The Good Book
By Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
April 25–June 9, 2019
West Coast premiere
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, plus one 15-minute intermission
“In the beginning was the Word…”
Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson (the team behind An Iliad) apply their formidable creative energy to unearth the all-too-human formation of the most influential book in Western history—the Bible.
This powerful play weaves together three distinct yet connected stories: a devout young man struggling to reconcile his belief with his identity; an atheist biblical scholar trying to find meaning as she faces her own mortality; and the creative journey of the Bible itself—from ancient Mesopotamia to medieval Ireland to suburban America—through the many hands, minds, hearts, and circumstances that molded this incredibly potent testament to the human spirit.
An important note regarding health and content advisories:
The Good Book includes the use of a smoke effect in one scene and a strobe-like effect in another scene. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer unsolicited content advisories as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have concerns about content or themes, we are happy to provide details. Please call our box office at 510 647–2949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current ticket prices
Premium: $57–97 · Section A: $50–81 · Section B: $30–65
We offer special pricing to patrons under 35, groups of 10+, military personnel, and more. Check out all our discounts.
Prices are subject to change at any time. Generally, your best bet is to buy early. Weeknight tickets tend to cost less than weekends.
Behind the scenes: Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson
The creators of The Good Book dive deeper into the play and share some scenes from rehearsals.
Docent talks and discussions
Pre-show docent talks
Meet us in the Theatre 55 minutes before the show on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees for an engrossing presentation about your subscription-season play. Hear about the playwright’s perspective, dive into the historical context, and discover why the script is relevant right now. Each 25-minute talk includes plenty of time for your questions.
Post-show docent-led discussions
Join your fellow audience members after all matinees and share your thoughts on the show.
Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.
- Friday, April 26, 2019
Teen Night begins at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Learn more and reserve your space.
Actor Q & A’s
Stick around after the show on select Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights for lively Q & A sessions with our artists.
- Thursday, May 16, 2019
- Tuesday, May 21, 2019
- Friday, May 31, 2019