By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Sarah Benson
Choreography by Raja Feather Kelly
In association with Soho Rep.
Limited Season · Peet’s Theatre
October 4–November 4, 2018
World premiere production
Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, no intermission
Witness the work of Jackie Sibblies Drury—one of the brightest voices in American theatre today—as she tackles our thorniest questions about society and race in a fully unpredictable and thrilling theatrical experience.
It begins simply enough: It’s Grandma’s birthday, and Beverly needs the family’s celebration to be perfect. But her husband is no help, her brother hasn’t arrived, and her teenage daughter may be in trouble. What’s more, they are being watched…and judged. Soon, the attitudes and assumptions of these watchers begin to manifest in the family’s celebration, forcing them to fight for their very identities.
Join us after all performances of Fairview for a post-show discussion with Berkeley Rep staff, docents, and artists.
Fairview was originally commissioned by Berkeley Rep and Soho Rep., and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.
Fairview includes smoke, strobe light effects, and the use of an electric cigarette. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.
Jackie Sibblies Drury · Playwright
Jackie’s plays include We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915; Really; and Social Creatures. Her plays have been presented by New York City Players and Abrons Arts Center, Soho Rep., Victory Gardens, Trinity Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Undermain Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Company One, and the Bush Theatre in London, among others. Her work has been developed at the Bellagio Center, Sundance, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, Prelude, the Bushwick Starr, the Lark, and the MacDowell Colony. She has received many awards, including a Windham-Campbell Literary Prize in Drama, a Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, and a United States Artists Gracie Fellowship.
Sarah Benson · Director
Sarah has been artistic director of Soho Rep. since 2007. Recent credits include Suzan-Lori Parks’ In The Blood (Signature Theatre). For Soho Rep.: Richard Maxwell’s Samara, César Alvarez and The Lisps’ Futurity (Callaway Award), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon (Soho Rep. and Theatre for a New Audience), Lucas Hnath’s A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, David Adjmi’s Elective Affinities, and Sarah Kane’s Blasted (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination). She has also directed at American Repertory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and Manhattan Theatre Club. She holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, where she studied with Tom Bullard. In 2016, Sarah won a Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise.
Raja Feather Kelly · Choreographer
Raja Feather Kelly, Princess Grace Award winner for 2017 and 2018, is a choreographer for theatre, dance, and performance works. Theatre credits include Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody (dir. by Lila Neugebauer at Signature Theatre), Jackie Sibblies-Drury’s Fairview (dir. by Sarah Benson at Soho Rep.), Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (dir. by Lileana Blain-Cruz at Signature Theatre, 2017 Lortel Award), Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro (dir. by Lila Neugebauer at Signature Theatre), Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand (dir. by Lileana Blain-Cruz at New York Theatre Workshop), Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop (Playwrights Horizons), Daaimah Mubashshir’s Everyday Afroplay (Jack), Jim Findlay’s Electric Lucifer (The Kitchen), and Lempicka (dir. by Rachel Chavkin at Williamstown Theatre Festival). Dance theatre: Raja Feather Kelly’s Ugly (Bushwick Starr); I, I Am a Dancer (Ars Nova); Another Fucking Warhol Production (The Kitchen, ADF, nominated “Most Innovative Dance Performance of 2017” by Dance Magazine); Andy Warhol’s Bleu Movie (BAM, Baryshnikov Arts Center); Andy Warhol’s Tropico (Danspace); Andy Warhol’s Drella (I Love You Faye Driscoll) (Invisible Dog); and Andy Warhol’s 15: Color Me, Warhol (Dixon Place).
Garrett Allen · Associate Director
Garrett is a theatre, video, and performance artist focusing on visceral work that combats spectator passivity by collaboratively creating sensorial experience. They most recently devised We Were All Rooting for You (Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company) and directed a workshop of OSCAR at the Crown, an immersive club-pop musical, at Lot 45. They also assisted Sarah Benson on In the Blood at Signature Theatre and Samara at Soho Rep. Their video and performance art works have been exhibited at Harvard, INDEX Festival, Signal Gallery, The Deep End, You Are Here, and in several print/online publications. garrettcallen.com.
