Book-It Launches Virtual Silent Auction

Book-It Repertory Theatre has opened a silent auction online to help offset their loss of income in March and April amidst COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing.

The 2019-20 season was going to be a season to remember for Book-It; it is their 30th anniversary and the last season that Founding Co-Artistic Directors Jane Jones and Myra Platt would helm before stepping down. However, the season may be remembered not as a celebratory one, but as a devastating one.

Due to COVID-19, Book-It has postponed their 30th Anniversary Gala, which was scheduled for March 21. The Gala, while a celebration of Jones and Platt’s leadership, was also to have a live auction, raffles and more―all to raise money in support of Book-It’s work on stage and in the community.

Book-It has rescheduled the Gala to take place in June, however, they are also asking for help now. Book-It has launched an online silent auction now through March 28. Items up for bid include ACT Theatre tickets, cooking classes, wine tasting and much more.

In addition to the silent auction, Book-It has launched a Restoration Campaign, with a goal of $110,000―they are currently at about $20,000. Every person that donates to this campaign will be entered to win a pair of tickets to Book-It’s 2020-21 season and donations over $500 will be entered to win an 8-person outing on a historic wooden boat.

As a small theatre, Book-It has been deeply impacted and they are estimating a total loss of revenue of $110,000 for March and April. This could be catastrophic to the literature-based theatre. In these difficult times, it is essential for our community to come together to ensure that when we come out the other side of this, our arts and culture organizations are there too. It wouldn’t be Seattle without them.

You can learn more about how COVID-19 has impacted Book-It in this video from their Youth Arts & Education department.


Take part in Book-It’s Silent Auction through March 28 at midnight or donate to their Restoration Campaign.  

Performing Arts to Enjoy From Home

As arts organizations all over the Bay Area (and country) close due to restrictions and worries of COVID-19, patrons and artists alike, are in a bind. While artists and organizations suffer from canceling performances―or entire seasons―patrons are saddened at the loss of entertainment, especially at a time we could use it the most.

But even though theatres and performance spaces are closing their doors, many are doing their best to offer patrons alternative ways to engage. Here’s what some organizations around the Bay Area are doing to provide us with ways to watch, listen and learn all while staying safely in our own homes.

And if you really want to get the feeling that you’re back in the performance space, check out our Program Archive. There’s enough there to keep you busy until we’re back in the theatre.

American Conservatory Theater

For those ticket buyers who will not be able to see a live performance of Gloria or Toni Stone, A.C.T. is offering a recording of the performances. Patrons who had already purchased tickets to these performances will be provided exclusive access to a recording of the performance through March 29. If you haven’t purchased a ticket to one of these shows, but would like to watch the recording, A.C.T. is selling virtual tickets here.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Patrons can buy tickets to either Culture Clash (Still) in America or Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play online. Visit www.berkeleyrep.org or call the box office at 510 647.2949. Purchasers will receive a link to a password-protected site from Berkeley Rep to view the production. Please allow 24 hours to receive the order confirmation.

San Francisco Ballet

SF Ballet will present a limited online stream of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be made available this week via electronic streaming on a limited basis. The streamed performance is available only to ticket holders of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Detailed instructions on how to access the Midsummer stream along with use restrictions will be sent to ticketholders via email this week. SF Ballet also announced (in advance of its full 2021 Season announcement) that George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be included as part of the 2021 Repertory Season. More information.

San Francisco Opera

Get ready for SF Opera’s 2020-21 season by exploring their audio gallery. For each opera that is part of their next season, SF Opera provides a sampling of audio excerpts from past performances. It’s the perfect way to forget about the current circumstances and sample what shows you may want to attend! Explore the audio galleries.

San Francisco Symphony

Need something to help fill the silence while you work from home? San Francisco Symphony offers podcast series on their website. Featuring music from SF Symphony concerts and recordings, and commentary based on their award-winning program notes by James Keller and Michael Steinberg. Listen now.  

Updated March 17, 2020: Updated information regarding Berkeley Rep’s online performances.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2020-21 Season Is Filled With Seattle Favorites

Today Pacific Northwest Ballet announced their 2020-21 season, which will include audience favorites Jewels, Roméo et Juliette, and Coppélia; world premieres from Jessica Lang and Alejandro Cerrudo; the PNB premiere of works by Penny Saunders, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon; and works by George Balanchine, Crystal Pite, and Alexei Ratmansky. This will be in addition to the holiday season staple, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.

When glancing over the season, one name pops up again and again. While George Balanchine’s works are celebrated and performed at companies throughout the nation, Pacific Northwest Ballet has personal connections to the choreographer through Founding Artistic Directors Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, who studied under Balanchine at the New York City Ballet, as well as current Artistic Director Peter Boal who was featured in many Balanchine ballets during his own time dancing with the New York City Ballet.

Due to the company’s history with the choreographer, as well as the genius and accessibility of his work, it’s no surprise that he is heavily featured. This season we will see four works by the prolific choreographer: Jewels, The Nutcracker, Coppélia and Apollo (which will be included in the program Modern Hits).

In addition to Balanchine’s beloved works, the 2020-21 season includes plenty of new-to-Seattle work, the beautiful story ballet Roméo et Juliette (just in time for Valentine’s Day), and a world premiere by newly appointed Resident Choreographer Aljeandro Cerrudo, who has become quite a favorite of PNB audiences.

The season will also include performances of Snow White as part of PNB’s Family Matinees series. Snow White will be performed by students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School.

Subscriptions for the 2020-21 season are now available for purchase online. Single tickets for the full season will be available on July 20.

