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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Media contact : Anna Hecht, Marketing & Communications Manager
press@berkeleyplayhouse.org | Office: (510) 845-8542

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA’S IN THE HEIGHTS TO PERFORM AT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE

Performances begin at the historic Julia Morgan Theater beginning April 3, 2020
 

BERKELEY (March 3, 2020) – Berkeley Playhouse continues its 12th season of professional theater with In the Heights , the Tony-Award winning musical from the creator of Hamilton .

In the Heights is directed by Kimberly Dooley, music directed by Nicolas Perez, and choreographed by Allison Paraiso.

From the musical theater sensation behind Hamilton comes this spirited Tony and Grammy Award-winning story packed full of the rhythms of salsa, soul, hip-hop, and R&B.

Usnavi de la Vega, the owner of a small bodega in New York’s Washington Heights, introduces us to a dynamic group of neighbors and friends chasing their dreams and struggling with the pressures of modern life. Set over the course of three scorching summer days, this panoramic snapshot of a vibrant community on the brink of change is an absolute must-see production.

THE CAST: Carlos Diego Mendoza as Usnavi De La Vega , Cristina Hernandez as Nina Rosario , Erick Casanova as Kevin Rosario , Melinda Meeng-Postma as Camila Rosario , Jordan Covington as Benny , Melissa Rivera as Vanessa , Jomar Martinez as Sonny , Sheila Viramontes as Abuela Claudia , Marisol Urbano as Daniela , Alexis Vera as Carla , Tony Wooldridge as Graffiti Pete, Jason Ayestas as Piraguero , Chloris Li as Ensemble , Miles Meckling as Ensemble , Alyssa Fredzess as Ensemble , Malcolm Leon as Ensemble , Lucca Troutman as Ensemble , Jacob Alcazar as Ensemble , Brianna Grey Rodriguez as Ensemble , Adam Turney as Ensemble , and Lydia Clinton as Ensemble .

PREVIEWS: Friday, April 3 at 7 pm, and Saturday, April 4 at 1 pm
OPENS: April 4 at 7 pm
PRESS: April 4 at 7 pm
CLOSES: Sunday, May 3 at 2 pm

PERFORMANCES: Performances run Friday through Sunday, and select Thursday evenings, beginning April 3, 2020. Press night will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 7pm. Tickets (ranging from $25—$44) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at
berkeleyplayhouse.org . Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. Due to the unique performance schedule, please check the website for specific dates and times. All performances at Berkeley Playhouse at The Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

TICKETS: For tickets ($25 for previews, $29–$44 for regular performances) or more information, the public may call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org . Group rates available for 10 or more people. Ticket prices are subject to change at any time.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: There will be one “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, April 16 at 7 pm. The promotion is cash only at the door one hour prior to performance time. We request a donation of $20 per ticket but are able to accept a minimum of $5 per ticket.

ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE: Founded in 2007 by professional theater actor, director, and teacher for over 25 years, Elizabeth McKoy, Berkeley Playhouse’s mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through a thriving conservatory, a professional mainstage season, educational outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.

Berkeley Playhouse gratefully acknowledges support from Madonna Estates Winery, City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Fleishhacker Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Peet’s Coffee, Extreme Pizza, The Imagination Foundation, and individual donors.­­­


In the Heights — Publicity Photos

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1. Usnavi de la Vega (CARLOS DIEGO MENDOZA) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of in the Heights, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 3 - May 3, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Ensemble member (ALYSSA FREDZESS) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of In the Heights, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 3 - May 3, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Benny (JORDAN COVINGTON) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 3 - May 3, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


Memphis — Production Photos

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1. Huey Calhoun (SEAN O KUNIEWICZ) and Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), Teenager / Ensemble (HANAH ROSE NARDONE), Huey Calhoun (SEAN O KUNIEWICZ), and ensemble members perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Bessie / Ensemble (MAYA PHILLIPS), Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), Ethel / Selma / Ensemble (CHANEL TILGHMAN), and Laverne / Ensemble (JENNIFER FRAZIER) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Bessie / Ensemble (MAYA PHILLIPS), Ethel / Selma / Ensemble (CHANEL TILGHMAN), Bobby (CADARIOUS MAYBERRY), Laverne / Ensemble (JENNIFER FRAZIER), and Double Dutch Girl / Ensemble (KAMARIA MCKINNEY) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. The company performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Wailin' Joe / Rev Hobson / DJ / Trio / Ensemble (MARCEL SAUNDERS) and ensemble members perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MUSICAL MEMPHIS TO PERFORM AT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE

Performances begin at the historic Julia Morgan Theater beginning February 14, 2020
 
BERKELEY (January 14, 2020) – Berkeley Playhouse continues its 12th season of professional theater with Memphis , the Tony-Award winning story of love, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Memphis tells the story of Huey Calhoun ( loosely based on real-life Memphis disc jockey, Dewey Phillips) and Felicia Farrell as they embark on a journey of love and music while facing prejudice in 1950's Memphis.

