Swept Away

Swept Away

Swept Away

Book by John Logan
Music and lyrics by The Avett Brothers
Music arrangements and orchestrations by Chris Miller and Brian Usifer
Choreography by David Neumann
Directed by Michael Mayer
Peet’s Theatre
World premiere

Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch) blew the roof off Berkeley Rep in 2009 with Green Day’s American Idiot. Now he returns with a captivating world premiere musical, this time featuring a book by Tony Award-winning stage and screen writer John Logan (Red, Broadway’s Moulin Rouge!, Skyfall, Gladiator), and music and lyrics by “America’s biggest roots band” (Rolling Stone) and multiple Grammy Award nominee The Avett Brothers.

1888, off the coast of New Bedford, MA. When a violent storm sinks their whaling ship, the four surviving souls—a young man in search of adventure, his older brother who has sworn to protect him, a captain at the end of a long career at sea, and a worldly first mate who has fallen from grace—each face a reckoning: How far will I go to stay alive? And can I live with the consequences?

Produced by special arrangement with Matthew Masten, Sean Hudock, and MWM Live.

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Performances postponed

This highly anticipated world premiere musical, originally scheduled to run June–July 2020, will now instead run around January/February 2022 (exact dates to be announced). We hope you’ll plan to set sail with Swept Away next season, which will help us support the actors, creative team, and artisans who are building this major new musical. Swept Away is currently available as part of our 2021 subscription season. Learn more about our season ticket packages. Single tickets to Swept Away will go on sale closer to the show’s opening date. Sign up for our email list to stay in the know!

If you already have tickets to Swept Away, your tickets will remain on your account, and you’ll be assigned the same or similar seats for a new date. We will distribute new tickets to you in the future, and once your tickets are in hand, you’ll be able to exchange your tickets to a new date if you wish. If you have any questions or would like to discuss other options, email customerservice@berkeleyrep.org or call 510 647–2949 (Tuesday–Saturday, noon–4pm).

Watch now

A special message from John Gallagher, Jr.

The Swept Away star shares news of the world premiere musical’s postponement to our 2020–21 season, and how he can’t wait to get back to Berkeley Rep.



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