PNB company dancers in ‘Jewels.’ PHOTO BY ANGELA STERLING
George Balanchine’s Jewels

September 25–October 4, 2020

Opening the season with sparkling élan, George Balanchine’s Jewels is a perfect primer of the iconic choreographer’s style: Emeralds whispers of grace, courtesy and French perfume; Rubies sizzles with American sass; and Diamonds conjures the magnificence of old St. Petersburg.

All Premiere

November 6–15, 2020

All Premiere celebrates a lineage of powerful female choreographers from Twyla Tharp, to Jessica Lang, to up-and-comer Penny Saunders, each with their own bright and arresting perspective.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

November 27–December 27, 2020

The Northwest’s favorite holiday tradition! PNB’s production of the iconic Balanchine ballet features sets and costumes designed by children’s author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig).

(Not part of PNB’s subscription season. Tickets go on sale July 20.)

Roméo et Juliette

February 5–14, 2021

“One of the most beautiful ballets adapted from Shakespeare’s masterpiece that can be seen today.” (Scènes Magazine) Jean-Christophe Maillot infuses Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed lovers with intoxicating emotion and heart-rending beauty.

Noelani Pantastico and Lucien Postlewaite in Alejandro Cerrudos 'Silent-Ghost,' which will be included in the 'Modern Hits' program.
Noelani Pantastico and Lucien Postlewaite in Alejandro Cerrudos ‘Silent-Ghost,’ which will be included in the ‘Modern Hits’ program. PHOTO BY ANGELA STERLING
Director’s Choice

March 19–28, 2021

Contemporary masters explore life in our increasingly complicated world in this year’s Director’s Choice line-up. Crystal Pite’s riveting audience favorite, Emergence, will share the stage with Bound To, Christopher Wheeldon’s essay on disconnectedness in these tech-obsessed times, and a world premiere by PNB resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo (One Thousand Pieces, Little mortal jump) completes the triple-bill.

Snow White

March 21 – 28, 2020

Who’s the fairest of them all? Snow White, of course! Danced by the students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, this hour-long narrated matinee version of the treasured classic was designed for younger audience members.

(Part of PNB’s “Family Matinees” series. Call the PNB Box Office for details.)

Coppélia

April 16–25, 2021

The return of the happiest ballet on earth! A hilarious and charming tale of mistaken identity, Coppélia promises bravura classical ballet, exquisite scenery and costumes, and pristine choreography for the PNB company plus 24 tiny dancers from the PNB School.

Modern Hits

June 4–13, 2021

This collection of works pays homage to ballet’s past while ushering the art form into the future. The program spans nearly a century of modern American ballet, from the intensely theatrical Pictures at an Exhibition by Alexei Ratmansky, to the hypnotic flow of Alejandro Cerrudo’s Silent Ghost, to the fountainhead of contemporary classicism—George Balanchine’s Apollo.

Five Bay Area Shows to Help You Celebrate Women’s History Month

March has arrived, and that means it is time to celebrate women’s roles in American history (as if there is ever a time we shouldn’t be celebrating them). Around the Bay Area there will be activities, rallies, conferences, discussions and more, all centered around honoring the women that came before, and enhancing the lives of women today.

As an alternative to all the other events, we’ve compiled some recommendations in case you’re the type to observe Women’s History Month in a dark theatre. Whether you’re looking for a strong female performer, a woman-led dance company, or a play about a historical female icon, we’ve got the perfect performance for you to enjoy, learn from and, most importantly, celebrate with.  

Dorrance Dance

STANFORD LIVE

March 10

This award-winning tap dance company was founded by 2015 MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance in 2011. Dorrance began dancing at age four and hasn’t stopped. She tapped with STOMP and Savion Glover, then became a solo artist, winning accolades from top critics around the world before forming her own company in 2011. Dorrance’s shows are known to pack a house—and her SOUNDspace troupe will bring 11 impressive tappers, a pianist and a stage full of innovative excitement to Stanford Live’s Bing Concert Hall.

Tickets available online.

Cécile McLorin Salvant With Darcy James Argue

STANFORD LIVE

March 13

Renowned jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse, an original concert concept arranged and conducted by jazz luminary Darcy James Argue, uses Salvant’s eclectic choices, from hip-hop to Cuban to baroque idioms, coupled with her exquisite vocal gifts, for a one-of-a-kind audience experience. Touching on social themes such as the status of women and race relations today, the work is part of Renée Fleming’s VOICES series, co-commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Kennedy Center.

Tickets available online.

They Promised Her the Moon

THEATREWORKS SILICON VALLEY

Now through March 29

This play chronicles the true story of Jerrie Cobb, an American aviator who was part of the Mercury 13, the group of women that underwent the same physiological testing that their male counterparts did for NASA—all women ended up passing the test, but none made it to space.

Cobb was a world record pilot in speed, distance and altitude while still in her 20s, and her efforts with fellow female aviator Jackie Cochran helped pave the way for women in aviation and space.

Tickets available online.

Toni Stone

AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER

Now through March 29

Toni Stone, the culmination of a six-year collaboration between playwright Diamond and director Pam MacKinnon, tells the real-life story of a trail-blazing Bay Area athlete. Stone was the first woman to play professional baseball as a player in the Negro League. During her career she played for multiple teams in the league while enduring hostile crowds, ruthless team owners, and players who slide spikes first.

Tickets available online.

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play

BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE

March 19 through May 5

Winner of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play and the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play is a biting comedy that tackles the universal issues of beauty and self-worth that face teenage girls across the globe.