 
SYNOPSIS: In Memphis, Tennessee, Huey Calhoun, a white department store employee , discovers his love of rock 'n roll. He discovers Felicia Farrell, a black singer who performs in the segregated night club owned by her brother Delray. Upon being fired from his job, Huey gets a job as a disc jockey for a local radio station. He begins to play the black music. His producer is a little skeptical about the music Huey wants to play, until the ratings come in.

Huey, fulfilling a promise he made to Felicia, plays her songs on his radio show, starting the "Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll". Huey and Felica fall in love, but they must keep it secret because of the backlash they fear from the public. One night, a group of white men catch Huey and Felicia kissing and assault them.

Huey continues to rise in popularity and Felicia is soon discovered by a New York producer. Felicia is offered an opportunity of a lifetime, but Huey struggles with leaving the only home he's ever known—Memphis.

THE CAST: Memphis features: Sean Okuniewicz  as Huey Calhoun , Loreigna Sinclair a s Felicia Farrell , Jourdan Olivier-Verde as Del Ray Farrell , Deborah Del Mastro as Gladys Calhoun , CJ Smith as Mr Simmons , Jon-David Randle as Gator , Cadarious Mayberry as Bobby , Charles Woodson Parker as Mr Collins / Dj / Father / Gordon Grant , Jordan Smith as Buck Wiley / Martin Holton / Photographer , Marcel Saunder as Wailin Joe / Rev Hobson / Dj / Trio / Ensemble , Jennifer Stark as Clara / Mother , Joe Ayers as Frank Dryer / Ensemble , Chanel Tilghman as Ethel / Selma / Ensemble , Z Hansen as Perry Como / Ensemble , Maya Phillips as Bessie / Ensemble , Jennifer Frazier as Laverne / Ensemble , Hanah Rose Nardone as Teenager / Ensemble , Claire Noelle Pearson as Double Dutch Girl / Ensemble , Kamaria Mckinney as Double Dutch Girl / Ensemble , Montel Anthony Nord as Trio / Ensemble , and Jeffrey May Hyche as Trio / Ensemble .

PREVIEWS: Friday, February 14 at 7 pm, and Saturday, February 15 at 1 pm
OPENS: February 15 at 7 pm
PRESS: February 15 at 7 pm
CLOSES: Sunday, March 15 at 2 pm

PERFORMANCES: Performances run Friday through Sunday, and select Thursday evenings, beginning February 14, 2020. Press night will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 7pm. Tickets (ranging from $25—$44) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at
berkeleyplayhouse.org . Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. Due to the unique performance schedule, please check the website for specific dates and times. All performances at Berkeley Playhouse at The Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

TICKETS: For tickets ($25 for previews, $29–$44 for regular performances) or more information, the public may call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org . Group rates available for 10 or more people. Ticket prices are subject to change at any time.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: There will be one “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, February 27 at 7 pm. The promotion is cash only at the door one hour prior to performance time. We request a donation of $20 per ticket but are able to accept a minimum of $5 per ticket.

ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE: Founded in 2007 by professional theater actor, director, and teacher for over 25 years, Elizabeth McKoy, Berkeley Playhouse’s mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through a thriving conservatory, a professional mainstage season, educational outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.
Berkeley Playhouse gratefully acknowledges support from Madonna Estates Winery, City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Fleishhacker Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Peet’s Coffee, Extreme Pizza, The Imagination Foundation, and individual donors.

Memphis — Publicity Photos

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1. Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) and Huey Calhoun (SEAN OKUNIEWICZ) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Felicia Farrell (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) and Huey Calhoun (SEAN OKUNIEWICZ) will perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Memphis, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 14 - March 15, 2020. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.
 
