Press kit: Watch on the Rhine

Watch on the Rhine

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10/19/17: Berkeley Rep Presents Watch on the Rhine

Berkeley Rep Presents Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine

Rarely produced political play highlights fight against fascism

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents Watch on the Rhine, Lillian Hellman’s 1940s political thriller about loyalty, family, and sacrifice. The play, directed by Berkeley Rep’s associate director Lisa Peterson, begins previews on Thursday, November 30, 2017 and runs through Sunday, January 14, 2018. Individual tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased online at or by phone at 510 647–2949. Press night will be on Monday, December 4.

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Written by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Lisa Peterson

Cast members include

Sarah Agnew (Sara Muller), Elijah Alexander (Kurt Muller), Emma Curtin (Babette Muller), James Detmar (Joseph), Kate Guentzel (Marthe), Jonah Horowitz (Bodo Muller), Hugh Kennedy (David Farrelly), Leontyne Mbele-Mbong (Anise), Caitlin O’Connell (Fanny Farrelly), Silas Sellnow (Joshua Muller), and Jonathan Walker (Teck De Brancovis)

Creative team includes

Neil Patel (scenic designer), Raquel Barreto (costume designer), Alexander V. Nichols (lighting designer), and Paul James Prendergast (sound designer/composer)


It’s 1940—and Fanny Farrelly, a wealthy matriarch living in Washington, DC, is about to learn it’s no longer the world she once knew. After spending 20 years abroad, Fanny’s daughter arrives home with her German husband, Kurt, an anti-fascist activist. When a houseguest and Nazi sympathizer threatens to turn Kurt in, the family discovers how far they’ll go to fight for what they believe—and for each other. Written in 1941 by activist playwright Lillian Hellman, Watch on the Rhine is a timely examination of moral obligation, sacrifice, and what it means to be American.


Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704


November 30, 2017–January 14, 2018

Watch on the Rhine calendar

Special events

Teen Night

Friday 12/1 @ 6:30pm

Opening Night

Monday 12/4 @ 8pm
Includes a pre-show dinner beginning at 5:30pm for donors. Event sponsored by Hotel Shattuck Plaza, 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 12/7, Tuesday 12/12, and Friday 12/22 following the performance

Open captioned performance

Sunday 12/17 @ 2pm

How much

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


  • 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

Tix & info

510 647–2949 ·

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