LIVE OAK THEATRE in Berkeley was recently featured by Oakland Magazine as Editor’s Choice for Best Theatrical Turnaround . Kudos to the new management, TheatreFIRST.

With TheatreFIRST came a notable shift focusing on commissioned work and creative teams comprised predominantly of women and people of color.

The current season, which began on the 15th, promises to be exciting and innovating with:

  • The Farm (currently playing), a song-poem-beat-opera adaption of George Orwell’s Animal Farm;
  • Participants (opens December 3) is a theatrical exploration that delves into how we individually and communally act in times of social and political unrest. The audience, sitting in a circle and led by a central emcee, will witness twelve new works that aim to incite community discussion.
  • Between Us (opens on February 18, 2018), which  invites you to meet a leader of the Delano Grape Strike, A woman attending her first protest, a voodoo queen, the Uruguayan woman who will fight her government to get justice for her murdered sister, a black woman contemplating the first MLK day, a U.S. general who foils a coup on Roosevelt, a queer icon for the ages, and one of the woman who led the redress movement for the over 100,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII; and
  • Waarika (opens May 6, 2018) by Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko.
With their first show of the 2017-18 season, The Farm, TheatreFIRST seeks volunteer help: ushers and people to handle light concessions.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up HERE.
“Movies will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good.”  Terrence Mann

 Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA

Photograph: Gargoyles as theatrical masks above a water basin. Mosaic, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE. The piece can be found at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, Palazzo dei Conservatori, first floor, hall of the Horti of Mæcenas. From the Baths of Decius on the Aventine Hill, Rome.


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