How would we cope if we could no longer walk or lost the capacity to reason? The play explores how one exists when the inner life remains as the outer life fails.
Playing at the Ashby Stage through April 23, ‘Passing Strange’ is a picaresque journey of growing up set in South Central L.A. and pot-hazed Amsterdam.
Jomar Tagatac (as Lin Bo) and Elissa Beth Stebbins (as Joyce/Curator) in Shotgun Players’ production of Caught. Photo: Pak Han Shotgun Players’ production of local playwright Christopher Chen’s stimulating, creative and complex work, Caught, confounded and ultimately conquered the Ashby Stage audience in its opening night performance. The mesmerizing Caught concerns truth and lies in […]
Megan Trout as Eurydice and Kenny Toll as Orpheus in Eurydice by the Shotgun Players. Photo: Pak Han In the oft-told Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, the musician Orpheus follows his bride, Eurydice to the underworld to lead her back to life, but he is forbidden to turn his head and look at her. Nevertheless, […]
Hugo Carbajal as Miqueo and Marilet Martinez as Dalila in the Shotgun Players’ production of Heart Shaped Nebula. Photo: Pak Han Astronomy and mysticism don’t normally mix, but they do, and with varying degrees of success, in Marisela Treviño Orta’s 80-minute one-act play, Heart Shaped Nebula, ably directed by Desdemona Chiang. The play chronicles the […]
Parker Murphy as Nick in “Antigonick.” Photo by Pak Han/Shotgun Players Parker Murphy as Nick in “Antigonick.” Photo by Pak Han/Shotgun Players We are fortunate to have a company in Berkeley like Shotgun Players— always willing to take risks, to present large and small productions, classics, new material, or new takes on classics, as in […]
Patrick Dooley, founding artistic director of The Shotgun Players, at the new Shotgun Studios on University Avenue. Photo: Risa Nye Berkeley’s Shotgun Players launched their new studios at an event on March 2 to celebrate what they hope will become a center for creativity and a hub for emerging performing arts groups in Berkeley. The former […]
Mayor Tom Bates, pictured here last year, gave his annual State of the City address on Feb. 12 at the Ashby Stage. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Mayor Tom Bates last night delivered a picaresque tour of developments in Berkeley in his State of the City address at the Shotgun Theatre’s Ashby Stage. Bates lauded projects and improvements in […]
Shotgun Players is transforming the old Serendipity Books store on University Avenue into a rehearsal space. Photo: Google Images Shotgun Players is transforming the old Serendipity Books store on University Avenue into a rehearsal space. Photo: Google Images Berkeley’s Shotgun Players has purchased the building on University Avenue that once housed Serendipity Books and will turn it into […]
Sam Jackson in Our Town by the Shotgun Players. Photo: Cheshire Isaacs In Our Town, three-time Pulitzer prize-winning author Thornton Wilder created a profound and intimate exploration into American life and death. And, although it was written over 76 years ago, the Shotgun Players’ version of the drama remains fresh and vibrant — still an […]
Steven Hess as Stanford White, and Rosie Hallett as Evelyn Nesbit share an intimate moment in Harry Thaw Hates Everybody by the Shotgun Players in Berkeley. Photo: Shotgun Players The entertaining, creative and comical Harry Thaw Hates Everybody by Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley is based on a scandal that is still intriguing […]
Megan Trout and Patrick Kelly Jones in Salvage, the third play in Tom Stoppard’s trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, being put on by Shotgun Players in Berkeley. Photo: Pak Han Sir Tom Stoppard’s famous, award-winning trilogy, The Coast of Utopia (2002), centers on a group of Russian philosophers, radicals, anarchists and socialists in pre-revolutionary Russia (1833-1866). […]