Dave Malloy's "Octet" to Get West Coast Premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Spring 2021

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Dave Malloy's Octet, directed by Annie Tippe, is due to get its West Coast premiere in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's spring 2021 season, a co-production with NYC's Signature Theatre, which premiered Octet in 2019. "I'm so thrilled to be returning to Berkeley with Octet, and have this show continue to evolve under the care of two of my favorite theatres," says Malloy. "It's a wonderful extension of my Signature residency, bringing this work to another coast, in a theatre that will hopefully by then be filled with smiling, healthy, socially close theatregoers.” The original cast recording is available on Nonesuch.

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Dave Malloy's Octet, which premiered at the Signature Theatre in New York City in 2019, directed by Annie Tippe, is due to get its West Coast premiere as part of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's spring 2021 season, in a co-production with the Signature.

"I'm so thrilled to be returning to Berkeley with Octet, and have this show continue to evolve under the care of two of my favorite theatres," says Malloy. "It's a wonderful extension of my Signature residency, bringing this work to another coast, in a theatre that will hopefully by then be filled with smiling, healthy, socially close theatregoers.”

For more on the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's spring 2021 season, visit berkeleyrep.org.

The original cast recording for Octet, avialable here from Nonesuch Records, features a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry. The musical explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of twenty-first century technology. "The most original and topical musical of the year," says the New York Times; "the sublime a cappella chamber opera is a portrait in song of perhaps the greatest David and Goliath struggle of our time."

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Dave Malloy: "Octet" (Original Cast Recording) [cover]
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    Dave Malloy's "Octet" to Get West Coast Premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Spring 2021

    Dave Malloy's Octet, which premiered at the Signature Theatre in New York City in 2019, directed by Annie Tippe, is due to get its West Coast premiere as part of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's spring 2021 season, in a co-production with the Signature.

    "I'm so thrilled to be returning to Berkeley with Octet, and have this show continue to evolve under the care of two of my favorite theatres," says Malloy. "It's a wonderful extension of my Signature residency, bringing this work to another coast, in a theatre that will hopefully by then be filled with smiling, healthy, socially close theatregoers.”

    For more on the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's spring 2021 season, visit berkeleyrep.org.

    The original cast recording for Octet, avialable here from Nonesuch Records, features a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry. The musical explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of twenty-first century technology. "The most original and topical musical of the year," says the New York Times; "the sublime a cappella chamber opera is a portrait in song of perhaps the greatest David and Goliath struggle of our time."

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