When: May 21-June 22 2014
Daylighting: The Berkeley Stories Project is the result of “story circles” and interviews that writer Dan Wolf, director Rebecca Novick, and Shotgun Players Artistic Director Patrick Dooley conducted with three hundred of the city’s residents. The tales are woven through the story of the play’s protagonist, Bee, a recently graduated high schooler who travels from dusk till dawn, from the Berkeley Hills to the marina, trying to figure out if she should leave her hometown for the bright lights of New York City, or stick around and try to make a life in the only place she’s ever known. The ensemble cast is diverse and spirited, and the stories are deeply felt. Certainly anyone who has spent time in or has an affinity for “Berzerkeley” will appreciate the references to Berkeley Bowl, Cheese Board, the Bubble Lady, Hate Man, etc. And while it’s fun to ruminate on Berkeley’s histories, liberal stereotypes, and iconic locales (with a few Emeryville jabs thrown in for good measure), Daylighting is also a bit too fairy-tale for its own good.