NOW PLAYING: (2nd EXTENSION)
PARTY PEOPLE @ Berkeley Repertory Theatre
October 17th, 2014 to November 30th, 2014
The Story: An opening at an art gallery of works inspired by the 1960s and ’70s activities of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords presents a unique opportunity for members of both groups to gather and reflect on the past and present. As those from younger generations confront party members, they wrestle with how the ideals of yesterday are reflected in the present. Old lovers reconnect, and friends who haven’t talked in 25 to 30 years reunite. Meanwhile, former frenemies—and informants, too—meet and catch up. As the evening proceeds, however, certain facts that were taken as truths come into question. Songs and poetic monologues flare up to reveal the inner thoughts of party leaders as well as rank and file who had contributed to the party’s cause. By evening’s end, history does not seem as black and white as it sometimes reads in history books.
“These deeply gifted artists bring new perspectives
and artistic styles to the Cycle and continue to deepen this portrait of our nation" -- Alison Carey, OSF
* Anonymous Applegate Donors