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Aurora Theatre Company is a professional theatre company located in Berkeley, California.
The company was founded by actor and director Barbara Oliver in 1992 with the desire to continue to produce plays "about something important; ideas mediated by language and people, which are assisted by other elements like sets, lights and costumes," not dominated by them. The founders of Aurora Theatre Company came together around the development and production of a new play: Dorothy Bryant's Dear Master.
The company produces a five play season. In addition to their regular season, they produce an annual staged reading festival known as the Global Age Project.
Aurora Theatre Company has a small, intimate performance space, and has been referred to as “chamber theatre.”
It has won 20 awards from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. Aurora received a $25,000 Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation award in 2000 for new play production. The San Francisco Weekly named Aurora Outstanding Bay Area Theatre Company.
They operate under a Tier 4 BAT contract with Actors' Equity Association. Currently, more than one-third of the budget is allocated to acting salaries, with Aurora Theatre Company having been commended for the high percentage of Equity actors in its productions.
- Dear Master - Dorothy Bryant (world premiere)
- The Panel - Dorothy Bryant (world premiere)
- Gunplay - Frank Higgins (west coast premiere)
- Abigail's Party - Mike Leigh (American premiere)
- Posing for Gauguin - Dorothy Bryant (world premiere)
- Death Defying Acts - David Mamet, May, Allen (west coast premiere)
- Transcendental Wild Oats - LeClanche DuRand (world premiere)
- Split - Mayo Simon (world premiere)
- Alarms and Excursions - Michael Frayn (west coast premiere)
- Partition - Ira Hauptman (world premiere)
- Antigone Falun Gong - Cherylene Lee (world premiere)
- The Persians - Aeschylus, new adaptation by Ellen McLaughlin (west coast premiere)
- Emma - Michael Fry, from the novel by Jane Austen (west coast premiere)
- Marius - Marcel Pagnol, translated by Zack Rogow (world premiere translation)
- The Master Builder - Henrik Ibsen, translated by Paul Walsh (world premiere translation)
- Small Tragedy - Craig Lucas (west coast premiere)
- Ice Glen - Joan Ackermann (west coast premiere)
- Satellites - Diana Son (west coast premiere)
- The Trojan Women - Ellen McLaughlin/Euripides (professional world premiere)
- The Busy World is Hushed - Keith Bunin (west coast premiere)
- The Coverlettes Cover Christmas (world premiere)
- Betrayed - George Packer (west coast premiere)
- Jack Goes Boating - Bob Glaudini (bay area premiere)
- The First Grade - Joel Drake Johnson (world premiere)
- Speech & Debate - Stephen Karam (bay area premiere)
- Safe House - Keith Josef Adkins (west coast premiere)
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