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, festive happy hours, intriguing behind-the-scenes tours of Berkeley Rep, and much more!

Events tend to fill up quickly, so please make sure to reply as soon as you receive your invitation!

We hope to see you at our remaining 2016–17 season events!

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 · 5:30pm
    Opening night dinner for Monsoon Wedding
  • Friday, June 30, 2017 · 5:30pm
    Opening night dinner for An Octoroon

Please check back for 2017–18 season events.

Event dates 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
Hafner Vineyard
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Kingfisher Brewing Company
Narsai David

OCHO Candy
Peet’s Coffee
Quady Winery
Ramsay Winery
Raymond Vineyards
Redhawk Food Group
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 special guests from the production, followed by the opening performance.

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

Special thanks to our opening night event sponsors: ACT Catering, Autumn Press, Bistro Liaison, Folie à Deux Winery, Hafner Vineyard, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, and Revival Bar + Kitchen.

We hope to see you at opening nights this season!

  • Friday, September 30, 2016
    It Can’t Happen Here
  • Friday, October 21, 2016
    The Last Tiger in Haiti
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2016
    946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
  • Friday, February 10, 2017
    Hand to God
  • Friday, March 10, 2017
  • Friday, May 19, 2017
    Monsoon Wedding
  • Friday, June 30, 2017
    An Octoroon

Event dates subject to change

Unscripted Happy Hours

For contributors of $300 and above

Unscripted connects our donors with members of our artistic and production staff over happy hour. In the past, we’ve featured staff from Costumes, the Scene Shop, Casting, and The Ground Floor (Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work). Enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine on us as you learn about their creative contributions to current Berkeley Rep productions.

Special thanks to our Unscripted Happy Hours event sponsors: Aurora Catering, Donkey & Goat Winery, Folie à Deux Winery, Hafner Vineyard, and Robert Meyer’s Mangia Nosh Catering.

We hope to see you at Unscripted Happy Hours this season!

  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 · 6pm
    Happy Hour at the Scene Shop with Production Manager Peter Dean
    Come take a look at our Scene Shop and learn about what it takes to build a set for our shows. Plus, get an exclusive sneak peek at the set and designs for 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips!

Please check back for additional 2016–17 Happy Hour dates.

Event dates subject to change

Behind-the-Scenes tours

For contributors of $75 and above

Our exclusive behind-the-scenes tours alternate between backstage tours of our downtown theatres (Roda Theatre and Peet’s Theatre), and our Harrison campus in west Berkeley.

These tours provide an opportunity for you to catch a glimpse of the rehearsal hall and costume, props, and scene shops at our Harrison Street campus, and explore the pit, control booths, and catwalks in our theatres!

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

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

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Harrison

Please check back for additional 2016–17 Behind-the-Scenes tour dates.

Event dates subject to change

Page to Stage reserved seating

For contributors of $150 and above

Page to Stage is a special discussion forum that is open to the public, with premium seating reserved for our donors at the $150 level and above. Eminent theatre artists currently collaborating with Berkeley Rep are interviewed. In the past, we have featured theatre luminaries such as Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced), Tony Kushner (The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures), Emma Rice (The Wild Bride), and Mary Zimmerman (Treasure Island).

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

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 · 7pm
    It Can’t Happen Here
    A conversation about bringing to the stage Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here with adaptors Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen, moderated by Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham
  • Monday, February 27, 2017 · 7pm
    Resident Dramaturg Madeleine Oldham interviews acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Lisa Loomer in the Peet’s Theatre
  • Monday, May 15, 2017 · 8pm
    Monsoon Wedding
    A conversation in the Peet’s Theatre with Mira Nair, who will direct the world premiere musical stage adaptation of her acclaimed 2001 film Monsoon Wedding

Event dates subject to change