From The Mercury News: For displaced Berkeley theater troupes, the show must go on
From The Mercury News: For displaced Berkeley theater troupes, the show must go on By Sam Hurwitt, Correspondent | PUBLISHED:
Several theater companies are dealing with temporary displacement for the next year or so due to construction work on a handful of Berkeley facilities.
Live Oak Theatre is going to be closed for a year, along with the entire Live Oak Community Center that houses it, for work to meet Americans with Disabilities Act mandates and seismic upgrades. TheatreFIRST, which manages the theater, must produce elsewhere in the meantime. Same goes for other companies that use the theater, such as Those Women Productions and former managing company Actors Ensemble of Berkeley.
Actors Ensemble is doubly displaced right now. John Hinkel Park Amphitheater, home to AE’s free summer shows, will soon be unavailable because of renovations to areas near the park. Start dates for that work are TBA. The good news is San Francisco Mime Troupe will be able to mount its traveling production of “Treasure Island” at Hinkel Park as scheduled at 2 p.m. July 6-7, as the renovation work hasn’t started yet.