Written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Awoye Timpo, School Girls follows Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school who has her plans shaken up when Ericka, a new student, captures the attention of a pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends.

Tickets available online.

Update on March 10, 2020: Please check arts organizations’ websites for current schedules. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak performance schedules may change.

‘Mamma Mia!’ and the Return of a Village Theatre Original Highlight the 2020-21 Season

The 2020-21 season for Village Theatre has been announced and it promises a healthy dose of upbeat fun. Taking a generally light approach, the season can promise a nice antidote to the upcoming election year. The 2020-21 season will run from September 17 to June 20 at the Issaquah location and November 6 to July 25 in Everett.

Artistic Director Jerry Dixon, who is currently completing his first season in the position, excitedly announced the new season saying, “We truly feel this is a collection of shows everyone can enjoy. We’ve created a lineup that features a classic golden-age musical, a hilarious thriller, a dynamic and compelling modern work, and two fun-filled productions that feature music you know and love. We are deeply excited to share this season with our audiences.”

For the first time, Village Theatre is offering a FlexiPass subscription option, allowing patrons to select three or four show subscriptions. These will be sold as another option to the full five-show subscription. These subscriptions are now available for purchase online.

Mamma Mia!

Issaquah: September 17—October 25, 2020

Everett: November 6—29, 2020

This dazzling musical smash is filled to the brim with hit ABBA songs, romance, family, and delight. When Sophie is due to be married, she wants her dad to walk her down the aisle. The only problem is she doesn’t know who he is. After inviting all three of her mom’s old boyfriends to attend the wedding, things heat up at their already sizzling Grecian getaway. The ultimate feel-good show, Mamma Mia! will have you singing and dancing all the way home.

Hello, Dolly!

Issaquah: November 19, 2020 – January 3, 2021

Everett: January 8 – 31, 2021

Strong-willed Dolly Gallagher Levi is the ideal matchmaker—she has marriage on her mind, and a recipe for love in her pocket. But she may have met her match when grouchy “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder enters the scene, looking for the perfect bride. Humor and romance abound in this universally acclaimed smash hit that has been nominated for over 50 awards, and touched the hearts of millions across the globe. Plus, beloved Village Theatre favorite Bobbi Kotula will don the mantle of the ruby red dress…it’ll be “nice to have her back where she belongs.”

Deathtrap

Issaquah: January 21–February 28, 2021

Everett: March 5–28, 2021

Broadway’s longest-running comedy thriller, Deathtrap is a deliciously shocking play from the author of The Stepford Wives. Hit playwright, Sidney Bruhl, is out of ideas and would kill to get back on top. When he receives a script from a former student, he realizes he has a guaranteed success in his hands. With the tantalizing prospect of taking it for his own, no one can predict where the dark events of the night will go. Deathtrap is a sharply funny play that keeps audiences wondering who, if anyone, is truly safe when success is just a clean shot away.

Making Tracks

Issaquah: March 18–April 25, 2021

Everett: April 30–May 23, 2021

A favorite from the 2001-2002 season, Making Tracks returns to Village Theatre’s stage after being called “undeniably stirring” by The Seattle Times, and “promising, energetic, and hopeful” by The New York Times. This powerful story follows a young Asian-American as he experiences his family’s six generation struggle to find a voice in America, inheriting the spirit of those who came before him.

For this production, creators Woody Pak, Welly Yang, and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, 13 Reasons Why) will re-visit the script to update and acknowledge the injustices and conversations of today’s world. This mesmerizing rock musical tells a rich and diverse history of triumph and perseverance.

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Issaquah: May 13—June 20, 2021

Everett: July 2–25, 2021

Winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical, this dynamic celebration of jazz icon Fats Waller pays homage to the Black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s to the 1940s. Featuring songs like “Honeysuckle Rose,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “Black and Blue,” and, of course, “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” this timeless and classic show will transport you to a vibrant time of jazz at its height, complete with new beats, jump, jive, and swing.

Berkeley Rep Announces Full Cast and Creative Team for the World Premiere of ‘Swept Away’

The full cast and creative team have been announced for the world premiere of The Avett Brothers’ musical. The ensemble includes Wayne Duvall (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Adrian Blake Enscoe (Apple TV+ Dickinson), Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening) and Tony Award nominee Stark Sands (Kinky Boots).

The show will feature music created and inspired The Avett Brothers, a Grammy nominated folk rock band, and is written by Tony Award-winning and Academy Award nominee John Logan (Red, Broadway’s Moulin Rouge!, Skyfall, Gladiator). Logan is joined by director Michael Mayer who has a successful history of helming new musicals including Spring Awakening, for which he won the Tony Award for direction, American Idiot, and the first Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Swept Away takes place in1888, 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?

COURTESY OF BERKELEY REP
Cast

Wayne Duvall (Captain) Duvall will be making his Berkeley Rep debut with Swept Away. Theatre credits include Broadway: 1984; Off-Broadway: Big River and Of Thee I Sing (Encores), The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theater); Regional: The Cake (La Jolla Playhouse), Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill (Signature Theatre), Bright Star and Working (The Old Globe), Bonnie and Clyde (Asolo Rep and La Jolla). Film credits include Richard Jewell; The Kitchen; American Animals; Wolves; Hello My Name Is Frank; Prisoners; Lincoln; Edge of Darkness; Duplicity; Leatherheads; In the Valley of Elah; Pride and Glory; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Hard Rain; The Fan; Apollo 13. Upcoming films: A Quiet Place 2, The Trial of The Chicago 7, The Hunt, and Werewolves Within. Over 100 TV guest stars, including Pearson, Suits, One Dollar, The Code, Sneaky Pete, Fargo, BrainDead, Madam Secretary, Gotham, The Leftovers, Hell on Wheels, Elementary, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, all the Law & Orders, Hawaii 5-0, Boardwalk Empire, The West Wing, The District.

