The return of the beloved Kneehigh Theatre, a star turn by Kathleen Turner and a new drama from hot playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney are among the highlights of an eclectic new Berkeley Rep season.

The company announced its 2014-15 season today, which features the cheeky innovators at Kneehigh ("The Wild Bride," "Tristan & Yseult") returning with the world premiere of "An Audience with Meow Meow."

A kamikaze cabaret starring the postmodern diva Meow Meow, this show delights in the subversive as well as the flashy. Emma Rice directs this musical in September.

Oscar-winner Kathleen Turner may be best known for films such as "Body Heat" and "Romancing the Stone," but theatergoers have been equally riveted by her work in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "Mother Courage" and other plays. Now the brassy actress pays homage to the inimitable journalist Molly Ivins in "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" in November.

McCraney, the critically acclaimed playwright best known for the "The Brother/Sister Plays," delivers the West Coast premiere of "Head of Passes" in April. A tale of family and faith on the banks of the Mississippi, the soulful drama will be directed by the noted Tina Landau.


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The season also includes "Party People," (October) an edgy fusion of video, hip-hop and jazz created by the ensemble The Universes that examines the story of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican nationalist group. Also on tap is Steven Epp and Dominique Serrand's revival of Moliere's "Tartuffe" in March.

Two shows remain to be announced. Specific run dates have yet to be determined. Subscriptions, ranging $37.50-$560, are on sale now. All shows take place at the two venues in Berkeley Rep's theater complex, 2025 Addison St. Berkeley.

More information is available at 510-647-2949 or www.berkeleyrep.org.