Berkeley Rep: Pirates of Penzance

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Artists in action 10 · An interview with director Sean Graney 18 · The program for The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance 23


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Individual donors to the Annual Fund · 34 Michael Leibert Society · 36

R E P ORT 12

Meet Christine Patterson · 9


Artists in action · 10

Staff, board of trustees, and sustaining advisors · 37

The art of sitting · 12 F E AT U R E S A collaboration for the ages · 14 Gilbert and Sullivan in the Bay Area · 15 14

FYI Everything you need to know about our box office, seating policies, and more · 38

Immersive theatre: From Artaud to The Hypocrites · 16 A generous performance: An interview with director Sean Graney · 18 A brief history of Berkeley Rep’s performance spaces · 21


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P ROL OG U E from the Artistic Director

Like many immigrants, my mother led a

double life. In her first life, she was a fully vested Puerto Rican, dancing the nights away in Spanish Harlem to the music of Tito Puente and Bobby Capó. In her other life, she was trying to master skills she thought were quintessentially American: speaking English, cooking burgers, flirting with white boys… and, oddly enough, listening to Gilbert and Sullivan. It’s still a mystery how the vinyl records of two Victorian British satirists made it into the house and onto our little record player, but, well…at a very young age my siblings and I were taught to sing along to H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. Only my father declined to participate in these songfests, which, given the fact that he was completely tone deaf, was an act of mercy. In fact, the only song I ever heard him sing was Lerner and Loewe’s “Get Me to the Church on Time,” a song of outrageous drunken revelry laced with irony that my father felt summed up the institution of marriage better than any serious writing on the subject. My irreverent exposure to Gilbert and Sullivan turned out to be perfect preparation for The Hypocrites, a theatre troupe out of Chicago that’s been garnering lots of attention for their unique approach to these operettas. Armed with only a rousing attitude and a few spare materials, the company nimbly restores the absurdity of the original storylines and the cleverness of the lyrics. Feeding the conceit of a slightly deranged party, Sean Graney stages these plays as if you’re lounging in a friend’s backyard with a beer and some chicken wings. You can either join the action on the dance floor or happily watch the proceedings, but the overall effect is pretty irresistible. What better show to break in the Osher Studio, part of a complex that offers us the opportunity to present plays in a very different setting. With the Thrust Stage under renovation until January, the Osher demands that we think about reaching the audience in a more intimate way. Enter Mr. Graney, The Hypocrites, and The Pirates of Penzance. Taken in tandem with the ravenous spectacle of Amélie, the two productions provide a fantastically stark contrast in their approach to musical theatre. We are, of course, excited by this aesthetic difference. Such creative disparity fits our tastes at Berkeley Rep to a T, and we’re forever grateful that we have an audience that supports the idea that theatre should surprise us and challenge us. And sometimes make us even want to sing. Sincerely,

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P ROL OG U E from the Managing Director

I went to school when arts programs were fully in-

tegrated in the schools. Even in middle school we had a band, an orchestra, and at least two choirs so that any student had the opportunity to participate. We also had field trips that stretched each student’s aspirational understanding of what artistic accomplishment looked and sounded like. It was possible to have your child enrolled in the band, orchestra, school play, or dance program without additional charge and with the additional benefit that the “late bus” would bring them home by dinnertime. Due to competing priorities in today’s public school classrooms, many children have fewer opportunities to explore their creative potential, to experience art, or to be given the tools, through field trips and training, to ask the “why” behind any work of art. And overscheduled families are hard-pressed to find the time for excursions that replace the experiences that arts programs provided. Berkeley Rep can’t solve those systemic challenges, but our School of Theatre and its programs are our contribution to a patchwork of stop-gap measures. In recent years, the Bay Area has seen an upswing in the number of arts programs available for young people: concerts for young audiences, interactive museum programs, arts classes, and some wonderful children’s theatre. Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre offers student matinees, classroom programs, and affordable classes for 5 year olds on up, with a generous scholarship program that ensures easy access. Help us make sure that this next generation has the creative education we did by enrolling your children in arts programs available throughout the bay. Bring them to concerts and performances early and often. We have seen that cultural experiences have a bigger impact on children when they attend those events with their parents and grandparents and talk about the experience on their way home. Those experiences become a common point of reference when they attend future events together. The experiences linger in the mind. The one obvious but also profound truism about the arts is that to turn someone into an audience member, they have to become an audience member. In other words, there has to be a first time…and then a second and then a third. The conversation that follows the experience is as important as the experience itself. If you are here without your kids and grandchildren, I hope you will heed the call. Come back later in the run with your whole gang in tow. Enjoy a multigenerational experience and spend time on the way home talking about it. Then read up on Mary Zimmerman’s unique take on Treasure Island (which begins April 22) and do it all over again.


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Meet Christine Patterson BY KAREN MCKEVITT

One of the most talked-about onstage moments of Berkeley

Rep’s last season was when Francis Henshall hosed poor Christine Patterson with a fire extinguisher in One Man, Two Guvnors. Richard Bean’s 1960s-flavored comedy left copious room for improvisation and audience participation, but when actor Dan Donohue broke the fourth wall to coax an apprehensive yet obedient Christine Patterson out of the safety of her seat in row B, things got a little crazy. One moment she was simply holding dishes for the play’s protagonist, then she was forced to hide under a table, and then timid Christine found herself covered with foam. The plight of Christine Patterson struck a chord with other audience members, and we received a wave of emails. While some were convinced that she was an everyday theatregoer, others asked, Was Christine Patterson a plant? Indeed she was. Local actor and improv artist Fontana Butterfield played the role of Christine—a role so secret that Fontana wasn’t billed in the show program, couldn’t tell anyone she was in the show, and had to collect her ticket from the box office and a program from an usher at every single performance. We even couldn’t print this article until after One Man, Two Guvnors closed its tour at South Coast Rep in early October. “Going to the box office was like another whole act to my performance,” says Fontana. “They would give me my ticket only after I gave them my name, Christine Patterson. And while in my seat, I always felt compelled to look at my neighbors. One time a woman I knew sat in front of me, and I hoped she wouldn’t start to talk to me.” To make her performance as authentic as possible, Fontana attended rehearsals from day one. Director David Ivers wanted people to buy into Christine as an audience member, so he was very clear about what the role should be. “It was all very calculated and calibrated,” recalls Fontana. “I had to have an open face and never be mad at Dan. I had to think, I don’t like being on stage; I want to go back to my seat—which of course is the exact opposite of what I’ve been trained to do as an actor!” A stage and film actor who also runs Improv for Everyone, Fontana explains, “One of the rules of improv is to make your partner look good. So what I had to do for Dan was to do as little as possible and make him do all the work so the audience enjoyed it more. ” Judging by the cheers and ovations, the audience had a blast—and Fontana even got to take a bow with the rest of the cast. “I’d run into audience members after the show in Berkeley Rep’s bar or on the bart platform,” Fontana says, “and they’d always want to tell me what they were thinking during the show—who in their party knew I was a plant, and who didn’t know. It’s fulfilling to me as an actor because I helped them have an experience.”

Top Fontana Butterfield as Christine Patterson (photo courtesy of Middle Fontana saved her programs and tickets Bottom Dan Donohue and Fontana Butterfield (photo courtesy of

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Teaching artists Salim Razawi, Carmen Bush, Safiya Fredericks, and Simon Trumble role play as they act out a Story Builders workshop

Artists in action Berkeley Rep teaching artists head back to school this fall BY KASHARA ROBINSON

Eric Booth is a leader in the teaching artist profession who defines a teaching artist as “a professional artist with the skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, or about the arts.” When it comes to arts programs, teaching artists are a key ingredient. Although it takes a number of people to build and maintain a successful program, they are the ones on the ground implementing the curriculum at hand. Here at Berkeley Rep, School of Theatre administrators and teaching artists work collaboratively to bring theatre-based workshops into schools across the nine-county Bay Area. Just last season, the program served approximately 4,670 students through more than 200 workshops in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Before the actual work happens in these classrooms, a lot of preparation goes into launching the program at the top of September every year. To gear up, Berkeley Rep teaching artists gather in August for a three-day intensive training, laying the groundwork for the year ahead. The agenda includes teambuilding exercises, curricula breakdown, re-enacting curricula, and peer feedback, while topics such as classroom management, teacher involvement, and Common Core are 1 0 · T H E B E R K E L E Y R E P M AG A Z I N E · 2 0 1 5 –1 6 · I S S U E 2

covered. For the returning teaching artists, it’s a refresher; it also serves as a crash course for those new to the group. It is an opportunity to share experiences and best practices as each artist comes to the table with varied levels of expertise. Training becomes a time to join forces as a collective, even though most of the work is done individually throughout the year. “Establishing comradery is essential,” states Modesta Tamayo, who works closely with the teaching artists as the community programs administrator. “It is a moment to build cohesiveness as a team because although there may be many of them, there’s only one curriculum.” Understanding and delivering curriculum uniformly is important. Training helps reinforce the what, how, and why of the program to ensure every classroom is having the same experience. We welcomed a total of 25 teaching artists for the 2015–16 school year. With a roster made up of professional educators and performers, the range is exciting to see. The team includes Equity actors, former classroom teachers, fight choreographers, bilingual storytellers, and curricular specialists who all share a common love for arts education. “No matter how long you’ve been doing this, trainings are vital,” Gendell Hing-Hernández points out. In his 10th

“It’s like any craft; you never want to grow dull. We have a responsibility to give the best of ourselves because it may be the first time the students we’re working with are encountering the arts.” —GENDELL HING-HERNÁNDEZ

year as a Berkeley Rep teaching artist, Gendell says, “It’s like any craft; you never want to grow dull. We have a responsibility to give the best of ourselves because it may be the first time the students we’re working with are encountering the arts. What we do is for the students, so ongoing training keeps us sharp. Being in the room with fellow artists, learning from one another, is re-energizing, and we all leave amped. Bring on the first graders!”