Adrian Blake Enscoe (Little Brother) Since graduating from Carnegie Mellon’s undergraduate acting program, Enscoe has made a name for himself by landing roles in Carter Smith’s indie film Jamie Marks Is Dead, opposite Cameron Monaghan and Morgan Saylor, as well as HBO’s Girls, and on the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black. He played opposite Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin in their indie feature The Greens Are Gone, and had a strong supporting role in Owen Long’s indie film Seeds. When not acting, Adrian moonlights as lead guitar and vocalist in the trio Bandits on the Run, with whom he recently wrapped up a local tour. Adrian can currently be seen starring opposite Hailee Steinfeld as Austin Dickinson in the Apple TV+ breakout hit Dickinson. He is based in Brooklyn, NY where he is very active in theatre.

John Gallagher, Jr. (Mate) Gallagher recently wrapped a series of high-profile film and television projects: HBO’s Westworld with Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright; Amazon Studio’s anthology series Modern Love with Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, and Dev Patel; The Best of Enemies with Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson for STXfilms; Will Eubank’s Underwater opposite Kristen Stewart for 20th Century Fox; and Amblin Partners’ Larry, which is based on the horror short by Jacob Chase. He won a Tony Award originating the role of Moritz Stiefel in Spring Awakening (2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album); starred in the stage adaptation of punk rock band Green Day’s rock opera American Idiot (2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album); and starred as Edmund Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night alongside Michael Shannon, Jessica Lange, and Gabriel Byrne; and recently opened the American premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s NASSIM at New York City Center’s Stage II.

Stark Sands (Older Brother) Sands most recently appeared on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird opposite Jeff Daniels. Prior to that, he was nominated for a Tony Award and received a Grammy Award for originating the role of Charlie Price in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots. Recent film credits include Steven Spielberg’s The Post opposite Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers opposite Ryan Phillippe and John Slattery. He was most recently seen on television as the lead of the FOX series Minority Report. He made his Broadway debut in Journey’s End, for which he received his first Tony Award nomination and won the 2007 Theatre World Award before going on to star in Green Day’s rock musical American Idiot.

Taurean Everett (Ensemble) This will mark Everett’s is Berkeley Rep debut. His Broadway credits include Mamma Mia! (Broadhurst Theatre), Miss Saigon (Broadway Theatre), and The Cher Show (Neil Simon Theatre). His national tours and regional credits and concerts include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (first national tour); Thoroughly Modern Millie Concert (The Actors Fund/Minskoff Theatre); Guys and Dolls Concert (Carnegie Hall); Audrey 2 (in drag) in Little Shop of Horrors (Berkshire Theatre); Can Can, Damn Yankees, Curtains,and Peter Pan (Paper Mill Playhouse); Nikkos in Legally Blonde (Cape Playhouse); Steam Heat (Mason Street Warehouse); Hairspray, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Full Monty, A Chorus Line,and Plato/Macavity in Cats (Music Theatre of Wichita).

Dan Gleason (Ensemble) Gleason will be making his Berkeley Rep debut. His other credits include Wicked (Broadway/national tour), American Idiot (national tour), Miss Saigon (Kansas City Starlight/regional tour), My One and Only (Goodspeed Opera House), Baby (Pennsylvania Centre Stage), Shenandoah (Gretna Theatre), and Fantastical Family Night (Transcendence Theatre). Dan is also a singer/songwriter/guitarist for the band Sir Richard Newton along with Larkin Bogan and Rob Marnell; their debut album is expected by winter 2020.

Ebrin R. Stanley (Ensemble) Stanley is an actor, singer, songwriter, and producer from Houston, TX. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance. He released his debut album, For The Lovers and The Heartbreakers, on all streaming platforms last September and was most recently seen as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in the Chicago company of Hamilton.

Jacob Keith Watson (Ensemble) Watson is returning to Berkeley Rep after appearing in the world premiere of Amélie, A New Musical. Broadway/NYC: Carousel (Enoch Snow, Imperial Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (Shubert Theatre), Violet (American Airlines Theatre), Amélie, A New Musical (u/s Nino, Walter Kerr Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Joseph Buquet/Monsieur Reyer, Majestic Theatre), 1776 (Robert Livingston, New York Scott Center), Mack & Mabel (Harry/Ensemble, New York City Center). National tour: Chicago (Amos Hart). Regional credits include Benny & Joon (Waldo, Paper Mill Playhouse), Shrek the Musical (Shrek, Broadway at Music Circus), Sister Act (Joey, Paper Mill Playhouse), Amélie, A New Musical (Berkeley Rep/Center Theatre Group), A Christmas Carol (Jacob Marley, Shakespeare on the Sound), Othello (u/s Iago, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), As You Like It (Corin, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre).

Nikita Burshteyn (Swing) Berkeley Rep credits: Alexander Supertramp in Into the Wild (The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep). Off-Broadway credits: Romeo in Romeo and Bernadette (The ART/New York Theatres/Theatre Row at the Acorn Theatre). Recent regional credits: Jack Kelly in Newsies (Woodminster Summer Musicals), Gene Gorman in Saturday Night (42nd Street Moon), Jean-Michel in La Cage aux Folles (San Francisco Playhouse), Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Berkeley Playhouse).

