Docent Lecture: Berkeley Rep's "Paradise Square"

Lecture | February 13 | 5-5:45 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Dee Kursh, Berkeley Repertory Theatre

 Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Come hear more about Berkeley Repertory Theatre's new musical, "Paradise Square: A New Musical."

It’s 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots as whites are called to enlist while blacks are barred from serving. Will the hard-won bonds of friendship, community, and family in the Five Points prevail or be severed forever?

Written by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan and directed by Moises Kaufman, this new musical calls upon a variety of musical and dance traditions to honor one neighborhood's diverse inhabitants, whose passionate, moving, and heartbreaking experiences burn in our imaginations today.