2012 Season

Our 2012 season consists of four productions Arcadia, A Hot Day in Ephesus, Noises Off!, and Richard III.

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Click on the button to the left to buy your 2012 Season Tickets - we are currently offerring them at a 75 percent of regular price since we are already one show into our season. Three great shows for one low price - $35 regular and $30 for students and seniors. No Paypal account needed - Credit cards are also accepted. We will promptly mail out your season tickets - or you can pick them up at Will Call. Season ticket holders also get free admission to our staged readings and other special events.


ARCADIA

By Tom Stoppard
Directed By Robert Estes
January 20 to February 18, 2012

Arcadia is by Tom Stoppard, the playwright of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and the screenwriter of Shakespeare in Love.

From its first line, "what is carnal embrace?," Arcadia brilliantly intermixes sex, mathematics, romance and landscape architecture in a contemporary comic drama that deftly travels from today's England back to the time of the wild poet Lord Byron. All in pursuit of desire--desire for love, desire for fame, and the desire for simply knowing how it all turns out. Part mystery, part history - all engrossing intrigue. Filled with Stoppard's shining wit and darting intelligence, Arcadia is considered one of the greatest plays written in the last twenty years. Come see it in January 2012 at Actor's Ensemble of Berkeley. Read More

A HOT DAY IN EPHESUS

By Vicki Siegel
Directed By Bruce Coughran
April 20 to May 19, 2012

A Hot Day in Ephesus is based on Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.  The original play, updated by Shakespeare, was written by the Roman comic playwright Plautus, who has also given us the original of Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  Comedy of Errors is about two sets of twins; twin masters both named Antipholus and twin servants both named Dromio.  In classic Shakespearean twist, each Antipholus and Dromio pair are separated by shipwreck.  When they all end up in Ephesus there is much opportunity for comic farce and mistaken identity.  For some who know Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's 1930s hit Boys from Syracuse based on the same theme, you'll find Hot Day in Ephesus an update of an update complete with a Motown number, a sassy tango and a rap. A Hot Day in Ephesus, by AE Member Vicki Siegel, began its production career in 2009 as a hit for the Curtain Theatre in Mill Valley and is now coming to the East Bay.  We hope you'll come and see this musical farce in April 2012 and enjoy this upbeat new take on a classic comedy.

NOISES OFF!

By Michael Frayn
Directed By Colin Johnson
July 20 to August 18, 2012

Noises Off, a comic masterpiece, is not one play, but two: the hilariously horrible, British farce, Nothing On, and the comedic nightmare that ensues backstage. Slamming doors, flying props, prat falls, sardines and two-story revolving sets abound as we see the first act of Nothing On presented three times, each with successively less attention to the script. The under-rehearsed actors and technicians desperately try to perform even as their rapidly deteriorating relationships cause mass hysteria and make for some hysterical comedy both off-stage and on.  They all quickly find that as they muddle through, the more they work to take control, the funnier and more chaotic it gets! Noises Off is written with a wit and heart that allows it to be more than mere farce or parody of farce; it speaks to what we love about theatre and makes us laugh at our dramas, both onstage and off – come see the comedy unfold in July 2012!

RICHARD III

By William Shakespeare
Directed By Sharon Robinson
October 19 to November 17, 2012

The original villain you love to hate or hate to love--you just can't help but let yourself be seduced by him, Richard III lets no one stand in the way of his one true love: the crown of England. But is he really just a singularity: an extraordinarily devious force of evil or is he the logical result of a corrupted political system? The history is centuries old, the situation startlingly modern: is there nothing in politics but simply the pursuit of power? Written early in Shakespeare's career, Richard III staked Shakespeare's claim as the greatest playwright of his day.  We know you will be more than content – you will love it!  In the winter of our new season, come see Richard III in October 2012.

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