Berkeley Rep’s Grand Plan

Berkeley Repertory Theatre is embarking on an ambitious project, says artistic director Tony Taccone. “The lion’s share, he says, ‘is an artistic endowment’ to fund a program for creating work, modeled, on a smaller scale, on the extensive program at England’s National Theatre. The project is designed to commission 30 to 70 plays in the next 10 years, not all of which would end up being produced by the Rep. Each would receive at least a staged reading or workshop. Some would become part of future Rep seasons, if not on one of its current stages, then in a new, 150-seat house to be developed under the endowment.”