By Julia Cho
Originally produced at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA
February 5–March 27, 2016
About the Premiere Production:
An estranged son, a father who’s ill, a visiting uncle carrying their memories in tow, a woman without an appetite, and a refugee from a forgotten country—they all prove potent ingredients in this bittersweet and moving meditation on family, forgiveness, and the things that nourish us. When language fails, when the past fades, the perfect meal transcends time and culture and says more than words ever can. Julia Cho’s plays have garnered critical praise from New York to Los Angeles. Now she pairs with Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone on the elegant, poignant, and lyrical Aubergine.
Aubergine was commissioned by Berkeley Rep and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.
Cast: Safiya Fredericks*, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson*, Tim Kang*, Jennifer Lim*, Jennifer McGeorge, Sab Shimono*, Joseph Steven Yang*
Playwright: Julia Cho
Director: Tony Taccone
Scenic Design: Wilson Chin
Costume Design: Linda Cho
Lighting Design: Juyoun Chang
Composition/ Sound Design: Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen
Projection Design: Aaron Rhyne
Dramaturg: Madeleine Oldham: Dramaturg
Casting: Amy Potozkin, CSA
Translator/ Dialect Coach: Hansol Jung
Stage Manager: Leslie M.Radin*
Additional credits: Assistant Costume Designer, Ricky Lurie; Assistant Director, Brady Brophy-Hilton; Assistant Scenic Designer, A. Ram Kim; Assistant Scenic Designer, Ravi Rakkulchon; Dialect Coach, Lynne Soffer.
- "Review: 'Aubergine' a sumptuous meal in world premiere at Berkeley Rep" San Jose Mercury News/ Bay Area News Group , February 13, 2016
- "‘Aubergine’ a tale of food, family and forgiveness," San Francisco Chronicle, February 13, 2016
- "Quiet beauty, deep feeling in Berkeley Rep’s Aubergine," Theater Dogs, February 13, 2016