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 Paradise Square: A New Musical
    Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Opening night of Metamorphoses
    Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Behind-the-Scenes tour of our scenic, props, and costumes shops and rehearsal halls
    Saturday, March 9, 2019
  • Opening night of Home
    Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Click the tabs above for more 2018–19 season events.

Event dates are subject to change.

Berkeley Rep’s OVATION: 50 Years and Glowing

Berkeley Rep’s OVATION: 50 Years and Glowing

Nothing short of spectacular, Berkeley Rep’s OVATION: 50 Years and Glowing drew nearly 400 theatre lovers to the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco to kick off a season celebrating five decades of exceptional theatre and toasting Berkeley Rep’s future. Guests showed overwhelming support as they raised both champagne glasses and bid paddles in the air. This unforgettable night marked a fundraising record, as Berkeley Rep raised over $815,000 to continue the Theatre’s commitment to fearlessness, artistic innovation, education, and community engagement.

The celebratory night brought together the past and present. Tony Taccone and Susan Medak recognized their trailblazing predecessors, Berkeley Rep’s former artistic and managing directors, Sharon Ott and Mitzi Sales. And a special ovation was given to the late Michael Leibert, who founded the company in 1968. Former company members, local actors, current and past trustees, students of the School of Theatre, cast members of now-touring Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations shared the dance floor at the end of a momentous night.

Emcee Colman Domingo, now a bona fide star of stage and screen, spoke movingly of his early appearance in Mary Zimmerman’s Journey to the West, during which he earned his Equity card and professional acting chops at Berkeley Rep. A group of performers from the distant and more recent past sang a clever Beatles parody of Berkeley Rep’s early days. In song, Joe Spano recalled the Theatre’s first show, Woyzeck, which began his decade with the company and launched his career. After a reprise performance from the cast of Ain’t Too Proud, fierce bidding in the live auction earned winners not only celebrity party invitations and luxury yacht voyages but also the opportunity to further support the Theatre.

The weekend didn’t end with the final dance Saturday night. Celebrations continued at a reunion brunch on Sunday morning attended by Berkeley Rep staff and artists of the past 50 years. A guest book signed by celebrants at both events memorializes this anniversary year and promises to overflow with signatures and well-wishes from our past, present, and future, as it will remain in the lobby for some time to come to be signed by more friends of the Theatre.

We would like to give a deeply felt standing ovation of our own to our audience and supporters. We are especially grateful for the outstanding generosity of our lead sponsors: Fossil Group, Rich and Robin Edwards, Bruce Golden and Michelle Mercer, the Richard Grand Foundation, the Strauch Kulhanijan Family, and Kelli and Steffan Tomlinson. Last but not least, we recognize the hard work and dedication of OVATION’s incredible planning committee—the event would not have been possible without them. Here’s to another 50 years of ambitious, entertaining, and inspirational theatre—the celebration goes on!

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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: Gather Restaurant, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Ramsay Wines, 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!

  • A Doll’s House, Part 2
    Thursday, September 13, 2018
  • Fairview
    Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Paradise Square: A New Musical
    Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Metamorphoses
    Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Home
    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • The Good Book
    Thursday, May 2, 2019
  • Kiss My Aztec!
    Thursday, June 6, 2019

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, and through the control booths. 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 sponsor: PIQ.

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

  • Behind-the-Scenes tour of the Roda and Peet’s Theatres
    Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Behind-the-Scenes tour of our scenic, props, and costumes shops and rehearsal halls
    Saturday, March 9, 2019

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 Jackie Sibblies Drury
    Monday, October 8, 2018 · 7pm
    Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham interviews award-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury about her theatrical sensation Fairview in the Roda Theatre

Please check back for additional 2018–19 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.

 

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