Dear Friends- 

If you were a subscriber this past season, or purchased a ticket for this year, we’re so pleased that you are a part of the Aurora family for our 2023/2024 Season. I hope you were thrilled by the language and intrigue of Born With Teeth, inspired to action against fascism by 1984, and moved by Manahatta’s powerful story about the Lenape people in the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries. And we have two more remarkable plays to come before this season ends and the next begins.

And what a season we have planned for you! Our 2024/2025 Season brings you four plays (plus one special event) that will surprise you, delight you, provoke you, and make you cheer – sometimes all in a single moment. Some of the greatest joys in life are the connections we make with other people. Whether it’s friends, colleagues, lovers, relatives, or lifelong partners, we need these connections to remind us that we are alive and a part of something larger than ourselves. This is why I love theatre – at a performance, we connect on a visceral level with the actors on the stage and with fellow members of our community in the seats, bringing us closer together and giving us a moment of joy.

We open the season with a classic comedy from the one and only Noël Coward. In FALLEN ANGELS, the prospect of reconnecting with an old flame inspires two women to question everything about their marriages and their friendship. Two very different woman, both recent immigrants to the United States under the Hart-Celler Act of 1965, form a connection when they join forces to make their first Thanksgiving dinner in Lloyd Suh’s THE HEART SELLERS – in an unprecedented coproduction with Capital Stage in Sacramento and TheatreWorks in Mountain View. CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY, a much-celebrated play by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, explores both the difficulty of forming connections in the face
of discrimination and the joy in connecting despite all challenges. We close the season with THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, Jane Wagner’s brilliant and hilarious play written for Lily Tomlin that has one woman playing a whole cast of quirky characters and drawing unexpected connections between them.

As a special addition to our season, we welcome FELONIOUS, a longtime Bay Area hip-hop and theatre troupe, to our space to perform excerpts from their upcoming world premiere musical, which Aurora commissioned last year through our Originate+Generate new play program. This special event is available as an add-on to your four-play subscription.

By subscribing to Aurora’s season, you enable us to continue making connections and telling these types of stories – relevant, compelling, and inspiring – in our beautifully intimate theatre in downtown Berkeley.

See you at the theatre!

Josh Costello
Artistic Director

Subscribe today to our 2024/2025 Season!