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Reno, NV.  ANNOUNCING the 2014/2015 Brüka Theatre Season, OUR 22nd YEAR of live theatre in downtown Reno. Brüka presents another stellar line up of shows offering contemporary award winning plays, culture crossing melodrama, musicals and comedy that explore social questions about class, love, and existence. Our season also includes festival style theatre and “one night only” special performances for and with the community.

Brüka Theatre continues the tradition of exceptional, cutting edge, live theatre and is honored to have once again been named “Best Theatre Company” by the Reno News and Review for the 17th year running.  Producing Artistic Director, Mary Bennett has received “Best Actor/Actress” for the tenth time.  This award of community confidence means a lot to us, and with your faith and support we put our best artistic foot forward into a new season. 

In the broadening our horizons department, we have started an exciting partnership with The Brewery Arts Center in Carson City to tour five of our main stage shows to the capital city, continuing a mission to build cultural bridges, and to engage and build audiences while producing and sharing the experience of innovative, high quality theatre for northern Nevada 

Brüka Theatre opens the 2014/2015 season earlier than usual on Friday, September 12 with Gruesome Playground Injuries.  This darkly comic play navigates friendship, love & the squishy parts that lie in between.  Rod Hearn directs Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Pulitzer wait-listed young playwright Rajiv Joseph.  Starring Stacy Johnson and Wesley Gaines McNair.  This is the first of five Brüka shows that will tour to the Brewery Arts Center.  The Brewery Arts Center tour is scheduled for the end of September 2014.

As the leaves fall, a classic Shepard play comes to the Brüka stage. Fool for Love, written by Sam Shepard opens October 3 and plays through October 25, 2014. Written in 1983 and originally produced at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, the plays central theme is the destructive obsessiveness of a doomed, incestuous passion, over-hung with family dysfunction.  This is one of Sam Shepard’s most popular plays, and has set the standard for his incredible body of work that has followed.  Lewis Zaumeyer directs this hard-edged drama.

Late Night TV Show, Brüka’s half hour live sitcom comedy follows various performances of Fool For Love in October with The Halloween Episode.  Gary Cremeans II and Mary Bennett create this original parody of sitcom television. Situations spring up around the Dumass family, who not only struggle with the pronunciation of their names, but with the daily perils and successes of life in Sunny Valley Nevada. 

NV 150 – Nevada’s history is presented in this fast paced, funny romp through Nevada’s past 150 years in 50 minutes.  This special collaboration with The Carson City Ghost Walk is created by Mary Bennett and will have public performances at Brüka Theatre and The Brewery Arts Center in celebration of Nevada’s 150.

Submissions are NOW  being accepted from the community through September 25, 2014 for The “BIGGEST Little Theatre Festival”.  Brüka will present up to six different short pieces of theatre from our community, each with at least two performances November 13 – 17, 2014 with varied performance times.  Accepted plays will be announced October 1.  Tickets for each show are $10 each and a package available for $50. 

The Christmas season brings us Ham for the Holidays directed by Joe Atack and written by Shad Willingham. This hilarious farce is set in a fictional town in Georgia called Hamlin. It is Christmas Eve 1939 and the local radio station WHAM (pronounced W-HAM) has a special one-off performance planned for Christmas. WHAM has gathered it’s radio actors together and with the Orson Welles on his way to the station to join the cast for the performance there is great excitement all-round. Unfortunately Georgia has been hit with a freak snowstorm and neither Orson Welles, nor the script for the performance, arrive. Ham for the Holidays is a warm-hearted homage to traditional farce with its broad character sketches and pratfalls, and just the lightest tip of the hat to the screwball comedies of the 1930s.

In January of 2015, Sandra Brunell - Neace directs The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel.   Vogel's daringly comic and heart-stirring theatrical eulogy to the brother she lost to AIDS won of the Obie award. Vogel went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for her play, How I Learned To Drive that was coincidently directed by Neace at Brüka in 2012.

