Fireworks Festival

Fireworks Festival

Klass Klown

Written and performed by John Leguizamo
Presented by WestBeth Entertainment and Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Special Presentation · Thrust Stage
June 1–12, 2010

Running time: 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission

Emmy and Obie Award-winning performer John Leguizamo thrills audiences as he gets up close and personal in his new, uncensored, uninhibited tour-de-force. Klass Klown explodes with energy in the trademark style Leguizamo brought to outrageous shows such as Freak, Sexaholix and Spic-O-Rama. He takes audiences on a nonstop fever-pitch adventure, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of where he’s been and the colorful characters that shaped his life. From his adolescence in New York to the outrageous theatre scene of the ‘80s to anecdotes about major movies and roles opposite Hollywood’s biggest stars, Klass Klown is in turns uproarious and heartfelt. Leguizamo lays it bare for anyone that comes along for the ride.

John Leguizamo’s first solo shows, Mambo Mouth and Spic-O-Rama, became off-Broadway sensations. The next two—Freak and Sexaholix—hit Broadway before being made into successful films. Leguizamo has been seen in countless movies including Casualties of War, Dr. Doolittle, Moulin Rouge, Summer of Sam and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.

An Evening with David Sedaris

Special Presentation · Thrust Stage
June 14–20, 2010

Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission

You know him from his bestselling books such as Me Talk Pretty One Day, Naked and When You Are Englufed in Flames. Or maybe you know him from his hilarious radio commentary on This American Life. How ever you know him, chances are good that David Sedaris has made you laugh.

And now he’s coming to Berkeley Rep’s Thrust Stage for An Evening with David Sedaris, running June 14 through June 20.

One of the funniest, most incisive men in America, David will read from his upcoming, as-yet-untitled book, answer audience questions and sign copies of his books.

The Real Americans

Written and performed by Dan Hoyle
Directed by Charlie Varon
Originally created at The Marsh in San Francisco
Special Presentation · Thrust Stage
June 24–27, 2010

Tings Dey Happen

Written and performed by Dan Hoyle
Directed by Charlie Varon
Originally created at The Marsh in San Francisco
Special Presentation · Thrust Stage
June 30–July 1, 2010

Running time (for each): 90 minutes, no intermission

In his acclaimed solo shows, Dan Hoyle uses a journalist’s eye to create an actor’s paradise. In the tradition of Anna Deveare Smith and Danny Hoch, Hoyle immerses himself in a subject and then crafts a riveting show from the people he meets and the places he visits. In his award-winning Tings Dey Happen, Hoyle examines the complexities of Nigerian oil politics in a tale fueled by fascinating, real-life characters, including ambassadors, warlords and prostitutes. The show has been performed off Broadway, at colleges across the country and on a Nigerian tour sponsored by the US State Department. In his latest work, The Real Americans, Hoyle leaves the liberal bubble of San Francisco on a 100-day odyssey that explores America’s culture wars. With humor and sympathy, he introduces audiences to the small-town residents he encounters as he searches for a bridge between the Obama Nation and Palin Country.

Dan Hoyle has been widely praised for his gifts of mime and mimicry. As a Fulbright scholar, he studied oil politics in the Niger Delta, and he is the winner of a Will Glickman Award for the best new play to debut in the Bay Area. His essays have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon and Mother Jones. He also performs with his father, actor and comedian Geoff Hoyle.

Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again

Written and performed by Wes “Scoop” Nisker
Associate directed by Mina Morita
Special Presentation · Thrust Stage
July 2–3, 2010

Running time: 75 minutes, no intermission

Friends! Earthlings! Humans! Who are we, why are we here and how did we get into the mess we’re in? Is there any hope for us and our species? In this widely acclaimed comic monologue, Wes “Scoop” Nisker explores the foolish human condition and the joys and sorrows of living in the modern age. By placing today’s headlines in the context of biological evolution, all of human history and the entire universe, Wes offers us the relief and laughter that only vast perspectives can bring. This is liberation comedy, theatre that points us toward enlightenment.

Wes “Scoop” Nisker is an author, radio commentator, Buddhist meditation teacher and performer. His books include the bestselling classic Essential Crazy Wisdom (Ten Speed Press) and Buddha’s Nature (Bantam). Wes is also the founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind. For over 35 years, he has worked in radio, first as a news anchor, and more recently as a commentator. Wes has studied Buddhist meditation for more than three decades with teachers in Asia and America, and for the past 20 years has been leading his own retreats and workshops in Buddhist insight meditation and philosophy at venues internationally.