Due to construction delays and the resulting uncertainty of when and if John Hinkle Park would be available, Actors Ensemble is presenting its 2022 outdoor summer show "Fortinbras" at Kensington Amphitheater in Kensington, with no other productions scheduled this summer. The amphitheater is not as accessible by public transportation as we'd like, but if you venture out we promise you a great show in a beautiful location. We'll return to Hinkle Park for our 2023 outdoor summer season.
Our recent staged reading of ROE received a good review in the Daily Californian in a theatre review by Vivian Stacy. See: Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's 'Roe' offers relevant, refreshing take on abortion rights.
The review opens noting that there is little common knowledge of the stories of the women who led the fight for safe and legal abortions and credited Actors Ensemble for bringing such a story to the community. Read more for a few quotes from the review.
by Lisa Loomer
directed by Susannah Wood
A Staged Reading
Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, with support from The Marsh Berkeley, Berkeley Councilmember Susan Wengraf, and the Downtown Berkeley Association, present a staged reading of ROE, by Lisa Loomer, directed by Susannah Wood. (Daily Californian Review) (Program PDF)
Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza
2160 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94701
Thursday, June 9th
12:00 noon to 12:45 pm
Vignettes and Songs from the women's movement and the struggle for Abortion Rights, performed free of charge at the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza. A co-production with Downtown Berkeley Association.
A prelude to Actors Ensemble's staged reading of "ROE" by Lisa Loomer, performed 6/12 and 6/16, also in downtown Berkeley. "She. Her. They." is written by Susannah Wood with music by Hali Hammer, and features Susannah Wood and actors from ROE.
What's Next in 2022:
- Mothers All, by Katie Tandy with Lauren Rosenfield, directed by Lauren Rosenfield, a special production at the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, April 16 and 17th, 2022.
- Fortinbras, by Lee Blessing, directed by Michael Cohen, July 2022 at the Kensington Amphitheater.
Coming up in 2023:
- Dragonfly, by Bijan Mofid, directed by Zara Houshmand, a co-production with Darvag Theatre Company, date in 2023 and location TBA.