A Christmas Story: The Musical — Production Photos

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1. Mother (MARIA MIKHEYENKO), Randy (ADDISON AU), Ralphie (CHRISTOPHER APY), and The Old Man (MATT DAVIS) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Miss Shields (ELIZABETH JONES) and ensemble members perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Jean Shepard (JOEL ROSTER*) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Ralphie (CHRISTOPHER APY) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. The Red Ryder Youth Cast performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. The ensemble performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by Elizabeth McKoy. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 8 - December 22, 2019. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


*Member of Actor's Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.



A Christmas Story: The Musical

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NOSTALGIC HOLIDAY MUSICAL  A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL  TO PERFORM AT   BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE

Performances begin at the historic Julia Morgan Theater beginning November 8, 2019

BERKELEY (October 9, 2019) – Berkeley Playhouse continues their 12th season of professional theater for family audiences with A Christmas Story: The Musical, the nostalgic holiday musical based on the popular 80s film.

Featuring music from the Oscar-winning team behind the music of La La LandThe Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen, A Christmas Story: The Musical tells of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker, who only wants one thing for Christmas—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

Despite some very legitimate concerns from the adults in his life, Ralphie can’t control his desperate yearning for his gift. Featuring all your favorite scenes from the classic movie, A Christmas Story: The Musical is brimming with hilarious moments and a lively, energetic score. This quirky tale reminds us that the true meaning of the holidays doesn’t lie in material gifts, but in who you spend the day with.

Performances run Friday through Sunday, and select Thursday evenings, beginning November 8, 2019. Press night will be held on Saturday, November 9 at 7pm. Tickets (ranging from $25—$44) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at berkeleyplayhouse.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

"We're thrilled to continue our season with this wonderful, funny, and nostalgic musical perfect for families to enjoy during the holidays," says Executive & Artistic Director Kimberly Dooley. "This year, we're dreaming big and diving into powerful pieces of theater that tell passionate stories about the family and communities that you will care for, laugh with, and cheer on as they fight for what they believe in."

ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE: Founded in 2007 by professional theater actor, director, and teacher for over 25 years, Elizabeth McKoy, Berkeley Playhouse’s mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through a thriving conservatory, a professional mainstage season, educational outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.

PREVIEWS: Friday, November 8 at 7 pm, and Saturday, November 9 at 1 pm
OPENS: November 9 at 7 pm
PRESS: November 9 at 7 pm
CLOSES: Sunday, December 22 at 2 pm

PERFORMANCES: Due to the unique performance schedule, please check the website for specific dates and times. All performances at Berkeley Playhouse at The Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

TICKETS: For tickets ($25 for previews, $29–$44 for regular performances) or more information, the public may call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org. Group rates available for 10 or more people. Ticket prices are subject to change at any time.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: There will be one “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, December 5 at 7 pm. The promotion is cash only at the door one hour prior to performance time. We request a donation of $20 per ticket but are able to accept a minimum of $5 per ticket.

Berkeley Playhouse gratefully acknowledges support from Madonna Estates Winery, City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Fleishhacker Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Peet’s Coffee, Extreme Pizza, The Imagination Foundation, and individual donors.
 


Mamma Mia! — Production Photos

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1. Sophie Sheridan, center - (CHANEL TILGHMAN), Lisa/Ensemble, left - (CLAIRE NOELLE PEARSON), and Ali/Ensemble, right - (JENNIFER FRAZIER) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Donna Sheridan, center - (KATRINA MCGRAW*), Rosie, left - (JILL GOULD), and Tanya, right - (MELINDA MEENG-POSTMA) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Sophie Sheridan (CHANEL TILGHMAN) and Sky (JACKSON THEA) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Left to right: Harry Bright (RYAN WEIBLE), Bill Austin (MATT DAVIS), and Sam Carmichael (BRENDAN SIMON*) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. Sophie Sheridan (CHANEL TILGHMAN) and Donna Sheridan (KATRINA MCGRAW*) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. The company performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Mamma Mia!, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 20 - October 20. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

 




Mamma Mia!

 
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Media contact: Mary Lins, General Manager
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BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE TO KICK OFF 12TH SEASON
WITH THE FEEL GOOD HIT MAMMA MIA!


Limited engagement to play historic Julia Morgan Theater beginning September 20, 2019
 

BERKELEY (August 19, 2019) – Berkeley Playhouse opens their 12th season of professional theater for family audiences with Mamma Mia!, an uproarious adventure along the iridescent blue seas of the Greek Isles.

