Press kit: The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance

Pirates of Penzance

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09/03/15: The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance

Berkeley Rep Presents The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance

A delightfully revolutionary reimagining of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s comic opera

Lively immersive experience to be staged in Theatre’s Osher Studio on Center Street

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly welcomes Chicago theatre rebels The Hypocrites for the West Coast premiere of Pirates of Penzance. Join the party in the Theatre’s Osher Studio on Center Street for a delightfully and fantastically eccentric take on Gilbert and Sullivan’s preposterous topsy-turvy world. Presented promenade-style, this unique production allows the audience to move around the space with the actors for a more immersive experience. Directed and adapted by Sean Graney, artistic director of The Hypocrites, Pirates of Penzance follows the adventures of Frederick, who was mistakenly apprenticed as a young boy to a band of sentimental pirates. Now 21, he falls head-over-heels for the Major-General’s daughter and forswears the buccaneer’s life forever, or so he thinks. This buoyant, award-winning production is “spirited, affectionate, and nearly irresistible,” says the Boston Globe.

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Zeke Sulkes and the cast of the Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance delight the audience during the pre-show performance at Berkeley Rep.

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Christine Stulik as Mabel and Zeke Sulkes as Frederick in The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance at Berkeley Rep.

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At Berkeley Rep, Matt Kahler as the Major-General with the cast of The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance, a lovingly loopy rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s topsy-turvy world.

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Christine Stulik (right) as Mabel and (from left) Jenni M. Hadley, Kristen Magee, and Becky Poole as the Daughters in The Hypocrites’ lovingly loopy Pirates of Penzance at Berkeley Rep.

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Matt Kahler as the Major-General and the cast of The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance entertain the crowd at Berkeley Rep with their immersive rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s topsy-turvy world.

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(l to r) Matt Kahler and Shawn Pfaustch delight the audience during the pre-show performance of The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance at Berkeley Rep.

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Matt Kahler as the Major-General with the cast of The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance at Berkeley Rep, a lovingly loopy rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s topsy-turvy world.

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(l to r) Delia Basemen (Pirate), Becky Poole (Daughter), Royen Kent (Pirate), Kristen Magee (Daughter), Mario Aivazian (Pirate), and Jenni M. Hadley (Daughter) entertain in The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Zeke Sulkes as Frederick, Shawn Pfaustch as the Pirate King, and Christine Stulik as Ruth in The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance at Berkeley Rep.

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Sean Graney, artistic director of The Hypocrites, presents a delightful, high-energy staging of Pirates of Penzance at Berkeley Rep.

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Who

Book by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Adapted and directed by Sean Graney
Co-adapted by Kevin O’Donnell
Co-directed by Thrisa Hodits
Music direction by Andra Velis Simon
Choreography by Katie Spelman

Featuring

Mario Aivazain (Pirate/Pirate King US), Delia Baseman (Daughter, Mabel/Ruth US), Matt Kahler (Major General/Samuel), Royen Kent (Pirate/Frederic US), Kristen Magee (Daughter), Shawn Pfaustch (Pirate King), Becky Poole (Daughter), Christine Stulik (Ruth/Mabel), Zeke Sulkes (Frederick)

Creative team

Tom Burch (scenic designer), Maria DeFabo (properties designer), Heather Gilbert (lighting designer), Kevin O’Donnell (sound designer), and Alison Siple (costume designer)

What

Join the party in our new Osher Studio on Center Street with a delightfully immersive, lovingly loopy, and fantastically eccentric 80-minute take—think banjos, beach balls, and guitars—on Gilbert and Sullivan’s preposterous, topsy-turvy world. This buoyant, award-winning Pirates of Penzance by Chicago theatre rebels The Hypocrites is “spirited, affectionate, and nearly irresistible,” says the Boston Globe.

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street @ Arts Passage, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

October 16–December 20, 2015

Pirates of Penzance calendar

Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 10/16 @ 8pm, Saturday 10/17 @ 2 & 8pm, Sunday 10/18 @ 2 & 7pm, Tuesday 10/20 @ 8pm, and Wednesday 10/21 @ 7pm

Opening Night

Thursday 10/22 and Friday 10/23 @ 8pm

Teen Night

Friday 10/16 @ 6:15pm

Free docent events

Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees
There will be no docent talk on Thursday 10/22

Post-play discussions

Friday 10/30, Tuesday 11/3, Thursday 11/12, Friday 11/20 ,and Thursday 12/10 following the performance

How much

Premium: $48–89 · Section A: $41–73 · Section B: $29–60 (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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