Edelstein Will Direct West Coast Premiere of Fugard's Coming Home in 2010

News   Edelstein Will Direct West Coast Premiere of Fugard's Coming Home in 2010 The Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that the West Coast premiere of Athol Fugard's Coming Home will complete its 2009-10 season.

Directed by Gordon Edelstein, who also staged the show's world premiere in New Haven, Coming Home begins previews on the intimate Thrust Stage on Jan. 15, 2010, opens on Jan. 20 and closes Feb. 28, 2010.

From South Africa's major theatrical voice (Master Harold…and the boys) comes this new play. "Ten years after running off to the city to pursue her dreams, Veronica returns in rags," according to Berkeley Rep. "Among her meager belongings, she carries a desperate secret — and determination to plant the seeds of a new life for her son. In Coming Home, Fugard once again confronts the hard truths of his homeland while celebrating the unquenchable power of hope."

Berkeley Rep has produced Fugard's A Lesson in Aloes, The Road to Mecca and Valley Song. Casting for Coming Home has not been announced.

The Berkeley Rep, as previously reported, will also stage four world premieres, a West Coast premiere from Tony Kushner, and a holiday show starring the grandchild of Charlie Chaplin in 2009-10.

Edelstein is artistic director of Long Wharf Theatre, where this show had its world premiere. For more information visit berkeleyrep.org.

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Coming Home completes a 2009-10 Berkeley Rep season that also includes:

  • The world premiere of American Idiot, a new musical based on Green Day's concept album, directed by Michael Mayer.
  • The West Coast premiere of Tiny Kushner, the latest collaboration from legendary playwright Tony Kushner and artistic director Tony Taccone.
  • Aurélia's Oratorio, a magical holiday show starring Aurélia Thieree.
  • The world premiere of Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West, written by Naomi Iizuka and directed by Les Waters.
  • The world premiere of Girlfriend, a new musical based on Matthew Sweet's landmark album with a book by Todd Almond.
  • The world premiere of Five Questions, which reunites Obie Award-winners Lisa Kron and Leigh Silverman.