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The art of sitting A veteran artisan returns to Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage BY LOREN HISER

There’s something inherently magical about stepping into a theatre. It’s difficult not to get swept away in the story, the majesty of the experience, and the suspension of everyday routine that follows an audience into the dark. The spectacle of the artistry presented can knock audience members off their feet—and that’s where Smokey Stouffer comes in. While your attention is drawn to the stage, his attention is drawn to you. Or, more specifically, your seat. Owner of Somerset Studios, the furniture company contracted to refurbish the seats in Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage, comfort connoisseur Smokey is the silent artist supporting behinds behind the scenes. Smokey is no stranger to the intricacies of the intimate 400-seat theatre. As one of three men contracted for seat installation when the Thrust was first built in 1980, Smokey knows his share about the needs of the space—but when it comes to the seats, he’s the leading expert. His office and 1 2 · T H E B E R K E L E Y R E P M AG A Z I N E · 2 0 1 5 –1 6 · I S S U E 2

Somerset Studios’ warehouse in San Leandro have 50 to 60 yards of extra fabric for each seat Smokey has ever done on hand at all times. He says when theatres he’s worked for call him up, “They say ‘yeah, we got a rip in Row D, seat 103,’ I know exactly what chair that is.” Smokey can then come down, refurbish, and reinstall a new seat, by hand, within two days. “And that’s the way it should be in the theatre,” he explains. “People gotta care.” Who better to replace and refurbish the 400 seats than the man who installed them 35 years ago? The seats are only a fraction of the renovation efforts in the Thrust. This $7.5 million initiative is part of the Create Campaign, a five-year capital campaign dedicated to audiences, artists, and the community at large. Berkeley Rep had two stipulations when looking for someone to hire for the seats: keep it local, and keep it quality. “We’re picky,” Smokey says. “We do it differently than anybody else. There’s a reason for

Clockwise from far left Smokey and his favorite machine, the Piranha; Pivot arms from every year of American theatre seating ever made; Models of the Thrust’s seats; Smokey shows off the cover cushions; Smokey explains how foam collapses under weight; Cushion covers for the Thrust seats P H OTO S BY I T ZEL O R T U Ñ O

“I listen to the oohs and ahs. That’s why I’m still in the business.” — S MOK E Y ST OU F F E R OW N E R , S OM E R S E T ST U DIO S

that.” The revamped seats reflect Smokey and Berkeley Rep’s shared pride of product. Gorgeously finished and consciously designed with the audience in mind, the Heywood-Wakefield TC725 seats are a work of art in and of themselves. Smokey makes sure “that when I build a piece of furniture it is a piece of furniture.” The sleek black finish on the rel 9005 steel, the expertly double-stitched cushions with foam that collapses 33.3 percent on both the back and bottom, and the re-sanded original walnut armrests are just a few features that patrons can look forward to appreciating when the Thrust reopens in January. “I listen to the oohs and ahs,” Smokey notes. “That’s why I’m still in the business.” Somerset Studios is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year; a large milestone that is only overshadowed by the sheer number of orders Smokey and his nine men have to fill. Working with institutions like UC Berkeley, Monterey Bay Academy,

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and Stanford (for the 28th year), Somerset Studios is no stranger to large auditoriums and expansive theatres. The warehouse in San Leandro is home to not only fabric, but also 4.3 million armrests, six million screws and washers (3,400 of which will be used at Berkeley Rep), and 48,000 chairs that date back to 1926. The breadth of variety and quantity are a far cry from Smokey’s humble beginnings. In the late 1960s, Somerset Studios consisted of “just me, a table, and a sewing machine,” Smokey recalls, and Berkeley Rep was no more than a storefront theatre with a peace sign out front. Both have changed a bit since then, but each has remained steadfastly true to principles: delivering unmatched art and artisanry. So when you set foot inside the refurbished Thrust in January, take comfort in knowing that while the new work of Julia Cho and Mary Zimmerman may knock you off your feet, Smokey’s seats will be there to catch you. 2 0 1 5 –1 6 · I S S U E 2 · T H E B E R K E L E Y R E P M AG A Z I N E · 1 3

a collaboration The extraordinary legacy BY MADELEINE

By the mid-1850s, English theatre had fallen out of favor and earned an

the collected works of gilbert and sullivan: Thespis (1871) Trial by Jury (1875) The Sorcerer (1877) H.M.S. Pinafore (1878) The Pirates of Penzance (1879) Patience (1881) Iolanthe (1882) Princess Ida (1884) The Mikado (1885) Ruddigore (1887) The Yeomen of the Guard (1888) The Gondoliers (1889) Utopia, Limited (1893) The Grand Duke (1896)

This page: Top left Poster from the original 1878 production of H.M.S. Pinafore at the Opera Comique in London Bottom left Thespis depicted in the January 6, 1872 Illustrated London News Right W.S. Gilbert Right page: Left Arthur Sullivan Right Poster from D’Oyly Carte Company’s production of The Mikado in 1885 1 4 · T H E B E R K E L E Y R E P M AG A Z I N E · 2 0 1 5 –1 6 · I S S U E 2

unsavory reputation, largely due to the predominance of burlesque and sloppily constructed productions of bawdy European work. The late 1860s and 1870s saw a push to reclaim the musical stage with respectable performance that had more intellectual rigor, but was still entertaining and appropriate for parents to attend with their children. Enter Gilbert and Sullivan. The sheer talent of these two gentlemen proved an unstoppable force. Both had keen ears for rhythm, and the marriage of W.S. Gilbert’s words with Arthur Sullivan’s music created a harmoniously detailed palette. They took the form of comic opera by storm, developing a signature style that their producer, Richard D’Oyly Carte, called “light opera of a legitimate kind.” A frivolous diversion transformed into a serious art form under their careful craftsmanship. It is interesting to note that while other artists were of course creating work during this period, very few other English light operas seem to have sustained any kind of continued life. Just as Elizabethan drama became pretty much synonymous with Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan defined their genre. Their work was a fascinating blend of reverence and irreverence: reverent in style, irreverent in content. Their subject matter appeared benign on the surface—a romp about pirates, a love story on a naval ship. But beyond face value lay some very daring satire, some of which is as relevant today as it was back then. Gilbert’s words observed with a wink that people in power and authority often did nothing to earn it. He liked to lampoon the rigid English class system, poking at its arbitrary nature. He offered sly commentary on an early law that allowed corporations to be treated like people, as well as bankruptcy laws that absolved corporations of any debt obligations. Stylistically, however, irreverence had no place in the rehearsal room. Both Gilbert and Sullivan were extremely exacting in how they wanted their work to be performed. They demanded that their cast and musicians meet their incredibly high standards, and worked people to the bone to achieve their collective vision. But because of this micromanaging, their productions displayed a professionalism and a polish that made them shine. In fact, a strict obedience to Gilbert’s original staging is probably what killed the D’Oyly Carte Company, which exclusively staged their operas starting in the 1870s. After Gilbert and Sullivan’s deaths, many productions were void of new ideas and left audiences feeling uninspired. The company folded in 1982, but has flickered back to life a number of times since then. A positive noteworthy ripple effect of this detailed performance style, and the fact that it was well-documented, can be seen in the

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abundance of community organizations devoted to this work. Gilbert and Sullivan Societies abound, and today hundreds of them still thrive. Interestingly, the United States became a bit of a sore thumb for Gilbert, Sullivan, and their producer D’Oyly Carte, with regard to amateur productions. They suffered when their first big hit, H.M.S. Pinafore, debuted in an unofficial version in the U.S.: unauthorized productions proliferated, bearing little resemblance to what the duo had written, and gave them no royalty payments. As they were not able to secure copyrights here for all their works, America represented something of the Wild West. Some interpretations chose to adopt the preferred performance style, but others did not because they did not have to. Sullivan’s copyright expired in the 1950s and Gilbert’s in the 1960s, so the Wild West has been gleefully getting creative with the operettas for quite some time now. Copyrights were not the only thing that did not go according to plan. The strong personalities involved in this historic partnership began to clash as artistic differences emerged. Sullivan grew to feel that his music took a backseat to Gilbert’s storytelling, and this made him restless and resentful. He longed to challenge himself artistically, and believed that his work with Gilbert was holding him back. Gilbert took issue with Sullivan’s desire for the music to be more prominent, as he felt the same way about the words. He had little patience for Sullivan’s yearning to create more realistic work, as he was quite happy continuing on with the absurdist premises that had served him so well. The famous “carpet quarrel” marked the beginning of the end. D’Oyly Carte charged a new carpet for the theatre’s lobby to Gilbert and Sullivan, and an argument ensued about whether it was proper to do so. Sullivan sided with D’Oyly Carte, and cemented the wedge that had been growing between him and Gilbert. A number of years later, the two reconciled, but the damage had been done. They managed to grind out two last operas, but their best work was behind them. Contemporary British and American musicals are direct descendants of Gilbert and Sullivan’s catalog. They showed that the genre can go deeper than mere razzle-dazzle. Musicals can say something of substance while at the same time being thoroughly enjoyable. Their partnership gave us one of the most recognizable canons of theatrical material we have, and their legacy lives on in ubiquitous revivals of their work all over the world. Their collaborations may present as light entertainment, but these comic operas challenged authority, undermined assumptions, and skewered hypocrisy. Both populist and political, their work held broad appeal that seems to defy passing fashion and endures to this day.

Gilbert and Sullivan in the Bay Area Or: A field guide for the fans who just can’t get enough BY SARAH ROSE LEONARD

Gilbert and Sullivan fans are ubiquitous, and their passion is one of a kind. They also have one of the oldest lineages of any theatre fan base, stretching back to the 19th century. One of the first Gilbert and Sullivan Societies was founded in England in 1924 with the mission of encouraging appreciation of the famous duo’s works. Today, there are approximately 45 amateur organizations across the United States dedicated primarily to presenting the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. In the Bay Area, we have three companies of our own: The Lamplighters Music Theatre is a San Francisco–based nonprofit theatre company founded in 1952 to produce Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas and other works of comparable wit, literacy, and musical merit. The Lamplighters have brought home top prizes and awards from the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England. The Lyric Theatre, the performing arm of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of San Jose, is in its 44th year. Originally, the company produced only Gilbert and Sullivan; in 1989 it began presenting other operettas as well. It is virtually an all-volunteer organization. The Stanford Savoyards is a student-run theatre company that has presented Gilbert and Sullivan operettas on the Stanford University campus since 1973. Its membership has included students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Stanford from first-year students up to the university president. 2 0 1 5 –1 6 · I S S U E 2 · T H E B E R K E L E Y R E P M AG A Z I N E · 1 5


Immersive theatre creates no boundary between you and the art; it surrounds you with a story and compels your senses to engage with the present theatrical moment. An immersive show may be a site-specific piece you walk through, or one shaped by your dialogue with the performers, or, as in the case of The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance, one that encourages you to grab a drink at the bar during the operetta and even (gently, please!) toss a beach ball or two. Immersive theatre is perhaps a new name for environmental theatre, a category coined by theatre director and scholar Richard Schechner in the 1960s. Environmental theatre was born of a desire to dissolve the barrier between spectator and performer. People felt a collective need to break down social barriers in the ’60s; the theatre embraced this impulse by experimenting with ways to bring audiences closer to the art. Antonin Artaud’s “Theatre of Cruelty,” a 1 6 · T H E B E R K E L E Y R E P M AG A Z I N E · 2 0 1 5 –1 6 · I S S U E 2