On the eve of her wedding day, Sophie seeks to discover the father she never knew, bringing three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last set foot on 20 years ago. What follows is an unforgettable story full of lively dance numbers, non-stop laughs, and ABBA’s iconic, toe-tapping hits. One of the longest-running shows in Broadway history, you won’t want to miss this feel-good celebration of love, laughter, and friendship.

Performances run Friday through Sunday, and select Thursday evenings, beginning September 20, 2019. Press night will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 7pm. Tickets (ranging from $25—$44) are available by calling (510) 845-8542 x351 or by visiting online at berkeleyplayhouse.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

"I'm thrilled to dive into our 12th season of theater with this joyous, beloved story," says Founding Artistic Director Elizabeth McKoy. "Mamma Mia! is truly the ultimate celebration of love, laughter, and community, and is packed full of unforgettable hit songs that the whole family will adore."

"Without a doubt, this production is the perfect opener for our ambitious new season," adds Executive Director and Producer Kimberly Dooley. "This year, we're dreaming big and diving into powerful pieces of theater that tell passionate stories about the family and communities that you will care for, laugh with, and cheer on as they fight for what they believe in."

ABOUT BERKELEY PLAYHOUSE: Founded in 2007 by professional theater actor, director, and teacher for over 25 years, Elizabeth McKoy, Berkeley Playhouse’s mission is to create theater and programs that engage, ignite, and celebrate diverse Bay Area audiences through a thriving conservatory, a professional mainstage season, educational outreach, and a commitment to the development of new family musicals. In support of our mission, we maintain and enhance the historic Julia Morgan Theater. A commitment to community, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is at the heart of our work.

PREVIEWS: Friday, September 20 at 7 pm, and Saturday, September 21st 1 pm
OPENS: September 21st at 7 pm
PRESS: September 21st at 7 pm
CLOSES: Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm

PERFORMANCES: Due to the unique performance schedule, please check the website for specific dates and times. All performances at Berkeley Playhouse at The Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

TICKETS: For tickets ($25 for previews, $29–$44 for regular performances) or more information, the public may call (510) 845-8542 x351 or visit berkeleyplayhouse.org. Group rates available for 10 or more people. Ticket prices are subject to change at any time.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: There will be one “Pay What You Can” performance on Thursday, October 3 at 7 pm. The promotion is cash only at the door one hour prior to performance time. We request a donation of $20 per ticket but are able to accept a minimum of $5 per ticket.

Berkeley Playhouse gratefully acknowledges support from Madonna Estates Winery, City of Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Fleishhacker Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., Peet’s Coffee, Extreme Pizza, The Imagination Foundation, and individual donors.
 


Big, The Musical — Production Photos

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1. Young Josh Baskin (JOE KRENN) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Josh Baskin (ADAM NIEMANN) and Susan Lawrence (ALISON QUIN) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Susan Lawrence (ALISON QUIN) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Josh Baskin (ADAM NIEMANN), Susan Lawrence (ALISON QUIN), and company perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. George MacMillan (DC SCARPELLI) and company perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Josh Baskin (ADAM NIEMANN) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

Big, The Musical — Pre-Production Photos

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1. Josh Baskin (ADAM NIEMANN) and Young Josh Baskin (JONAH HOROWITZ) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. George MacMillan (DC SCARPELLI) and Josh Baskin (ADAM NIEMANN) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Young Josh Baskin (JOE KRENN) poses in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Big, The Musical, directed by Ryan Weible. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from June 21 - July 28. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


Pippin — Production Photos

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1. Alex Rodriguez (LEADING PLAYER) and Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Kamren Mahaney (PIPPIN) and Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Brendan Simon* (CHARLEMAGNE / PLAYER) and Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Anne Clark (CATHERINE / PLAYER) and Kamren Mahaney (PIPPIN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. Mary Gibboney (BERTHE / PLAYER) and Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Brendan Simon* (CHARLEMAGNE / PLAYER) and Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

7. Alex Rodriguez (LEADING PLAYER) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

8. Kamren Mahaney (PIPPIN) and Mary Gibboney (BERTHE / PLAYER) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

9. Players perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association, the union representing professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


Pippin — Pre-Production Photos

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1. Player (AVA MAAG), Leading Player (ALEX RODRIGUEZ) and Player (BRIANNA GREY RODRIGUEZ) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Pippin (KAMREN MAHANEY) poses in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Leading Player (ALEX RODRIGUEZ) poses in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Pippin, directed by Kimberly Dooley. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from April 5 - May 5. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


