Berkeley Repertory Theater


There’s a disturbing national trend many call the school-to-prison pipeline -- where students, often low-income children of color, are pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system. That’s the subject of actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith’s new show at Berkeley Repertory Theater, “Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education, the California Chapter”. The show uses Smith’s signature style of documentary theater, where she interviews people and then performs their words verbatim, using her acting skills to embody their voices and mannerisms.

This week, conversations with Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Joyce Keil, who shares details about the boys’ upcoming concerts here and at Carnegie Hall; Bay Area actress Sharon Rietkirk talks about her role in Stephen Sondheim’s “Marry Me a Little” at Theatreworks in Mountain View; Hershey Felder is back in town, this time as Leonard Bernstein, in a one-man show called “Maestro” at Berkeley Rep.  Also, a talk with Rob Bailis of Cal Performances and composer Uri Caine about the Ojai North concerts this weekend in Berkeley.   Open Air with David Latulippe ~ 6/12/14 at 1pm.


Brian Copeland has a weekly  radio show on KGO. Today he is a radio personality, actor, comedian, writer, and performer, but like many of us, he says he got to where he is today thanks to a series of coincidences.

Copeland tells the story of his life in an acclaimed show called “Not a Genuine Black Man.”

Are you a troublemaker?

Jan 16, 2013

The stage is set at the Berkeley Rep Theatre: a group of rich kids who call themselves “gamers” are standing around, waiting for friends to arrive at a sleepover party. But not everyone they’ve invited is a friend – especially not the hero, Bradley Boatright.

“Yeah, we call him Boatwipe,” one character says, on stage.

Bradley knows they’re not his friends, and he’s suspicious of what they might do. So he and his best friend come to the party in disguise, and try to plan a counterattack.

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Eve Ensler, creator of "The Vagina Monologues," about her new play, “Emotional Creature.”  The play is a celebration of girlhood in a society that often devalues the talents and emotions of girls and women.  So what does it take to empower young girls? And how can we all benefit?  Join us at 10 or email   It’s Your Call with Hana Baba and you.



Selected Shorts will be performed live on stage at Berkeley Repertory Theater on December 8 and 9.