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Party People

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11/05/14: Party People Extends Through November 30…

Party People Extends Run at Berkeley Rep Through November 30

Seven more performances added due to popular demand

Due to critical acclaim and surging ticket sales, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song about the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords, has been extended for an additional week. Written by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, aka Ninja), Party People imagines the Black Panthers and Young Lords reuniting today at an art opening curated by a couple of young counterculturists, where old wounds open and generations collide. Directed by Liesl Tommy, associate director at Berkeley Rep, and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, Party People asks, what is the price of being a revolutionary, and what happens to those who come after? Originally scheduled to close Sunday, November 16, Party People now plays through November 30, 2014 on the intimate Thrust Stage. Individual tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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10/28/14: Party People Extends Run…

Party People Extends Run at Berkeley Rep

Critics call Party People “intellectually stimulating” and “mightily entertaining!”

Due to an exuberant reception from critics and audiences alike, Berkeley Repertory Theatre is proud to announce that Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song about the legacies of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords, will extend for an additional week, closing on November 23, 2014. Written by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, aka Ninja) and based on dozens of interviews, Party People imagines the Black Panthers and Young Lords reuniting today at an art opening curated by a couple of young counterculturists, where old wounds open and generations collide. Helmed by Liesl Tommy, associate director at Berkeley Rep, and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, Party People looks at the triumphant and complicated legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords and what happens to those who come after. Individual tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by phone at 510 647–2949 or online at berkeleyrep.org.

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09/24/14: Berkeley Rep Presents Party People

Berkeley Rep Presents UNIVERSES’ Party People

Multimedia performance rocks and unlocks legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces the Bay Area premiere of Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song about the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords. In the 1960s these revolutionaries fought injustice, provided free food and medical care for their communities—and struggled against a government determined to suppress them. Written by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, aka Ninja) and based on dozens of interviews, Party People imagines the Black Panthers and Young Lords reuniting today at an art opening curated by a couple of young counterculturists, where old wounds open and generations collide. Helmed by Liesl Tommy, associate director at Berkeley Rep, and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work, Party People asks, what is the price of being a revolutionary, and what happens to those who come after? Get ready for a hyperkinetic mix of live video, hip hop, jazz, rock, gospel, blues, Latin rhythms, and spoken word as the explosive theatre ensemble UNIVERSES rocks and unlocks the radical and complicated legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords. Party People begins previews Friday, October 17, opens on Friday, October 24, and runs through Sunday, November 16. Press night for Party People will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014. 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) At Berkeley Rep, J. Bernard Calloway (Blue), Mildred Ruiz-Sapp (Helita, background), and C. Kelly Wright (Amira) perform in Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

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Steven Sapp (Omar, right) leads an ensemble cast in UNIVERSES’ Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Christopher Livingston (Malik), Steven Sapp (Omar), and Reggie D. White (Solias) perform in UNIVERSES’ Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords at Berkeley Rep.

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At Berkeley Rep, Jesse J. Perez (Tito, center), performs in Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

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(l to r) Christopher Livingston (Malik), Sophia Ramos (Maruca), and Reggie D. White (Solias) perform in UNIVERSES’ Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords at Berkeley Rep.

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At Berkeley Rep, Christopher Livingston (Malik), performs in Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

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(l to r) Christopher Livingston and William Ruiz, aka Ninja perform in UNIVERSES’ Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords at Berkeley Rep.

Mural: Jesse Hernandez, Danza de los Muertos, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Oakland Museum of California.

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At Berkeley Rep, theatre ensemble UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, aka Ninja) perform in Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

Mural: Jesse Hernandez, Danza de los Muertos, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Oakland Museum of California.

Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

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At Berkeley Rep, theatre ensemble UNIVERSES performs Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords.

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(l to r) Christopher Livingston and William Ruiz, aka Ninja perform in UNIVERSES’ Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords at Berkeley Rep.

Mural: Jesse Hernandez, Danza de los Muertos, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Oakland Museum of California.

Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

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(l to r) Christopher Livingston and William Ruiz, aka Ninja perform in UNIVERSES’ Party People, a high-wattage fusion of story and song that unlocks the legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords at Berkeley Rep.

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Who

Written by and starring UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz, aka Ninja)
Developed and directed by Liesl Tommy
Choreography by Millicent Johnnie

Featuring

J. Bernard Calloway (Blue), Michael Elich (Marcus/FBI Agent), Christopher Livingston (Malik), Amy Lizardo (Clara), Jesse J. Perez (Tito), Sophia Ramos (Maruca), Robynn Rodriguez (Donna/Fina), Mildred Ruiz-Sapp (Helita), William Ruiz (Jimmy), Steven Sapp (Omar), Reggie D. White (Solias), and C. Kelly Wright (Amira)

Creative team

Marcus Doshi (scenic and lighting designer), Meg Neville (costume designer), Broken Chord (sound design, vocal direction, and original compositions), Alexander V. Nichols (projection designer), and Millicent Johnnie (choreographer)

What

Get ready for a hyperkinetic mix of live video, hip hop, jazz, rock, gospel, blues, Latin rhythms, and spoken word as the explosive theatre ensemble UNIVERSES rocks and unlocks the radical and complicated legacy of the Black Panthers and Young Lords in this high-wattage fusion of story and song.

Where

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

When

October 17–November 30, 2014

Party People calendar

Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 10/17, Saturday 10/18, Tuesday 10/21, and Thursday 10/23 @ 8pm
Sunday 10/19 and Wednesday 10/22 @ 7pm

Opening Night

Friday 10/24 @ 8pm
Includes a pre-show dinner for donors sponsored by Autumn Press, C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery, Hafner Vineyard, and Hotel Shattuck Plaza

Teen Night

Friday 10/17 @ 6:30pm

Free docent events

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

Post-play discussions

UNIVERSES will be hosting talkbacks after the evening performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays

Last Call

Saturday 10/18 following the evening performance

Open captioned performance

Sunday 11/16 @ 2pm

How much

$35–87 (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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