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Tony Kushner and Tony Taccone Reunite for the West Coast Premiere of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures

Emmy-nominated actor Mark Margolis stars in Kushner’s epic family drama

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes back Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner for the West Coast premiere of his latest play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic tale of love, family, sex, money, and politics. Kushner reunites with one of his favorite collaborators, Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone, to bring this sweeping drama to the Roda Theatre. With his trademark mix of soaring intellect and searing emotion, the legendary writer unfurls a poignant story about an Italian family in Brooklyn. When retired longshoreman Gus Marcantonio decides to die, his kids come home with a raucous parade of lovers and spouses to find that even the house keeps secrets. A portrait of a dysfunctional family filled with weighty dialogue, humor, and passion, Kushner’s three-act play previews Friday, May 16, opens on Wednesday, May 21, and runs through Sunday, June 29, 2014.

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(l to r) At Berkeley Rep, Emmy-nominated actor Mark Margolis (Gus) and screen and stage actress Deirdre Lovejoy (Empty) are part of the ensemble cast in the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic family drama.

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(l to r) At Berkeley Rep, Randy Danson (Clio, background), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Paul, front), Deirdre Lovejoy (Empty, background), Lou Liberatore (Pill, front right), and Joseph J. Parks (Vito, far right) take center stage in the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic family drama.

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(l to r) At Berkeley Rep, Liz Wisan (Maeve), Deirdre Lovejoy (Empty), and Anthony Fusco (Adam) are part of the ensemble cast in the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic family drama.

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(l to r) At Berkeley Rep, Deirdre Lovejoy (Empty), Robynn Rodriguez (Shelle), and Mark Margolis (Gus), are part of the ensemble cast in the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic family drama.

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Emmy-nominated actor Mark Margolis (Gus) heads up the Marcantonio clan in the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic family drama at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) At Berkeley Rep, Lou Liberatore (Pill) and Jordan Geiger (Eli) portray lovers in the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic family drama.

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(l to r) At Berkeley Rep, Mark Margolis (Gus), Tina Chilip (Sooze), and Joseph J. Parks (Vito) take center stage in the West Coast premiere of Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, an epic family drama.

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Legendary playwright Tony Kushner returns to Berkeley Rep for the West Coast premiere of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.

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At Berkeley Rep, Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone (pictured) reunites with legendary playwright Tony Kushner for the West Coast premiere of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.

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At Berkeley Rep, legendary playwright Tony Kushner (right) reunites with Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone for the West Coast premiere of The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.

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Who

Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Tony Taccone

An ensemble cast featuring Tina Chilip (Sooze), Randy Danson (Clio), Anthony Fusco (Adam), Jordan Geiger (Eli), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Paul), Lou Liberatore (Pill), Deirdre Lovejoy (Empty), Mark Margolis (Gus), Joseph J. Parks (Vito), Robynn Rodriguez (Shelle), and Liz Wisan (Maeve)

The creative team includes Christopher Barreca (scenic designer), Meg Neville (costume designer), Alexander V. Nichols (lighting designer), Jake Rodriguez (sound designer), and Julie Wolf (music consultant)

What

“The rarest of theater delights,” notes The Nation about Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner’s latest play—an epic tale of love, family, sex, money, and politics. When Gus decides to die, his kids come home with a raucous parade of lovers and spouses to find that even the house keeps secrets.

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

May 16–June 29, 2014

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Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 5/16, Saturday 5/17, and Tuesday 5/20 @ 7:30pm; and Sunday 5/18 @ 7pm

Opening Night

Wednesday 5/21 @ 7:30pm
Includes a pre-show dinner for donors at Hotel Shattuck Plaza and a post-show party for audiences

Teen Night

Friday 5/16 @ 6pm

Docent events

FREE docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances, and free discussions after all matinees

Page to Stage

Monday 5/19
FREE discussion with playwright Tony Kushner, moderated by KQED’s Michael Krasny

Open captioned performance

Sunday 6/29 @ 2pm

Cost

$29–99 (subject to change)

Discounts

  • Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age
  • $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain
  • Groups of 10 or more, contact 510 647–2918 or groups@berkeleyrep.org

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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