In honor of the Sept. 11 anniversary, Berkeley Repertory Theatre will make at least 200 free tickets to their revival of John Guare's comedy, The House of Blue Leaves, available to the public for 8 PM performance.
After 6 PM, interested theatregoers may pick up tickets at the Berkeley Rep box office. There is a limit of 2 per person.
In a statement, artistic director Tony Taccone explained his theatre's position: "While we are aware that people will choose to honor and reflect on this day in different ways, for those who seek the solace, comfort or engagement that theatre can provide, we have chosen to keep our doors open...providing a place for the community to come together."
Blue Leaves finds wannabe Hollywood composer Artie Shaughnessy lusting for something more in life for himself and his girlfriend Bunny Flingus. Unfortunately, he's saddled with an unstable wife named Bananas, his missing son Ronnie who is plotting to bomb the Pope and his day job at the zoo.
Berkeley Rep vet Jarion Monroe stars as Artie. Rebecca Wisocky (36 Views) is Bananas; Marisa Redanty ("The Sopranos," 45 Seconds From Broadway) is Bunny and Adam Ludwig is Ronnie. Also in the cast are Bill Geisslinger (Billy), Susannah Schulman (Corrinna), Wilma Bonet, Jeri Lynn Cohen and Laura Holliday. There will be no phone reservations accepted for the free Sept. 11 tickets. Berkeley Repertory Theatre is located at 2025 Addison Street. For reservations, call (510) 647-2949. Berkeley Rep is on the web at http://www.berkeleyrep.org.
— By Christine Ehren