February brings a one-night Harold’s Love Nest (A night of improvised Harold’s) on February 13 and A Bohemian Love – In (A night of open mic) on February 14. 

Playing February through March 2015 - Bandido! Written by Luis Valdez and directed by Tami Castillo Shelton. This anti-melodrama play within a play takes place during the California Gold Rush. Tiburcio Vasquez, the notorious California Bandit and resistance fighter to his people is the center of the play. Vasquez’ story has become part of the American mythology of the Old West. 

Bandido!  (continued).  Originally produced by El Teatro Campesino Theatre Company whose work is geared toward expression of social, political and cultural perceptions.  This Latino/American play crosses cultures to bring folklore and questions of manifest destiny in the old west to all audiences. 

April 3 opens the first of a David Lindsay – Abaire double hitter.  His play Wonder Of the World, is an absurd comedy directed by Stacy Johnson about a seven year marital itch and a shocking revelation that serve as a prompt to leave a marriage in order to do all the things one is itching to do. This journey of self-actualization is depicted through a series of absurd encounters that are, quite literally, a barrel of laughs.

Our Second Annual Fundraiser Brüka Prom is scheduled for  Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8 – midnight.  We are looking forward to what the Prom Committee comes up with this year.  It was a glamorous Gala fundraiser last year set in the 1920’s. Our theme for 2015 will be announced in the spring.

Stacey Spain directs the second Abaire offering, the searingly funny Good People at Brüka Theatre in May, 2015.  In South Boston, this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, bingo is a night on the town, and sharp-tongued single-mom, Margie Walsh, has just been let go from yet another job.  Scrambling to make ends meet, she looks up an old flame, hoping he’ll help her make a fresh start in this humor-filled drama from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire about how twists of fate determine our path. 

Wrapping up our season in June and July of 2015, Androo Allen directs, with musical director Tony DeGeiso, the comedic musical theatre hit The Full Monty. Based on the cult-hit film of the same name, The Full Monty,  a 10-time Tony Award-nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show.  The powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (RAGTIME) and David Yazbek (DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS) cook up an aggressive crowd pleaser that both entertains and grabs your heart.   Late Night TV Show will present the third installment of its series following performances of The Full Monty.

Theatre for the whole family - Brüka’s Theatre for Children brings the seventh adaptation of Grimm’s Fairytales with The Wishing Well – an adaptation of the Grimm’s Household Tale of Mother Hulda about the rewards of hard work and good spirit. Public performances are March 5, 6 and 7, 2015  at 10 AM at Brüka Theatre and will tour schools and communities with Pioneer Youth Programs March through July 2015.  Our Summer Theatre Camp takes place in July of 2015.  This year participants between the ages of 8 – 18 will make their own play based on the fictional town of Brukalton. Participants will learn theatre techniques from professional artists, culminating with public performances on July 26 and 27.  Please contact Brüka for information about getting involved in the workshops. 

Our “Artist In The House” series features regional and national artists presenting their work for the public and workshops for our community. The fall features A Directing/Dramaturgy Workshop with Tony Degeiso and a Viewpoints Workshop with Holly Natwora on November 2.   An ongoing  Tuesday night Improv Workshop with Mary Bennett begins November 4.  Our playwright in residence, Sandra Brunell - Neace collaborates with Rod Hearn at Damonte High School (PAC) on the adapted work Julia Caesar.  A special performance will be presented at Brüka on March 15, 2015.  Also in the spring, Ananda Bena - Weber will present her one-woman show and workshop. Artist Joe Atack heads a Shakespeare Workshop for the community and Brüka Artists will present a Master Workshop Weekend at Brüka on April  25 –26, 2015 in addition to another round of improvisation classes. Classes are kept affordable for the public.

