Moreno as Menagerie's Amanda, New Kushner Musical and Zorro Slated for Berkeley Rep Season

News   Moreno as Menagerie's Amanda, New Kushner Musical and Zorro Slated for Berkeley Rep Season
 
Rita Moreno will star in The Glass Menagerie as part of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's upcoming 2005-2006 season which will also include Tony Kushner's Brundibár, Heather Raffo's Nine Parts of Desire, the world premiere of Finn in the Underworld and Zorro.
Berkeley Rep Master Class' Moreno as Callas.
Berkeley Rep Master Class' Moreno as Callas. Photo by Ken Friedman

The 38th season for the California company also features an adaptation of Moliere's The Miser by the 2005 Tony Award-winning Regional Theatre, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and a new staging of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. All seven presentations will play at Berkeley Rep's two-theatre complex (which houses The Roda Theatre and Thrust Stage.

The new Berkeley Rep season (subject to change) will be as follows:

  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder (Sept. 9-Oct. 23)
    Jonathan Moscone (Ghosts - Berkeley Rep) directs the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama which recreates the life of small-town folk in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire.
  • Finn in the Underworld by Jordan Harrison (Oct. 6-Nov. 6)
    Les Waters (Hot 'n' Throbbing, Savannah Bay) directs the world premiere of a haunting drama about two daughters who uncover family secrets upon cleaning out their deceased mother's house.

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  • Brundibár by Tony Kushner (libretto)‚ Hans Krása (music) (Nov. 11-Dec. 28)
    Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone (bridge & tunnel) will stage the work adapted from Adolf Hoffmeister's libretto for the Hans Krasa children's opera. Maurice Sendak ("Where the Wild Things Are") provides sets and costumes for the new take on the story of two children who try singing in town to help their ailing mother. Brundibár (slang for bumblebee) "is expected to transfer to New York and Boston in 2006," according to a release.
  • Nine Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo (Jan. 20-March 5, 2006) Joanna Settle stage the work featuring the playwright-performer who takes on a cross-section of Iraqi women in the solo which "lifts the veil on women in the war zone."
  • Zorro written and performed by Culture Clash (March 3-April 2, 2006)
    The trio performance troupe of Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza (Culture Clash in AmeriCCa) offers their "Latin look behind the mask of this mainstream icon" in this world premiere presentation commissioned and produced by Berkeley Rep with Zorro Productions, Inc. and La Jolla Playhouse.
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams (April 6-June 4, 2006)
    Les Waters directs Rita Moreno (last season's Master Class at Berkeley Rep) as Amanda in the St. Louis-set drama about son grappling with the decision to leave his sheltered sister with their mother.
  • The Miser by Molière, adapted by David Ball (May 12-June 25, 2006)
    Dominique Serrand directs the Theatre de la Jeune Lune production of the classic comedy about a love affair between a man and his money Subscription to the new season at Berkeley Rep, 2025 Addison Street in Berkeley, CA are available by calling (510) 647-2949 or toll free at (888) 4-BRT-tix. Single tickets go on sale in August. For more information, visit the website at www.berkeleyrep.org.

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