Mimi Lien · Scenic Design
Mimi is a designer of sets/environments for theatre, dance, and opera. She previously designed Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West at Berkeley Rep. Previously at Soho Rep.: An Octoroon, A Public Reading…the Death of Walt Disney, We are Proud…, and born bad. Other recent work includes Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway), War (LCT3), and A 24-Decade History of American Music (St. Ann’s Warehouse). She is a recipient of a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, and an Obie Award for sustained excellence. Mimi was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2015, and is the first set designer ever to achieve this distinction.
Montana Levi Blanco · Costume Design
Montana’s Berkeley Rep credits include Angels in America and An Octoroon. Off-Broadway credits include The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Lucille Lortel nomination) and In The Blood (Signature Theatre); He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (Obie Award, Theatre for a New Audience); Fairview and Is God Is (Soho Rep.); The House That Will Not Stand, Red Speedo, and Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop); Pipeline (Lincoln Center); Ghost Light and War (LCT3); The Last Match (Roundabout Theatre Company); and O, Earth (the Foundry Theatre). Regional credits include La Rondine (Minnesota Opera), The Bluest Eye (the Guthrie Theater), Lempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Measure for Measure (California Shakespeare Theater). Montana trained at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin College, Brown University, and the Yale School of Drama. Visit montanaleviblanco.com.
Amith Chandrashaker · Lighting Design
Amith’s theatre credits include Cardinal (Second Stage Theater), Twelfth Night (The Public Theater), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Her Requiem (LCT3), Stuffed (the Westside Theatre), FADE (Primary Stages), [PORTO] (The Bushwick Starr/Woman’s Project), Alligator (New Georges/Sol Project), Seven Spots on the Sun (Rattlestick), Ike at Night (Under the Radar/The Public), Quiet, Comfort (Hoi Polloi), and The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm). Opera credits include The Flying Dutchman (Atlanta Opera), Falstaff (Opera Omaha), The Scarlet Letter (Opera Colorado), Abduction from the Seraglio (Atlanta Opera), and L’elisir d’amore (the Curtis Institute). Dance credits include premieres by Alexander Ekman, Aszure Barton, Liz Gerring, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris Pure Movement, Aalto Ballett Theatre Essen, Staatstheater Nürnberg, the National Dance Company of Wales, and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Mikaal Sulaiman · Sound Design
Mikaal is a Los Angeles-based sound designer and composer. New York credits include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop), Time’s Journey Through a Room (Play Company), Rape of the Sabine Women (Playwrights Realm), Master (Foundry Theatre Company), Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova, 2017 Obie Award winner), and The Oldsmobiles (the Flea). Upcoming New York projects include Rags Parkland (Ars Nova) and Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons). Mikaal’s regional credits include Trinity Repertory Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Early Morning Opera, California Shakespeare Theater, and New Paradise Laboratories. He attended the University of the Arts receiving a BFA in Acting and later studied the Jacques Lecoq approach to physical theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts. Visit mikaal.com.
Cookie Jordan · Hair & Wig Design
Cookie designed hair and wigs for Berkeley Rep’s production of The Last Tiger in Haiti. Broadway credits include The Cher Show (makeup design), Once on This Island, Sunday in the Park with George, In Transit, Eclipsed, Side Show, After Midnight, Fela, A View from the Bridge, and South Pacific. Off-Broadway credits include Is God Is, In the Blood, Everybody, and The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Signature Theatre), and Marie and Rosetta and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Park). Cookie also designed for the tours of Fela (national and European), Dirty Dancing, Flash Dance (national), and received an Emmy nomination for make-up design for The Wiz Live.
