Created by Geoff Sobelle
Scenic Concept by Steven Dufala
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans
Original Songs by Elvis Perkins
Limited Season · Roda Theatre
March 22–April 21, 2019
Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission
Straight from acclaimed performances at BAM in New York and venues around the world, Obie Award-winning physical theatre artist Geoff Sobelle and his ensemble of actors, dancers, and designers treat you to an enchanting visual and immersive spectacle.
Right before your eyes, a two-story house is conjured from the shadows. Residents past, present, and future rollick through its rooms in an impromptu dance that defies time and space, magically transforming our mundane everyday tasks into a glorious, intimate, and profound celebration.
A dreamlike infusion of illusion, live music, story, and ingenious engineering, this captivating show invites you to make its house your HOME.
Geoff Sobelle · Creator
Elvis Perkins · Composer
Lee Sunday Evans · Director
David Neumann · Choreographer
Steven Dufala · Scenic Design
Karen Young · Costume Design
Christopher Kuhl · Lighting Design
Brandon Wolcott · Sound Design
Steve Cuiffo · Illusion Design
Stefanie Sobelle · Dramaturg
Lisa McGinn · Production Stage Manager
Kevin J.P. Hanley · Assistant Stage Manager
Chris Swetcky · Technical Director / Production Manager
Stephen Smith · Wardrobe Supervisor
Julian Crouch · Creative Consultant
Victoria Ross · Props Designer
Devin Cameron · Lighting Associate
Rachel Gross · Associate Stage Manager
James McGregor · Production Assistant
Victoria Northridge · Studio Teacher
Magical. Whatever you do alone in your house is exactly like what everybody else does in their homes. Yet as conjured by Berkeley Rep’s magical Home, there’s no despair in the sameness of humans’ domestic life, only joy in shared experience. There’s solace in what binds us, and that rare feeling in theater of an audience of strangers forging true community as they build a house and then empty it again…A home is never just walls and ceiling. It gives you dignity and humanity. It holds who you are. Such is [Geoff] Sobelle’s expansive vision. You might leave Home wishing he could cast his eyes over your own dwelling, to highlight the magic in your own coffee pot, in the glow of your TV, in the picture frames on your walls. But to attend Home is also to remember how to see, on your own.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Whimsy and magic continues throughout most of Home’s intricately choreographed, delightfully staged 105 minutes. It’s a showcase of dazzling stagecraft, meticulously directed by Lee Sunday Evans, with an awesome scenic concept by Steven Dufala.”
San Francisco Examiner
Inventive, wholly unique…There is no place and no show quite like HOME, the creation of the marvelous Geoff Sobelle…This is a show that can simply be entertaining and interesting (hugely so on both counts) or as deeply meaningful as we might want it to be. The house is the primary character here, and as such, its design by Steven Dufala is ingenious. We are allowed to witness all the important moments of this structure’s life. We experience rousing celebrations and the darkness that can creep into mundanity (all beautifully lit by Christopher Kuhl)…As a kind of a house, a theater is constantly filled with dreams made real, and the house in HOME is indeed dreamy, full of that transient joy and sorrow, those beginnings and endings that demarcate our lives. That’s either quite ordinary or quite profound. In HOME Sobelle allows it to be both, the constant flux of life under a roof, self-contained yet impossible to hold.”
Official trailer: HOME
Get a glimpse of Geoff Sobelle’s enchanting visual spectacle, HOME.
Behind the scenes: HOME preview
Take a virtual tour of Geoff Sobelle’s enchanting visual spectacle, HOME.
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