Our Original “Werks” Play-Reading Series continues with our Playwright in residence, Sandra Brunell - Neace presenting a reading of her original work A Free Man as part of The New “Werks” Series on November 23 @ 2 PM. Stacey Spain writes Grace and Dignity which will be read on May 17th at 8 PM.  Kristen Coelho Davis’ new play Science and Intuition will be presented on June 14, 2015 at 2 PM.  A new writing project “White Noise” will be explored throughout the season with Mary Bennett.

All shows enjoy a post show opening night champagne reception with appetizers from the Wild River Grille. The shows run Wednesday (Artist night) through Saturdays with most evening shows at 8:00 pm. All shows have at least one Sunday matinee followed by a talkback with the company and audience.  The doors open a half an hour before curtain time.

Season Tickets are NOW on sale.  Reservations are available through our box office at (775) 323-3221. Individual tickets are $20 for general $18 for students, seniors and military and all tickets are $25 at the door. Musical Tickets for The Full Monty and Bandido!  are $22 for general and $20 for students, seniors and military. All tickets for the musical are $25 at the door.  Reservations are also available at the Melting Pot World Emporium in Mid-Town Reno or brownpapertickets.com. 

ABOUT BRUKA THEATRE
  In the 22nd season in downtown Reno, Brüka has been named “Best Theatre Company” by The News and Review seventeen years running.  Brüka Theatre is a leader in the region, recognized for its productions, artists and theatre for children series since it’s founding in 1992. Central to Brüka is the commitment to the reinvestigation of contemporary and classic plays and developing new plays within Brüka’s Artistic Collective, which include winners of the Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation artist grants and 8 local best actor honors.  Brüka is a non-equity and not-for-profit theater company that has produced over 80 shows in our downtown Reno location.  2014/2015 season tickets are now on sale. Sign up for our email newsletter by going to our website at www.bruka.org.

 

Reno, NV.  ANNOUNCING the 2013/2014 Brüka Theatre Season, OUR 21ST YEAR of live theatre in downtown Reno. With a sensational line up of shows offering critically acclaimed plays that dive into the historical events or eras while being re-imagined by contemporary writers.   Brüka Theatre continues the tradition of exceptional, cutting edge, live theatre, and is thrilled to have once again been named Best Theatre Company by the Reno News and Review for the 17th year running.  Producing Artistic Director, Mary Bennett received “Best Actor/Actress” for the ninth time.  This award of community confidence means a lot to us, and with your faith and support we put our best artistic foot forward into a new season. 

The opening play of the 2013/2014 Brüka season, Creature, premiered Off -Broadway in 2009 and is very loosely based on The Book of Margery Kempe, written in 1430, sometimes considered the first autobiography in English.  This play Creature, written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Mary Bennett, is a passionate, spooky and witty theatre offering for October running the entire month  through October 26, 2013.  Playwright and OBIE – Award winning actor Heidi Schreck conjures a collision of contemporary and medieval imaginations:  a very funny, a little bit scary new play about faith and its messengers.   

Off -Broadway in 2009 and is very loosely bbiography in English.  This play Creature, written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Mary Bennett, is a passionate, spooky and witty theatre offering for October running the entire month  through October 26, 2013.  Playwright and OBIE – Award winning actor Heidi Schreck conjures a collision of contemporary and medieval imaginations:  a very funny, a little bit scary new play about faith and its messengers. 

Submissions are being accepted from the community through September 23, 2013 for The “Pieces Of Eight” Festival.  Brüka will present up to eight different short pieces of theatre from our community, each with at least two performances November 7 – 10, 2013 with varied times.  Plays will be announced October 1.  Tickets for each show are $10 each and a package available for $50. 

Back by popular demand, and because we had to create with a pirate theme, Buttcracker 5 – Pirate Booty fills the holidays in November and December 2013.   Brüka dances its pants off in this ridiculous parody based on the holiday favorite The Nutcracker. An eclectic, hilarious and original performance experience laced with Brüka’s exciting performance style with a new adventure taking Clara and the gang on a high seas adventure.