Creative Team

John Logan (Book) Logan received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle, and Drama League awards for his play Red. This play has had more than 400 productions across the U.S. and over 160 foreign productions in 25 languages. He is the author of more than a dozen other plays, including Peter and Alice, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, and Never the Sinner. Musical theatre work includes Moulin Rouge, The Last Ship, Superhero, and Swept Away. He is the proud recipient of the O’Neill Theater Center’s 2019 Monte Cristo Award. As a screenwriter, John has been three times nominated for the Oscar and has received Golden Globe, BAFTA, WGA, Edgar, and PEN Center awards. His film work includes Skyfall, Spectre, Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator, Rango, Alien: Covenant, Genius, Coriolanus, Sweeney Todd, The Last Samurai, Any Given Sunday, and RKO 281. He created and produced the television series Penny Dreadful and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels for Showtime.

The Avett Brothers (Music and Lyrics) The Avett Brothers​ made mainstream waves with their 2009 major label debut, ​I and Love and You​, landing at No. 16 on the ​Billboard​ Top 200 and garnering critical acclaim. 2012 saw ​The Carpenter​ hit No. 4 on the ​Billboard ​Top 200 and was followed by ​Magpie and the Dandelion (2013) which debuted at No. 5 on ​Billboard’s ​Top 200 and saw the band appear twice on ​Jimmy Kimmel Live! True Sadness​ (2016) achieved The Avett Brothers’ highest career debut to date hitting No. 1 on ​Billboard’s​ Top Albums Chart, No. 1 Top Rock Albums Chart, No. 1 Digital Albums Chart, No. 3 on ​Billboard​ Top 200, and scoring two GRAMMY​®​nominations. In the same year, the band was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In 2017, the band released their critically acclaimed documentary ​May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers​, which was co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The film followed the band as they wrote their GRAMMY​®​ nominated album ​True Sadness​. Last year, the band released their tenth studio album ​Closer Than Together​ featuring new single “High Steppin’” which reached #1 on the Americana Radio Chart.

Michael Mayer (Director) Mayer is returning to Berkeley Rep where he created the Tony Award-winning American Idiot nearly 10 years ago. Recent credits include the new Little Shop of Horrors now playing Off-Broadway, Burn This starring Adam Driver and Keri Russell, Head Over Heels, a new production of La Traviata at the Met, and the film of The Seagull starring Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan. Other credits include Spring Awakening (Tony Award, Best Director, Best Musical), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award, Best Revival), Marnie (ENO and Met), and a new Rigoletto (Met), Side Man (Tony Award, Best Play), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award, Best Musical), A View from the Bridge (Tony Award, Best Revival), among others. TV: Smash (Pilot, Season One), Alpha House (Amazon). Film: A Home at the End of the World (Warner Bros.), Flicka (Fox 2000). He has won Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Jefferson, Ovation, and Carbonell awards. He serves on the boards of New York Stage and Film and The Arthur Miller Foundation.

David Neumann (Choreographer) Swept Away will be Neumann’s Berkeley Rep debut. Broadway: Hadestown (Chita Rivera Award, Tony, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel nominations). Neumann’s original work as artistic director of Advanced Beginner Group has been presented in New York at PS 122, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Central Park Summerstage, Symphony Space, Abrons Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, and The Whitney. ABG has also performed at the Walker Art Center, Jacob’s Pillow, MASS MoCA, and the American Dance Institute, among others. Recent New York projects include directing Geoff Sobelle in The Object Lesson (New York Theatre Workshop, BAM), choreography for Underground Railroad Game (Ars Nova), An Octoroon (Soho Rep.), and The Antipodes (Signature Theatre). Film: I Am Legend, various Hal Hartley films, Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach). David is the recipient of three NY Dance & Performance Bessie Awards, including Best Production in 2015 for I Understand Everything Better. He is currently a professor of theatre at Sarah Lawrence College.

Brian Usifer (Music Supervisor, Music Arrangements, and Orchestrations) Usifer is a New York City-based music director, pianist, orchestrator/arranger, producer, and composer and is currently the music director of Disney’s Frozen on Broadway. He is also currently the associate music supervisor of The Book of Mormon on Broadway and on tour. Prior to that he was the music director of Kinky Boots on Broadway, which won six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Orchestrations. The cast recording won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, and the West End production won an Olivier Award for Best Musical. He was the associate music supervisor as well for Kinky Boots on tour, London, and in Toronto. Brian has played in the Broadway and off-Broadway orchestras of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, Altar Boyz, and The Book of Mormon. Credits also include Chess at the Kennedy Center and more than five years of regional theatre including Follies at Barrington Stage Company. Concerts include Bobby and Kristen Lopez: American Songbook at Lincoln Center and Clay Aiken “Tried and True DVD,” for PBS.

Chris Miller (Music Arrangements and Orchestrations) Berkeley Rep debut. Composer, Tuck Everlasting (Broadway 2016); The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons/Vineyard Theatre, Lucille Lortel nominee Best Musical 2011); Fugitive Songs (Drama Desk Award nominee Outstanding Revue 2008); all have cast albums available at iTunes and Amazon. Television: Sesame Street, Elmo’s World, and The Electric Company. Incidental music: The Whipping Man (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Anna Christie (The Old Globe, San Diego); co-composer with Michael Friedman, the first New York revival of Angels in America (Signature Theatre). Upcoming: the book, music, and lyrics for Ravello (Signature Theatre (VA) American Musical Voices Project); April Twilights, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra using the poetry of Willa Cather; and a commission for producer Barbara Whitman and Grove Entertainment. With Nathan Tysen, Revival, for Playwrights Horizons and TheaterWorks Silicon Valley, and a musical for the Educational Theater Association and Concord Theatricals.

