Berkeley Rep getting ‘Wild’

Theater's 38th season will include four new plays

This year, it looks like Berkeley Repertory Theater is where the wild things are.

Announcing its 38th season today, Berkeley Rep noted a mix of three classics as well as four new plays, one of which is a collaboration between playwright Tony Kushner and artist Maurice Sendak.

“Brundibar,” with a libretto adapted by the “Angels in America” scribe and sets and costumes from the “Wild Things” author, was originally composed in the years leading up to World War II by Adolf Hoffmeister and was performed by children imprisoned at Terezin, the Nazis’ notorious “model ghetto.” Story centers on a brother and sister who struggle to save their mother from the town’s tyrannical organ grinder. Kushner’s longtime collaborator and Berkeley Rep a.d. Tony Taccone directs the show, which runs from Nov. 11-Dec. 28, 2005.

Tony Award winner Rita Moreno returns to Berkeley Rep to star in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” Having appeared on the Rep’s stage as opera diva Maria Callas in “Master Class,” Moreno will play Amanda, a mother who takes refuge in the past. Associate artistic director Les Waters directs play, which runs from April 6-June 4, 2006.

The 2005-06 season also features three other new works: the world preem of “Zorro,” written and performed by Culture Clash and running from March 3-April 2, 2006; the world preem of “Finn in the Underworld,” written by Jordan Harrison and directed by Waters, runing from Oct. 6-Nov. 6, 2005; and Heather Raffo’s “Nine Parts of Desire,” a solo show portraying women in war-torn Iraq, directed by Joanna Settle and running Jan. 20-March 5, 2006.

In addition to “Menagerie,” Berkeley Rep will produce two other classics: Director Jonathan Moscone kicks off the season with his new look at Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” bowing Sept. 9 and running through Oct. 23, and 2005 Tony winner for regional theater Theatre de la Jeune Lune brings its adaptation of Moliere’s “The Miser” to Berkeley, as staged by Dominique Serrand, capping off the season with a run from May 12-June 25, 2006.