Pike St.

Pike St. now playing “A resonant, highly timely melting-pot tale” —Washington Post, “Full of vivid life.” —New York Times Pike St.: watch video “Seeing Nilaja Sun perform solo is like watching a virtuosic musician.” —Time Out New York

Pike St.

Written and performed by Nilaja Sun
Directed by Ron Russell
Special Presentation · Peet’s Theatre
November 17–December 9, 2018
West Coast premiere

Running time: 80 minutes, no intermission

“A resonant, highly timely melting-pot tale”—Washington Post

Virtuoso performer Nilaja Sun’s award-winning hit No Child… captivated Berkeley Rep audiences in 2008. Now she brings us a new critically acclaimed solo show about Evelyn, a single mother who fights for the survival of her family in the face of a threatening hurricane. In an astonishing 80 minutes, Sun portrays three generations of a Puerto Rican family and the vibrant characters of New York’s Lower East Side in a story of tribulation, perseverance, and redemption that also “glows with humor” (New York Times). Don’t miss this incredible, transformative trip to Pike St.

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Cast and creative team

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Nilaja Sun · Writer / Performer

Nilaja lovingly returns to Berkeley Rep after she performed No Child… in 2008 to sold-out audiences. Pike St. was originally commissioned and produced by Epic Theatre Ensemble and had its world premiere at the Abrons Arts Center in the Lower East Side, which was followed by an international tour of the show at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Pillsbury House, Detroit Public Theatre, as well as Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia. Nilaja’s Obie Award-winning solo piece No Child… was directed by Hal Brooks and was also originally commissioned and produced by Epic. For her creation and performance of No Child… and its subsequent international tour, Nilaja garnered 21 awards, including an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle Awards including the John Gassner Playwriting Award for Outstanding New American Play, a Theatre World Award, the Helen Hayes Award, two NAACP Theatre Awards, and the soloNOVA Award for Artist of the Year by terraNOVA Collective. TV and film credits include Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, BrainDead, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, Unforgettable, Louie, The International, Youth in Oregon, and Rubicon. A native of the Lower East Side, she is a Princess Grace Award recipient, and has worked proudly as a teaching artist in New York City for 20 years.

Nilaja Sun

Ron Russell · Director / Sound Design

Ron has co-founded four theatres that still produce today: the nationally acclaimed Summer Theatre Enrichment Project at El Centro in Lorain, OH (1992); Swine Palace Productions in Louisiana, while receiving his MFA-Directing from the RSC’s Barry Kyle (1992–1994); UBI Rep Theatre in San Diego (1995); and Epic Theatre Ensemble in 2001. With Epic, where he is executive director, he has directed 16 off-Broadway productions, including world premieres of Kate Fodor’s Hannah and Martin and Vern Thiessen’s Einstein’s Gift, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Richard III: Born with Teeth. In other public performances for Epic, he co-adapted and directed a touring in-school Antigone (Obie Award) and Ibsen’s Pillars of Society (International Ibsen Award, 2011), as well as touring productions of Keith Josef Adkins’ Sugar and Needles and Dominique Morisseau’s Mend. He has also designed sound for award-winning productions of Nilaja Sun’s No Child… (Obie Award) and Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End. His teaching experience includes over 50 public schools, reaching over 18,000 youth, and his work as an educator in NYC has been recognized by citations from the Municipal Arts Society and Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg.

Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams · Scenic Design

Mikiko was the scenic designer for Berkeley Rep’s world premiere production of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding. Her work has been seen at the Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, the Old Globe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, A Contemporary Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cornerstone Theater Company, and Opera Theatre of St. Louis, among others. Her off-Broadway credits include Working Theater, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Intar Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the National Asian American Theatre Company. Her work has been seen internationally at the Nissay Opera, Nikikai Opera, Suntory Hall, Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Tokyo, Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, and Biwako Hall in Otsu. As an associate scenic designer, her Broadway credits include My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, That Championship Season, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Next Fall, and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and London West End productions of South Pacific and The King and I. Mikiko currently teaches at Rutgers University and Fordham University.

