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See Tom Stoppard play, "Shipwreck,"­ Thurs., 3/28, in Berkeley

This is the second play in Stoppard's trilogy.

“In a tremendous coup for the biggest little theatre company in town, Shotgun Players has secured the rights to Tom Stoppard’s impressive trilogy. This season Shotgun is producing Part Two: Shipwreck, along with a few special performances of Part One: Voyage, in repertory. In Voyage, we met our young heroes in the first blushes of revolutionary thought and love. Now with Shipwreck we find them in their 30s. The optimism of their early years has hit the rocks of marital infidelity, social anarchy, and a Tsar that has no intention of stepping down. The stakes go up dramatically in this next great duel between the heart and mind.

Please note that this production [“Shipwreck”] includes two scenes with nudity.

Get tickets to Voyage and Shipwreck, and see the first two installments of Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia trilogy - as they were meant to be seen.“


If you’re curious as to who the Shotgun Players are, and how good they are, and why this little theatre is so popular, you can look at the information I posted for previous Meetup events at this venue.

FYI -- Shotgun has changed its ticket sales process. You will now know whether or not the show is sold out before you arrive at the theatre. Also, you can now pick your seat when you order your tickets online. This is generally a good thing. However, in the past, the open seating method worked well for our group because we could enter the theater together and find contiguous seats as a group. No more.

The Shotgun Players shows tend to be very popular and sell out quickly – especially the low-priced tickets. So, if you’re at all interested in seeing either or both of these plays at the very affordable price of $10 ($8 + $2 online processing fee), it would be a good idea to get your tickets now. Really. People have ignored this advice in the past, only to show up and find out the show was sold out and they had to add their names to a waiting list for any tickets that freed up.

In order to see the first two plays of Stoppard’s trilogy in sequence AND take advantage of the economical tickets, the show dates will have to be Wednesday, 3/27 and Thursday, 3/28.

If there’s enough of a response for the theater outing, and people indicate an interest, I will research a place to gather before the performance for perhaps a drink or light supper.

I will post these as separate Meet-ups, although this text will be the same.


Voyage [Part 1 of the trilogy. Limited performances. Wed., 3/27 @ 7 pm]
https://shotgunplayers.org/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=407B89F9-14B4-4193-B861-FEFF397C24BA&menu_id=A54D54F8-60A2-401C-9733-...

Shipwreck [Part 2 of the trilogy. Thurs., 3/28 @ 7 pm]
https://shotgunplayers.org/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=4F901B99-ACF3-4924-A2B1-3A903E88CEF0&sessionlanguage=&SessionSecu...=

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was unclear to me whether the stars go for the people or the activity. Too bad it's not separated out. No offense to any person intended, as I wrote in my original comment. I'm not in total agreement about not mentioning why we didn't (or did) like an event. Nothing wrong with feedback, helps to have a divergence of opinion, and to choose other events. Only thing wrong is when people make personal jabs. Apology accepted.

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, Sky, that was uncalled for and rude on your part. For me, personal attacks don't belong in any social interaction or meetup group. I did say I liked the people and the theater. Was commenting on the play not the folks who attended. I think your remark to me was really off.

    March 29, 2013

    • Sky

      Hi Ronnie,
      I was just pointing out that that you rated the meetup with only 3 stars because you didn't like the play. I believe that one should rate the meetup by the group experience, not the your personal taste for a play. When a meetup get a poor rating it is bad for the group. I am sorry if I hurt you, but I feel there is no need to be negative on the message board about a meetup. Be positive or don't post at all, especially, when it about you not the group. You were honest about why you left the play, but why put down the group with a poor rating. That is what upset me. People work hard to put these event together, and one makes them look bad with poor rating. Wendy did a good job organizing this meetup and everything went smoothly last night.

      Sky

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't enjoy the play though the theater was very comfortable and easy to see the stage from all seats. Play itself way too intellectualized for my taste. Much shallow philosophizing and no development of plot or character.

    March 28, 2013

    • Sky

      "no development of plot or character" How would you know, since you walked out in the middle. Since the play was not to your taste, is no reason to give the meetup a bad rating. The rest of us enjoyed the play and went to Au Coquelet to end a nice evening. 5 stars from me.

      March 29, 2013

  • Sky

    A well done play. I very much enjoy seeing the first two plays in two evening.

    March 28, 2013

  • BB B.

    sorry to miss it, tickets sold out :(

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like there's five of us going to the play and whoever would like to go afterward to Au Coquelet could maybe put that right here in a post and then we'll know who to expect at the Cafe. I'm in., and I don't mind ordering something so we can sit and chat.

    March 24, 2013

  • Wendy

    If people don't mind trekking to Au Coquelet, then let's head over there after the performance. Bear in mind, though, that, unless we sit in the restaurant area at the back (which requires at least one patron at the table to purchase food), then we will need to hang out in the cafe in front for just drinks. Seating in the front can be very challenging: larger tables are usually occupied by groups of students huddled over laptops, and it's anybody's guess whether we will get contiguous tables to accommodate however many people are in our group (which, of course, we won't know until we gather after the show).

    http://www.aucoquelet.com
    2000 University Ave. @ Milvia [free parking across the street after hours in the tire store lot]
    Note the photos showing the separate café and restaurant seating areas, and the accompanying text. They don’t explicitly state that food purchase is required to sit in the larger, quieter restaurant area; but I was once told that by a server.

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about we meet after at Au Coquelet on University and something. It's open late and easy to chat there. I suspect all who are signed up for this will actually come since we have to have purchased tickets. See you guys out front before the show I hope. Since we will all be sitting separately, maybe our fearless leader/organizer would wave us down.

    March 23, 2013

  • Wendy

    Would love to have a post-theatre huddle for chatting, noshing, visiting. If anyone has suggestions for a hang-out, please share them. The place has to be open after 10 pm and be able to accommodate whatever size group we have, and be affordable. There's nothing that I know of that's within walking distance of the The Ashby Stage; and the gelateria in downtown Berkeley where I previously took a group for a post-performance gathering is no longer in business. Can't find a cafe in the area open past 10:00 pm that can accommodate more than 2 people at a table, bars are too noisy for talking, and most people don't want to sit down for a full meal at a restaurant late at night just to be able to talk. If we have enough drivers and available seats, we can drive somewhere; but that's hard to nail down in advance because people often don't attend an event even though they said they would be there.

    March 23, 2013

  • BB B.

    darn, tix are sold out, see yall next time . . .

    March 22, 2013

  • BB B.

    are there still tix available, if so, count me in!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to get together after to discuss the play if that works for anyone else. Maybe there's a coffee shop not too far from the theater. Also, does anyone know if we can park at the BART station? I'd be happy to carpool if someone lives anywhere near me or in Berkeley.

    March 22, 2013

  • Wendy

    I changed the Meet-up time to 6:30 p.m. - one-half hour before curtain time, so we can meet 'n greet outside the theatre. As we get closer to the date, if people let me know whether or not they'd like to meet before the show ~5pm at a cafe or eatery, I will research that. (There's nothing nearby except Flacos.)

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we meeting before hand? I assume we will be sitting separately but it'd be nice to just say hi.

    March 2, 2013

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