J. David Brimmer · Fight Director
David is a Fight Master (Society of American Fight Directors), and has choreographed, on Broadway, Spring Awakening, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Grace, Wit, and Speed-the-Plow. New York premieres include Is God Is, Hangmen, In the Blood, Yen, Gloria, Revolt. She said. Revolt again., An Octoroon, Punk Rock, We Are Proud to Present…, Bethany, Mr. Burns…, Blasted, The Whipping Man, Bug, and Killer Joe. David has worked with David Mamet, Sam Shepard, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ethan Coen, Conor McPherson, Martin McDonough, Tracy Letts, Kenneth Lonergan, Neil LaBute, Wilson Milam, Evan Cabnet, Doug Hughes, Sarah Benson, Joel Schumacher, Ken Russell, and Franco Zeffirelli.
Madeleine Oldham · Dramaturg
Madeleine is the director of The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work and the Theatre’s resident dramaturg. She oversees commissioning and new play development, and dramaturged the world premiere productions of Aubergine, The House that will not Stand, Passing Strange, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), among others. As literary manager and associate dramaturg at Center Stage in Baltimore, she produced the First Look reading series and headed up its young audience initiative. Before moving to Baltimore, she was the literary manager at Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she oversaw an extensive commissioning program. She also acted as assistant and interim literary manager at Intiman Theatre in Seattle. Madeleine served for four years on the executive committee of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and has also worked with ACT (Seattle), Austin Scriptworks, Crowded Fire, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the Kennedy Center, New Dramatists, Playwrights Center, and Portland Center Stage.
Stephanie Yankwitt, CSA & Margaret Dunn, TBD Casting · Casting
Theatre credits include Fairview (Berkeley Rep and Soho Rep.), Thunderbodies (Soho Rep.), Music City (Cape Fear Regional Theatre), Borrowed Cash and Burn All Night (American Repertory Theater/Oberon), Kinky Boots, West Side Story, and King Kong (Fugard Theatre, South Africa), Hal & Bee (Stable Cable/59E59), Life x 3 (New Light Theater Project, upcoming), Disgraced, Inspector Calls, and Born Yesterday (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Anne of Green Gables (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival), Uncommon Sense (Tectonic Theater Project), and ongoing work with the Mainspring Arts Cooperative and the Playwrights’ Center. Select feature film: Brighdie’s Bind (upcoming, Daniel Hart Donoghue/Satyr Entertainment), Give Me Liberty (K. Mikhanovsky/A24), and ongoing work with the Independent Film Project. Stephanie is a member of CSA.
Leslie M. Radin · Stage Manager
Leslie is very pleased to be back at Berkeley Rep after most recently assistant stage managing Angels in America and stage managing An Octoroon, Aubergine, Head of Passes, and Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright. She started at Berkeley Rep as the stage management intern in 2003 and has also worked at American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theater, Center Repertory Company, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. She has traveled with Berkeley Rep productions to the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the New Victory Theater in New York. Her favorite past productions include Aubergine, Wittenberg, Sisters Matsumoto, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Passing Strange, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and The Secret in the Wings.
Founded in Manhattan in 1975, Soho Rep. is recognized for producing visionary, uncompromising, and exuberant new plays including the recent premieres of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview, Aleshea Harris’s Is God Is, Alice Birch’s Revolt. She said. Revolt again., debbie tucker green’s Generations, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon, and César Alvarez’s Futurity, which won the 2016 Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. The company and its productions have been recognized with 21 Obie Awards and a Drama Desk Award for Sustained Achievement. In 2015, The Village Voice named Soho Rep. the “Best Off-Broadway Theater Company” and in 2016, the company was listed in Travel Magazine’s “10 Essential Off-Broadway Theaters.” Artistic Director Sarah Benson was also a recipient of the prestigious Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre. Next: the world premiere of Kate Tarker’s Thunderbodies directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and the New York premiere of Christopher Chen’s Passage directed by Saheem Ali. sohorep.org.
Peiyi Wong · Assistant Scenic Designer
Jessica Crawford · Assistant Costume Designer
Abby Hoke Brady · Assistant Lighting Designer
Nathan Rubio · Assistant Sound Designer
Ryan Courtney · Props Designer, Soho Rep.
