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Staged Readings

2018 Winter Staged Reading Series

In conjunction with our main stage production of An Enemy of the People and in collaboration with TheatreFirst's T1 Presents Performance Series Actors Ensemble is proud to organize a staged reading series.

Staged Reading - American Buffalo

A Special Staged Reading Presented by Actors Ensemble of Berkeley David Mamet’s American Buffalo Directed by Robert Estes Wednesday, November 17th, 8 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley 1201 Shattuck Ave (at Berryman) in North Berkeley.

Staged Reading - Benefactors

By Michael Frayn

A staged Reading

Directed by Matthew Surrence

Tuesday - August 7, 2012 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

Benefactorsby Michael Frayn, directed by Matthew Surrence Tuesday August 7th at 8 p.m.  The award-winning BENEFACTORS(1984) was written by Frayn in the period immediately after NOISES OFF, and features the idealistic architect David and his wife Jane, and the cynical Colin and his wife Sheila.

Staged Reading - Copenhagen

By Michael Frayn

A staged Reading

Directed by Bruce Coughran,

Assisted by Alecks Rundell

Tuesday - August 14, 2012 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

The Tony-Award winning COPENHAGEN (1998) represents the later stage of Frayn's career, and explores the historic meeting between the physicists Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr (accompanied by his wife Margrethe Bohr) in Copenhagen in 1941.

Staged Reading - Falstaff!

Adapted from Shakespeare

A staged Reading

Directed by Robert Estes

Tuesday - April 7th, 2015 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY - Berkeley City Club

Staged Reading - Five Women Wearing The Same Dress

By Alan Ball

A staged Reading

Directed by Zara Benner

Tuesday - January 13th, 2015 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS - During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below.

Staged Reading - Henry VI, Part 3

By William Shakespeare

Staged Reading

Directed by Alecks Rundell

Sunday - November 11, 2012 at  7 p.m.

 

ONE NIGHT ONLY -$5 - $10sliding scale

Staged Reading - Loose Knit

By Theresa Rebeck

A staged Reading

Directed by Yael Aranoff

Tuesday - April 24th, 2015 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY - Berkeley City Club

Staged Reading - Madam Gufays Lovelutionaries

By Norah Foster

A staged Reading

Directed by Alan Barkan & Jerome Solberg

Sunday - August 12, 2012 7 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

Actors Ensemble launches a new series featuring heretofore unproduced works with the goofy comedy MADAM GUFAYS LOVELUTIONARIES, written by new playwright Norah Foster. Mdme. Gufay's hilarious antics on behalf of free speech in the academic machine of UC Berkeley befuddles the higher-ups and her innocent eroticism wins over their hearts.

Staged Reading - Pseudolus

By Plautus

A staged Reading

Adapted and Directed by Anna Andersen

Tuesday - May 15th, 2012 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

Actors Ensemble is proud to announce the third in our 2012 Spring Staged Reading Series, PSEUDOLUS, by the comic Roman playwright Plautus - his play THE MENAECHMI was the source for THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, also presented in our Spring Series, which in turn is the source for A HOT DAY IN EPHESUS, our 2012 Spring Musical.

Staged Reading - Richard II

By William Shakespeare

Staged Reading

Directed by Robert Estes

ONE NIGHT ONLY - $5 - $10 sliding scale

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Staged Reading - The Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare

A staged Reading

Directed by Eileen Tull

Tuesday - May 1st, 2012 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

The Comedy of Errors is considered one of Shakespeare's earliest plays, possibly his first comedy and certainly his shortest play. The primary source of the play is the Menaechmi of Plautus, but Shakespeare also borrowed from Plautus's Amphitruo.

Staged Reading - The Time of Your Life

By William Saroyan

A staged Reading

Directed by Darryl Jones

Tuesday - January 20th, 2015 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

Staged Reading - The Two Of Us

By Michael Frayn

A staged Reading

Directed by Vicki Siegel & Anna Andersen

Tuesday - July 31, 2012 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

THE TWO OF US(1970),each featuring two actors.  Our production is co-directed by the playwright Vicki Siegel (A Hot Day in Ephesus) and the veteran director Anna Andersen (Pseudolus.)

Staged Reading - A Protegee of the Mistress

by Alexander Ostrovsky
directed by Jeffrey Trescott
Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Staged Reading - Dear Liar

By Jerome Kilty

A Staged Reading

Directed by Alan Barkan

Tuesday - February. 15th, 2011 - 8 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY

This epistolary drama features selections from correspondence between George Bernad Shaw and Mrs. Patrick Campbell, the great actress and muse, for whom he wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, and with whom he had a 40-year unconsumated love affair.

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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