Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Reading and Dialogue with Novelist Pyeon, Hye-Young

Hye-Young Pyeon, Myongji University

Pyun Hye-Young was born in Seoul, Korea in 1972. She majored in creative writing at Seoul Institute of the Arts and earned a graduate degree in Korean Literature at Hanyang University. She is currently a professor of creative writing at Myongji University.

She made her literary debut in 2000 with her short story "Shaking off Dew". She has published several collection of short stories, including Aoi Garden (2005), To the Kennels (2007), An Evening Proposal (2011) and The night passes (2013) as well as novels such as City of ashes and red (2010), Gone to the forest in the west (2012) and The Hole (2016). An Evening Proposal (Dalkey Archive, 2016), The Hole
(Arcade publishing, 2017) and City of Ashes and Red (Arcade publishing, 2018) were published in English too. In her restrained, yet grounded writing style, Pyun Hye-Young's works portray the
insecurities of contemporary man and point to the hole of social system for causing this sense of alienation and isolation. She is noted for renewing herself piece by piece and building her own unique world of writing in the process.

She received some of the top literary accolades in Korea including Hankook Ilbo Literary Award (2007), Yi Hyo-Seok Literary Award (2009), Dong-in Literary Award (2011), Yi Sang Literary Award (2014) and Hyundai Literary Award (2015). She won the Shirley Jackson Award (2017) in the United States.

Apr 26, 4:30pm to 7pm, Toll Room Alumni House

AGO: A New Workshop Production Written and Directed by Stan Lai

April 25-28, 2019
230 Hearst Gymnasium
Free Admission with Reservation*

We reminisce about the past, dream about the future, but are rarely present in the moment. In fact, as the word "present" slipped through our tongues, it was already AGO. Stan Lai (creator of A Dream Like A Dream, which first used the unique "theatre in the surround" configuration) has returned to UC Berkeley to create AGO, a play that examines the journey of characters through repeated triumph and failure, victory and folly.

Displaced from a small mountain village near the Himalayas to the never-sleeping New York, people are chased by calamities, searching for a pure land of eternal fulfillment and happiness. The play is a rare experience of theatre in the "surround." AGO in its entirety is conceived to be a 3 1/2 hour performance in 4 Acts. For this performance, we are presenting Acts 1 and 2. Act 3 takes place in New York and the Himalayas, where the surviving characters set forth to find the Pure Land in Dorje's visions. The aftermath of this expedition is Act 4, set in New York.

*Online ticket link closes 2 hours before showtime. After that time, you may request admission at the door, depending on seating availability.

Apr 26, 7pm to 10:30pm, 230 Hearst Gymnasium

The House of the Spirits

Michael Moran

A new play by Caridad Svich | Based on a novel by Isabel Allende | Directed by Michael Moran

Based on Isabel Allende's best-selling novel, Caridad Svich's <em>The House of the Spirits</em> follows three generations of the Trueba family-their loves, their ambitions, their spiritual quests, and their place in the post-colonial social and political turmoil embroiling their South American country. This darkly poetic adaptation incorporates magical realism to weave the personal and the political into a universal story of love, magic, and fate.

Apr 26, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse

Théâtre National de Bretagne: Julius Caesar

Théâtre National de Bretagne, Cal Performances

French director Arthur Nauzyciel revives his production of Julius Caesar, first created 10 years ago for Boston's influential American Repertory Theater during a US election year. Now artistic director of the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Nauzyciel highlights the continuing relevance of Shakespeare's great political tragedy-with costumes and design that evoke the era of JFK, a live jazz trio, and provocative staging that refocuses the action so that the tyranny unfolds as the dream of a minor character, Brutus' slave Lucius.

Apr 26, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Hall

Gamelan Shadow Play: "Story of Kala the Forbidden Creature" *Note: actual end time may vary.*

featuring Midiyanto, shadow master
guest drummer Heri Purwanto
vocalist Heni Savitri\
UCB Gamelan Sari Raras:
Javanese Shadow Puppet Master Ki Midiyanto accompanied by guest drummer Heri Purwanto, singer Heni Savitri and the musicians of Gamelan Sari Raras, present "The Story of Kala the Forbidden Creature."

Apr 26, 8pm to 9pm, Hertz Concert Hall

Damian McGinty - Young Forever Tour

Irish singer-songwriter-actor Damian McGinty will be debuting his brand new full-length album, Young Forever, in early 2019 followed by a tour of the same name. The Young Forever tour is his largest to date and kicks off in Philadelphia, PA on March 19th and will feature vibrant, joyful, pop-infused music that will take you back to a time of living in the moment and yearning for the open road.

The 26-year-old Derry, Northern Ireland native is best known for his work with the Irish supergroup Celtic Thunder since the age of 13, and for his role as Rory Flanagan on the Fox hit television series, Glee. Damian's first EP of original music, No More Time, was released in the Spring of 2018 and reached #9 on the US iTunes Pop chart while garnering more than 750,000 streams online.

Tickets are $100 (includes soundcheck, pre-show meet & greet and concert) - SOLD OUT;
$60 (includes pre-show meet & greet and concert); and $35 general admission (scroll down to see all ticket options).

Advance tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 9th at 10am, and are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open forty-five minutes before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

Apr 26, 8pm to 10pm, The Back Room Music, 1984 Bonita Ave, Berkeley