Justin Craig (Music Director) Craig is a Grammy-nominated record producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music director based in New York City. Theatre: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Belasco Theatre/Broadway, first national tour), This Ain’t No Disco (guitarist, Atlantic Theatre/off Broadway), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (guitarist). TV/film (as a musician): The Magic Within (upcoming), How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017), The Nice Guys (2016), Admission (2013), Lovelace (2013), Little Fockers (2010), Barko (Animated Short 2010), The Backup Plan (2010), Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (2009), Sex Drive (2008).

Rachel Hauck (Scenic Designer) Berkeley Rep credits include What the Constitution Means to Me, The Madwoman in the Volvo, Roe, It Can’t Happen Here, An Iliad, Mother Courage, Antony & Cleopatra, and Valley Song. Broadway credits include Hadestown (Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle nominations), What the Constitution Means to Me, and Latin History for Morons. Recent work includes The Wrong Man (MCC), Hadestown (National Theatre, Citadel, New York Theatre Workshop), Hurricane Diane (NYTW), Othello and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in the Park), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), You’ll Still Call Me by Name (Sonya Tayeh/Jacob’s Pillow), Tiny Beautiful Things and Dry Powder (The Public Theater), Amy and the Orphans and On the Exhale (Roundabout Theatre Company), and Antlia Pneumatica and Grand Concourse (Playwrights Horizons). Rachel is honored to have received the Princess Grace Award and Lilly Award, Drama Desk and Lortel nominations, and an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.

Susan Hilferty (Costume Designer) Berkeley Rep credits include Compulsion, Dream of a Common Language, The Illusion, Born in the RSA, Road to Mecca, Twelfth Night, Woman Warrior, Tooth of Crime,and Convict’s Return. Susan has designed sets and costumes for over 350 productions across globe. She has collaborated on 39 productions with South African playwright Athol Fugard. Broadway designs include Wicked (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics awards), Present Laughter (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics award nominations), Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), Lestat (Tony nomination), Annie, Hands on a Hardbody, Wonderland, Assassins, Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Hewes Award). Recent designs include Blood Wedding (Young Vic, London), Hamlet (St. Anne’s Warehouse), Boesman and Lena (Signature Theatre), Bright Room Called Day and The Gabriels (The Public Theater), Uncle Vanya (Old Globe), Love, Love, Love (Roundabout Theatre; Lucille Lortel Award), Buried Child and The Spoils (NY and London), Turn Me Loose (Arena Stage). Her designs for opera include La Traviata and Rigoletto (Metropolitan Opera); film (Laurie Anderson); dance (Ailey); circus (Ringling Bros.); and concerts (Taylor Swift). Her many awards include TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement and Obie Award for Sustained Excellence Costume Design.

Kevin Adams (Lighting Designer) Adams’ Berkeley Rep credits include American Idiot and Passing Strange. He has received four Tony Awards for his work on Broadway, which includes The Cher Show, Head Over Heels, SpongeBob The Musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, Next to Normal, Passing Strange, The 39 Steps, Spring Awakening, Hair, Take Me Out, and solo shows by Michael Moore, Eve Ensler, and John Leguizamo. Off-Broadway credits include the original productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and The Scottsboro Boys, revivals of Carrie and Rent,and new work by Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Neil Simon, Terrence McNally, Richard Greenberg, Anna Deavere Smith, Eric Bogosian, and Christopher Durang. Other work includes numerous productions at The Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, the Hollywood Bowl, Las Vegas, London’s West End, Disney Hall, and Sandra Bernhard’s 1990 feature film Without You I’m Nothing. Kevin has received the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Award, Lucille Lortel Awards, Hewes Design Awards, Knights of Illumination Award, and an Obie for Sustained Excellence.

Kai Harada (Sound Designer) Berkeley Rep: Amélie. Broadway: Head Over Heels, The Band’s Visit (Tony Award and Drama Desk Award), Amélie, Sunday in the Park with George, Allegiance, Gigi, Fun Home, On the Town, First Date, Follies (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), and Million Dollar Quartet. Other credits include Hercules (The Public Theater at the Delacorte); Soft Power (The Public Theater); A Legendary Romance and Poster Boy (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Light in the Piazza and Candide (L.A. Opera); We Live in Cairo and The Black Clown (American Repertory Theater); Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre); The Music Man, Little Shop of Horrors, Chess, Little Dancer,and First You Dream (Kennedy Center); Silent Night (Washington National Opera); Zorro (Moscow; Atlanta); Hinterm Horizont (Berlin); Sweeney Todd and Man of La Mancha (Portland Opera); and She Loves Me (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Audio consultant for the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Education: Yale University.


Swept Away will end Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s 2019-20 season and play from June 14 to July 26. Tickets are available online.

A.C.T. Announces ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ as 2020-21 Season Opener

American Conservatory Theater has announced that they will open their 2020-21 season with The Lehman Trilogy, directed by Academy Award, Tony Award, and Golden Globe winner Sam Mendes.

A co-production between the National Theatre and Neal Street Productions, The Lehman Trilogy will play for a limited four-week run from September 11 through October 11 at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater. The production will come to San Francisco after sold-out runs in London, and an engagement on Broadway this March.  

The play follows the prominent Lehman family through several generations—a story told in three parts in a single evening. Beginning with the Lehman brothers at a New York dockside in 1844 and following their sons and grandsons to the family’s eventual financial ruin in 2008, The Lehman Trilogy is an American epic.


