Dear Friends- 

 For many years, Aurora has been known as The Ultimate Intimate Theatre Experience. This was inspired by the many people who have told us what they appreciate about our work -- the opportunity to see amazing acting and nuanced language up close and personal.  We're using a new tagline for our upcoming season:  "Intimate. Inclusive. Inspiring. Get IN."  This reflects our increased focus on being the storyteller for our community. Aurora is a place where you belong, where you're going to see work by local theater artists that is authentic, inspiring, and relevant to the issues we're facing today. Aurora's work is something special, and we want everyone to get IN on it. 

 Just like a community needs hardware stores and fire stations, we need places to gather together for stories that connect us, and inspire us to build a better world together. And just like a community needs nurses and teachers and engineers, we also need artists to scout into our possible futures, reveal deeper truths about our present moment, and uncover stories from our past that help us better understand our shared history. Aurora is a place where our community’s artists bring us together for a collective act of shared imagination, the conjuring of a story that can only happen right here and right now.

 We brought playwright Liz Duffy Adams to Berkeley for a reading of Born With Teeth in the fall of 2019, and I fell in love with this feisty, sexy, and dangerous play that pits young Will Shakespeare against the great Kit Marlowe. Michael Gene Sullivan, whom you may know from Widowers' Houses at Aurora and from the San Francisco Mime Troupe, has written a powerful stage adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, which has had hit productions all over the country and the world. Mary Kathryn Nagle's Manahatta jumps between 17th and 21st century America in a story about the Lenape people, forced from their home by Europeans but still proudly maintaining their identity. In Blue Door by Tanya Barfield, a Black man is confronted by his ancestors dating back to enslavement as he struggles with his own identity; this music-filled play will shine in Aurora's intimate space. We'll wrap up the season with Broadway hit The Lifespan of a Fact, a hilarious battle between a young fact-checker and a celebrated essayist more concerned with truth than accuracy.

 Whether it's with our flex pass or a traditional subscription, you can save money, enjoy special benefits, and help Aurora continue to present intimate, inclusive, and inspiring theater in our community. If you're a lapsed subscriber, we hope you will rejoin us for our 32nd season. And if you've never subscribed, we invite you to consider the benefits of joining the Aurora family. Regardless, we look forward to welcoming you back to our space on Addison Street for what promises to be a tremendous season. You won’t want to miss out on any of these remarkable plays. Get IN!

Josh Costello
Artistic Director

Subscribe today to our 2023/2024 Season!