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By Murray Schisgal
Directed by Alan Barkan

April 23 through May 23, 2009

Heart over mind, mind over body. This is the age-old story where one partner falls out of love with their current and in love with their wanna-be-current and schemes to painlessly shift currents. Actors Ensemble of Berkeley presents twisted takes on a twisted story, but—we promise!—you won't have to be twisted to watch (although it makes identification all the easier).

With the blessings of the author Murray Schisgal, Actors Ensemble proudly stages three unique versions of LUV: a Straight LUV, a Lesbian LUV and a Gay LUV.

LUV will be performed Thursdays through Saturdays over a five week run starting Thursday, April 23rd, with the final performance on Saturday, May 23rd.

Each version will be performed one night each week, with the order rotating over the five weeks. Which means you won't have an excuse to not see all three. And we promise you'll have many reasons to want to see all three. Check the rotation schedule. All performances begin at 8:00 pm.

 The reviews are in:

"a stellar comedy" — The Berkeley Daily Planet

"It's always fun - and even a little transgressive - to see how the same love triangle works with a different gender configuration" — East Bay Express

LUV rotation schedule

The Gay Version Cast

Harry Berlin ....................Harold Pierce
Milt Manville ................Stanley Spenger
Elliot (Ell) Manville ...Federico Edwards

The Lesbian Version Cast

Harriet (Harry) Berlin ..... Stacy Sanders
Melissa (Mel) Manville . Catherine Lerza
Ellen (Ell) Manville .............Crystal Bush

The Straight Version Cast

Harry Berlin ..............................Eric Carlson
Milt Manville ...................... Benjamin Grubb
Ellen (Ell) Manville .............Danielle Martino


Director Alan Barkan
Associate Director Eric Carlson
Lighting Designer Jeremy Cole
Set Designer Norman de Veyra
Stage Manager Jose Garcia
Producer Jennifer Rice
Costume Designer Helen Slomowitz
Light & Sound Operator Jennifer Rice
Props Jennifer Rice  
  Jose Garcia  
Publicity Eric Carlson
  Jerome Solberg

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  Harriet (Stacy Sanders), Ellen (Danielle Martino), and Elle (Crystal Bush) look for love among the betrayals, suicide attempts, and infatuations in Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's grand experiment with Murray Schisgal's dark comedy "Luv."  Photo by Eric Carlson.
Alan Barkan (left) directs 2008's "Barefoot in the Park" at Actors Ensemble of Berkeley.  Photo by Eric Carlson.  
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  Elle (Crystal Bush), Harriet (Stacy Sanders), and Ellen (Danielle Martino) are just some of the cast members in the Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's grand experiment of 3 different casts exploring love, betrayal, and suicide atop a lonely bridge in Murray Schisgal's dark comedy "Luv."  Photo by Eric Carlson.



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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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We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Federal Tax ID #946139640, since 04-1967