Ben Furey · Dialect Coach
Dave Maier · Fight Director (Berkeley)
James McGregor · Production Assistant
Terri K Kohler · Stage Manager, Soho Rep.
Natalie Venetia Belcon · Beverly
Natalie is thrilled to be making her debut here at Berkeley Rep. Her Broadway credits include Matilda, Avenue Q (original cast), and Rent. Her other credits include The Last Smoker in America (off Broadway), The Glorious Ones (off Broadway), and the original cast of The Bubbly Black Girl. Natalie’s TV credits include Play On for PBS Great Performances and other guest starring and recurring roles.
Brooke Bloom · Suze
Brooke is making her Berkeley Rep debut. Other credits regionally include Marie Antoinette (Irene best actress award) at American Repertory Theater, Lungs at the Studio Theatre, and Becky Shaw (Barrymore best actress award) at the Wilma Theatre. Broadway and other New York credits include Time and The Conways at Roundabout Theatre Company, Everybody at Signature Theatre, Cloud Nine (Drama Desk nomination) at the Atlantic Theater, David Greenspan’s Helen Twelvetrees at Abrons Arts Center, You Got Older (Drama Desk nomination and Obie Award) for Page 73, and Somewhere Fun at Vineyard Theatre. She can be seen with regular roles on Netflix’s Gypsy, Amazon’s Alpha House, and recurring on Amazon’s upcoming Homecoming with various guest star appearances. She’s had roles in many films, including She’s Lost Control (Berlinale premiere, Independent Spirt Awards Best Film nomination) and an upcoming untitled Noah Baumbach film, among others.
Charles Browning · Dayton
Charles was last seen in the The Cost at La MaMa. Previously, he appeared in the world premiere of I Sing the Rising Sea at Virginia Stage Company, the world premiere of The Capables at The Gym at Judson, and The Piano Lesson and Dreamgirls at Gallery Players. His New York credits include Classical Theatre of Harlem, Target Margin Theater, Classic Stage Company, The Lark, Joe’s Pub: The Public Theater, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regional credits include TimeLine Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He has worked in commercials, industrials, film, and television. Charles earned his BFA from DePaul University, an MFA from Columbia University, and studied at Oxford University (British American Drama Academy).
Chantal Jean-Pierre · Jasmine
Chantal is thrilled to make her Berkeley Rep debut. Her credits include Our Town at Miami New Drama, Disgraced at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Intimate Apparel at Dorset Theatre Company, Doubt at Flat Rock Playhouse, A Raisin in the Sun at both Crossroads Theatre Company and Weston Playhouse, Fabulation at the People’s Light and Theatre Company, Sheila’s Day at Hartford Stage, and The G-Word at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. A lover of classical theatre, she has played the title role in both Cincinnati Shakespeare and Orlando Shakespeare Festival’s production of Antony and Cleopatra; Olivia in Twelfth Night at New York Classical Theatre; Goneril in King Lear at the Folgers in Washington, DC; Gertrude in Hamlet at the American Globe Theatre; and The Blue Bird and Henry VI at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She has guest starred on a number of television shows. Find out more at chantaljean-pierre.com.
Natalia Payne · Bets
Natalia appeared at Berkeley Rep in Three Sisters. New York theatre credits include The Last Match (Roundabout Theatre Company), Me, Myself & I (Playwrights Horizons), New Jerusalem (Classic Stage Company), Jailbait (Cherry Lane Theatre), Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project), and deathvariations (59E59 Theaters). Regional credits include Watch on the Rhine (Arena Stage), The Last Match (The Old Globe), Three Sisters and Trouble in Mind (Yale Repertory Theatre), Dirt (Studio Theatre–Helen Hayes nomination), and Memory House (Vineyard Playhouse). TV/film: Law & Order: SVU, Workin’ Moms, Ransom, Murdoch Mysteries, Dark Matter, Reign, Sensitive Skin, Cardinal, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, The Word, and Crazy Love. Originally from Toronto, Natalia studied acting at Yale University.