1938 essay that urges theatremakers to show humanity at its most primal, influenced many of these experiments. Artaud called for a communion between actor and audience incited by epic spectacles using heightened theatrical language to shock the spectator into viewing the world at its most raw. The Performance Group, a company led by Schechner, wholly embraced Artaud’s ideas. Their play Dionysus in ’69 featured a moment in which actors and willing participants from the audience kissed and groped each other in a large clump on the ground. Schechner writes that environmental theatre aims to transform “an aesthetic event into a social event— or shift the focus from art-and-illusion to the formation of a potential or actual solidarity among everyone in the theater, performers and spectators alike.” The Performance Group’s pieces created new physical performance spaces for the artists and audience to explore. Often, their sets used multilevel platforms and encroached on the audience’s

Artaud called for a communion between actor and audience incited by epic spectacles using heightened theatrical language to shock the spectator into viewing the world at its most raw.

territory, providing opportunities for piece that explores Alice’s Adventures in moments of connection between audiWonderland and the real-life relationence and performer. ship between Lewis Carroll and Alice Visual and performance artist Liddell—posits, “Our craving for intiAllan Kaprow precipitated another macy, connection and real experience breakthrough in the performance world when we go out to an event is a direct with his concept “happenings,” perresult of the fact that our lives revolve formances that involve a viewer’s participation, therefore around virtual stimulation all the time…When we go out and adding an element of chance to each piece. Kaprow stated, pay for an experience, we want it to be real, authentic.” “The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and Here at Berkeley Rep, many of our Ground Floor perhaps indistinct, as possible.” In 1964, Yoko Ono created Summer Residency Lab artists create immersive pieces that a happening called “Cut Piece” in which she walked onstage transform spaces we thought we knew well. (The Ground dressed in fabric, showed the audience Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the a pair of scissors she held in her hands, Creation and Development of New Schechner writes that and invited them to cut away the fabric. Work is a series of workshops and Modern day examples of happenings commissions that allows us to cultivate environmental theatre aims include participatory art at the Burning new projects; the Summer Residency to transform “an aesthetic Man festival and flash mobs that pop up Lab is the cornerstone of this program, on street corners. Artaud’s ideas influin which artists develop over 13 new event into a social event— or enced countless artists who challenged pieces throughout the month of June.) shift the focus from art-andour conception of theatrical form, In 2015, Sean Christopher Lewis and including Spalding Gray, Karen Finley, Jennifer Fawcett turned our Harrison illusion to the formation Sam Shepard, Joseph Chaikin, Richard Street campus into a story about a of a potential or actual Foreman, and the Wooster Group. missing sister that spectators explored Today, these once-revolutionary in small groups. After they made their solidarity among everyone in ideas about exploding the fourth wall way through the building (listening, the theater, performers and have seeped into the mainstream. touching, smelling, always moving), Perhaps one of the most talked-about they sat down around Sean as he perspectators alike.” immersive theatre experiences is Sleep formed a monologue. In 2014, commisNo More by the British company Punchsioned artist Dave Malloy developed drunk. This long-running extravaganza is a riff on Macbeth a song cycle about love, death, and whiskey. A chamber installed in 93 rooms of a transformed hotel in New York piece, Ghost Quartet conjures the feeling of telling a ghost City’s Chelsea neighborhood. You are invited to explore story around a campfire. Ghost Quartet is Malloy’s second multiple floors of the hotel, where you can riffle through immersive piece; his first, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet scribblings about Lady Macduff’s psychology, peer into a of 1812, was staged in a large tent on 42nd Street where baby’s cradle, travel through a maze performers danced and sang around in the forest, and follow actors and audience members who were eating a “Our craving for intimacy, dancers as they hurl through the space, full dinner (complete with vodka shots) only stopping to perform a scene that connection and real experience on a white tablecloth. More and more, you (and the 10 others who followed) Berkeley Rep wants to include this kind when we go out to an event is witness. Sleep No More is a chooseof work in our programming. The Hypyour-own-adventure show—you can ocrites’ Pirates of Penzance marks the a direct result of the fact that spend its entire length reading letters first time Berkeley Rep is presenting our lives revolve around virtual work in the Osher Studio, a space with in a closet, or follow one character relentlessly, or simply let your nose lead flexible seating that blends the playing stimulation all the time… you with no predetermined purpose. space and the audience’s own personal When we go out and pay for Some believe the immersive space. Experiments from the ’30s to theatre trend is on the rise because it today have taught us that dissolving an experience, we want it to offers a reprieve from our daily, possibly the fourth wall broadens our underbe real, authentic.” obsessive, contact with the internet. standing of what theatre is capable of, Tom Pearson—a co-creator of Then opening new possibilities for the nature —TOM PE AR SON She Fell, a site-specific dance theatre of our relationship to performance. 2 0 1 5 –1 6 · I S S U E 2 · T H E B E R K E L E Y R E P M AG A Z I N E · 1 7

a generous performance: An interview with director Sean Graney


Sean Graney is the founding artistic director of The Hypocrites, a Chicago–based theatre company established in 1997. As a director and adapter, he has helmed more than 30 productions for The Hypocrites, including All Our Tragic, an epic 12-hour adaptation comprising all 32 surviving Greek tragedies, and the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Mikado. His version of The Pirates of Penzance debuted in Chicago in 2010 and traveled to the Actors Theatre of Louisville and American Repertory Theater before arriving at Berkeley Rep. Literary Manager Sarah Rose Leonard chatted with Sean about the perils and pleasures of adapting the beloved operetta. Sarah Rose Leonard: When did you first encounter Gilbert and Sullivan? Sean Graney: I was in college studying acting (I was a terrible actor so we don’t need to talk about that) and there was a big divide between musical theatre and the more “straight” theatre. I was a serious actor, so Gilbert and Sullivan shows were something I would never consider being a part of. And I can’t sing. So years and years passed and I started this silly theatre company out in Chicago. We produced our first musical The Threepenny Opera, and I was not that happy with the production but it sold really well and our audience was like, “You guys should do more musicals.” I thought about the problems I had with Threepenny. One was that it was way too long—over three hours. The other was that we weren’t allowed to develop our own relationship with the material because it’s all copyrighted and you can’t change 1 8 · T H E B E R K E L E Y R E P M AG A Z I N E · 2 0 1 5 –1 6 · I S S U E 2

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anything based on the people in the rehearsal room, which was a little frustrating for me as an artist. The next piece we did was Cabaret (someone else directed it), and the production did really well for us and audiences still wanted us to do more musicals. So I was thinking about what I could direct and if there were any musicals in the public domain. At that time, I came across Gilbert and Sullivan again and thought, “Well, maybe I should take a look at The Pirates of Penzance.” When I listened to the music and read the libretto, I fell in love. The music is so brilliant and the lyrics are so intelligent and respectfully subversive—they point out the faults of society without blaming or being mean-spirited. The piece just says, “Hey society, we have some problems—let’s talk about those. In catchy songs.” I started thinking about how we could do it. I looked to the work of John Doyle, a great British director, who I had seen do Sweeney Todd on Broadway where the performers play their own instruments, so I thought, “I want to do something like that.” So we eliminated the orchestra and we reduced the cast size to 10 who all play their own instruments and then we just got to work. This version of Pirates is delightfully fast paced. How did you approach making cuts to this seminal work? Because we didn’t have an orchestra—we just had 10 jerks with guitars—we knew we couldn’t bring the beautiful music aspect to it. So we reduced some of the music: we took the vocal score, figured out guitar chords to support it, and then

The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance at American Repertory Theater P H OTO BY E VG E N I A EL I S EE VA

went back to the original and pulled clarinet or violin parts and layered those in later. If you are looking at songs as events to propel the story along and for getting to know characters, then there are lots of verses that are wonderful writing, but you don’t need them to tell the story. Have people been upset about that or have they been delighted? That’s a really interesting question. I had been upsetting purists—like when I do Shakespeare, there is always someone mad at me—so I was expecting a lot of push back with my Gilbert and Sullivan adaptations, but actually, I experienced the opposite. These true Gilbert and Sullivan fans all know the songs because they’ve seen Pirates a hundred times and they’ve mostly seen it the same way, so it’s nice to see a new and relaxed interpretation. It’s like the karaoke version. They can go and sing along with their favorite characters and they really get into it. And then the next month they can go see a more traditional version of Pirates and they’ll enjoy that just as much. It’s just different. We offer up this material in a very loving way and a unique way that they haven’t seen before. What led you to make whimsical design choices? I’m thinking about the ukuleles, beach balls, short shorts. The short shorts! My costume designer is a longtime collaborator, and every time we work together we look at past productions and think, “We don’t want to do that.” We knew we didn’t want to do Pirates of the Caribbean puffy shirts and

a lot of eye patches and stripes. We didn’t want the vocabulary that people have seen a hundred times. Where we actually landed was this 1982-inspired beach party that is very theatrical. I just want people to know they are in a theatre and they are always themselves. There is no magical transformation. You are 20 feet away from your car. And I want people to know that and still enjoy themselves. And I would like for people to think about their lives in a slightly different way when they leave. Even if it’s just, “Oh my God, I had the best 80 minutes of my week. Why can’t I have more experiences like that?” or anything that makes them question their lives in any way they find helpful. You double-cast the older Ruth and ingénue Mabel. How does that shift affect how we take in this story? I decided to do that because Gilbert and Sullivan’s women are terrible. They were progressive for their Victorian era, but some of the stuff makes me cringe and their female characters are horribly underdeveloped. So I thought if we cast the ingénue—which is a problematic character anyway—with the hag that he’ll never marry, that it would make a more interesting exploration of women than it would be necessarily on the page. The person our protagonist rejects is the same person that our protagonist desires. CO N TIN U E D O N N E X T PAG E

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The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance at Actor Theatre of Louisville P H OTO BY B I L L B RYM ER

I would like for people to think about their lives in a slightly different way when they leave. Even if it’s just, “Oh my God, I had the best 80 minutes of my week. Why can’t I have more experiences like that?” — SE A N G R A N E Y

