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Aurora Theatre Company
2081 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94704
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Arrive promptly. Late comers are escorted to the business office, given a chair and then view a monitor until entering at intermission. I learned this the hard way!
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If you plan to dine before the play, be sure to reserve. The nearby restaurants, Gecko Gecko, Bella Osteria, Revitalization Bar fill up weeks in advance.
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"The Soldier's Tale"
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4.2 average rating
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17 reviews
16 stars
attended Nov 13 2011

My friend and I went to see Muriel Maffre, as we are long time season ticket holders for the ballet and wanted to see her in this play. We were overcome by the acting of the three actors, the music, and how much we enjoyed the play.

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attended Nov 11 2011

Excellent acting, wonderful music, clever use of small stage, very entertaining evening at the Aurora.

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Quotes & Highlights

“ … both visually and musically mesmerizing, as fresh as new paint and as exciting as a newly minted classic.” —Seattle Times


Based on Igor Stravinsky’s 1918 work

Book by C. F. Ramuz

English Version by Donald Pippin

Based on a concept by Muriel Maffre

Directed by Muriel Maffre and Tom Ross

Aurora Theatre Company continues its 20th season with an enchanting, one-of-a-kind collaboration between Artistic Director Tom Ross and former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Muriel Maffre

with a re-imagined version of Igor Stravinsky’s 1918 musical work, The Soldier’s Tale.

Workshopped at Aurora in December 2010, this piece “to be read, played, and danced” will feature four musicians performing Stravinsky’s visionary score, two actors, a life-size puppet, and Maffre dancing in her Aurora stage debut, as well as acting as puppeteer. Maffre, who retired as a principal dancer from the San Francisco Ballet in 2007, will serve as choreographer and as codirector along with Tom Ross.

The production will also feature a special musical collaboration with San Francisco’s acclaimed avant garde chamber music collective Earplay, under the musical direction of Mary Chun. Bay Area stage

luminaries L. Peter Callender (Permanent Collection_) and Joan Mankin (_Bosoms and Neglect) return to Aurora to round out the extraordinary ensemble.

Written in 1918, and set to music by Igor Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring), with libretto by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz, The Soldier’s Tale is based on a Russian folk tale about a soldier who makes a deal with the devil, trading his fiddle for a book that predicts the future. The narrative is an anti-war Faustian fable, making the piece a highly relevant work for today.