Jed Resnick · Mack / Fight Captain
Jed is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Rep debut. He recently completed a long run in Avenue Q at New World Stages. Broadway/National tours include Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod U.S.) and Rent (Mark). Other New York credits include New York Musical Festival, Ars Nova, b-side productions, and the New York International Fringe Festival. Regional credits include The Last Five Years (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Seagull (Peterborough Players), Pregnancy Pact (Weston Playhouse), and Williamstown Theatre Festival, Westchester Broadway Theatre, and Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep. He appeared in the film She’s Marrying Steve. Proud AEA member and Brown alum. @jedres
Luke Robertson · Jimbo
Luke is making his Berkeley Rep debut. Luke’s New York City theatre credits include Fairview at Soho Rep., feeling. at New Ohio Theatre, Good Television at Atlantic Theatre Company, and Neva at The Public Theater. Regionally, he has appeared at Yale Repertory Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, Triad Stage, and Baltimore Center Stage. Film and television credits include Godless, Mr. Robot, The Americans, Daredevil, Instinct, Elementary, Deception, Forever, and most Law & Orders. MFA Yale School of Drama.
Monique Robinson · Keisha
Monique is ecstatic to make her Berkeley Rep debut. Her credits include Comedy of Errors at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Folger Theatre; Two Gentlemen of Verona, EveryMan, and Revolutionary Moments at Shakespeare & Company; The Final Days at A Contemporary Theatre; WaDe N dA waTer at Stage 773; G.O.A.T. at the Queen’s Theatre in the Park; Iyom at the Workshop Theatre Company; and Somebody is Sure to Come at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. Onscreen credits include See You Yesterday (Netflix), Tell Me a Story (CBS), Product of My Environment (NYCIFF Nominee), A Ring, FAWK, and Moni: The Series. Monique received an MFA from University of Washington Professional Actors Training Program. Follow along on the journey at monitherseries.com.
The actors and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Essential viewing…[an] electrifying contribution to the contemporary theatrical avant-garde…[Director Sarah Benson’s] cast members are masters of technique, their acting as rigorous as ballet, so well-timed, so specific and precise are they with vocal, facial and bodily choices.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Astounding…a mind blowing evening…One of the most electric nights of theater in recent memory…The power of the piece comes from its smarts and its fearlessness.”
Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
Don’t miss it. Jackie Sibblies Drury’s brilliant new play, excellently directed by Sarah Benson, illustrates the power of theater…its deep impression lingers on afterward.”
Jackie Sibblies Drury’s blazingly inventive new play…Fairview, a 21st century play with a radical 1960s soul, deconstructs the warping power of the white gaze. The play is dangerous, no doubt about it, but it’s also enlightening and provocatively fun. [Director Sarah] Benson’s production…is a wild ride.”
Los Angeles Times
Dazzling…If you see it—and you must—you will not be comfortable…a glorious, scary reminder of the unmatched power of live theater to rattle, rile, and shake us wide awake…Extraordinary…Ms. Drury has been a playwright to watch for several years now…but nothing she has done previously has prepared audiences for Fairview, starting with a title whose resonance fully registers only after the play is over.”
New York Times
Official trailer: Fairview
Get a look at Jackie Sibblies Drury’s new play and see why critics are calling the show “enlightening and provocatively fun.”
Behind the scenes: Jackie Sibblies Drury and Sarah Benson
The playwright and director of Fairview reveal their thoughts on this unpredictable and critically acclaimed play.
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Page to Stage
Every season, Berkeley Rep hosts Page to Stage, a series of free discussions with eminent theatre artists, designed to give audiences additional insight into the plays and playwrights produced at Berkeley Rep. Past programs have featured theatre luminaries such as Tony Kushner, Mary Zimmerman, Emma Rice, and Mira Nair.
- Monday, October 8, 2018
Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham interviews award-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury about her theatrical sensation Fairview in the Roda Theatre
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- Friday, October 5, 2018
Teen Night begins at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Learn more and reserve your space.
Join us after all performances of Fairview for a post-show discussion with Berkeley Rep staff, docents, and artists.