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by George Bernard Shaw directed by Patrick Dooley

Opened: Friday, May 7, 1999
Performed: Thursday & Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm & Sunday at 7:00 pm
Performed At: South Berkeley Community Congregational Church, 1802 Fairview Street, Berkeley
Closed: June 6, 1999

Mozart's opera Don Giovanni (1787) follows the medieval story of Don Juan, who breaks into Donna Anna's bedroom while she's engaged to Don Ottavio. Anna's father, a respectable old military man known as the Commendatore, challenges Juan to a duel to defend his daughter's honor. Juan wins, but the Commendatore's high rank in Seville inspires a cemetery memorial in the form of a statue, which eventually comes to life. In the opera's last scene, the statue arrives at a fashionable ball to physically throw Juan into the Wery pit. Shaw loved Mozart's music but hated the libretto's Catholic morality (Lorenzo da Ponte wrote the words); Man and Superman is his updated and corrected version of the story.

This play was a last-minute replacement. Kevin Karrick gets the iron man award for memorizing the largest part in Westerm Literature in four weeks and Barry Horwitz gets the "sleep? we don't need no stinkin' sleep" award for staying up 'til two am three nights a week convincing me that folks would sit through a four hour play on hard metal chairs in South Berkeley.

Louise Chegwidden as Ann Whitefield
Norman Gee as Hector Malone
Kevin Karrick as John Tanner
Brian Linden as Octavius Robinson
Trish Mulholland as Henry Straker & Mrs. Whitefield
Richard Reinholdt as Roebuck Ramsden
Curtis W. Sims as Mr. Malone
Michael Storm as Mendoza
Wendy Weiner as Violet Robinson

Patrick Dooley, director
Michael Frassinelli, set design
Clare DeShon, costume design
Alex Lopez, light design
Benjamin Lovejoy, graphic designer & photographer
Barry Horwitz, dramaturg
Gina Padilla, stage manager
Lynette Stone, light board operator
Claire Mosher, managing director
Patrick Dooley, artistic director

Joe Mader for SF Weekly
Kerry Reid for the East Bay Express
West for The San Francisco Bay Guardian
John Angell Grant for the Berkeley Daily Planet
Chad Jones for the The Oakland Tribune
Kerry Reid for the East Bay Express


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