A prominent businesswoman launches a consensual affair with her young male employee and experiences fireworks from her husband, lesbian daughter and public opinion. This sexy, funny, thought-provoking new work was co-created by Glickman Award-winning playwright Lynne Kaufman (Acid Test, The Couch) and the improv actors of San Francisco's Un-Scripted Theater Company. This unusual and exciting collaboration marks the first time in its 15 years of existence that Un-Scripted has gone scripted! Directed by Erin Gilley (The Speakeasy, The Lily's Revenge), Sex Scandal brings the worlds of scripted and improvised theater together like never before.
Riffing on life on growing up young and black in America, this dark comedy sets its sights on mistaken identity, incarceration, Greek gods, interracial adoption and more. With its multi-ethnic cast, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies is filled with arresting stylistic turns and outrageous comedy. When two 14-year-old black boys -- one from the inner city, the other from a suburban private school -- wind up in the same holding cell, they debate what it means to be black in a sharp discussion that veers from 2Pac to Nietzsche. Catch the regional premiere of Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies on the stage of the Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco.
At the forward-thinking Eureka Day School, all decisions are made by consensus and everyone's opinion is valued. But when a crisis puts their children in danger, it turns out that Eureka Day parents have different definitions of safety. The debate over vaccinations hits home in this comedy of liberal manners, as the school community confronts the central question of our era: How do you find consensus when you can't agree on the facts? Aurora Theatre Company proudly presents the world premiere of this funny, poignant, and oh-so-Berkeley play.
Based upon Alice Walker's acclaimed novel of the same name, THE COLOR PURPLE is the epic tale of 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is fourteen-year-old Celie. When Celie is forced by her abusive father to marry a cruel farmer, called "Mister," she is separated from all that she loves. Ultimately, Celie conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength, coming into her own. THE COLOR PURPLE celebrates the healing power of love and the importance of a zest for life.
Award-winning vocalist Nina Causey will star as Lena Horne in the new stage musical Horne to Strayhorn, which follows the life of the legendary actress-singer through her music, her time in Hollywood, her civil-rights activity, and her relationship with the musical composer and love of her life, Billy Strayhorn, who was openly gay. This production also features a video journey conveying the spirit of the times and the courage needed to persevere, as it comes to the stage at Berkeley's Black Repertory Group Theater.
SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics' Pick and "AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!" (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, "FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!"
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.