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Barbara Oliver and Marge Glicksman

Barbara Oliver and Marge Glicksman in Scotland
for the 1994 Dear Master Edinburgh Festival transfer

Marge Glicksman’s love for Aurora goes back to the very beginning of the Theatre -- she is one of Aurora’s co-founders and the Theatre’s original prop mistress. She fondly recalls the challenges of working with props at the Berkeley City Club: “we had to use our imagination...I miss those days, doing props from nothing.” The City Club’s small space and logistical constraints created challenges like how to use realistic—but non-staining—ink in the original Aurora production of Dear Master. As Marge pointed out, “George Sand couldn’t write with invisible ink, after all!” Some of her favorite Aurora plays include The Mystery of Irma Vep (which she did props for—“I thought, we’re never going to pull this off…but we did!”), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, A Delicate Balance, and “MASTER HAROLD”…and the boys. To this day, Aurora’s costume and prop shop is called “Marge’s Closet.”

Marge knew Barbara Oliver for years, and worked with Barbara to build Aurora from the ground up. From convincing the “City Club to give us a little room to do our plays” to buying 100 chairs discarded by the Club, “paint[ing] them and add[ing] cushions,” Marge, Barbara, and the Aurora founders poured their love and spirit into building the Theatre. Most importantly, Marge recalls Barbara’s belief in “paying people for…their time, artistry, and devotion.”

Marge decided to make a legacy gift to Aurora because she wanted to do something special for Barbara, and she wanted to support Aurora’s future. As a theatre-maker, Marge knows that “it takes many people to do what we do. Theatre costs money[;] it’s labor intensive from the first moment.”

You too can support Aurora’s future by becoming a member of the Barbara Oliver Society. For information on how to make a simple charitable bequest to Aurora—and about other vehicles which can offer significant tax advantages while providing current income—just contact the development office at (510) 843-4042, ext. 303 or development [at]

Leave a lasting cultural testament by joining the
Barbara Oliver Society for the Next Generation.

Sample language for a bequest      Letter of intent (fillable pdf)


What are the Benefits?

Whether you’ve attended our plays as a subscriber or single-ticket purchaser, you’re familiar with the close-knit feeling of our productions. That’s the achievement of a devoted team of theatre professionals—directors, actors, designers and craftsmen who enjoy working together in a collegial atmosphere to bring scripts to life. Your membership will insure that they keep doing such splendid work and will allow us to continue searching for fine contemporary plays through The Global Age Project, workshopping new plays, reviving great classics, and offering free public discussions at events like Script Alive. You can help bring all this about by including Aurora in your estate planning, thus enabling us to serve not just you—our first-generation audience—but generations to come. And you’ll enjoy the benefits of a special relationship to the Theatre.


  1. 1 Each year, you will be invited to attend a Center Stage Salon that is held in a private home, where you’ll get a chance to hear and talk to the actors and director as they discuss the development of the current production and what it has meant to them.
  2. 2 You will be invited to a yearly celebration honoring members of the Barbara Oliver Society for the Next Generation.
  3. 3 Most importantly, you will know that you have left an important arts legacy to the whole Bay Area community. We can’t all be actors or directors., but for those of us who love first-quality theatre where diverse thoughts, emotions, and languages—sometimes painful and tragic, often very funny—are expressed in beautifully-crafted stories, there is no finer contribution we can make than to insure that a theatre like Aurora continues to shape the minds and hearts of our children and our neighbors.


Becoming a Member is easy to do and doesn’t have to take anything out of your pocket. To become a Charter Member of the Barbara Oliver Society, you need only to let us know that you’ve included Aurora Theatre Company in your estate plans. A simple charitable bequest may specify a cash sum or a percentage of your estate, and there is no required minimum amount to join the Society. Click here to fill out a letter of intent.


If you would like to leave a cultural testament that has lasting impact in the community, why not consider joining the Barbara Oliver Society for the Next Generation? For information on how to make a simple charitable bequest to Aurora—and about other vehicles which can offer significant tax advantages while providing current income—just contact the development office at (510) 843-4042, ext. 303 or development [at] You will not be obligating yourself in any way. Should you then choose to become a member of The Barbara Oliver Society, we will gratefully welcome you as one of the family in this, our 24th anniversary season! For sample language for your bequest, please click here.

Members of the Barbara Oliver Society for The Next Generation

Nancy Axelrod

Cindy Hill & Steve Beckendorf

Norman Abramson & David Beery

Elizabeth Burwell

Carol Emory

Jacquelin Ewing

Marge Glicksman

Candy & George Hisert

Ellen & Barry Levine

Inez Lewandowitz

Hermine & Sumner Marshall

Margaret D. & Winton McKibben

Alison McLean

Sheldeen Osborne

Margaret A. Phillips

Tom Ross

Deborah Dashow Ruth

Julie Saltzman

Sylvia Saunders

Valerie Sopher

Lisa Taylor

Janis Kate Turner

Barbara Oliver, 1927 - 2013

In May 2013, Aurora Theatre Company lost its beloved founder, Barbara Oliver. Barbara built Aurora as a nurturing environment for artists to produce plays that place a high value on language and ideas. With passion, talent, and generosity of spirit, she led us to produce works that not only demand outstanding craft but also deep intelligence and compassion. This core value guides Aurora to this day and is the reason for our success. Barbara will be dearly missed, even as her legacy continues to guide us, challenge us, and keep Aurora true to its roots of being a place where great art and great artists thrive.

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