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Barber Shop Chronicles


Bay Area Premiere

A Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production

by Inua Ellams
Directed by Bijan Sheibani
Designed by Rae Smith

A work the Times of London called a "joyous, surprising, moving production," Barber Shop Chronicles explores the diversity of black male identity through the rituals and verbal banter of the urban barbershop. The cast riffs on topics both personal and political—from family to race relations to views about fatherhood and masculinity—as we eavesdrop on conversations in six different barbershops in London, Lagos, Johannesburg, Accra, Kampala, and Harare over the course of a single day. Created by Nigerian-born, UK-based poet and playwright Inua Ellams, the play has been a sold-out sensation in multiple London runs, resonating with audiences and critics alike for its deeply engaging sense of humor and humanity. 

Approximate run time: 1 hour and 45 minutes without intermission

Additionally,

performances at 8PM Friday and 2PM Sunday, and

Artist Talk
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 12pm
Multicultural Community Center, 220 ASUC Student Union: Martin Luther King Jr. Building
With Barber Shop Chronicles playwright Inua Ellams. Presented in association with the UC Berkeley Multicultural Community Center and in cooperation with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. A 2018/19 Season Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship event. Free and open to the public and ADA accessible. 

Catharsis Café
Fri, Oct 26, 2018, 10pm
Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine
Join fellow audience members for a post-performance discussion and reception. Free to ticket holders. 

Catharsis Café
Sat, Oct 27, 2018, 10pm
Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine
Join fellow audience members for a post-performance discussion and reception. Free to ticket holders. 

Catharsis Café
Sun, Oct 28, 2018, 5pm
Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine
Join fellow audience members for a post-performance discussion and reception. Free to ticket holders. 


Earlier Event: October 26
SHEP Sexpert Education Clinic
Later Event: October 27
Downtown Berkeley Farmers' Market