Why do you think melodrama and vaudeville—so present in Gilbert and Sullivan works—still resonate today? Well, both vaudeville and melodrama are certainly connected and are important advents of theatre history. Melodrama is super exciting because it’s like, “We as performers are very much invested in the storytelling of the event, and we don’t want to bog it down with the psychology of it. You need to know this woman is sad, and you will buy into the fact that this woman is sad because of her gestures.” It’s a really generous performance style because it puts the audience at the center of the attention, versus the more naturalistic style that we know nowadays, where the actor is focused on their scene partner and their sphere of communication isn’t really necessarily about the audience. And that’s why I think melodrama and vaudeville are still so important: I love performance styles where the audience is at the center of the attention of the performer. That we are there doing a job for a group of people who have paid money and gathered for an exciting experience, and we will work our butts off to deliver that experience for that audience. One of The Hypocrites’ goals is to re-introduce communal connection into contemporary theatre. How do you aim to make that happen in your work? When I use the word “community,” I think of the group of people who walk through the door of a theatre. How does a group of strangers become a community over time? How do they come closer to each other? And how do they experience the same thing? How do you take care of that group of people once they walk through the door so that they coalesce once this ends? With Pirates, people move around—so they think, “Oh, I’m standing in your way, I should move,” or “Oh, you are shorter than me, I can squat.” That’s what I think my job is: to coalesce this group of people into a community. That explains why Pirates is staged immersively, with the performers in close contact with audiences. What’s the most memorable or unexpected interaction you or a company member has had with a patron? It’s all wonderful, because it’s a live dialogue and you never know what people will do. Luckily, we’ve never had a negative response. It’s always exciting when little kids come because they don’t understand the prescribed pretense of theatre. So they don’t understand that you shouldn’t necessarily talk to the Major-General when he’s doing a scene. And I am so blessed that I get to work with these wonderful performers: when a kid talks to the Major-General, he’ll talk with them, and then get back to the scene. It’s so clear that this moment won’t be relived again. One of them is wearing a silly outfit and is 32, and one is 4, and it’s this amazing moment of connection between two people that everyone else in the audience gets to witness. You started The Hypocrites in 1997. And here we are in 2015. How has the company changed? I think we started as a company against a lot of things. We were like, “We’re not going to do that type of theatre.” There was a lot of early 20s angst at the beginning, and that made its way into the programming and how we treated people. Then we went through a cycle where we became known for higher-concept productions, and that was a rough time because there were some tensions that didn’t need to be there. I think we lost sight of our audience for a little bit while we explored what it meant for us to be theatre artists. Now we really think about: What event can we bring to our audiences that will hopefully enrich their lives and be unlike programming they can see in other places? We are trying to expand the scope of our audience beyond Chicago, hence our collaboration with Berkeley Rep and other theatres.

The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance at Chopin Theatre P H OTO BY M AT T H E W G R EG O RY H O L L I S

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Amy Resnick in The Laramie Project in the Roda Theatre in 2001

Berkeley Rep on College Ave in 1968


Anne Swift, Charles Dean, Kimberly King, David Booth, and Brian Thompson in The Norman Conquests on the Thrust Stage in 1980

Teen One-Acts in the Osher Studio in summer 2015



A brief history of Berkeley Rep’s performance spaces BY SARAH ROSE LEONARD

Founded in 1968, Berkeley Rep was born in a moment when theatre artists were exploring ways to break down barriers between performer and spectator. We started in a small storefront, where the seats were practically on the stage. We grew and grew, and eventually needed to build a theatre of our own, but we wanted it to maintain the same kind of intimacy we had in our original space. When we built the Thrust Stage in 1980, we became part of a movement in regional theatre history that put the audience at the center of the experience, figuratively speaking. At the time, major companies such as the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, and Lincoln Center also built thrust theatres to bring the audience closer to the action on stage. The thrust configuration is one of the oldest—Greek amphitheatres and Shakespeare’s Old Globe used a thrust—but it wasn’t until the regional theatre movement took hold that the configuration became popularized again. Thrusts give the audience full transparency about what happens onstage—you often feel as if the drama is happening in your lap. Our Thrust Stage protrudes much deeper into the house than many thrusts, and is designed with the same asymmetrical dimensions of the storefront we started in. Developed in the 1990s and completed in 2001, the Roda Theatre, a proscenium stage, reflects the evolution of Berkeley Rep’s artistic vision. We craved a way to bring greater variety into our season programming and collaborate more with theatres across the country. Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone explains, “We wanted to create the most dramatic contrast possible with the Thrust. We wanted a space that could afford artists varied visual and aural opportunities and one that would give audiences a very different experience.” The Roda presented us with the challenge of

how to create a proscenium that still kept the audience close. Prosceniums usually maintain the fourth wall and keep the audience at a distance, causing a more presentational style. One change we made to the traditional proscenium shape was to create two aisles, instead of the traditional single aisle up the middle, so actors could move into the audience’s space if desired (those of you who shook in your boots in the orchestra during One Man, Two Guvnors know what we’re talking about). In addition, the most distance placed between an actor and an audience member is 45 feet in the Roda, compared with 35 in the Thrust. Although the Roda is much larger in scope than the Thrust, it maintains one essential trait of Berkeley Rep in its design: intimacy. Lately, the theatre world has been experiencing a historic moment in which immersive theatre is on the rise. Immersive theatre demands flexible configurations so that designers and directors can shift the way artists and audiences interact. The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance uses promenade seating, in which there is no distinction between the area some of the audience sits/stands in and the performance space. Increasingly, we are looking for ways to support these kinds of projects. Today you are sitting in the Osher Studio, a black box that offers a very close audience/performer relationship as it is the most flexible of theatre spaces, with no fixed seating. The renovation of the Thrust gave us an opportunity to present work in the Osher, a space that until now we have been using for Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre activities and special events and renting to local artists. We knew this was a moment to see what opportunities this space opened for our community; The Hypocrites’ massively fun Pirates is a perfect fit. Welcome to the Osher Studio. 2 0 1 5 –1 6 · I S S U E 2 · T H E B E R K E L E Y R E P M AG A Z I N E · 2 1


2013 Pulitzer Prize winner “Smart, spiky entertainment” — HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Custom-made for our time” — CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

Ayad Akhtar DIRECTED BY Kimberly Senior BY


Bernard White P H OTO BY PAU L EL L EG E


Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents

Book by W.S. Gilbert Music by Arthur Sullivan Directed and adapted by Sean Graney Co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell Co-directed by Thrisa Hodits Music direction by Andra Velis Simon OC TOB ER 16– DECEM B ER 20, 2015 OSHER S TUDIO · LIMITED SE A SON The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance is made possible thanks to the generous support of


CAST Pirate Mario Aivazian Pirate Delia Baseman Daughter Jenni M. Hadley Major-General/Samuel Matt Kahler* Pirate Royen Kent Daughter Kristen Magee Pirate King Shawn Pfaustch* Daughter Becky Poole


Jack & Betty Schafer Michael & Sue Steinberg The Strauch Kulhanjian Family

Ruth/Mabel Christine Stulik Frederick Zeke Sulkes


Steven & Patrece Mills Mary Ann & Lou Peoples

Choreography Set Design Costume Design Lighting Design Sound Design Properties Design Stage Manager

Katie Spelman Tom Burch Alison Siple Heather Gilbert Kevin O’Donnell Maria DeFabo Miranda Anderson

* Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Affiliations The director is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union. The Scenic, Costume, Lighting, and Sound Designers in lort Theatres are represented by United Scenic Artists Local usa-829, iatse.

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Mario Aivazian

Matt Kahler

Shawn Pfaustch

Mario is an American actor and musician proud to be working with The Hypocrites of Chicago. He is known for his work in the theatre and amateur opera scenes of Chicago. Recent credits include 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Strawdog Theatre Company), Cosí fan Tutte (Floating Opera Company), and Pagliacci (Cobalt Opera Company) as well as frequent collaborations with 906 Theatre Group. He currently resides in Chicago.

Matt is pleased to make his debut at Berkeley Rep. He has performed with The Hypocrites’ G&S productions at the American Repertory Theater and Actors Theatre of Louisville, and will be traveling to the Olney Theatre Center next summer with Pirates and The Mikado. Matt is currently co-adapting and associate music directing The Yeoman of the Guard for production at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2016. Matt was a cast member of The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen, which took home Best Overall Play at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. Chicago credits include Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Lifeline Theatre, and many others.

Shawn is happy to be making his Berkeley Rep debut. As a member of The Hypocrites’ Gilbert & Sullivan Rep, he has performed at American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other regional credits include Steppenwolf (Theatrical Essays), Dallas Theater Center (South Pacific), Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Hamlet, Cymbeline, Henry IV, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Rivals), the Adrienne Arsht Center of Miami (Death & Harry Houdini, The Sparrow), Chicago Children’s Theatre (A Year With Frog and Toad, Frederick), and Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Julius Caesar). On television, Shawn portrayed the recurring character of Alan Devlin on fox/Sony’s The Mob Doctor. As a playwright, his works Season on the Line, Hatfield & McCoy, and The Attempters have all premiered at the House Theatre of Chicago, where he is a founding company member. Shawn holds a bfa in Theatre Studies (Playwriting) from Southern Methodist University.


Delia Baseman

P I R AT E , M A B E L / R U T H U S


Delia is very excited to be a part of this production. This is her Berkeley Rep debut. In Chicago, Delia was most recently seen in The Diary of Anne Frank at Writers Theatre. Other credits include Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Eclipse, Collaboraction, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, the Strange Tree Group, and Backroom Shakespeare (to name a few). Delia was the proud recipient of the 2013 Acting Fellow at Steppenwolf, is the producing artistic director of the Strange Tree Group, a graduate of both School at Steppenwolf and Circle in the Square Theatre School in nyc, and a freelance teaching artist.

Royen is thrilled to make his debut with The Hypocrites and Berkeley Rep. Recent Chicago credits include A Little Night Music (Writers Theatre), the new ensemble version of Titanic (Griffin Theatre), Hansel & Gretel (Emerald City Theatre Company), The White Road (Irish Theatre of Chicago), Cymbeline (First Folio Theatre), and The Full Monty (Kokandy Productions). He is a proud alumnus of Vanguard University of Southern California.

Jenni M. Hadley

Kristen Magee

Jenni is a New York– trained, Texas–raised, Chicago–based artist and performer, and she is thrilled and honored to be making her West Coast/Berkeley Rep and Hypocrites debut with the company of Pirates of Penzance. Currently living and performing in Chicago, recent highlights from her theatrical career include Bare: A Pop Opera (the Cuckoo’s Theater Project), Polaroid Stories (First Floor Theater), Till— Mamie’s Story (Theater Wit), El Stories: Holiday Train (Waltzing Mechanics), and various interactive projects with Chicago’s famed Navy Pier. She is a proud Violet and alumnae of New York University where she received a bfa in Drama from nyu’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute and Tisch’s Experimental Theatre Wing. Please visit

Kristen is thrilled to make both her Berkeley Rep and Hypocrites debut with Pirates of Penzance. Regionally she has performed in New York in Pinocchio (Studio Theatre, Theatre Row), As Good As (Gene Frankel Theatre, audience award for favorite female lead), and Atlantic Theatre Company. Las Vegas: Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Cockroach Theatre) and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In Chicago, she is a proud company member of Dog and Pony and has performed with American Theatre Company, Windy City Playhouse, Jackalope Theatre, Theater Wit, and About Face Theatre. Her TV and film credits include As the World Turns (cbs), Drinking Buddies (Magnolia Pictures), and Marci (mtvU). Kristen is a graduate of Ithaca College and is represented by Grossman & Jack Talent.


