BERKELEY REP PRESENTS THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF SARAH RUHL’S
FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70th BIRTHDAY
This new play will be directed by former Berkeley Rep Associate Artistic Director Les Waters
April 12, 2016 – Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced the West Coast premiere of For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday by Tony Award-nominated playwright Sarah Ruhl and directed by Les Waters.
Sarah Ruhl returns to Berkeley Rep! Adored by Bay Area audiences for Eurydice; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; Three Sisters, and Dear Elizabeth, the Tony Award-nominated playwright brings us a tender new tale, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday — a fanciful and moving look at growing up versus growing old within a family. In the wake of their father’s death, five siblings are driven to reconnect with childhood dreams and confront the inevitability of the passage of time. Les Waters helms this transcendent West Coast premiere. Previews begin Friday, May 20, and the show runs through Sunday, July 3, 2016. Press night for Peter Pan on her 70th birthday will be on Friday, May 27. Individual tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone, 510 647-2949.
“Sarah Ruhl’s singular imagination and poetic voice are on full display here,” says Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone. “Merging her own family history with the whimsical yearnings of a character who never loses her desire to fly, Sarah is able to illuminate the topography of yearning and connection in ways that resonate especially for my generation and where we are in our own lives.”
“I’m so thrilled to be bringing my fifth play to Berkeley Rep,” says Ruhl. “I love Bay Area audiences, and I feel like I’m coming home.”
Award-winning stage actress Kathleen Chalfant (House of Cards) returns to Berkeley Rep as Ann in For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Chalfant last appeared at Berkeley Rep in Honour directed by Tony Taccone in 2005. Other cast members include David Chandler (John), Ron Crawford (George), Ellen McLaughlin (Wendy), Keith Reddin (Michael), and Charles Shaw Robinson (Jim).
For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday was commissioned by and premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville in the 2016 Humana Festival of New American Plays. This play was developed with support of a generous gift from Emily Bingham and Stephen Reily and an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
Sarah Ruhl (Playwright)
For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday marks Sarah’s fifth production at Berkeley Rep and her fifth collaboration with Les Waters; previous productions at Berkeley Rep include the West Coast premiere of Eurydice; the world premiere of In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; an adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters; and the West Coast premiere of Dear Elizabeth. In the Next Room went on to Broadway, playing at Lyceum Theatre. Sarah’s other plays include The Oldest Boy, The Clean House, Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Melancholy Play, Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, and Stage Kiss. Her plays have been seen off Broadway at Women’s Project Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage Theatre, and Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Her select regional credits include Yale Repertory Theatre and the Goodman Theatre. Sarah received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Whiting Award, the Lilly Award, a PEN Award, and the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. She has been a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her book of essays, 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write, was published by Faber and Faber in the fall of 2014.
Les Waters (Director)
From 2003 to 2011, Les served as associate artistic director at Berkeley Rep, where he directed Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, Three Sisters, and Dear Elizabeth. He also directed 15 other plays for Berkeley Rep, including the world premieres of Charles Mee’s Fêtes de la Nuit, Jordan Harrison’s Finn in the Underworld, Adele Edling Shank’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, Naomi Iizuka’s Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West, and Todd Almond and Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend. As current artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Obie Award winner Les has directed Charles Mee’s The Glory of the World, Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale, Naomi Iizuka’s At the Vanishing Point, Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Will Eno’s Gnit, Todd Almond’s Girlfriend, and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night for the company. Les also previously directed Big Love by Charles Mee at the Humana Festival in 2000, and the site-specific production of Naomi Iizuka’s At the Vanishing Point at the 2004 Humana Festival. In the last 10 years, his shows have ranked among the year’s best in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Time Out New York, Time Magazine, and USA Today. His productions have been seen in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre Company, the Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Connelly Theater, Clubbed Thumb, and Soho Rep, and regionally at theatres such as the Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, and American Repertory Theater. In 2009, he made his Broadway debut with In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. He led the MFA directing program at University of California, San Diego from 1995 to 2003.
The creative team includes Annie Smart (scenic designer), Kristopher Castle (costume designer), Matthew Frey (lighting designer), Bray Poor (sound designer), Drew Fracher (fight director), and ZFX Incorporated (flying effects).
For the 2015-16 season, Berkeley Rep recognizes the generosity of season sponsors BART, KPIX-TV (Channel 5), Peet’s Coffee, and Wells Fargo. For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday is also made possible by the support of individual season sponsors Jack and Betty Schafer, Michael and Sue Steinberg, and the Strauch Kulhanjian Family. Additional support was provided by executive sponsors Jean and Michael Strunsky and The Ira and Lenore S. Gershwin Philanthropic Fund and Gail and Arne Wagner.
ABOUT BERKELEY REP
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BERKELEY REP PRESENTS THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF SARAH RUHL’S
FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70th BIRTHDAY
WHO: Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Les Waters
Award-winning stage actress Kathleen Chalfant (House of Cards) returns to Berkeley Rep as Ann in For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Chalfant last appeared at Berkeley Rep in Honour directed by Tony Taccone in 2005. Other cast members include David Chandler (John), Ron Crawford (George), Ellen McLaughlin (Wendy), Keith Reddin (Michael), and Charles Shaw Robinson (Jim)
The creative team includes: Annie Smart (scenic designer), Kristopher Castle (costume designer), Matthew Frey (lighting designer), Bray Poor (sound designer), Drew Fracher (fight director), and ZFX Incorporated (flying effects)
WHAT: FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70th BIRTHDAY
Sarah Ruhl returns to Berkeley Rep! The Tony Award-nominated playwright brings us a tender new tale, For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday — a fanciful and moving look at growing up versus growing old within a family. In the wake of their father’s death, five siblings are driven to reconnect with childhood dreams and confront the inevitability of the passage of time. Les Waters helms this transcendent West Coast premiere.
WHERE: Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704
WHEN: 51 PERFORMANCES: Friday, May 20 – Sunday, July 3, 2016
- Tuesdays and Fridays @ 8:00 PM
- Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
- Thursdays @ 8:00 PM; 2:00PM & 8:00 PM on 6/9 and 6/30
- Saturdays @ 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; 8:00 PM only on 5/21 and 6/11
- Sundays @ 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM; 7:00 PM only on 5/22
- No performance on Tuesday 6/28
Low-cost previews: Friday 5/20-Thursday 5/26
Opening night: Friday 5/27 @ 8:00 PM; includes a pre-show dinner for donors sponsored by Autumn Press, C.G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery, Folie à Deux, and Hotel Shattuck Plaza.
Teen Night: Friday, 5/20 @ 8:00PM
FREE docent events: Docent talks before Tuesday and Thursday evening performances and discussions after all matinees
Post-play discussions: Thursday 6/9, Tuesday 6/14, and Friday 6/24 following the performance
Open captioning: Sunday 6/26 @ 2:00pm
HOW MUCH: Premium: $48–89 · Section A: $41–73 · Section B: $29–60 (subject to change)
TIX & INFO: 510 647-2949 – berkeleyrep.org Discounts: Half-price tickets available for anyone
under 30 years of age; $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain; Groups of 10 or more, email [email protected]