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See Tom Stoppard play, "Voyage," Wed., 3/27, in Berkeley

This is the first 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 when you order your tickets online. 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 put their names on 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.

The theatre is across the street from the Ashby BART station.

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 for 3/27 and 3/28, although the text will be the same.

Voyage [Part 1 of the trilogy. Limited performances. Wed., 3/27 @ 7 pm] -- See below for review.

Shipwreck [Part 2 of the trilogy. Thurs., 3/28 @ 7 pm]


Review from from last year's East Bay Express :

"Fortunately, Shotgun Players has always been known for letting its ambitions outstrip its purse strings. The company's new production of Voyage, the first installment in Stoppard's triptych, straddles a period of 11 years and features 21 actors. With its storyline about youth activism and intellectualism in the years prior to the Russian Revolution, it's a resonant slice of history, filtered through melodrama (i.e., love, loss, marital problems, death) and larded with philosophical ideas. That's a potentially lethal combination, but Shotgun Artistic Director Patrick Dooley found ways to limn the disparate elements. Like the source material, his Voyage is big, florid, and somewhat disorienting — but it also crackles."

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~3/25 update~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


We look forward to seeing you this Wednesday for Voyage, Part I of Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia. Will Call opens one hour before showtime; please remember we do not allow late seating. If you’ve opted to print your tickets in advance, please don’t forget to bring them to Will Call.

Our live pre-show presentation will begin at 6:40pm. We welcome you to join us if you are curious to learn more about the historical and literary context of the play. Bonus material about Voyage and Shipwreck can be found online by clicking here.
As always, we keep the bar open a half an hour after the show, so stick around and chat about the show with us while enjoying a nightcap!

Voyage runs 2 hours and 20 minutes with 10 minute intermission. Looking for a local restaurant to enjoy before the show, information about parking, or other details about your visit? Click here for all the juicy details.

Thanks again for joining us!

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  • Elly

    ooops - it implies here that there are tickets left? do we have any? the theater says sold out (I'd like 2 tickets)...

    March 26, 2013

  • Elly

    ooops - I have to see the cost before I confirm...I'll let you know...

    March 26, 2013

  • Wendy

    Just found out that there's a pre-show presentation at 6:40. Let's try to catch that. Exceeded the allowable maximum for posting in this space, so added it to event description above.

    March 25, 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).
    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

  • 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

  • nora

    hi, it seems to be sold out for that day...

    March 21, 2013

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