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Aubergine

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02/22/16: Berkeley Rep Extends Aubergine

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Extends Aubergine

Seven Performances Added—Now Playing Through March 27

Due to an overwhelming positive response from critics and audiences alike, Berkeley Rep has announced the new play, Aubergine, will extend for an additional week. Originally scheduled to close on March 20, the critically acclaimed play will run through March 27.

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11/23/15: Presents the World Premiere of Aubergine

Berkeley Repertory Theatre Presents the World Premiere of Aubergine a New Work by Acclaimed Playwright Julia Cho

Aubergine will be the first production in the newly remodeled Thrust Stage

Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues its 2015–16 season with the new emotional family drama Aubergine, written by Julia Cho and directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone. This will be the first production presented on the newly renovated Thrust Stage and the second world premiere of the 2015–16 season, following Amélie, A New Musical. Aubergine is the story of an estranged son, his ill father, a visiting uncle carrying their memories in tow, a woman without an appetite, and a refugee from a forgotten country. These characters prove potent ingredients in this bittersweet and moving meditation on family, forgiveness, and the things that nourish us. When language fails, when the past fades, the perfect meal transcends time and culture and says more than words ever can.

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10/21/15: Tony Taccone to Replace Liesl Tommy…

Tony Taccone to Replace Liesl Tommy as Director of Aubergine in World Premiere Production at Berkeley Rep in February 2016

Tommy’s acclaimed production of Eclipsed at New York’s Public Theater will move to Broadway in February 2016

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced that Michael Liebert Artistic Director Tony Taccone will direct the upcoming production of Aubergine, by Julia Cho, which is scheduled to have its world premiere performances at the Theatre in February 2016. Liesl Tommy, Berkeley Rep’s former associate director, has had to withdraw from the production following the just-announced Broadway transfer of Eclipsed, which Tommy is directing at the Public Theater in New York.

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Safiya Fredericks (Diane) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Tim Kang (Ray) and Joseph Steven Yang (Uncle) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Joseph Steven Yang (Uncle), Tim Kang (Ray), and Jennifer Lim (Cornelia) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Sab Shimono (Ray’s father) and Tim Kang (Ray) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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Jennifer Lim (Cornelia) and Tim Kang (Ray) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Jennifer Lim (Cornelia), Tim Kang (Ray), Sab Shimono (Ray’s father), and Joseph Steven Yang (Uncle) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Lucien) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Tim Kang (Ray) and Joseph Steven Yang (Uncle) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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Jennifer Lim (Cornelia) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Tim Kang (Ray) and Sab Shimono (Ray’s father) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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Sab Shimono (Ray’s father) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Lucien) and Tim Kang (Ray) in Julia Cho’s Aubergine at Berkeley Rep.

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At Berkeley Rep, Sab Shimono (left) and Tim Kang play father and son coming to terms with their relationship in the world premiere of Aubergine by Julia Cho.

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At Berkeley Rep, playwright Julia Cho receives the world premiere of her Aubergine, a lyrical and bittersweet new play commissioned and developed by The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

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Sab Shimono (left) and Tim Kang play father and son coming to terms with their relationship in Aubergine, a new play by Julia Cho at Berkeley Rep.

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Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone helms Aubergine.

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Who

Written by Julia Cho
Directed by Tony Taccone
Commissioned by Berkeley Rep and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work

Cast

Safiya Fredericks (Diane), Tyrone Mitchell Henderson (Lucien), Tim Kang (Ray), Jennifer Lim (Cornelia), Jennifer McGeorge (Hospital worker), Sab Shimono (Ray’s father), and Joseph Yang (Ray’s uncle)

Creative team

Wilson Chin (scenic designer), Linda Cho (costume designer), Jiyoun Chang (lighting designer), Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (composition/sound design), Aaron Rhyne (projection designer), Madeleine Oldham (dramaturg), Leslie M. Radin (stage manager), and Amy Potozkin (casting)

What

Aubergine is the story of an estranged son, his ill father, a visiting uncle carrying their memories in tow, a woman without an appetite, and a refugee from a forgotten country. These characters proved potent ingredients in this bittersweet and moving meditation on family, forgiveness, and the things that nourish us. When language fails, when the past fades, the perfect meal transcends time and culture and says more than words ever can.

“Sweet, savory and uncommonly nourishing, Aubergine at Berkeley Repertory Theatre is a theatrical banquet from start to finish. You’ll laugh, often. You’ll cry, maybe more than once. But most of all, you’ll probably feel fully engrossed in the people, ideas and language of playwright Julia Cho.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Peet’s Theatre, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

February 5–March 27, 2016

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Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 2/5, Saturday 2/6, Tuesday 2/9, and Thursday 2/11 @ 8pm;
Sunday 2/7 and Wednesday 2/10 @ 7pm

Opening Night

Friday 2/12 @ 8pm
Includes a pre-show dinner for donors sponsored by Autumn Press and C.G. di Arie Vineyard & Winery

Teen Night

Friday 2/5 @ 6:15pm

Free docent events

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

Post-play discussions

Thursday 2/25, Tuesday 3/1, and Friday 3/11 following the performance

Open captioned performance

Sunday 3/20 @ 2pm

How much

Premium: $61–89 · Section A: $48–73 · Section B: $35–60 (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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