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Becky Poole DAU G H T E R

Becky is an actor, voice talent, comedian, and musician based in Los Angeles. She has toured with The Hypocrites’ production of Pirates of Penzance at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and Boston’s Oberon– American Repertory Theater, as well as its first run in Chicago. She was in the initial run of The Hypocrites The Mikado in 2012. Becky has worked with the Second City Hollywood and Chicago (Really Awesome Improv Show; Go Improv, Go!; and Improv Extravaganza Explosion), Chicago Children’s Theatre (The Elephant & The Whale, Goodnight Moon the Musical), Redmoon Theater (The Elephant & The Whale, Last of My Species), and the Red Kite Project, a program that creates theatre specifically for children with autism. She has written and performed sketch comedy at stages across the country including ucb (New York and Los Angeles), iO Chicago, and Caroline’s on Broadway. Becky has done animated voice work for Nickelodeon, Nintendo, and Cartoon Network, and is represented by cesd in LA.

Christine Stulik R U T H/M A B E L

Christine is very excited to be making her Berkeley Rep debut. A member of The Hypocrites’ Gilbert and Sullivan Rep since 2010, she has originated roles in Pirates of Penzance (American Repertory Theater and Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Mikado (Steppenwolf Garage), and HMS Pinafore (art’s Oberon, spring 2016). In Chicago she has worked at Next Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, the Ruckus, and the Mill Theatre, and was most recently a part of The Hypocrites’ 12-hour epic All Our Tragic. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the School at Steppenwolf, and will be relocating to nyc in the coming year.




Cal Performances U N I V E R S I T Y


C A L I F O R N I A ,




Rude Mechs

Stop Hitting Yourself A playful meditation on modern decadence and human nature.

“Best of 2014” —Time Out New York



Zeke is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Rep debut. Regional credits include All Our Tragic (Getty Villa), Pirates of Penzance (American Repertory Theater/ Actors Theatre of Louisville), Twelve Nights (art), Romeo Juliet (art), Story Pirates (Geffen Theatre), and The Mikado (Steppenwolf Garage).

Mummenschanz The Musicians of Silence This beloved Swiss mime troupe is back with its signature combination of whimsy and grace, comedy and pathos.


“My inner kid seldom stopped grinning.”

Miranda Anderson

—The New York Times

You may have seen Miranda previously with The Hypocrites stage managing (dressed as a Life Guard, Clown, or Teddy Bear) any of the company’s Gilbert & Sullivan shows in Chicago or elsewhere in the country. Other credits with The Hypocrites include 12 Nights, The Fall of the House of Usher, Romeo Juliet, Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, and Oedipus, among others.

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Sean Graney

Ira Glass with Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass



Sean is the artistic director of The Hypocrites, which he started in 1997. Up next is Yeomen of the Guard at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which is his fourth Gilbert & Sullivan project, having done Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and HMS Pinafore all with The Hypocrites and is now going to be touring around to various and exciting cities. He recently finished a yearlong fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where he completed All Our Tragic, his 12hour adaptation combining all 32 surviving Greek tragedies. His work has been seen at American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Court Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Steppenwolf for Young Audiences, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, and Chicago Children’s Theatre. His adaptation Sophocles:



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BE R K E L E Y R E P P R E S E N T S Seven Sicknesses had a successful run at the Flea in New York. Sean was a participant in the nea/tcg Career Development Program for Directors, received the Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Charitable Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award, and has won four Joseph Jefferson Awards.

Thrisa Hodits CO -DIREC TOR

Pirates of Penzance is Thrisa’s debut with Berkeley Rep. She has co-directed alongside Sean Graney at American Repertory Theater (Pirates of Penzance/The Mikado), Actors Theatre of Louisville (HMS Pinafore/Pirates of Penzance), The Hypocrites (Pirates/Mikado/HMS Pinafore) and will go to the Olney Theatre in 2016 (Pirates of Penzance/Mikado rep). In Chicago, Thrisa worked as the assistant director with the Lyric Unlimited on the world premiere of Second Nature, Matthew Aucoin’s opera for young people. She has been the second unit director on both the world premiere and the remount of the 12-hour All Our Tragic with The Hypocrites. Thrisa has directed with Strawdog Theatre Company, the New Colony, the Strange Tree Group, The Inconvenience, Jackalope Theatre Company, and First Floor Theater, and is a proud member of The Hypocrites and the New Colony.


Katie Spelman

Andra Velis Simon

Katie is crazy happy to be playing with The Hypocrites again, where she also choreographed Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and Into the Woods. Other Chicago credits include James Joyce’s The Dead and The Secret Garden (Court Theatre); Rent, In the Heights, and Hair (Paramount Theatre); Juno (TimeLine Theatre Company); Theories of the Sun and Idomeneus (Sideshow Theatre Company); Bellboys, Bears and Baggage (Redmoon Theater); Down and Derby (the New Colony); cps Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Fly Honey Show (the Inconvenience); and Cabaret, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Who’s Tommy (Northwestern University). She has also assisted and performed with the Goodman, Writers Theatre, the House Theatre, Drury Lane, and Marriott. Her New York credits include Once (associate movement director, Broadway and first national tour), What’s It All About? (associate director, New York Theatre Workshop), and Brooklynite (associate choreographer, Vineyard Theatre). Katie’s London credits include What’s It All About? (associate director, Menier Chocolate Factory).

Andra has music directed and helped adapt The Hypocrites’ productions of Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and HMS Pinafore, which have been hits in Chicago and several cities across the country. Andra is the musical director for the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago, where she also teaches performance courses for musical theatre majors. A music director, vocal coach, arranger, and pianist, Andra has worked with Goodman Theatre, Theater Wit, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Bailiwick, Storefront Theater, Signal Ensemble Theatre, Boho Theatre, Victory Gardens, and many others. Her next project is adapting Yeomen of the Guard with Sean Graney and Matt Kahler for Oregon Shakespeare Festival.



Tom Burch


Tom’s other Hypocrites credits include Frankenstein, No Exit (Jefferson nominated), Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, Woyzeck, and Pirates of Penzance (in Chicago, Boston, and Louisville), and All Our Tragic. Other Chicago credits include shows at Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Northlight Theatre, Court Theatre, Strawdog Theatre Company, Lifeline Theatre, House Theatre of Chicago,

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and many others. He has four Jeff nominations and one win for his design work. Regional works include shows from nyc (off Broadway) to Arizona, but Chicago is still his favorite place. He teaches in the theatre department at unc-Charlotte, and you can see his work online at

Alison Siple


Alison’s recent projects include Angels in America (Kansas City Rep); HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado (The Hypocrites); Our Town (Almeida, Kansas City Rep, the Huntington Theatre Company, the Broad Stage, Barrow Street Theatre, The Hypocrites); Ask Aunt Susan (Goodman Theatre); and Lord of the Flies (Steppenwolf tya). Upcoming projects include The Jungle Book (Chicago Children’s Theatre) and The Yeoman of the Guard (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Alison was the first theatrical designer to receive a 2011 3Arts Grant. She won the 2010 Equity Jeff Award for The Mystery of Irma Vep (Court Theatre) and the 2011 non-Equity Jeff Award for Cabaret (The Hypocrites). Alison won non-Equity Jeff Awards for Time and the Conways (Griffin) in 2006 and Leonce und Lena (The Hypocrites) in 2005. Alison is a graduate of Northwestern University. She is a community member of The Hypocrites, an artistic associate with Lookingglass Theatre Company, and an associate company member of Steep Theatre. Visit

Heather Gilbert


Heather’s credits with The Hypocrites include Pirates of Penzance (with Jared Moore), The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, American Idiot, Cabaret, and Our Town. Her Chicago credits include Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Steep Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Remy Bumppo, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Writers Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, and countless storefronts all over the city. Regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Repertory Theater, Kansas City Rep, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. International credits include the Almeida in London and Singapore Repertory Theatre. Heather was a recipient of the nea/tcg Career Development Grant and the 3Arts Award. Heather serves as the head of lighting design at Columbia College Chicago, and received her mfa at the Theatre School at DePaul.

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profiles has worked at American Repertory Theater, the Lambs Players Theatre (San Diego), the Arscht Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, St. Anne’s Warehouse, Signature Theatre Company, 59E59, and the Cherry Lane Theatre. As a musician he frequently drums with multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird and is on his recently re-issued Weather Systems.

Maria DeFabo


Maria is so excited to be designing the props for another Hypocrites show, because telling stories with props is the best. Maria has made props with The Hypocrites for the past few years. Her favorite prop is the “glowing orb of garbage” from Oedipus, but the giant meat cleaver in Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses may give the orb a run for its money. Maria also enjoys making props with Lookingglass Theatre Company, Steep Theatre Company, the House Theatre, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, North Park University, the New Colony, Congo Square Theatre Company, Next Theatre Company, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, Eclipse Theatre Company, and Strawdog Theatre Company. Maria would love to meet and talk about how props make the world a better place; check out her website and send her an email at

Tony Taccone


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During Tony’s tenure as artistic director of Berkeley Rep, the Tony Award–winning nonprofit has earned a reputation as an international leader in innovative theatre. In those 19 years, Berkeley Rep has presented more than 70 world, American, and West Coast premieres and sent 23 shows to New York, two to London, and one to Hong Kong. Tony has staged more than 40 plays in Berkeley, including new work from Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Quincy Long, Itamar Moses, and Lemony Snicket. He directed the shows that transferred to London, Continental Divide and Tiny Kushner, and two that landed on Broadway as well: Bridge & Tunnel and Wishful Drinking. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, Tony served as artistic director of Eureka Theatre, which produced the American premieres of plays by Dario Fo, Caryl Churchill, and David Edgar before focusing on a new generation of American writers. While at the Eureka, Tony commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America and co-directed its world premiere. He has collaborated with Kushner on eight plays at Berkeley Rep, including The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism

and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Tony’s regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Center Theatre Group, the Eureka Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Public Theater, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. As a playwright, he debuted Ghost Light, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup, and Game On, written with Dan Hoyle. In 2012, Tony received the Margo Jones Award for “demonstrating a significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of playwriting, with a commitment to the living theatre.”

Susan Medak


Susan has served as Berkeley Rep’s managing director since 1990, leading the administration and operations of the Theatre. She has served as president of the League of Resident Theatres (lort) and treasurer of Theatre Communications Group, organizations that represent the interests of nonprofit theatres across the nation. Susan chaired panels for the Massachusetts Arts Council and has also served on program panels for Arts Midwest, the Joyce Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Closer to home, Susan serves on the board of the Downtown Berkeley Association (dba). She is the founding chair of the Berkeley Arts in Education Steering Committee for Berkeley Unified School District and the Berkeley Cultural Trust. She was awarded the 2012 Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal by the Berkeley Community Fund. Susan serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama and is a proud member of the Mont Blanc Ladies’ Literary Guild and Trekking Society. She lives in Berkeley with her husband.

