Staged Reading - The Real Thing
By Tom Stoppard
A Staged Reading
Directed by Mathew Surrence
Tuesday - February 7, 2012 at 8 p.m.
ONE NIGHT ONLY - $5 - $10 sliding scale (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
The Real Thing is a play by Tom Stoppard, first performed in 1982. Stoppard's ("Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead", "Shakespeare in Love", and our current main stage production "Arcadia") THE REAL THING examines the nature of honesty, and its use of a play within a play is one of many levels on which the author teases the audience with the difference between semblance and reality.
The play focuses on the relationship between Henry and Annie, an actress who is part of a committee to free Brodie, a Scottish soldier imprisoned for burning a memorial wreath during a protest. Originally premiering in London, the 1984 Broadway production won the Tony Award for Best Play, and a subsequent production won the Tony for Best Revival. The character Henry is a playwright, and the play itself contains significant autobiographical elements. It is one of Stoppard's best and most intricate works - an intense examination of relationships and the nature of truth - always a good thing to meditate on in an election year.
Offerred for ONE NIGHT ONLY, Tuesday Feb. 7th, 8 p.m., at Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave (at Berryman) in north Berkeley. Tickets $5-$10 sliding scale - cash or check only (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). Doors/box office opens at 7:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessible - use the north side entrance. Free curbside parking along Shattuck, Berryman, and Walnut (west side of Live Oak Park). Lots of dining opportunities in the nearby North Shattuck and Solano Avenue business districts.