West Side Story — Production Photos

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1. Tony (WILL SKRIP*) and Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGÓN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Anita (VIDA MAE FERNANDEZ) and company perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGÓN) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Bernardo (DAVID J. BOHNET) and company perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. Riff (DANILA BURSHTEYN) and company perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Anita (VIDA MAE FENANDEZ) and Bernardo (DAVID J. BOHNET) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

7. Tony (WILL SKRIP*) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

8. Tony (WILL SKRIP*) and Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGÓN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

9. Tony (WILL SKRIP*) and Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGÓN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association, the union representing professional actors and stage managers in the United States.



West Side Story — Pre-Production Photos

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1. Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGON) and Tony (WILL SKRIP*), perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Maria (ANA PAULA MALAGON), Anita (VIDA MAE FERNANDEZ), and Francisca (ALYSSA FREDZESS) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Riff (DANILA BURSHTEYN), Tony (WILL SKRIP*), and Diesel (JOE AYERS) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of West Side Story, directed by Rachel Robinson. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from February 15 - March 17. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association, the union representing professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


The Wizard of Oz — Production Photos

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1. Cowardly Lion (SCOTT TAYLOR-COLE), Dorothy (TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA), Tin Man (NIC SOMMERFELD), and Scarecrow (MATT ONO) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Glinda (MEGAN MCGRATH) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. The Wicked Witch of the West (BRIEL POMERANTZ) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Dorothy (TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA) and the EMERALD YOUTH CAST perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. Toto (BRIANNA RODRIGUEZ), Dorothy (TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA), Tin Man (NIC SOMMERFELD), Scarecrow (MATT ONO), and The Wicked Witch of the West (BRIEL POMERANTZ) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Scarecrow (MATT ONO), Dorothy (TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA), Cowardly Lion (SCOTT TAYLOR-COLE), Toto (BRIANNA RODRIGUEZ), and Tin Man (NIC SOMMERFELD) perform in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


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1. Dorothy (TANAKA DUNBAR NGWARA) poses in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Dorothy (SHAYLA LAWLER) poses in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Glinda (MEGAN MCGRATH) and Wicked Witch of the West (BRIEL POMERANTZ) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. Glinda (MEGAN MCGRATH) and Wicked Witch of the West (BRIEL POMERANTZ) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The Wizard of Oz, directed by Lexie Lazear. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from November 9 - December 23. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


The Wizard of Oz — The Cast

Tanaka Dunbar Ngwara

DOROTHY (EMERALD CAST)
Tanaka Dunbar Ngwara

 Shayla Lawler

DOROTHY (Ruby Cast)
Shayla Lawler

Megan McGrath
AUNT EM / GLINDA

Megan McGrath

Billy Raphael
UNCLE HENRY / EMERALD CITY GUARD

Billy Raphael

Briel Pomerantz

ELMIRA GULCH / WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST
Briel Pomerantz

Matt Ono

HUNK / SCARECROW
Matt Ono

Scott Taylor Cole

ZEKE / COWARDLY LION
Scott Taylor-Cole

Nic Sommerfeld

HICKORY / TINMAN
Nic Sommerfeld

Aubri Kahalekulu

PROFESSOR MARVEL
Aubri Kahalekulu

Brianna Rodriguez

TOTO
Brianna Rodriguez

Joespeh Alvarado
NIKO / POLISHER / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE

Joespeh Alvarado

Nathan Temby
THE GENERAL / POLISHER / ENSEMBLE

Nathan Temby

Ava Maag

TREE / BEAUTICIAN / ENSEMBLE
Ava Maag

Gabrielle Boyd

TREE / BEAUTICIAN / ENSEMBLE
Gabrielle Boyd

Samantha Rasler

TREE / BEAUTICIAN / ENSEMBLE
Samantha Rasler

Zaya Kolia

CROW / POLISHER / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE
Zaya Kolia

Bryan Munar
CROW / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE

Bryan Munar

Alicia Piemme Nelson
CROW / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE

Alicia Piemme Nelson

Oscar Tsukayama

FEATURED DANCER / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE
Oscar Tsukayama

