Rita Moreno and Others Read Sendak Books During Brundibar CA Run | Playbill

News Rita Moreno and Others Read Sendak Books During Brundibar CA Run
Actors Rita Moreno and Delroy Lindo as well as children's author Thacher Hurd will read "Once Upon a Wild Thing: Celebrating the Works of Maurice Sendak" during the Berkeley Repertory Theatre debut of Tony Kushner and Sendak's Brundibar and Comedy on the Bridge.

Target sponsors the family events to coincide with the production's run in California (Nov. 11-Dec. 28).

Rita Moreno, Thacher Hurd, or Delroy Lindo will take part in three readings from classic Sendak books such as "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Really Rosie." The first coinciding event (Nov. 6) will allow families to bring the "Brundibar" picture book to life through theatre games for all ages.

"Like so many other people, I first discovered Maurice Sendak through my children," stated Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone, who stages the new show. "Their love for Sendak’s books merged happily with my own joy in discovering his singular imagination. I hope these readings can introduce more young people to his magic, while delighting parents through the superb readings presented by these three incredible artists who honor us with their presence."

Throughout the run of Brundibar, ticket-holders for the following matinees will be welcome to take part in the pre-show "Once Upon a Wild Thing: Celebrating the Works of Maurice Sendak" readings:

  • Nov. 19: Rita Moreno ("West Side Story") reads.
  • Dec. 10: Thacher Hurd (author-illustrator of "Mama Don't Allow" and "Art Dog") reads.
  • Dec.17: Delroy Lindo (Get Shorty, The Exonerated) reads. At the events, refreshments will be served from 12:30 PM, readings start at 1 PM prior to the 2 PM matinee curtain. All children who attend the reading will receive a free copy of Kushner and Sendak's "Brundibar" picture book. Limited seats are available to reserve through the box office at (510) 647-2949 or (888) 4-BRT-Tix. A release urges patrons to mention "Wild Thing" when purchasing seats.

    The co-production of Brundibar and Comedy on the Bridge) between Berkeley Rep and Yale Repertory Theatre will debut in California (Nov. 11-Dec. 28) then play the New Haven, Connecticut venue (Feb. 10-March 5, 2006) prior to its New York run at The New Victory Theater (April 26-May 21).

    Euan Morton (Taboo) and William Youmans (Wicked) lead the cast of the double-bill which features a libretti by Kushner adapted from Adolf Hoffmeister and Vaclava Klimenta Klicpery, music by Hans Krasa and Bohuslav Martinu with production design by Sendak. Tickets are available for performances at Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison Street in Berkeley, CA by calling (510) 647-2949, toll-free (888) 4-BRT-Tix or online at www.berkeleyrep.org.

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