Special events for our supporters

Celebrate with Berkeley Rep

Enrich your Berkeley Rep experience at special events throughout the season. As a supporter of the Theatre, you receive invitations to a number of events, based on your level of giving. Join us for exclusive opening night dinners, intriguing behind-the-scenes tours, Page to Stage discussions with artists, and more.

We hope to see you at these upcoming events!

  • Opening night of The Tale of Despereaux
    Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Opening night of Becky Nurse of Salem
    Thursday, December 19, 2019
  • Behind-the-Scenes tour of our scenic, props, and costumes shops and rehearsal halls
    Saturday, January 25, 2020

Click the tabs above for more 2019–20 season events.

Event dates are subject to change.

Berkeley Rep’s OVATION: A Tribute to Tony Taccone

OVATION: A Tribute to Tony Taccone

On Friday, June 7, 2019, 475 Bay Area arts supporters gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco for a sold-out event celebrating Berkeley Repertory Theatre and to honor outgoing Artistic Director Tony Taccone for his 22 years of leadership. OVATION: A Tribute to Tony Taccone, raised over $1 million in support of the nonprofit’s ambitious artistic endeavors and education programs.

Hosted by local luminary Jonathan Moscone, this year’s festivities illuminated and honored Taccone’s legacy as a champion of artists, an artistic collaborator, and a visionary leader. The evening’s tributes started off with a toast (and roast) from Taccone’s sons Jorma (a member of sketch comedy troupe The Lonely Island) and Asa (lead singer of the band Electric Guest), who first shared their recollections and appreciation for their father’s love and support of them as artists before unveiling an original music video they produced featuring a humorous roast on Taccone’s leadership style.

The lighthearted video was followed by heartfelt and deeply personal homages from Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who each shared their gratitude and respect for Taccone as both a colleague and, more importantly, as a friend. Afterward, Rita Moreno conveyed her appreciation and completed her comments by serenading Taccone with “This Is All I Ask” by Gordon Jenkins, the closing number from Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup, a show Taccone wrote for Moreno.

The evening continued with a live auction and paddle raise led by auctioneer DawnMarie Kotsonis, aka The Gavel Girl. Berkeley Rep’s fellowship program was highlighted during the paddle raise in support after hearing from three of Taccone’s mentees who graduated from the program: Crowded Fire Theatre Artistic Director Mina Morita, Portland Center Stage Artistic Director Marissa Wolf, and Courage Campaign President and Executive Director Eddie Kurtz. The former Berkeley Rep fellows recognized Taccone by sharing their memorable moments training and working with him.

Managing Director Susan Medak shared the pleasures (and pains) of working with Taccone for 22 years. She spoke of her appreciation for his artistic leadership and generosity that cemented their collaboration in growing Berkeley Rep into a theatre with not only local, but also national influence and respect. In gratitude, Susie announced that through the generosity of the Theatre’s contributors, the largest rehearsal hall at Berkeley Rep’s Harrison campus was being named The Tony Taccone Hall.

Taccone took to the stage, recalling how time and again Managing Director Susan Medak always found a way to support his vision no matter her concerns about the financial challenges of running a nonprofit theatre. He closed his heartfelt remarks by saying, “In the words of my favorite playwright [Tony Kushner], the world only spins forward. As you have blessed me, so, I bless you.”

The evening concluded with an electric performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Bob the Drag Queen, winner of season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and who was directed by Taccone in the 2018 production of Angels in America.

“We owe the success of the evening to our amazing gala committee, to the 475 friends who shared the evening with us, and to our dedicated staff,” said Medak. “Everyone came out tonight to make sure Tony knew just how much we’ve appreciated his leadership.”

OVATION: A Tribute to Tony Taccone was made possible by the generosity of lead sponsors Fossil Group, Bruce Golden and Michelle Mercer, Robin and Rich Edwards, Bill Falik and Diana Cohen & Marjorie Randolph, Richard Grand Foundation, and The Strauch Kulhanjian Family. The planning committee for the event included Jill Fugaro, Laura Severino, Deborah Barrera, Narsai M. David, Rich Edwards, Robin Edwards, Sandra Eggers, Scott Haber, Sandra McCandless, Sudha Pennathur, Margaret Rothschild, Audrey Rose Sockolov, Jean Strunsky, Gail Wagner, and Susan Wolin.

Tony Kushner’s tribute to Tony Taccone

Tony Taccone’s farewell

See photos from Berkeley Rep’s 2019 OVATION gala

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Opening night dinners and performances

For contributors of $2,500 and above (Artistic Director’s Circle members)

Artistic Director’s Circle members are invited to celebrate the opening of each show at an exclusive pre-show dinner in the company of Berkeley Rep artistic staff and the creative team from the production, followed by the opening night performance.

Special thanks to our opening night event sponsors: Aurora Catering, Gather Restaurant, Hafner Vineyard, and Hotel Shattuck Plaza.

Can’t attend opening night? Artistic Director’s Circle members may exchange in to or purchase VIP “house seats” located in the front center section for other performances. Call 510 647–2901 for reservations. Seats are subject to availability.

We hope to see you at opening nights this season!

  • The Great Wave
    Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • White Noise
    Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • The Tale of Despereaux
    Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Becky Nurse of Salem
    Thursday, December 19, 2019
  • Culture Clash (Still) in America
    Thursday, February 27, 2020
  • School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Happy Days
    Tuesday, June 2, 2020
  • Swept Away
    Thursday, June 25, 2020

Event dates are subject to change. Events tend to fill up quickly, so please reply as soon as you receive your invitation.

Behind-the-Scenes tours

For contributors of $75 and above

You’re invited to go behind-the-scenes at Berkeley Rep and see how theatre is made.

At our Roda and Peet’s Theatres, our staff will take you backstage, down in the pit, and through the control booths. At our Harrison Street campus in West Berkeley, you’ll explore our costumes, props, and scene shops and meet the artisans who build what you see onstage.

Special thanks to our Behind-the-Scenes tours sponsors: Babette, La Note, and Peet’s Coffee.

We hope to see you at Behind-the-Scenes tours this season!

  • Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Roda and Peet’s Theatres
    Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Behind-the-Scenes tour of our scenic, props, and costumes shops and rehearsal halls
    Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Roda and Peet’s Theatres
    Sunday, May 3, 2020

Event dates are subject to change. Events tend to fill up quickly, so please reply as soon as you receive your invitation.

Behind-the-Scenes tour invitations are sent by email. Contact rsvpevents@berkeleyrep.org to make sure you are on our events email list.

Page to Stage

For contributors of $150 and above

Page to Stage is a series of free discussions with eminent theatre artists, designed to give audiences additional insight into the plays and playwrights produced at Berkeley Rep. Past discussions have featured theatre luminaries such as Jackie Sibblies Drury (Fairview), John Leguizamo (Kiss My Aztec!), Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), and Tony Kushner (Angels in America).

Donors at the $150 level or above receive reserved premium seating at Page to Stage events.

Please check back for 2019–20 season Page to Stage dates.

Event dates are subject to change. Events tend to fill up quickly, so please reply as soon as you receive your invitation.

Page to Stage reserved seating invitations are sent by email. Contact rsvpevents@berkeleyrep.org to make sure you are on our events email list.

 

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