Over the Tavern
By Tom Dudzick
Directed by Donna Davis
May 2 - 24, 2014
Over the Tavern is Tom Dudzick's play about a family struggling and growing together, based in part on his own childhood growing up in a Polish-American community.
Called “one of the biggest grass roots successes in American regional theatres” by Chicago critic Chris Jones, Over the Tavern is a funny and heartwarming play that deals with a family growing up over the family tavern in 1959 working class America. Four children are caught between the claustrophobic authoritarianism of the Roman Catholic Church and an emotionally abusive father. Only their mother, with her good sense, sanity and wry humor, keeps this family afloat.
Donna Davis is an award-winning director with broad experience in the Bay Area. She has directed musicals, comedy, drama, melodrama, cabaret, radio plays, premieres, classics, the 2011 production of Doubt for Actors Ensemble, and now she returns to AE for Over the Tavern.
Over the Tavern features a mix of new and familar faces, including Susannah Wood as Sister Clarissa, most recently director of George is Dead and Scott Ayres as Chet Pazinski, last seen as Sam in Honeymoon Motel, both part of our January 2014 collection of 1-acts Relatively Speaking. Newcomers include Genevieve Smith as Ellen Pazinski, Will Reicher as Rudy, Nandi Drayton as Annie, and Michael O'Connell as Eddie. Costumes by Marjorie Moore, Set Design and Stage Management by Robert Gudmundsson, assisted by Emmy Pierce, with technical contributions from Owen Perry.
Opens May 2nd, 2014. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. through May 24th at Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck (at Berryman) in north Berkeley. Sunday matinees May 11th and 18th at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors.
WHAT: Over the Tavern, a play by Tom Dudzick, directed by Donna Davis.
WHO: Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Berkeley's longest-running theatre organization.
WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., May 2nd-May 24th. Sunday matinees May 11th and 18th at 2 p.m. Show runtime is a little over 2 hours including an intermission.
WHERE: Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave.(at Berryman), Berkeley, CA 94709. Just down the street from north Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto.
HOW MUCH: $15, $12 students and seniors.
HOW TO BUY: Online through our website, www.aeofberkeley.org.Tickets also available at the door (Cash or Check Only) - call 510-659-5999 to make a reservation.
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