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Shotgun Players and BareStage Productions present

Music and lyrics by William Finn. Book by James Lapine and William Finn. Originally Produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City. Vocal Arrangements by Jason Robert Brown. Directed by Yuvall Sharon

Previewing: Friday, May 25 at 8pm - $10
Opening: Saturday, May 26 at 8pm - $20 Champagne reception
Performing: Thursday through Sunday, June 10th.
Performing at: The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Avenue at Derby, in Berkeley

Please note: Two special 2pm matinees on June 2nd and 3rd. No performance Saturday night June 2nd.

Opening Night
General Admission: $15,
Students, Seniors & TBA members: $10
Click here to make a reservation online. Online reservations must be made at least 7 days before performance.

Call 510.704.8210 or click here for more information

Shotgun's first musical, A New Brain challenges the traditional content and style of musical theatre, and so suits itself well to the company's creative philosophy. This bold, uplifting piece traces the unpredictable line between autobiography and fantasy. Gordon Schwinn is a blocked and frustrated artist who dreams of writing an epic musical opus, but pays his bills with jingles for a twisted children's television show called Mr. Bungee's Aquatic Circus. His crisis of integrity and autonomy is brought to a sharp climax when he is rushed to the hospital with a brain tumor. Facing death, Gordon's pent-up self expression explodes in a cacophony of musical panic and celebration. Ultimately, this soaring play urges us all to find joy within a chaotic and often brutal urban world.

Jeffrey Meanza as Gordon Schwinn
Malcolm Darrell as The Nice Nurse
Enver Gjokaj as Mr. Bungee
Amanda Guilford as Rhoda
Hillary Kaye as Mimi
Austin Ku as Roger
Kaitlin L'Italien as Homeless Lady
Erin Lasswell as The Minister
Andrea Leibof as The Thin Nurse
David Neufeld as Doctor
Tracy Wilcoxen as Waitress/ Hospital Staff

Yuvall Sharon, director
Brian Rosen, musical director
Corie Rosen, assistant director
Mark Russell, set designer
Talia Konkle, assistant set designer
Jackie Bendzinski, costume designer
Amanda Harris, assistant costume designer
Mtthew Schuman, lighting designer
Erik Nelson, stage manager
Autumn Zangrilli, assistant stage manager
Benjamin Lovejoy, graphic designer
Patrick Dooley, artistic director

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