Theresa Von Klug


Theresa joined Berkeley Rep at the beginning of the 2015–16 season. She has over 20 years of experience in the New York not-for-profit performing arts sector where she has planned and executed events for dance, theatre, music, television, and film. Most recently she was the interim general manager for the Public Theater and general manager/line producer for Theatre for a New Audience, where she opened its new state-of-the-art theatre in Brooklyn, and filmed a major motion picture of the inaugural production of Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, released June 2015. Theresa has worked as a production manager at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and New York City Center, including the famous Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert, and as a field representative/lead negotiator for the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers. She holds a MS in Labor Relations and Human Resources Management from Baruch College.

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dent dramaturg. She oversees commissioning and new play development, and dramaturged the world premiere productions of The House that will not Stand, Passing Strange, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), among others. As literary manager and associate dramaturg at Center Stage in Baltimore, she produced the First Look reading series and headed up its young audience initiative. Before moving to Baltimore, she was the literary manager at Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she oversaw an extensive commissioning program. She also acted as assistant and interim literary manager at Intiman Theatre in Seattle. Madeleine served for four years on the executive committee of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and has also worked with act (Seattle), Austin Scriptworks, Crowded Fire, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the Kennedy Center, New Dramatists, Playwrights Center, and Portland Center Stage.

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This is Amy’s 26th season at Berkeley Rep. Through the years she has also had the pleasure of casting plays for act (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, the Marsh, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Social Impact Productions Inc., and Traveling Jewish Theatre. Amy cast roles for various independent films, including Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton; Haiku Tunnel and Love & Taxes, both by Josh Kornbluth; and Beyond Redemption by Britta Sjogren. Amy received her mfa from Brandeis University, where she was also an artist in residence. She has been an audition coach to hundreds of actors and a presentation/communication coach to many businesspeople. Amy taught acting at Mills College and audition technique at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, and has led workshops at numerous other venues in the Bay Area. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, she was an intern at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Amy is a member of csa, the Casting Society of America, and was nominated for an Artios Award for Excellence in Casting for The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.

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Michael began his association with Berkeley Rep as the stage management intern for the 1984–85 season and is now in his 22nd year as production stage manager. Some of his favorite shows include 36 Views, Endgame, Eurydice, Hydriotaphia, and Mad Forest. He has also worked

with the Barbican in London, the Huntington Theatre Company, the Juste Pour Rire Festival in Montreal, La Jolla Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, the Public Theater and Second Stage Theater in New York, and Yale Repertory Theatre. For the Magic Theatre, he stage managed Albert Takazauckas’ Breaking the Code and Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss.

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Betty and Jack are proud to support Berkeley Rep. Jack just rotated off the Theatre’s board and is on the boards of San Francisco Opera and the Straus Historical Society. He is vice-chair of the Oxbow School in Napa and an emeritus trustee of the San Francisco Art Institute where he served as board chair. Betty is on the boards of Earthjustice, Coro Foundation, Brandeis Hill Day School, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (seo), San Francisco Community College Foundation, and Brandeis Hillel Day School. They live in San Francisco.

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We thank the many individuals in our community who help Berkeley Rep produce adventurous, thought-provoking, and thrilling theatre and bring arts education to thousands of young people every year. We gratefully recognize these donors to Berkeley Rep’s Annual Fund, who made their gifts between August 2014 and August 2015. To make your gift and join this distinguished group, visit or call 510 647-2906.


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Anonymous (5) · Peggy & Don Alter · Pat Angell, in memory of Gene Angell · Naomi Auerbach & Ted Landau · Barbara Jones & Massey J. Bambara M · Leslie & Jack Batson · Robert & Wendy Bergman · Patti Bittenbender · Dr. S. Davis Carniglia & Ms. M. Claire Baker · Paula Carrell · Stan & Stephanie Casper · Leslie Chatham & Kathie Weston · Ed & Lisa Chilton · Patty & Geoff Chin · Terin Christensen · Phyllis Coring K · John & Izzie Crane M · Teri Cullen · Harry & Susan Dennis · Corinne & Mike Doyle · David & Monika Eisenbud · Paul Feigenbaum & Judy Kemeny · James Finefrock & Harriet Hamlin · Frannie Fleishhacker · Lisa Franzel & Rod Mickels · Donald & Dava Freed · Judith & Alex Glass · Ann Harriman, in memory of Malcolm White · Elaine Hitchcock · Ken & Judith Johnson · Randall Johnson · Barbara E. Jones, in memory of William E. Jones · Thomas Jones · Christopher Killian & Carole Ungvarsky · Steve K. Kispersky · Janet Kornegay and Dan Sykes · William & Adair Langston · Linda Laskowski · Nancy & George Leitmann, in memory of Helen Barber · Meg Manske · John E. Matthews · Jerry Mosher · Margo Murray · Paul Newacheck · Claire Noonan & Peter Landsberger · Judy Ogle · Lynette Pang & Michael Man · Gerane Wharton Park · Charles R. Rice · Richard Rouse M · Mitzi Sales & John Argue · Seiger Family Foundation · Alice & Scott So · Ruth Simon · Douglas Sovern & Sara

We gratefully recognize the following members of the Annual Fund whose contributions were received from July to August 2015: S U PP O R T E R S

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Mary Boyvey · Peter Brock · Dr. Alan Burckin & Carol Olmert · Carey Burwick · Armando Cuellar · Sharon & Eric P. Ewen · George & Mary Hake M · Susan Klee & David Stoloff · Fred Lipschultz · Ingrid Madsen & Victor Rouch · Igor Maslennikov · Ralph & Melinda Mendelson · Patricia & John Mengel K · Sandra Miyahara · Gerald and Ellen Oicles · Virginia & Lucien Polak · Phyllis & David Rothman · James Skelton · Henry Timnick


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Anonymous (3) · David & Vivian Auslander · Jayaram Bhat · Jean Burke · Brigitte Devaux M · Lara Eidemiller, in memory of Mary Jo Pottenger · Michael & Vicky Flora · Lucia & John Gilbert · Gayl & Harlan Hirschfeld · Paul Kimoto · Virgina Layton · R U. Litteneker · Sara McAulay & Elsa Garcia Pandavenes · Cathleen Ann Obrien · Marilyn Radisch · Robert Ripps · John & Kyoko Robinson · Bettina Rosenberg · Arvind Sharma · Lillis & Max Stern · Pamela Watkins · Sue Weinstein · Marsha Weintraub & Stuart Hellman · Kuniko Weltin-Wu · Monty Worth


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Anonymous (3) · Bill & Marsha Adler · Anita & Jim Allardice · Tom Allen & Beth Levison · Roy C. Bergstrom · Dr. D. Wayne Berman · Claudia Bravo & Alan R. Silverman · Sandra Briggs · Cathy Brown · Barbara Brenner Buder · Shirley Cook · Marilyn Berg Cooper ·

Newmann · John St. Dennis & Roy Anati · Gary & Jana Stein · Annie Stenzel · Michael Tilson Thomas & Joshua Robison · Pate & Judy Thomson · Prof Jeremy Thorner & Dr. Carol Mimura · Deborah & Bob Van Nest · Wendy Willrich · Lee Yearley & Sally Gressens



Anonymous (17) · Denny Abrams · Fred & Kathleen Allen · Robert & Evelyn Apte · Ross E. Armstrong · Jerry & Seda Arnold · Gay & Alan Auerbach · Steven & Barbara Aumer-Vail · Todd & Diane Baker · Celia Bakke · Steve Benting & Margaret Warton · Richard & Kathy Berman · Robert Berman & Jane Ginsburg · Caroline Beverstock · Steve Bischoff · Ellen Brackman & Deborah Randolph · Eric Brink & Gayle Vassar M · Jill Bryans · Wendy Buchen · Barbara & Robert Budnitz · Don Campbell and Family · Robert & Margaret Cant · Bruce Carlton · Carolle J. Carter & Jess Kitchens · Kim & Dawn Chase · Dennis Cohen & Deborah Robison · Robert & Blair Cooter · Philip Crawford · Robert & Loni Dantzler · Pat & Steve Davis · Jacqueline Desoer · Noah & Sandra Doyle · Kristen Driskell · Linda Drucker & Lawrence Prozan M · Burton Peek Edwards & Lynne Dal Poggetto · Roger & Jane Emanuel · Meredith & Harry Endsley M · Gini Erck & David Petta · Michael Evanhoe · Malcolm D. Ewen · Brigitte & Louis Fisher · Jim & Cathy Fisher · Martin & Barbara Fishman · Patrick Flannery · Robert Fleri, in

Costanza Foran · Linda Fried & Jim Helman · Mr. & Mrs. Jack M. Garfinkle · Alan Gellman & Arlene Zuckerberg · Jenny Geraty · Anonymous · Dan Haddick & Joanna Budnicko · Lori Hanninen & Jeff Wheaton · Amanda Hawes · Christine Hearn · Philippe Henri · Paul Hirsch & Kira Pascoe-Moreno · Andrea Jacoby · Sandy Jaffe · David Kalmansohn · Muriel Kaplan & Bob Sturm · Jon Keller · John Kemp · Cheryl Kojina · Charles C. Kredensor · Joel H. Kreisberg · Benjie Lasseau · Joan & Gary Lawrence · Sally A. Lewis · James Lons · Larry & Nancy Ludgus · Mr. Jason Marks & Ms. Pepi Ross · Diana & James McClelland · Mark Moore · Gerald T. Moran · Robin Olivier · Roy + Susan Otis · Joseph R. Palsa · Retha Pedigo · Opher Peled · Liana Perrault · Lyne Plamondon · Belinda Presser · Nancy Rader & Dick Norgaard · John Saari · Laura Sawczuk · Tamar Schnepp · Marian Shostrom · Jay Streets · Cynthia A. Sutter · Jane Swinerton · Joseph & Jone Taylor · Danica Truchlikova · Marci & Eugene Tucker · Mary Van Voorhees · Elena Vasquez · Michael Watts · Louis Weckstein & Karen Denevi · Dennis Weiss · Linda Williams · Patrick Woods & Kathleen Clark · Tia Wu


