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Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
510-845-8542
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100 reviews
203 stars
attended Apr 30 2011

The Musical is warm full of great performances - its not a new RENT yet still edgy - but still suitable for families ,, The youth cast at times outshines the adult cast. Jon's directing is always the best, and many of the songs are memorable even...continued

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14 reviews
5 stars
attended Apr 29 2011

I don't like musicals. I have to admit, I loved this this play -- and not despite the music, but because of it's lyrical honesty.

This is a well-executed play about the adult son of a a two-mom family. It is a poignant and relevant piece for ...continued

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74 reviews
14 stars
attended May 05 2011

Fine voices and a hard working cast from all age groups, but I got a little lost on the plot points. Seems that much of the tension amonst the various characters went on and on in each scene without a break or much searching for solutions. ...continued

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Learn more about the issues dealt with in Born and Raised, including a detailed parental advisory.

Description

Berkeley Playhouse is proud to present the third show in their fourth season and their first commissioned work for the main stage by writer/director, Jon Tracy and music composer, lyricist and director, Scott deTurk.

Formerly under the working title,_ Pride_ and now called Born & Raised, this new musical in development explores the meaning of “family” as it follows a young, San Francisco-based man trying to make sense of the paths, choices, and challenges of family members and friends, gay and straight, who have influenced his life.

Meet Connor, a young and successful comic-book artist whose life begins to unravel when his moms announce they want to marry and his hero Man-Man runs out of villains to fight. To get his mind off of work stress, Connor’s new colleague James sets him up with Lila, a journalist covering the 2004 marriage-equality battle in San Francisco.

In a series of flashbacks, we see young Connor and his best friend Jesse cope with bullies by escaping into a fantasy world of superheroes. We also meet young Lila, whose parents refuse to accept her older sister’s lesbian identity, even in the aftermath of Elena’s brutal gay-bashing.

Born and Raised boldly explores challenges facing LGBT individuals and families – including homophobia, restricted rights, and suicide – while imagining a space where healing can occur and freedom can thrive.

About the Ticket Supplier: Berkeley Playhouse

Berkeley Playhouse is a multiple award-winning theatre company (Broadway.com awards, TBA Award recommendations, Bay Area Critics Circle Award) and school for musical theatre education (Bay Area Parent Award, Parents Press Award).

From its humble beginnings as a theatre education program in Founder Elizabeth McKoy’s living room, Berkeley Playhouse has quickly become one of the largest arts organizations in the Bay Area, with nearly 25,000 individuals coming to see its professional musical productions, and over 1000 students studying in the School of Musical Theatre each year.

Housed in the historic Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley Playhouse produces quality theater for all ages and it is common to see two, three, and even four generations of families sitting together enjoying shows like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, or Fiddler on the Roof.