Berkeley Rep talks Paradise Square: An American Musical

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Join us for our Berkeley Rep Talks, we'll have one about each play in the 2018-2019 season!

January 5th

Paradise Square: An American Musical

Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan
Based on the songs of Stephen Foster
Conceived by Larry Kirwan
Supplemental Lyrics by Larry Kirwan and George Cooper
Arrangements by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan
Musical Supervision and Orchestrations by Jason Howland
Choreography by Bill T. Jones
Directed by Moisés Kaufman
Main Season · Roda Theatre
December 27, 2018–February 17, 2019
World premiere


It’s 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots as whites are called to enlist while blacks are barred from serving. Will the hard-won bonds of friendship, community, and family in the Five Points prevail or be severed forever? More info

February 9th


Based on the myths of Ovid
Written and Directed by Mary Zimmerman
from the translation by David R. Slavitt
Co-production with the Guthrie Theater
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
January 24–March 10, 2019


Berkeley Rep presented Mary Zimmerman’s breathtaking Metamorphoses at the turn of the millennium—it later received a Broadway run and garnered her a Tony Award. She’s become a Berkeley Rep favorite, enthralling audiences with eight gorgeous productions. Don’t miss your chance to experience her signature tour de force, the provocative and mesmerizing MetamorphosesMore info


April 6th


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


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

May 4th

The Good Book

By Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
April 25–June 9, 2019


Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson (the team behind An Iliad) apply their formidable creative energy to unearth the all-too-human formation of the most influential book in Western history—the Bible

June 8th

Kiss My Aztec!

Book by John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone
Music by Benjamin Velez
Lyrics by David Kamp, Benjamin Velez, and John Leguizamo
Based on an original screenplay written by John Leguizamo and Stephen Chbosky
Directed by Tony Taccone
Main Season · Roda Theatre
May 28–July 14, 2019
World premiere


This fresh, irreverent, and outrageous satirical musical comedy could only spring forth from the insanely hilarious and culturally savvy mind of John Leguizamo (who seriously schooled Berkeley Rep audiences with Latin History for Morons). With an energetic musical fusion of bolero, hip hop, merengue, and rap, and an uproarious mashup of 16th-century and modern slang, Kiss My Aztec! celebrates, elevates, and commemorates Latinx culture.



Saturday, January 5, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Piedmont Avenue Branch

80 Echo Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: (510) 597-5011