Special events for our supporters

Celebrate with Berkeley Rep

Enrich your Berkeley Rep experience at special events throughout the season. As a supporter of the Theatre, you receive invitations to a number of events, based on your level of giving. Join us for exclusive opening night dinners, intriguing behind-the-scenes tours, Page to Stage discussions with artists, and more.

We hope to see you at these upcoming events!

  • Opening night of Imaginary Comforts
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Page to Stage with Daniel Handler
    Monday, October 30, 2017 · 7pm
  • Opening night of Watch on the Rhine
    Monday, December 4, 2017
  • Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Roda and Peet’s Theatres
    Saturday, December 9, 2017

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Event dates are subject to change.

OVATION: Berkeley Rep Celebrates Monsoon Wedding

A spectacular OVATION for Monsoon Wedding

On Saturday, April 1, the ballrooms at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel were stunningly transformed into the world of Monsoon Wedding for Berkeley Rep’s biggest night of the year! Together with over 350 of the Bay Area’s top arts supporters, we raised our glasses to toast director Mira Nair and the creation of bold and imaginative theatre over a truly unforgettable evening full of music, wonder, and joyous celebration.

In keeping with the baraat custom in Indian wedding ceremonies, an intricately costumed white horse greeted guests upon their arrival and provided the perfect photo op. While sipping specialty cocktails, guests strolled the Marigold Market, our Silent Auction featuring thrilling cultural adventures, exquisite culinary experiences, and delectable wines. The Silent Auction came to a memorable close as the reverberating beats of Deep Singh’s dhol filled the room, beginning a procession into the banquet hall.

Guests were awed as they moved into the Grand Ballroom, which exuded color with beautiful tents and vibrant table settings. During the sumptuous feast featuring oven-roasted lamb and fine wines, Mira Nair and the cast of Monsoon Wedding took the stage to give guests a special sneak peek of the new musical—including two numbers from the show. Before dessert, DawnMarie Kotsonis, fondly known as the Gavel Girl, started a thrilling live auction, all in support of Berkeley Rep. Competition was fierce for hot tickets like an adventure in India, dinner prepared by famed food and wine connoisseur Narsai David, and a trip on The World, the largest private residential yacht on earth.

The evening’s festivities came to a close as guests raised their paddles in support of Citizen Rep, the Theatre’s initiative to encourage civic engagement through community partnerships, public programs about critical issues, and teen advocacy programs. All told, the evening raised $775,000 to support the Theatre’s artistic endeavors and community engagement programs.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our guests for helping us toast Mira Nair and showing their love for Berkeley Rep. A very special thanks to our Diamond Sponsors—Fossil Group, Bruce Golden and Michelle Mercer, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, and the Roda Group—and the dedicated OVATION committee who made this event truly special.

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Berkeley Rep would like to thank the 2017 committee and sponsors

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Diamond sponsors

Fossil GroupHotel Shattuck PlazaThe Roda Group

Bruce Golden & Michelle Mercer

Pearl sponsors

Stewart & Rachelle Owen

Ruby sponsors

Forest Creatures Entertainment
Pam & Mitch Nichter
Jack & Valerie Rowe
Society for Art & Cultural Heritage of India
Jean & Michael Strunsky

Gail & Arne Wagner
Wells Fargo
Felicia Woytak & Steve Rasmussen
   and Spreck Rosekrans & Isabella Salaverry

Emerald sponsors

Carrie Avery & Jon Tigar
Bank of America
Bernard Boudreaux
Michelle Branch & Dale Cook
Deloitte / Kerry Francis & John Jimerson
Robin & Rich Edwards
Eileses Capital
Jill & Steve Fugaro
Karen Galatz & Jon Wellinghoff

Scott & Sherry Haber
David Hoffman & Joan Sarnat
Latham & Watkins LLP
Jonathan Logan
Dale & Don Marshall
Sandra & Ross McCandless
Peet’s Coffee
Leonard & Arlene Rosenberg
Audrey & Bob Sockolov

