Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents Ari’el Stachel’s Out of Character playing now through July 30.
Written and performed by Tony Award-winner Ari’el Stachel, Out of Character is a story of identity and self-discovery. Developed in Berkeley Rep’s center for new work, The Ground Floor, Out of Character is directed by Tony Taccone. The world premiere is performed at Peet’s Theatre now through July 30. Tickets are available now.
Ari’el Stachel grew up in Berkeley, an Israeli American of Yemeni Jewish descent. Then came 9/11. Desperate to avoid taunts and threats at school, Ari hides his Middle Eastern background – setting off a years-long journey of trying on different identities, code switching, and navigating debilitating anxiety. Now a successful stage and screen actor, Ari comes home to Berkeley and joins with former artistic director Tony Taccone to tell his story in his new solo show. Out of Character explores the intersections of race, mental health, and survival in a way that’s raw, authentic, and entertaining.
“Emotionally raw…the honesty delivered here is refreshing. Out of Character may be Ari’el Stachel’s personal struggle, but one we can all relate.”Broadway World