Kat Bautista

FEATURED DANCER / OZIAN / ENSEMBLE
Kat Bautista

EMERALD YOUTH CAST
Chloe Kiparsky

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Chloe Kiparsky

Kelsey Dougherty

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Kelsey Dougherty

Rowen Weeramantry
YOUTH ENSEMBLE

Rowen Weeramantry

Josie Dooley
YOUTH ENSEMBLE

Josie Dooley

Lila Dooley

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Lila Dooley

Sophia Gilbert

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Sophia Gilbert

Miranda Long

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Miranda Long

Elijah Cooper

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Elijah Cooper

Kate Henderson

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Kate Henderson

Devyn Barrem

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Devyn Barram


RUBY YOUTH CAST
Scarlett Currier

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Scarlett Currier

Allison Dana

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Allison Dana

Jaina Manning
YOUTH ENSEMBLE

Jaina Manning

Mia Breidenbach
YOUTH ENSEMBLE

Mia Breidenbach

Charlotte Curtin

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Charlotte Curtin

Lila Muise

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Lila Muise

Iris Eyal

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Iris Eyal

Elijah Jimenez

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Elijah Jimenez

Emma Curtin

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Emma Curtin

Nora Dolan

YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Nora Dolan

Dreamgirls — Production Photos

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1. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD), and C.C. White (KRIS ANTHONY WILLIAMS) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD), Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), and Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

4. James “Thunder” Early (MARCEL SAUNDERS), Curtis Taylor Jr. (STEPHEN WILSON), Marty (SHAWNJ WEST), C.C. White (KRIS ANTHONY WILLIAMS) and Wayne / MC / Tuxedo (THE T) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

5. James “Thunder” Early (MARCEL SAUNDERS) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

6. Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD), and Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

7. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

8. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE) performs in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

9. Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD), Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), and Michelle Morris (CHANEL TILGHMAN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

10. C.C. White (KRIS ANTHONY WILLIAMS) and Michelle Morris (CHANEL TILGHMAN) perform together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


Dreamgirls — Pre-Production Photos

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1. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD) and Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

2. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD) and Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.

3. Effie White (TANIKA BAPTISTE), Deena Jones (MARISSA RUDD) and Lorrell Robinson (LOREIGNA SINCLAIR) pose together in Berkeley Playhouse's production of Dreamgirls, directed by Brendan Simon. Performing at the Julia Morgan Theater from September 21 - October 21. Photographed by Ben Krantz Studio.


Dreamgirls — The Cast

Marissa Rudd

DEENA JONES
Marissa Rudd

Stephen Wilson

CURTIS TAYLOR JR.
Stephen Wilson

Loreigna Sinclair
LORRELL ROBINSON

Loreigna Sinclair

Marcel Saunders
JAMES “THUNDER” EARLY

Marcel Saunders

Tanika Baptiste

EFFIE WHITE
Tanika Baptiste

Kris Anthony Williams

C.C. WHITE
Kris Anthony Williams

ShawnJ West

MARTY
ShawnJ West

Chanel Tilghman

MICHELLE MORRIS / STEPP SISTER 
Chanel Tilghman

Jennifer Frazier
STEPP SISTER / LES STYLES

Jennifer Frazier

Tiana Paulding
STEPP SISTER / LES STYLES

Tiana Paulding

Elizabeth Jones

CHARLENE / LES STYLES / REPORTER
Elizabeth Jones

Vida Mae Fernandez

JOANNE / LES STYLES / REPORTER
Vida Mae Fernandez

Cadarious Mayberry

TINY JOE DIXON / JERRY / TUXEDO
Cadarious Mayberry

The T

WAYNE / MC / TUXEDO
The T

Montel Anthony Nord
LITTLE ALBERT / FRANK / TUXEDO / REPORTER

Montel Anthony Nord

Isaiah Collins
STAGE MNGR / TRU TONE / TUXEDO / REPORTER

Isaiah Collins

Johnny Davidson

SECURITY GUARD / REPORTER / TUXEDO / TRU TONE
Johnny Davison

Zach Padlo

DAVE / DWIGHT / FILM EXEC
Zach Padlo

Joe Ayers

MR. MORGAN / PHOTOGRAPHER / REPORTER / FILM EXEC
Joe Ayers

Katie Iannitello

SWING
Katie Iannitello

Ella Ruth Francis

SWEETHEART / REPORTER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Ella Ruth Francis

Aurelia Jordan
SWEETHEART / REPORTER / PHOTOGRAPHER

Aurelia Jordan


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