By Michael Gioia
05 Mar 2013
"This mix of shows looks at love and family through comic and tragic lenses, which reveal and revel in our historical moment," said Taccone in a statement. "The season blends seminal works from prominent artists – The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner, Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and Tristan & Yseult from Emma Rice and Kneehigh – with compelling new plays from vital new voices, such as Nina Raine's Tribes and Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand. Add to that The Pianist of Willesden Lane in which Mona Golabek's musical talents take us to a place that transcends words, and we hope to bring our audience on another extraordinary journey."
Here's a glance at the 2013-14 season:
To Be Announced
Sept. 20–Oct. 27, 2013
Opening night: Sept. 25, 2013
Based on the book "The Children of Willesden Lane" by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder
Oct. 25–Dec. 8, 2013
Opening night: Oct. 30, 2013
"Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. In this poignant show, Mona Golabek performs some of the world's most beautiful music live – as she relates the real-life legacy of her mother’s quest to survive. Adapted and directed by Hershey Felder, Pianist is infused with hope and invokes the life-affirming power of music."
Tristan & Yseult
West Coast premiere
Adapted and directed by Emma Rice
Written by Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy
Nov. 22, 2013–Jan. 5, 2014
Opening night: Nov. 27, 2013
"Based on an ancient tale, Tristan & Yseult revels in forbidden desires, broken hearts, grand passions, and tender truths. It's another marriage of gorgeous music and ingenious staging from the acclaimed creators of Brief Encounter and The Wild Bride. Embrace comedy and spontaneity in this West Coast premiere for an irresistible night of love!"
The House That Will Not Stand
Written by Marcus Gardley
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Jan. 24–March 9, 2014
Opening night: Jan. 29, 2014
"The House That Will Not Stand by Marcus Gardley captures a single, steamy day for seven women in New Orleans. In 1836, white men in that city often live openly with their black Creole lovers. Yet wealth and freedom may not protect Beartrice when her man mysteriously dies… or conceal old secrets when another handsome bachelor calls on her daughters. Inspired by Lorca, The House That Will Not Stand is gripping family drama – sensuous, humorous, uplifting, heartbreaking – told in a rich and lyrical river of words. The House That Will Not Stand was developed through The Ground Floor, Berkeley Rep's center for the creation of new work."
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Written by Dario Fo
Directed by Christopher Bayes
Feb. 21–April 6, 2014
Opening night: Feb. 26, 2014
"A bank gets bombed, a suspect dies in custody, and the police inquiry turns into… a masterpiece of comedy? Steven Epp returns in February for a criminally funny production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist. He delighted audiences as Figaro and The Miser – now he's back in another madcap show directed by Christopher Bayes."
Written by Nina Raine
Directed by Jonathan Moscone
April 11 – May 11, 2014
Opening night: April 16, 2014
"When three smart siblings move back home with their opinionated parents, the cacophony of their family hits a new high – even for Billy who's deaf. Nina Raine's profound and powerful new play became a hit in London and New York, now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep. To fall in love or find a job, to forge an identity apart from your family, to fulfill that longing for somewhere to belong… is it as simple as following the signs? In Tribes, a deaf man learns to find his way in a world where everyone needs to be heard."
The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures
West Coast premiere
Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Tony Taccone
May 16 – July 7, 2014
Opening night: May 21, 2014
"With [Kushner's] trademark mix of soaring intellect and searing emotion, the legendary writer unfurls an epic tale of love, family, sex, money, and politics – all set under the hard-earned roof of an Italian family in Brooklyn. When Gus decides to die, his kids come home with a raucous parade of lovers and spouses to find that even the house keeps secrets."
The Roda Theatre and the Thrust Stage are both located on Addison Street in downtown Berkeley. For more information, call (510) 647-2949 or visit BerkeleyRep.org.