Anna Maria Luera in Dreaming in Cuban, 2021 (photo: Robby Sweeny)
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Julian Lopez-Morillas* in Wakefield, 2011 (photo: David Allen)
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written by Gary Graves
directed by Jan Zvaifler
Mar 18–Apr 23
World Premiere #70: a comedy about Machiavelli
*Mondragola: Italian for “The Love Root” (an aphrodisiac)
Things aren’t going so well for the man history knows as the author of The Prince, the infamous “Handbook for Tyrants.” He’s in exile and is writing farcical sex comedies to make ends meet. But a big break comes when he’s invited to present a new play at an elite soiree in Florence. Little does he know, his play is merely bait to lure the Cardinal of Florence into an assassination plot…Politics, and playwriting, is a dangerous game!
a new scheme by Lauren Smerkanich
Jun 24–Jul 30
World Premiere #71: from the Central Works Writers Workshop
You deserve it … for a small fee
“What would you do if I handed you forty thousand dollars?” That’s the question Angela poses to a gathering of women at an introductory Empowerment Session. What she offers them is independence, community, fun, wealth, and perhaps above all, dignity…for a small fee. But what’s really going on in The Dignity Circle? This new work is a mystery wrapped up in a con-game.
written by Patricia Milton
directed by Gary Graves
Oct 14–Nov 12
World Premiere #72: from the Central Works Writers Workshop
a new comedy about bad behavior
Artificial Intelligence meets Authentic Misconduct
Kamiri is the newly-hired Chief Ethics Officer (C-Eth-O) of a mega-tech company, BUBBLE, where Artificial Intelligence promises to open up a whole new world of technological possibilities. But then she discovers that Bubble is developing a new device intended to guide users in their day-to-day ethical decisions. What could possibly go wrong there?
For your safety and out of respect for our patrons and staff members, we require that masks be worn at all times in the theater. For your own protection, we strongly recommend up to date vaccination and boosters. All Central Works staff and artists are fully vaccinated.
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Julia’s at the Berkeley Club is open Tuesday through Saturday, 5:00pm – 8:30pm (last reservations). Enjoy dinner before a show and get a 15% discount on your food (tax & bev not included). RESERVE NOW
Grab a cocktail or a glass of wine before the show in Julia’s Lounge, open Tuesday through Saturday, 4:30pm –8:00pm.
Street parking can be difficult in the neighborhood.
The Berkeley City Club is about a 10 minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART station or you can hop on a bus (6, 36, 51B & 79) and get off at Durant & Dana in less than 5 minutes. The 36 Bus from Oakland also passes within 1 block of the Club. Click here for AC Transit info.
Paid parking is available at:
Douglas Parking lots at 1st Congregation Church of Berkeley across the street from the City Club (with entrance on Channing Way) or The Trinity Lot at 2362 Bancroft Way.
The Metropolitan residential building (2315 Ellsworth) has public parking until midnight.
The Dana/Durant UCB lot, with entrances on Bancroft and Durant (open for public parking after 5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday and on weekends).
The Telegraph/Channing Garage (2431 Channing), with entrances 1 block East of the Berkeley City Club on Durant and Channing.
Click here for a useful site for parking options in and around the area.
There is an accessible entrance to the Club on the west side of the building. Simply follow the sidewalk, ring for entrance, and follow the signs to the elevators. The theater is located just across from the 1st floor elevator exit. Please contact us with any questions or concerns regarding accessibility: Email or call 510.558.1381