In-kind sponsors

Autumn Press
Bare Snacks
Dass & Lent Families
Domaine Carneros by Taittinger
Drake’s Brewing Company
Fossil
Hafner Vineyard
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Kingfisher Brewing Company
Narsai David

OCHO Candy
Peet’s Coffee
Quady Winery
Ramsay Winery
Raymond Vineyards
Redhawk Food Group
Semifreddi’s
Sudha Pennathur
Whole Foods

Honorary committee

Riz Ahmed
Yogen & Peggy Dalal
Hershey Felder
Bruce Golden & Michelle Mercer
Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown
Monica Lopez & Sameer Gandhi

Zubin Mehta
Rita Moreno
Lupita Nyong’o
Roger Strauch
Tomlinson Family

Ovation committee

Ashvini Bhave
Rich Edwards
Robin Edwards
Lisa Finer
David Fleishhacker
Jill Fugaro
Scott Haber
Sherry Haber
Jonathan Logan
Sandra McCandless

Arti Nath
Stewart Owen
Sudha Pennathur
Renuka Pullat
Laura Severino
Audrey Sockolov
Jean Strunsky
Deborah Taylor Barrera
Gail Wagner

Opening night dinners and performances

For contributors of $2,500 and above (Artistic Director’s Circle members)

Artistic Director’s Circle members are invited to celebrate the opening of each show at an exclusive pre-show dinner in the company of Berkeley Rep artistic staff and the creative team from the production, followed by the opening night performance.

Special thanks to our opening night event sponsors: Autumn Press, Gather Restaurant, Hafner Vineyard, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Ramsay Winery, Revival Bar + Kitchen, and Robert Meyer’s Mangia Nosh.

Can’t attend opening night? Artistic Director’s Circle members may exchange in to or purchase VIP “house seats” located in the front center section for other performances. Call 510 647–2901 for reservations. Seats are subject to availability.

We hope to see you at opening nights this season!

  • Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
  • Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit
    Thursday, October 12, 2017
  • Watch on the Rhine
    Monday, December 4, 2017
  • Office Hour
    Thursday, March 1, 2018
  • Angels in America Parts I & II
    Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Pike St.
    Thursday, May 10, 2018

Event dates are subject to change. Events tend to fill up quickly, so please reply as soon as you receive your invitation.

Behind-the-Scenes tours

For contributors of $75 and above

You’re invited to go behind-the-scenes at Berkeley Rep and see how theatre is made.

At our Roda and Peet’s Theatres, our staff will take you backstage, down in the pit, through the control booths, and even up onto the catwalk. At our Harrison Street campus in West Berkeley, you’ll explore our costumes, props, and scene shops and meet the artisans who build what you see onstage.

Special thanks to our Behind-the-Scenes tours sponsors: Aurora Catering, PIQ, and Sweet Adeline Bakeshop.

We hope to see you at Behind-the-Scenes tours this season!

  • Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Roda and Peet’s Theatres
    Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Behind-the-Scenes tour of our scenic, props, and costumes shops and rehearsal halls
    Saturday, March 10, 2018

Event dates are subject to change. Events tend to fill up quickly, so please reply as soon as you receive your invitation.

Behind-the-Scenes tour invitations are sent by email. Contact give@berkeleyrep.org to make sure you are on our events email list.

Page to Stage

For contributors of $150 and above

Page to Stage is 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 discussions have featured theatre luminaries such as Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), Lisa Loomer (Roe), Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced), Tony Kushner (The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures), and Emma Rice (The Wild Bride).

Donors at the $150 level or above receive reserved premium seating at Page to Stage events.

We hope to see you at Page to Stage discussions this season!

  • Page to Stage with Daniel Handler
    Monday, October 30, 2017 · 7pm
    Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham interviews acclaimed author Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, about his new play Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit in the Peet’s Theatre

Please check back for additional 2017–18 season Page to Stage dates.

Event dates are subject to change. Events tend to fill up quickly, so please reply as soon as you receive your invitation.

Page to Stage reserved seating invitations are sent by email. Contact give@berkeleyrep.org to make sure you are on our events email list.