Clint Ramos · Costume Design

Clint was the scenic designer for Berkeley Rep’s production of Lynn Nottage’s Ruined in 2011. Notable set/costume designs on Broadway include Once on This Island (Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards nominations), Sunday in the Park with George, Six Degrees of Separation, In Transit, Eclipsed (Tony Award), The Elephant Man (Broadway and West End), and Violet. Off-Broadway credits include Familiar, The True, Here Lies Love (New York and London), Sweet Charity, Bella, and Booty Candy. Clint has over 200 regional and international credits and is the principal designer for Encores! Off-Center. Awards include the Tony Award, Obie Award for Sustained Excellence, three Lucille Lortel Awards, TDF Sharaff Award, two American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Awards, and the Helen Hayes Award. Clint’s upcoming credits include Wild Goose Dreams at The Public Theater and Kiss My Aztec! Clint is head of design at Fordham University Theatre Program. @clintramos

Tyler Micoleau · Lighting Design

Tyler is a native of Portland, Maine but has resided in Brooklyn, New York for the last 25 years. Broadway credits include Be More Chill (Feb, 2019) and The Band’s Visit (2018 Tony Award, American Theatre Wing; Hewes Award; KOI-Award). Recent off-Broadway credits include Days of Rage and Mary Page Marlowe (2ST), Peace for Mary Frances (New Group), and Miss You Like Hell (The Public Theater). Other notable off-Broadway credits include Antlia Pneumatica (Drama Desk Award nomination), When The Rain Stops Falling (Lucille Lortel Award), Blasted (ATW Hewes Award), and Bug (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards). Regional credits include American Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Alley Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Old Globe, among many others. Tyler participated in the NEA/TCG Career Development Program and is the recipient of the 2010 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence. Tyler has held adjunct and visiting artist positions at Sarah Lawrence College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Yale, and Dartmouth.

Michael Suenkel · Production Stage Manager

Michael began his association with Berkeley Rep as the stage management intern for the 1984–85 season and is now in his 25th season as production stage manager. He has also worked with the Huntington Theatre (Boston), The Public Theater and New Victory Theatre (New York), La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, and many others. Internationally he has stage managed shows in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Among his favorite Berkeley Rep productions are last season’s Angels in America, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, Eurydice, Fêtes de la Nuit, The Beaux’ Stratagem, and Mad Forest.

The actor and stage manager are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

[Pike St.] creates a world in which botanical candles, prayers and rituals can mitigate or banish sickness, where vice and trespass borne of machismo and post-traumatic stress disorder and prejudice don’t mean that families stop loving each other or fall apart. It’s a world where a young girl is the hyper-articulate, preternaturally bright, politically visionary character; it’s a dramatic universe that doesn’t scorn hope but embraces it, even in the face of catastrophe…The nimble [Nilaja] Sun so finely carves the Puerto Rican, Jewish and Asian American characters of Pike St. that your imagination conjures a whole medley of puckered or strapping or fidgety bodies on Berkeley Rep’s stage.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Nilaja Sun accomplishes an amazing feat of acting with her voice, body and expression in the one-person show, Pike St., directed by Ron Russell. I only wish it had been longer than its intermission-free 80 minutes, so there had been more of her skill to admire…Sun is an original talent with marvelous gifts.”


The dazzling, fleet-footed Sun masterfully plays all of the characters…Each vividly comes to life as one day in the neighborhood plays out in unexpected ways…it’s all about humans’ need for faith and healing.”

San Francisco Examiner

[Nilaja Sun] portrays three generations of a Puerto Rican family, as well as various friends and neighbors, bringing each to life with a radiant grace that makes her virtuosity seem as natural as breathing…full of vivid life.”

New York Times

Seeing Nilaja Sun perform solo is like watching a virtuosic musician…Sun demands that we stop and acknowledge the humanity in folks who are often treated as invisible.”

Time Out New York

A resonant, highly timely melting-pot tale…What the pliable, imaginative Sun delivers is one of the greater acts of humanity.”

Washington Post

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Official trailer: Pike St.

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