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Anonymous (5) · Dr. Paul Abrinko & Dr. Monika Eckfield · Linda Agerter · Anto M. Aghapekian · Pamela Allen & Chris Millon · Celia Anderson · Lynn Anderson · Susan Ashley · Leslie Avant · Robert Bailey · Rachel Bakker · Cindy Beckley · Gillian Belcher · Betty Bell-Amarant · Benita Benavides · David Bezanilla · Steven R. Binder & Barbara Anscher · Helmut Blaschczyk · Christopher Bogart · Joan Bose · Benita & Burton Boxerman, in honor of Leonard Rosenberg · Deb Brady · Ms. Marilyn Braiger · Cheryl M. Brandon · Lori Breunig · John & Karen Briggs · Barbara J. Brown · Cheryl M. Brown · Eric Brown · Carol Brownstein · Maureen Burchert · Nancy and Les Burger · Linda Cain · James Calonico · Christina F. Campbell · David B. Carter · Ed Carville · Lori A. Cassels · Louise

memory of Carole S. Pfeffer · Stephen Follansbee & Richard Wolitz · Dean Francis · Nancy H. Francis · Paul & Marilyn Gardner · Karl & Kathleen Geier · Glennis Lees & Michael Glazeski · Robert Goldstein & Anna Mantell · Susan & Jon Golovin · Linda Graham · Priscilla Green · Don & Becky Grether · Dan & Linda Guerra · John G. Guthrie · Ken & Karen Harley · Janet Harris · Dan & Shawna Hartman Brotsky M · Steven Horwitz K · Helmut H. Kapczynski & Colleen Neff · Patricia Kaplan · Marjorie & Robert Kaplan, in honor of Thalia Dorwick · Natasha Khoruzhenko & Olegs Pimenovs · Beth & Tim Kientzle M · Mary S. Kimball · Beverly Phillips Kivel · Joan & David Komaromi · Yvonne Koshland · Jennifer Kuenster & George Miers · Natalie Lagorio · Almon E. Larsh Jr · Ray Lifchez · Renee M. Linde · Mark & Roberta Linsky · Bruce Maigatter & Pamela Partlow · Joan & Roger Mann · Sue & Phil Marineau · Marie S. McEnnis · Sean McKenna · Christopher McKenzie & Manuela Albuquerque · Brian McRee · Ruth Medak · Geri Monheimer · Rex Morgan & Greg Reniere · Brian & Britt-Marie Morris · Ronald Morrison · Patricia Motzkin & Richard Feldman · Moule Family Fund · Ron Nakayama · Kris & Peter Negulescu · Jeanne E. Newman · Carol J. Ormond · Mary Papenfuss & Roland Cline · Brian D. Parsons · P. David Pearson · Lewis Perry · Suzanne Pierce, in honor of Carol D. Soc · James F. Pine M · F. Anthony Placzek · Gary F. Pokorny · Charles

Pollack & Joanna Cooper · Susie & Eric Poncelet · Roxann R. Preston · Linda Protiva · Dan & Lois Purkett · Kathleen Quenneville · David & Mary Ramos · Sheldon & Catherine Ramsay · Adam Rausch K · Helen Richardson · Wesley Richert · Paul & Margaret Robbins · Gary Roof & Douglas Light · Ronald & Karen Rose · Marie Rosenblatt · Geri Rossen · Jirayr & Meline Roubinian · Deborah Dashow Ruth, in memory of Leo P. Ruth · Eve Saltman & Skip Roncal, in honor of Kerry Francis & John Jimerson · Dorothy R. Saxe · Laurel Scheinman · Bob & Gloria Schiller · Mark Schoenrock & Claudia Fenelon · John & Lucille Serwa · Brenda Buckhold Shank, M.D., Ph.D. · Margaret Sheehy · Steve & Susan Shortell · Margaret Skornia · William & Martha Slavin M · Carra Sleight · Suzanne Slyman · Jerry & Dick Smallwood · Cherida Collins Smith · Louis & Bonnie Spiesberger · Robert & Naomi Stamper · Herbert Steierman · Monroe W. Strickberger · Karen Tiedemann & Geoff Piller · William van Dyk & Margi Sullivan · Gerald & Ruth Vurek · Jon K. Wactor · Adrian & Sylvia Walker · Louise & Larry Walker · Kate Walsh & Dan Serpico · William R. Weir · Robert & Sheila Weisblatt · Sallie Weissinger · Dr. Ben & Mrs. Carolyn Werner · Elizabeth Werter & Henry Trevor · Fred Winslow & Barbara Baratta · Laura & Ernest Winslow · Carol Katigbak Wong · Evelyn Wozniak · Moe & Becky Wright · Margaret Wu & Ciara Cox · Sandra Yuen & Lawrence Shore

Castaldi · Cathy & Jack Castillo · Diann M. Castleberry · Anita Cazin · Tiela Chalmers · Susan Chapman · Celeste Chin · Marsha & Richard Chisholm · W. Morris Chubb · Sandra Chutorian · Jack Citrin & Bonnie McKellar · Sally Clarke · George & Sheri Clyde · Kristi E. Coale · Nancy Coe · Elliott M. Collins · Lindsey Collins · Peter Compton & Sally West · Martha Conklin & Roger Bales · Mr. Douglas T. Corbin · Emmie Cox · Judy H. Coy · Paul Dana · Delinda Dane · Patricia Daniels · Rena Davidow · Ramona K. Davies · Robert Davies · Carolyn de Oliveira · Jim DeFrisco · Mary deLuna · Richard DeNatale · Cheryl Douglas · Thomas Dunscombe · Denise Erickson · Margery Eriksson · Tracy G. Farrington · Jean Ferrario · Dr. and Mrs. James Ferris · Matt Fidanque · Eileen Fisher · Barbara B. Floyd · Jonel Ford · Dr. & Mrs. Hassan Fouda · Lisa A. Fox · Lindley Frahm · Joe Fredrick · Robert & Marilyn Friend · Margaret Fuerstenau · Bonnie Gamble · Kevan Garrett · Judith Gatewood · Bernadette Geuy · Edward Gibbons · Marcia Phoenix Gibbs · Meryl Ginsberg · Sabine Girod MD · Gerald Glendenning · Diana Godfrey · Jennifer Gottheiner · Kelley Gove · Elizabeth Grant · Maggie Greenblatt · Mari Griffin · Robin Gross · Robert Hahn · Bruce Hall · Elna Hall · Francis Hall · Jennifer Hannah · Gary Harbison · Arthur Haskell · John Hawks · Ms. Barbara Heroux · Nancy Higham · Peter Hobe & Christina Crowley · Ralph Holker & Carol Hochberg-Holker · Sean & Lynn Hogan · Shannon Howard · Giovanna Jackson · Maritza Jackson-Sandoval · Jay James · Christine Johnson · John Johnson · Carol Jordan · Arnold Josselson · Lorena Kai · Mark A. Kaiser · Jane Kaplan · Pamela R. Kaplan · Ms. Marcy Kates · Ellen Kaufman & David Weiner · Leigh Kimberg · Adrian King · Jenifer & Grayson Kirtland · Gerald Klor · Claudia Kruse · Donald O. Kuerbis · Daniel Kuo · Beth Lamont · Andrea Lampros · Mary Lanier · Cynthia Larsen · Gretchen Larsen · Peter LaTorre · David Leischner · Arthur & Susan Lempert · Debra Lewis · Judith Warren Little · Karl & Betsy Livengood · Mimi Lou · Laura Lowe · Catherine L. Luedtke · Kathryn Macbride · Margaret R.

Maloney · Elene Manolis · Elise Marks · Sherry Markwart · Mr. William Martinelli · Nancy & Wayne Marzolf · Mary Mattingly · Dylan O. McCombs · Mary McGlone · Michael McNulty · James & Janice Meeder · June Melchior · Mary & Gene Metz · Danessa Miller · Adrienne Moberly Vilaubi · Jane B. Moore · Penelope More · Carol Moretti · Ellen Moyer · Brad Mulvey · Laura Munter · Michael Murphy · Julie L. Navarro · Carolyn O'Connor · Lauren E. O'Connor · Shelli Oreck · Georgia Otterson · Luke & Maureen Parkhurst · Vishal V. Patel · Robert Pola · Eric Pomert · Rosanna Poret · Felisa Preskill & Zachary Scholz · Gary M. Raucher · Elisabeth Redon · Estephania & Martin Reese · Rita Reining · Judith Remmes · Richard, Dominic & The Pets · Libby Riverstone · Jenny Robertson · Jane Rokita · Ed Rose · Alison Ross · Sylvia Roye · Peter Rudy · Dr. Barry Alan Russell · William Ryan · Barbara Ryken · Peter Samis · Valerie Schlafke · Dr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Schmitz · Garth Schultz · Daniel Schumm · Willa Seldon · Gayle Sells · Margaret Shelleda · Lucian Shifren · Judy K. Simmons · Ashley Smiley · Sylvia Spears · Marti Stites · Susan Stoddard & Julien Phillips · Karen Stroud · Galyn Susman · Miriam Swernoff · Linda Taylor · Scott M. Thacher · Carol Thompson · Lisa J. Thompson · Karl Thon · Eve McElheney Tieck · Sharon Toth · Norihiro Uda · Charles Edward Wagner · Peter E. Walker · William Walker · Harriet Welsh · Joan G. White · Peter Whitehead · June Wiley · Hazel Willacy · Barbara Wilson · Ruth Winkler · Gary Witherell · Donna Yokomizo · Karl Zimmer · Jane Zimmerman

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BE R K E L E Y R E P T H A N K S Donors to the Annual Fund Sustaining members as of August 2015:

The Society welcomes the following new members: Susan & Barry Baskin

Anonymous (6) Norman Abramson & David Beery Sam Ambler Carl W. Arnoult & Aurora Pan Ken & Joni Avery Nancy Axelrod Edith Barschi Neil & Gene Barth Carole B. Berg Linda Brandenburger Broitman-Basri Family Jill Bryans Bruce Carlton & Richard G. McCall Stephen K. Cassidy Paula Champagne & David Watson Andrew Daly & Jody Taylor M. Laina Dicker Thalia Dorwick Rich & Robin Edwards Bill & Susan Epstein William Espey & Margaret Hart Edwards Carol & John Field Dr. Stephen E. Follansbee & Dr. Richard A. Wolitz

Kerry Francis Dr. Harvey & Deana Freedman Joseph & Antonia Friedman Paul T. Friedman Dr. John Frykman Laura K. Fujii David Gaskin & Phillip McPherson Marjorie Ginsburg & Howard Slyter Mary & Nicholas Graves Elizabeth Greene Jon & Becky Grether Richard & Lois Halliday Linda & Bob Harris Fred Hartwick Ruth Hennigar Douglas J. Hill Hoskins/Frame Family Trust Lynda & Dr. J. Pearce Hurley Robin C. Johnson Lynn Eve Komaromi Bonnie McPherson Killip Scott & Kathy Law Zandra Faye LeDuff Ines R. Lewandowitz Dot Lofstrom Dale & Don Marshall

Sumner & Hermine Marshall Rebecca Martinez Suzanne & Charles McCulloch John G. McGehee Miles & Mary Ellen McKey Margaret D. & Winton McKibben Susan Medak & Greg Murphy Stephanie Mendel Toni Mester Shirley & Joe Nedham Pam & Mitch Nichter Sheldeen G. Osborne Sharon Ott Amy Pearl Parodi Barbara Peterson Regina Phelps Margaret Phillips Marjorie Randolph Bonnie Ring Living Trust Tom Roberts David Rovno Tracie E. Rowson Deborah Dashow Ruth Patricia Sakai & Richard Shapiro Betty & Jack Schafer Brenda Buckhold Shank, M.D., Ph.D.

