · Roda Theatre
March 19–May 3, 2020

An infectious comedy with teeth

Winner of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play is a biting comedy that tackles the universal issues of beauty and self-worth that face teenage girls across the globe. More info

Happy Days

Happy Days

By Samuel Beckett
Directed by James Bundy
With Dianne Wiest
Limited Season · Roda Theatre
May 26–July 5, 2020

Academy Award® winner Dianne Wiest in one of theatre’s most extraordinary roles

Academy Award® winner Dianne Wiest plays Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Happy Days. With her husband Willie (Michael Rudko) increasingly out of reach and the earth itself threatening to swallow her whole, Winnie’s buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in this absurdly funny and boundlessly compassionate portrait of the human spirit. More info

Swept Away

Swept Away

Book by John Logan
Music and lyrics by The Avett Brothers
Music arrangements and orchestrations by Chris Miller and Brian Usifer
Directed by Michael Mayer
Limited Season · Peet’s Theatre
June 14–July 26, 2020
World premiere

A haunting musical tale of the sea, sacrifice, and salvation

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) blew the roof off Berkeley Rep in 2009 with Green Day’s American Idiot. Now he returns with a captivating world premiere musical, this time featuring a book by Tony Award-winning stage and screen writer John Logan (Red, Broadway’s Moulin Rouge!, Skyfall, Gladiator), and music and lyrics by “America’s biggest roots band” (Rolling Stone) and multiple Grammy Award nominee The Avett Brothers. More info

 

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