Press kit: Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit

Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit

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08/18/17: Berkeley Rep Presents Imaginary Comforts

Berkeley Rep Presents the World Premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit

New play written by acclaimed author Daniel Handler

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit, written by Daniel Handler and directed by Tony Taccone. The new play begins previews on Thursday, October 5 and the show runs through Sunday, November 19. Individual tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone, 510 647–2949. Press night will be on Thursday, October 12.

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Danny Scheie (Ghost) in the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit at Berkeley Rep.

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Marilee Talkington (Naomi) and Michael Goorjian (Clovis) in the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Sharon Lockwood (Mrs. Gold), Marilee Talkington (Naomi), Danny Scheie (Ghost), Susan Lynskey (Sarah Gold), and Cassidy Brown (Michael) in the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Marilee Talkington (Naomi), Cassidy Brown (Michael), and Susan Lynskey (Sarah Gold) in the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Danny Scheie (Ghost) and Michael Goorjian (Clovis) in the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit at Berkeley Rep.

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(l to r) Marilee Talkington (Naomi) and Susan Lynskey (Sarah Gold) in the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit at Berkeley Rep.

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Julian López-Morillas (Dr. Marcus Gold) and Sharon Lockwood (Mrs. Gold) in the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit at Berkeley Rep.

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Michael Goorjian (Clovis) and Susan Lynskey (Sarah Gold) in the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit at Berkeley Rep.

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Danny Scheie in the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

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Tony Taccone, director of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit

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Daniel Handler, playwright of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit

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Who

Written by Daniel Handler
Directed by Tony Taccone

Cast members include

Cassidy Brown (Michael), Michael Goorjian (Clovis), Julian López-Morillas (Dr. Marcus Gold), Sharon Lockwood (Mrs. Gold), Susan Lynskey (Sarah Gold), Jarion Monroe (Jack), Danny Scheie (Ghost), and Marilee Talkington (Naomi)

Creative team includes

Todd Rosenthal (scenic designer), Meg Neville (costume designer), Nick Solyum (lighting designer), and Jake Rodriguez (sound designer)

What

The literary genius behind Lemony Snicket brings his relentlessly mischievous style to a new play for adults. Sarah’s father is dead, her mother is in hysterics, and the new rabbi totally bungled the funeral. To further the absurdity, the ghost of a rabbit hops into her life, pushing her to confront her deepest issues. Fantastical and wise, hilarious and sobering, Imaginary Comforts celebrates ordinary people trying to make sense out of life in the midst of endless, comedic chaos.

Where

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

When

October 5–November 19, 2017

Imaginary Comforts calendar

Special events

Teen Night

Friday 10/6 @ 6:30pm

Opening Night

Thursday 10/12 @ 8pm
Includes a pre-show dinner beginning at 5:30pm for donors. Event sponsored by Revival Bar + Kitchen, Autumn Press, Hafner Vineyard, and Ramsay Winery.

Free docent events

Docent talks before Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening and Sunday matinee performances, and discussions after all matinees

Post-play discussions

Thursday 10/26, Tuesday 10/31, and Friday 11/10 following the performance

Open captioned performance

Sunday 11/19 @ 2pm

How much

Premium: $57–97 · Section A: $50–81 · Section B: $30–65 (subject to change)

Discounts

  • Half-price tickets available for anyone under 35 years of age
  • $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain
  • Groups of 10 or more, email groups@berkeleyrep.org

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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