2020–21 season subscriptions begin on March 16 and a priority list for the season opener is available for sign-up now.

‘Hamilton’ and 10-Time Tony Award Winner Among Broadway at The Paramount’s 2020-21 Season

Broadway at The Paramount announces their 2020-21 season. Among the eight shows stopping in Seattle on their Broadway National tours is a fair balance of familiar favorites and new delights.  

Kicking off the 2020-21 season will be Seattle’s first taste of the 2018 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, The Band’s Visit. Next is the season package option: Blue Man Group. And just in time for the holidays is the stage version of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. On its first National tour, the Tony Award Winner for Best Choreography, Ain’t Too Proud,will arrive in January, followed by a short run of the classic My Fair Lady. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar comes through Seattle in April and back by popular demand, next spring will see the return of Hamilton for an extended six-week run. Finally, closing the season will be the new romantic comedy musical sensation, Pretty Woman: The Musical.  

The Band’s Visit

October 6–11, 2020

The critically acclaimed smash-hit Broadway musical The Band’s Visit is the winner of 10 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, making it one of the most Tony-winning musicals in history.  It is also a Grammy Award® winner for Best Musical Theater Album.

In this joyously offbeat story, set in a town that’s way off the beaten path, a band of musicians arrive lost, out of the blue.  Under the spell of the desert sky, and with beautiful music perfuming the air, the band brings the town to life in unexpected and tantalizing ways.  Even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.

The cast of world-class performers is led by award-winning Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, star of the original film and the Broadway production. With a Tony- and Grammy-winning score that seduces your soul and sweeps you off your feet, and featuring thrillingly talented onstage musicians, The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.  

Blue Man Group

November 6–8, 2020

More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is Blue Man Group. Blue Man Group returns to Seattle for a limited engagement on their new North American tour. It’s everything you know and love about Blue Man Group—signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy—the men are still blue but the rest is all new! Featuring pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction and hilarious absurdity, join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages.

National tour company of 'Irving Berlin's White Christmas.'
National tour company of ‘Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.’ Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

December 8–20, 2020

This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list!  Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to the Paramount Theatre to see Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Performances begin December 8 for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that The New York Times says to “put on your wish list. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations

January 13–24, 2021

Ain’t Too Proud is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. 

Nominated for 12 Tony Awards®, Ain’t Too Proud tells the thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal, as the group’s personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart during a decade of civil unrest in America. 

The unforgettable story of this legendary quintet is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and so many more.

Written by three-time Obie Award® winner Dominique Morisseau, directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and featuring the Tony-winning choreography of Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!), Ain’t Too Proud launches their first national tour to more than 50 cities across America.

Shereen Ahmed and company in The Lincoln Center Theater Production of ‘My Fair Lady.’ Photo by Joan Marcus
My Fair Lady

March 3–7, 2021

From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes “a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Director Bartlett Sher’s glowing production is “thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was” (New York Times).  “Every so often a revival comes along that reminds you how indispensable great theater can be” (NY1).

Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.”  But who is really being transformed?

Jesus Christ Superstar

April 13–18, 2021

Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award® for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theatre audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.

Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.”

National tour cast of 'Hamilton.'
National tour cast of ‘Hamilton.’ Photo by Joan Marcus
Hamilton

May 11–June 20, 2021

Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. 

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

Pretty Woman: The Musical

August 3–8, 2021

After an incredible run on Broadway, Audience Choice Award-winner Pretty Woman: The Musical is coming to Seattle! One of Hollywood’s most beloved stories of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical is brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway. Featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69,” “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton, Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart. “If you love the movie, you’ll love the musical!” (BuzzFeed News).

Featured in the musical is Roy Orbison and Bill Dee’s international smash hit song “Oh, Pretty Woman,” which inspired one of the most beloved romantic comedy films of all time. Pretty Woman the film was an international smash hit when it was released in 1990. Now, 30 years later, Pretty Woman: The Musical still “Dazzles!” (Deadline) and is “Big romance and big fun!” (Broadway.com). “Irresistible! A romantic fantasy. A contemporary fairy tale,” says The Hollywood ReporterPretty Woman: The Musical delivers on all the iconic moments you remember. Get ready to experience this dazzling theatrical take on a love story for the ages. 


Subscriptions for Broadway at The Paramount’s 2020-21 season will become available on their website at a later date.

Pacific Northwest Ballet Names Alejandro Cerrudo as Company’s First Resident Choreographer

Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal announced Alejandro Cerrudo as the first resident choreographer in the company’s 47-year history. Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces will have its PNB premiere this March.

Seattle audiences have grown more and more enthusiastic about Cerrudo’s work over the past five years as he has introduced three pieces into PNB’s repertory; One Thousand Pieces will be his fourth. His previous pieces include Memory Glow, which had its world premiere at PNB in 2014; Little mortal jump, which had its PNB premiere in 2016 and returned again in 2018; and Silent Ghost, which premiered to PNB audiences in 2018.

Cerrudo’s residency will last three years, during which time he will choreograph two world premieres, restage two repertory works for the company, and one for the school. The residency will also give Cerrudo the opportunity to mentor fellow choreographers within PNB. This will not be Cerrudo’s first experience in this position; in 2008 he became Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s first resident choreographer, a position he held for ten years.

Artistic Director Peter Boal expanded on his decision to name a resident choreographer for the first time in company history, stating, “Each time Alejandro has come to PNB, the connection between choreographer and dancers deepens. Inspiration fills the room. With this appointment, we can channel this inspiration into new creations, repertory additions, and multiple opportunities to collaborate with and get to know one of the great creative forces working in dance today.”