 In January and February of 2014, Bill Ware directs The Compleat Female Stage Beauty.  In this dramatic comedy written by Jeffrey Hatcher, the rich territory of 17th Century English theatre is explored.  In 1661 the most famous portrayer of female roles on the London stage was a male performer named "Kynaston” and in one night, by the stroke of a pen, Kynaston's world is turned upside-down.  February also brings a one-night Valentine’s Day Bohemia with a fabulous, 007 host. 

March 2014 roars in like a lion with The Lyons. A deliciously savage and sentimental new comedy by Nicky Silver that recently delighted Broadway audiences and earned a Drama Desk Award Nomination for outstanding play.  This intimate and frightening examination of how we cope with loneliness and disappointment.  Directed by La Ronda Etheridge, who recently directed Parly Girl for The San Francisco Fringe Festival and also works with the Loft Dance Company in Reno.

April – May 2014 – Les Liaisons Dangerous Adapted by Christopher Hampton and directed by Holly Natwora. Natwora tackles this famous story, adapted from the 18th Century French novel about lust, seduction, betrayal, and revenge.  These are the games played in Les Liaisons Dangerous, a masterpiece of war between the sexes.  Set in an era rich in decadence and deprived of morals,  Les Liaisons is a love story whose players risk everything to obtain the object of their desire and ultimately lose what is most important to them in their quest to win. Natwora, who will also be featured as our “Artist In The House” leading a Viewpoints Workshop after the show opens.

“Sometimes you have to take back the country” they sing in the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, playing at Brüka in late May and June 2014.  The show enjoyed a Broadway run in 2010 and The New York Times said “Bloody Bloody” manages to be a goofy delight and a perversely affecting comment on the American temperament”.  The show dives into the life of seventh president Andrew Jackson and takes you on a twisted ride through a populist history.  Humor, politics and rock and roll reign in this fierce, Wild West musical. 

Wrapping our season in July, 2014 Sandra Brunell Neace directs the comedy cult hit 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, written By Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood. The Winner of The Best Overall Production in the 2012 New York International Fringe Festival is a satire on the melodramatic fears of America during the Cold War and today.  In this comedy, set in the 1950s, the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists descend on their idyllic town?

 Theatre for the whole family - Brüka’s Theatre for Children brings the sixth adaptation of Grimm’s Fairytales with Goldi - an imaginative girl caught between responsibility and two families. Public performances March 6, 7 and 8 at 10 AM at Brüka Theatre and will tour schools and communities with Pioneer Youth Programs March through July 2014.  Brüka will also present performances from our Summer Theatre Camp in July of 2014.  This year participants between the ages of 8 – 18 will adapt The Princess and The Pea and learn theatre techniques from professionals in the field ending with public performances on July 26 and 27.  Please contact Brüka for information about getting involved in the workshops.

Our “Artist In The House” series features regional and national artists presenting their work for the public and workshops for our community.  A few of the workshops include Lady Hull leading two workshops on Costume and Prop Making in October and November, 2013.  Producing Artistic Director Mary Bennett presents a Improv Workshops throughout 2014, Tony DeGieso will conduct a Directing Dramaturg Workshop on March 22, 2014, Holly Natwora will lead a Viewpoints Workshop on April 27 and Brüka Artists will present a Master Workshop Weekend at Brüka in May, 2014.  All classes are kept highly affordable for the public.

Our Original Play-Reading Series continues with 10 – minute plays written by high school students – and read for the writers in a public forum by local actors lead by Sandra Neace on May 18 @ 2 PM.  Two more original stage readings hit the stage this season written by local and regional playwrights.  

All shows open with a post show opening night champagne reception and appetizers from the Wild River Grille. The shows run Wednesday (Artist night) through Saturdays with most evening shows at 8:00 pm. All shows have at least one Sunday matinee followed by a talkback with the company and audience.  The doors open a half an hour before curtain time.

