PAUL VINCENT O'CONNOR*
JOSEPH PATRICK O'MALLEY*
By Caryl Churchill | Directed By Barbara Damashek
NOW EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 13th!
Bernard has just discovered that he’s not the only Bernard: he’s been cloned. By a marvel of genetic science, Bernard’s father was able to make faithful copies of his beloved son. Soon Bernard, his father, and the duplicate Bernards are swept up in a compelling and emotional quest to find the truth of the matter, and the truth of what matters. Caryl Churchill artfully reveals a multifaceted psychological puzzle, taking on human cloning to explore identity, family relationships, and second chances.
RUN TIME: APPROXIMATELY 1 HOUR; NO INTERMISSION
Note: Last summer we had an involved conversation with the director of A Number to discuss seating layout. Between then and now, the director (Barbara Damashek, who also directed Splendour and The Lyons, among others) and the set designer come to the conclusion that for the play to best work, the seating arrangement needs to shift. Rather than have six rows all on one side of the room, we will have two sections of three rows each. Here is a link that shows the new configuration of the theatre.
"An extremely intelligent, thoughtful and stimulating drama." -Berkeleyside
Paul Vincent O'Connor
Paul has been acting since being cast in Summer Stock Theatre in New England decades ago. He has since worked at many of the regional theatres across the United States including as a 16 year member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Here in Berkeley, patrons may have seen him on the stages of Berkeley Shakespeare, California Shakespeare, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. He is very happy to return to The Aurora Theatre where he most recently appeared in AMERICAN BUFFALO, also directed by Barbara Damashek. He has performed in international tours with Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and Galway's Druid Theatre Company. Paul has appeared in many films including SEABISQUIT, INHERIT THE WIND, and OCTOPUS II: RIVER OF FEAR. He has also worked on numerous television shows including BOSCH, MAJOR CRIMES, and THE X-FILES.
Joseph Patrick O'Malley*
Joseph O'Malley: Joseph is thrilled to be working at the Aurora for the first time. Regionally he has performed at the Kennedy Center, The Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Off Square Theatre, B Street Theatre, Coeurage Theatre Co. and Theatre Asylum in Los Angeles. In the Bay Area he has performed at Marin Theatre Co., Cal Shakes, Center Rep, Shotgun Players, Just Theatre, Shakespeare at Stinson and Bay Area Playground. On film, in "Blood Ties", "The Labyrinth" and soon to be released "The Sweeter the Pain". His short film "brief." was an official selection at the 2017 Napa Valley Film Festival. He earned an MFA from USC and a BA from Santa Clara University.
Caryl Churchill, an enigma
Send in the Clones
Artistic Associate Josh Costello on Churchill's puzzle of a play
IN THE NEWS
‘A Number’ at the Aurora is complex, intense and timely"Emily S. Mendel, Berkeleyside
Aurora Theatre’s ‘A Number’ intriguesby Jean Schiffman, SF Examiner
Cloning covers up something even more mysterious in ‘A Number’by Sam Hurwitt, East Bay Times
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