Press kit: Head of Passes

Head of Passes

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03/11/15: Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes

Berkeley Rep Presents Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes

Acclaimed director Tina Landau to stage drama about faith and family

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney for the West Coast premiere of Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic story about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation. In a dilapidated house near the ever-shifting mouth of the Mississippi, Shelah’s family gathers on a stormy night for her birthday—bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them. As her roof buckles under the weight of the rain, Shelah’s convictions begin to wash away, leaving her to excavate the truths buried below. Directed by Tina Landau, the riveting Head of Passes comes to the Bay Area straight from its critically lauded world premiere in Chicago. Head of Passes is a co-production with the Public Theater in New York. It begins previews on Berkeley Rep’s intimate Thrust Stage on Friday, April 10, opens on Friday, April 17, and runs through Sunday, May 24, 2015. Press night for Head of Passes will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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(l to r) Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Shelah) and Francois Battiste (Aubrey) perform in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Shelah) and Nikkole Salter (Cookie) perform in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Shelah), Brian Tyree Henry (Spencer), and Francois Battiste (Aubrey) perform in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation at Berkeley Rep.

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Sullivan Jones (The Angel) and Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Shelah) perform in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Shelah) and Michael A. Shepperd (Creaker) perform in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) James Carpenter (Dr. Anderson), Kimberly Scott (Mae), Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Shelah), and Michael A. Shepperd (Creaker) perform in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Jonathan Burke (Crier) and Michael A. Shepperd (Creaker) perform in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Shelah) and Sullivan Jones (The Angel) perform in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation at Berkeley Rep.

Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

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At Berkeley Rep, actress Cheryl Lynn Bruce stars in the West Coast premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation.

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Playwright and MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning Tarell Alvin McCraney makes his Berkeley Rep debut with a riveting journey of family and faith in Head of Passes.

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At Berkeley Rep, actress Cheryl Lynn Bruce stars in the West Coast premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Head of Passes, a poignant and poetic new play about the journey of family and faith, trial and tribulation.

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Who

Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Tina Landau

Cast

Francois Battiste (Aubrey), Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Shelah), Jonathan Burke (Crier), James Carpenter (Dr. Anderson), Brian Tyree Henry (Spencer), Sullivan Jones (The Angel), Nikkole Salter (Cookie), Kimberly Scott (Mae), and Michael A. Shepperd (Creaker)

Creative team

G.W. Skip Mercier (scenic designer), Toni-Leslie James (costume designer), Scott Zielinski (lighting designer), and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound designers)

What

Berkeley Rep proudly presents the West Coast premiere of a poignant and poetic new play by MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. In Head of Passes, Shelah gathers her family together on a stormy night for her birthday—bringing ghosts and secrets of the past with them.

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

April 10–May 24, 2015

Head of Passes calendar

Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 4/10, Saturday 4/11, Tuesday 4/14, and Thursday 4/16 @ 8pm
Sunday 4/12 and Wednesday 4/15 @ 7pm

Opening Night

Friday 4/17 @ 8pm
A pre-show dinner will be held at the David Brower Center sponsored by Autumn Press, ETC Catering, C.G. Di Arie Vineyard & Winery, and the David Brower Center

Free docent events

Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees

Teen Night

Friday 4/24 @ 6:30pm

Last Call

Friday 4/24 following the evening performance
Sample wine, spirits, and other culinary delights from local vendors—all for FREE!

Post-play discussions

Thursday 4/30, Tuesday 5/5, and Friday 5/15 following the performance

Open captioned performance

Sunday 5/24 @ 2pm

How much

Premium: $49–79 · Section A: $39–67 · Section B: $29–55 (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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