Citizen Josh Opens in Berkeley Tonight

August 16th, 2007

My latest comic monologue, Citizen Josh, begins a run at the lovely Berkeley Repertory Theatre tonight at 8. (The run continues through Sept. 2) It would be swell to see you there!

The piece is about my attempts, as a basically passive person, to participate actively in our democracy. What makes this run particularly poignant for me is that the Berkeley Rep sits squarely in the middle of the community that has become my home. Much of the action of the show takes place within blocks of the theater, and a key figure in my story -- political theorist Sheldon Wolin, who was my thesis advisor at college -- was at the center of Berkeley's Free Speech Movement in the '60s. Plus the thrust-stage theater at the Rep is just a fantastic place to perform, and see, a show.

On Sundays, after the 2 p.m. matinées, I'll be having onstage conversations -- "Democratic Dialogues" -- with a series of Berkeley notables. Aug. 19: Joan Blades, co-founder of and founder of Aug. 26: Berkeley linguistics professor George Lakoff (who was a wonderful guest on our little TV show in the first season). And on Sept. 2: Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates (who also has appeared on our program.

In addition, I'll be playing oboe in the theater's courtyard before each Saturday-night performance -- you can take that as either an inducement or a threat. This Saturday, I'll be duetting with Chloe Veltman.

So that's what I'm up to, starting tonight! For tix and info, you can click here.

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  • 1. Sue T.  |  August 16th, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I already told Josh about this, but I thought your readers might be interested to know that THEATER CHANGES LIVES. After seeing “Citizen Josh” during its San Francisco run, my husband was inspired to go back to work on his master’s degree at SFSU — he had dropped out in 1996! After speaking with his advisers, yesterday, he went down to SFSU and registered for the fall session and got his student ID. So I think everyone should see “Citizen Josh” and see what sort of action it inspires them to take. (At the very least, you’ll have a fun time.)

  • 2. Josh Kornbluth  |  August 18th, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    Hey, Sue — I’m so incredibly jazzed about what your husband is doing! Thanks so much for commenting about it!!

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