Valerie Sopher Michael & Sue Steinberg Dr. Douglas & Anne Stewart Jean Strunsky Henry Timnick Guy Tiphane Phillip & Melody Trapp Janis Kate Turner Dorothy Walker Weil Family Trust—Weil Family Karen & Henry Work Martin & Margaret Zankel

Gifts received by Berkeley Rep:

Estate of Suzanne Adams Estate of Helen Barber Estate of Fritzi Benesch Estate of Nelly Berteaux Estate of Nancy Croley Estate of John E. & Helen A. Manning Estate of Richard Markell Estate of Gladys Perez-Mendez Estate of Margaret Purvine Estate of Peter Sloss Estate of Harry Weininger Estate of Grace Williams

Members of this Society, which is named in honor of Founding Director Michael W. Leibert, have designated Berkeley Rep in their estate plans. Unless the donor specifies otherwise, planned gifts become a part of Berkeley Rep’s endowment, where they will provide the financial stability that enables Berkeley Rep to maintain the highest standards of artistic excellence, support new work, and serve the community with innovative education and outreach programs, year after year, in perpetuity. For more information on becoming a member, visit our website at or contact Daria Hepps at 510 647-2904 or

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BE R K E L E Y R E P STA F F Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone

Managing Director Susan Medak

ARTISTIC Director of Casting & Artistic Associate Amy Potozkin Director, The Ground Floor/ Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham Literary Manager Sarah Rose Leonard Ground Floor Visiting Artistic Associate Sara Kerastas Artists under Commission David Adjmi · Todd Almond · Christina Anderson · Glen Berger · Julia Cho · Jackie Sibblies Drury · Rinne Groff · Dave Malloy · Lisa Peterson

M A R K E T I NG & C OM M U N I C AT ION S Director of Marketing, Communications, and Patron Engagement Polly Ikonen Director of Public Relations Voleine Amilcar Marketing Director Peter Yonka Art Director Nora Merecicky Communications Manager Karen McKevitt Audience Development Manager Sarah Nowicki Webmaster Christina Cone Video & Multimedia Producer Christina Kolozsvary Program Advertising Ellen Felker Interim Senior House Manager Debra Selman Assistant House Managers Natalie Bulkley · Aleta George · Tuesday Ray · Ayanna Makalani · Mary Cait Hogan · Anthony Miller · Sarah Mosby Interim Concessions Manager Hugh Dunaway Concessionaires Jessica Bates · Natalie Bulkley · Samantha Burse · Steve Coambs · Emerald Geter · Devon Labelle · Kelvyn Mitchell · Benjamin Ortiz · Jenny Ortiz · Alonso Suarez

P R ODUC T ION Production Manager Peter Dean Associate Production Manager Amanda Williams O’Steen Company Manager Jean-Paul Gressieux S TAG E M A NAG E M E N T Production Stage Manager Michael Suenkel Stage Managers Leslie M. Radin · Karen Szpaller · Julie Haber · Kimberly Mark Webb Production Assistants Amanda Mason · Sofie Miller · Betsy Norton S TA G E OP E R AT ION S Stage Supervisor Julia Englehorn P R OP E R T I E S Properties Supervisor Jillian A. Green Associate Properties Supervisor Gretta Grazier Properties Artisan Viqui Peralta S C E N E S HOP Technical Director Jim Smith Associate Technical Director Colin Babcock Shop Foreman Sam McKnight Carpenter Jamaica Montgomery-Glenn SCENIC ART Charge Scenic Artist Lisa Lázár COSTUMES Costume Director Maggi Yule Associate Costume Director/ Hair and Makeup Supervisor Amy Bobeda Draper Alex Zeek Tailor Kathy Kellner Griffith First Hand Janet Conery Wardrobe Supervisor Barbara Blair

ELECTRICS Master Electrician Frederick C. Geffken Production Electricians Christine Cochrane Kenneth Coté S OU N D A N D V I DE O Sound Supervisor James Ballen Sound Engineer Angela Don Video Supervisor Alex Marshall A DM I N I S T R AT ION Controller Suzanne Pettigrew General Manager Theresa Von Klug Associate General Manager/ Human Resources Manager David Lorenc Director of Technology Gustav Davila Associate Managing Director/ Manager, The Ground Floor Sarah Williams Executive Assistant Andrew Susskind Bookkeeper Kristine Taylor Payroll Administrator Rhonda Scott Systems & Applications Director Diana Amezquita Systems Assistant Debra Wong DE V E L OPM E N T Director of Development Lynn Eve Komaromi Associate Director of Development Daria Hepps Director of Individual Giving Laura Fichtenberg Director of Special Events Julie Cervetto Institutional Grants Manager Bethany Herron Special Events Manager Kelsey Hogan Individual Giving Manager Joanna Taber Development Database Coordinator Jane Voytek Development Operations Associate Beryl Baker Executive Assistant Emma Nicholls B OX OF F I C E Ticket Services Director Destiny Askin Subscription Manager Laurie Barnes Box Office Manager Richard Rubio Ticket Services Supervisor Samanta Cubias Box Office Agents Sophia Brady · Nathan Brown · Christina Cone · Laurel Dickman · Julie Gotsch · Amanda Mason · Eliza Oakley

Diane Rachel · Christian Roman · Rolf Saxon · Elyse Shafarman · Rebecca Stockley · Elizabeth Vega Jan and Howard Oringer Teaching Artists Erica Blue · Carmen Bush · Khalia Davis · Amber Flame · Safiya Fredericks · Gendell Hing-Hernández · Dave Maier · Michelle Navarette · Jack Nicolaus · Carla Pantoja · Marcelo Pereira · Radhika Rao · Salim Razawi · Patrick Russell · Lindsey Schmelzter · Teddy Spencer · Simon Trumble · Elena Wright · Patricia Wright · Michelle Wyman Teen Core Council Bridey Bethards · Carmela Catoc · Fiona Deane-Grundman · Lucy Curran · Tess DeLucchi · Devin Elias · Adin Gilman-Cohen · Max Hunt · Michael Letang · Joi Mabrey · Genevieve Saldanha · Christian Santiago · Maya Simon · Chloe Smith Docent Co-Chairs Matty Bloom, Content Joy Lancaster, Recruitment Selma Meyerowitz, Off-Sites and Procedures Pirates of Penzance Docents Michelle Barbour, Lead Docent Matty Bloom · Sandy Greenberg · Joy Lancaster · Richard Lingua · Joan Sullivan · Jaime Yuen-Shore

201 5–16 B E R K E L E Y R E P FELLOWSHIPS Bret C. Harte Young Director Fellow Molly Houlahan Company/Theatre Management Fellow OP E R AT ION S Emilie Pass Facilities Director Costume Fellow Mark Morrisette Anna Slotterback Facilities Manager Development Fellow Lauren Shorofsky Loren Hiser Building Engineer Education Fellow Thomas Tran Jamie Yuen-Shore Maintenance Technician Graphic Design Fellow Johnny Van Chang Itzel Ortuño Facilities Assistants Harry Weininger Sound Fellow Sophie Li · Carlos Mendoza · James Sam Fisher Posey · Jesus Rodriguez · LeRoy Thomas Lighting / Electrics Fellow Harrison Pearse Burke BERKELEY REP Marketing & S C HO OL OF T H E AT R E Communications Fellow Director of the School of Theatre Lorenz Angelo Gonzales Rachel L. Fink Peter F. Sloss Literary/ Associate Director Dramaturgy Fellow MaryBeth Cavanaugh Katie Craddock Community Programs Manager Production Management Fellow Benjamin Hanna Katherine DeVolt Communications and Community Properties Fellow Partnerships Manager Samantha Visbal Kashara Robinson Scenic Art Fellow Registrar Melanie Treuhaft Katie Riemann Community Programs Administrator Scenic Construction Fellow Shannon Perry Modesta Tamayo Stage Management Fellow Faculty James McGregor Alva Ackley · Susan-Jane Harrison · Bobby August Jr. · Erica Blue · Rebecca Castelli · Jiwon Chung · Sally Clawson · Laura Derry · Deborah Eubanks · Maria Frangos · Christine Germain · Nancy Gold · Gary Graves · Marvin Greene · Gendell Hing-Hernández · Andrew Hurteau · Ben Johnson · Bruce Ladd · Julian Lopez-Morillas · Dave Maier · Reid McCann · Jack Nicolaus · Keith Pinto · Marty Pistone · Amy Potozkin ·

President Stewart Owen Vice Presidents Roger A. Strauch Jean Z. Strunsky Treasurer Emily Shanks Secretary Leonard X Rosenberg. Chair, Trustees Committee Jill Fugaro Chair, Audit Committee Kerry L. Francis Immediate Past President Thalia Dorwick, PhD Board Members Carrie Avery Edward D. Baker Martha Ehmann Conte David Cox Robin Edwards Lisa Finer David Fleishhacker Paul T. Friedman Karen Galatz Bruce Golden David Hoffman Jane Marvin Sandra R. McCandless Susan Medak Pamela Nichter Richard M. Shapiro Tony Taccone Gail Wagner Felicia Woytak Past Presidents Helen C. Barber A. George Battle Carole B. Berg Robert W. Burt Shih-Tso Chen Narsai M. David Nicholas M. Graves Richard F. Hoskins Jean Knox Robert M. Oliver Marjorie Randolph Harlan M. Richter Richard A. Rubin Edwin C. Shiver Roger A. Strauch Warren Widener Martin Zankel Sustaining Advisors Carole B. Berg Rena Bransten Diana J. Cohen William T. Espey William Falik John Field Nicholas M. Graves Scott Haber Richard F. Hoskins Carole Krumland Dale Rogers Marshall Helen Meyer Dugan Moore Mary Ann Peoples Peter Pervere Marjorie Randolph Pat Rougeau Patricia Sakai Jack Schafer William Schaff Michael Steinberg Michael Strunsky Martin Zankel

F OU N DI NG DI R E C T OR Michael W. Leibert Producing Director, 1968–83

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