 Season Tickets are now on sale.  Reservations are available through our box office at (775) 323-3221. Individual tickets are $20 for general $18 for students, seniors and military and all tickets are $25 at the door. Tickets for the musical and Buttcracker 5  are $22 for general and $20 for students, seniors and military. All tickets for the musical are $25 at the door.  Reservations are also available at the Melting Pot World Emporium @ their new location: 1047 S. Virginia Street.  Reno. We validate convenient parking at the Parking Gallery on First and Sierra Street.  Check us out at www.bruka.org.

ABOUT BRUKA THEATRE  In the 21st season in downtown Reno, Brüka has been named “Best Theatre Company” by The News and Review sixteen years running.  Brüka Theatre is a leader in the region, recognized for its productions, artists and theatre for children series since it’s founding in 1992. Central to Brüka is the commitment to the reinvestigation of contemporary and classic plays and developing new plays within Brüka’s Artistic Collective, which include winners of the Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation artist grants and 8 local best actor honors.  Brüka is a non- equity and not-for-profit theater company that has produced over 80 shows in our downtown Reno location.  2013/2014 season tickets are now on sale. Sign up for our email newsletter by going to our website at www.bruka.org.


 


 

UPCOMING SHOWS 2012/2013:

This is the 2012/2013 Brüka Theatre Season celebrating 20 years of live theatre in downtown Reno with 20TWENTY vision and a diverse season that offers new works, past favorites and critically acclaimed plays the continue the tradition of the exceptional, cutting edge style of Brüka Theatre.  The first play of the season, Macbeth roars into October with a new vision by director Joe Atack.  Written by William Shakespeare in the early 1600s, Macbeth was the first play Brüka produced in its current space at 99 N. Virginia Street in 1997.  Atack re-addresses the story of power, ambition and Macbeth’s moral descent with a reign of murderous terror to stay in power.  Macbeth runs October 12 through October 26, 2012.

Our 15th Annual Halloween Freaker's Ball is October 27 with a wink to Brüka’s 20. People are welcome to dress as their favorite characters from past Brüka Shows, or their own creation as we Continue the tradition of theatrical antics, dancing, costume contests and the raffle,  Doors will open at 8 PM.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  21 and over.

Back by popular demand Buttcracker IV – Zombie Apocalypse fills the holidays in November and December, 2012.   Brüka dances its pants off in a ridiculous parody based on the holiday favorite The Nutcracker. This eclectic, hilarious and original performance experience is laced with Brüka’s exciting performance style.

In January and February of 2012, Brüka presents The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?  In this dark comedy written by Edward Albee, a successful and professional couple has their world turned up side down by an act of infidelity and....love?  A powerfully confronting and darkly comedic story involving Martin- an architect, Stevie- his wife, Billy- their son, and Ross- a family friend and witness to it all.  Albee subtitles this play "Notes towards a definition of tragedy".  This classic tragedy with modern twists is directed by Jamie Woodham Plunkett.

March brings us Doubt – A Parable. Written by John Patrick Shanley, Doubt has been honored with many awards including the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play and the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This compelling drama explores the moral uncertainty of today's society.  Set in a 1960’s catholic church, Shanley explores the truth of human behavior in the style of an old fashioned detective story. Directed by Sandra Brunell Neace who adapted The Medea Project for the Brüka Stage last season.

April – May 2013 Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want To Know (the Musical) is a hard rockin, harder talkin cult classic. This fast-paced, take-no-prisoners satire of life and pop culture at the end of the millennium is written by a pack of folks including Mark Houston and the original cast.   This show features Cami Thompson and is full of bizarre, hysterical songs and sketches that steer this musical directed by Mary Bennett with Bill Quinby as musical director.

