West Coast premieres from Tony Kushner and the Kneehigh Theatre Company will highlight an adventurous 2013-2014 season at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
The Pulitzer-winning Kushner, who has a long history with the Rep, remains best known for the epic "Angels in America," which was born at San Francisco's Eureka Theatre before it took the world by storm. The intensely witty and brainy playwright, who also wrote the script for the blockbuster film "Lincoln," invites you to peruse "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures."
An epic take on family, politics, money and sex, this new play will be directed by Kushner's longtime collaborator Tony Taccone, who commissioned "Angels." The long-awaited local debut from the author of "Homebody/Kabul" and "Slavs!" runs May 16-July 7, 2014.
Britain's Kneehigh Theatre, who charmed Bay Area audiences with "The Wild Bride" and "Brief Encounter," returns with the legendary Cornish love legend "Tristan & Yseult." Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, this is another ingenious mix of music, fable, Wagner and unabashed playfulness from the multimedia troupe. This holiday production runs Nov. 22-Jan. 5.
Marcus Gardley, an Oakland native known for "And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi" and "Love is a Dream House in Lorin" presents the world premiere of "The House that Will Not Stand." A steamy day of interracial love in 1936 New Orleans, the play runs Jan. 24-March 9.
Nina Raine's resonant play about deafness "Tribes," directed by Jonathan Moscone (April 11-May 11, 2014), Dario Fo's outrageous masterpiece "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" starring Steven Epp (Feb. 21-April 6, 2014) and the World War II drama "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" (Oct. 25-Dec. 8) round out the rest of the seven show season.
One show remains to be announced.
All plays are performed at the Berkeley Rep theater complex, 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley. Subscriptions, ranging $65-$546, go on sale now. Single tickets go on sale in August. 510-647-2949. www.berkeleyrep.org.