One Thousand Pieces will run March 13–22 at McCaw Hall. The mixed-bill includes Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces and David Dawson’s Empire Noir. Tickets are available on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s website.

New Productions and a West Coast Premiere Highlight San Francisco Opera’s 2020-21 Season

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock has announced the opera’s 98th season, which includes several new productions of classic favorites, the West Coast premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale, and the rarely performed Der Zwerg by Alexander Zemlinsky.

In addition to the seven operas in the 2020-21 season (down from the usual eight), SF Opera will present the sopranos Lianna Haroutounian and Iréne Theorin in concert with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra where they will sing Puccini, Verdi, Strauss and Wagner. Opera in the Park will be returning on October 18 with a concert headlined by Sondra Radvanovsky at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

In light of the recently announced renovations to the War Memorial Opera House, the final two operas in the season will take place in April and May, rather than the usual schedule of June and July.  

In addition to a jam-packed season with many productions new to SF Opera, as well as the renovations of the opera’s residence, Eun Sun Kim will be assuming the role of music director beginning in August and will be directing the first show of the season, Fidelio.

Fidelio

September 12–October 1, 2020

San Francisco Opera joins the global celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with a new production of the composer’s only opera, Fidelio. Last presented by the Company in 2005, this monumental work of love and liberty triumphing over corruption returns in an insightful new staging by Matthew Ozawa.

Arrested. Tortured. Presumed dead. Two years ago, Leonora’s husband disappeared into the depths of a detention facility run by his political enemy. Now, the only way to discover if he’s alive is for Leonora to infiltrate the prison disguised as a man. Elza van den Heever stars as Leonora.

Music Director Designate Eun Sun Kim conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Rigoletto

September 13–October 4, 2020

Sir Mark Elder conducts this Italian classic of seduction, betrayal and vengeance in his first engagement with San Francisco Opera since making a triumphant 2015 Company debut leading Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

As the court jester, Rigoletto’s job is to entertain the Duke of Mantua, usually at the expense of powerful members of the court. When he is cursed for a taunt that cuts too deep, a terrible sequence of events is set in motion, threatening his only treasure in life: his daughter. Sir Mark Elder conducts George Gagnidze in the role of Rigoletto, Pene Pati as the Duke of Mantua, and Nina Minasyan as Gilda.

The set design for the new production of ‘Così fan tutte.’ Photo courtesy of San Francisco Opera
Così fan tutte

October 6–28, 2020

San Francisco Opera’s new production by director Michael Cavanagh is the second installment in the Company’s trilogy set in the “Great American House of Mozart and Da Ponte.” 

A couple of club members engage in a playful bet about the fidelity of their partners. Testing the limits of loyalty and forgiveness, Così fan tutte puts love on trial in this bittersweet comedy where affections become entangled and confused. From the creative team behind the 2019 smash hit The Marriage of Figaro.

The Handmaid’s Tale

October 29–November 22, 2020

Grammy-nominated Danish composer Poul Ruders’ powerful adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s landmark literary work The Handmaid’s Tale receives its West Coast premiere in a new co-production with the Royal Danish Opera.

In a dystopian future, fertile women deemed sinful are forced into child-bearing servitude by an extremist theocratic regime. Resistance is nearly impossible—but necessary. Based on the landmark literary work by Margaret Atwood and starring Sasha Cooke as Offred.

Michael Fabiano (left) reprises the role of Rodolfo in La ‘Bohème.’ Photo by Cory Weaver
La Bohème

November 15–December 6, 2020

Puccini’s popular work of love and loss among a group of bohemian artists in mid-19th-century Paris will be presented in director John Caird and designers David Farley and Michael James Clark’s beloved 2014 production. 

Infused with melodies of unforgettable intimacy, buoyancy and pathos, this masterpiece remains one of the most heart-wrenching emotional experiences on the opera stage. Conducted by former Music Director Nicola Luisotti.

The Barber of Seville

April 25–May 16, 2021

Rossini’s timeless lyric comedy returns to the War Memorial Opera House stage in Emilio Sagi’s buoyant, Spanish-themed production which was first unveiled here in 2013. The sparkling coloratura, hilarious comedy and exuberant action of this bel canto classic will be helmed by conductor Roderick Cox in his Company debut.

Count Almaviva must rely on the talents of the quick-witted Figaro if he is to win the beautiful Rosina from her lecherous guardian.

Performance of ‘Der Zwerg.’ Photo by Robert Millard
Der Zwerg

April 27–May 15, 2021

Alexander Zemlinsky’s rarely performed operatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s “The Birthday of the Infanta” follows an outsider whose earnest affection for a princess leads to a heartbreaking rejection. Featuring a brilliant score that shimmers with sensuous and poignant musical textures and harmonies, an all-female chorus and a small cast of soloists, Der Zwerg is one of the Austrian composer’s most extraordinary works. Premiered in 1922 in Cologne, the one-act opera was suppressed by German authorities before World War II and rescued from obscurity in recent times by musicians who believed in its beauty and powerful story.

For the Company premiere of this compelling work, Serbian American director Darko Tresnjak makes his Company debut directing his opulent production inspired by the paintings of Diego Velázquez. First unveiled at LA Opera in 2008 as part of the “Recovered Voices” initiative to reintroduce works by Jewish composers that were silenced by the Nazis.


Subscriptions for San Francisco Opera’s 2020-21 season are available on their website.