Chinglish, An Iliad and Dan LeFranc's New Troublemaker Will Play Berkeley Rep
01 Mar 2012
Berkeley Repertory Theatre's 2012-13 season in Berkeley, CA, will include the world premiere of Dan LeFranc's comedy and the West Coast premiere of David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, the Tony Award-winning company announced on March 1.
Leigh Silverman will again direct Chinglish, about an American businessman facing language barriers in China, as she did in Chicago and on Broadway.
LeFranc is the author of Off-Broadway's current The Big Meal. His new play premiering at the Rep is called Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright.
Troublemaker is set in working-class Rhode Island, where "Bradley and his bestest friend tangle with rich kid Jake Miller and some middle-school goons," according to Rep notes. "Their nemesis has help from a bunch of zombies and grown-ups! Put down that backpack, turn up the soundtrack, and let's cut class. Faster than a speedboat, more fun than a video game, Troublemaker has a sassy mouth and an irresistible heart of gold. "
Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman will direct her adaptation of the Chinese fable The White Snake at the Rep for the holidays. Mark Wing-Davey will stage Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare's one-man An Iliad, about the Trojan War and its modern echoes, will also appear. It's currently appearing Off-Broadway with O'Hare alternating with Stephen Spinella. Casting for the Peterson-directed Rep run will be announced.
Two additional works will be added to the slate. Tony Taccone is the Rep's artistic director.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.