Shirley Valentine comes back to the Brüka stage.  Written by Willy Russell, who, like all the best folk artists, holds up familiar aspects of life for inspection and enjoyment. He is an instinctive feminist and expresses a radical desire for people to improve their lives and see themselves with more dignity. This witty, buoyant comedy explores the wild strategy a middle-aged woman comes up with to love just being herself. Mary Bennett revives her role as Shirley Valentine as directed by Kristin Moffitt. Shirley will play in June of 2013

July is all about ART.  Tony DeGeiso directs Art, written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton. “Anyone looking for a play that is funny, sophisticated, stylish, stimulating and moving should go to 'ART'." —Independent (London).  DeGeiso directed Reza’s God Of Carnage for Brüka last year, and with this years production brings three friends together to decide the value of and worth of a painting that leads to a square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures.  This comedy won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play.

Theatre for the whole family - Brüka’s Theatre for Children brings the fifth adaptation of Grimm’s Fairytales with Snow White with public performances March 14, 15 and 16 at 10 am.  And touring schools and communities March through July 2012.  Brüka will present performances from our Summer Theatre Camp in July of 2013.  This year participants between the ages of 8 – 18 will adapt their own play and learn theatre techniques from professionals in the field ending with public performances on July 20 and 21.  Please contact Brüka for information about getting involved in the workshops.

Our “Artist In The House” series features regional and national artists presenting their work for the public and workshops for our community.  Mark Growden starts this series with a “Community Sing” on September 12 and concert on September 13.  Director Joe Atack presents a pre-show (Sunday Matinee) “Conversation about Macbeth” and an “Acting Shakepeare Workshop” on October 21.  In the spring Brüka collaborates with Sierra Nevada Ballet to present an original work by Ananda Bena Weber that crosses the genres of theatre and dance in her new solo piece that will debut at Bruka.  Weber will also present a master workshop focusing on “articulation of the body” for local dancers and actors on March 24.  Cami Thompson will work with Brüka on our main stage musical and also present a vocal clinic that will guide participants through the vocal audition process and hone a prepared musical audition piece.  Thompson will also perform an evening of her favorite songs.  This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the talent of Cami Thompson in an intimate and personal performance.  Seating is very limited.  Artists will present Two Master Workshop weekends from Bruka on November 3 and 4 and April 20 – 21.

Our Original Play-Reading Series continues with 10 – minute plays, original works and a workshop production of a past reading “Rum Runners” written by Bill Quinby in August of 2013.

All shows open with a post show opening night champagne reception. The shows run (some) Wednesdays through Saturdays with most evening shows at 8:00 pm. All shows have at least one Sunday matinee followed by a talkback with the company and audience.  The doors open a half an hour before curtain time.

Season Tickets are now on sale.  Reservations are available through our box office at (775) 323-3221. Box-office hours are 1 - 5 Wednesday and Friday, 2:30 – 6:30 Thursday and 12 - 4 Saturday. Individual tickets are $18 for general $16 for students, seniors and military and all tickets are $20 at the door. Tickets for the musical, are $20 for general and $18 for students, seniors and military. All tickets for the musical are $25 at the door.  Reservations are also available at the Melting Pot World Emporium @ their new location: 1047 S. Virginia Street.  Reno. We validate convenient parking at the Parking Gallery on First and Sierra Street.  Check us out at www.bruka.org.

ABOUT BRUKA THEATRE  In the 20th season in downtown Reno, Brüka has been named “Best Theatre Company” by The News and Review fifteen years running.  Brüka Theatre is a leader in the region, recognized for its productions, artists and theatre for children series since it’s founding in 1992. Central to Brüka is the commitment to the reinvestigation of contemporary and classic plays and developing new plays within Brüka’s Artistic Collective, which include winners of the Nevada Arts Council and Sierra Arts Foundation artist grants and 8 local best actor honors.  Brüka is a non- equity and not-for-profit theater company that has produced over 80 shows in our downtown Reno location.  2011/2012 season tickets not on sale. Sign up for our email newsletter by going to our website at www.bruka.org.