Tony Taccone
Tony Taccone
Tony Taccone is an American theater director, and currently the artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California.
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Another Don't-Miss Play in Berkeley: Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It was exciting to hear, after a performance of Disgraced at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, that this 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning work by playwright Ayad Akhtar is being developed for HBO. Not just because it's a play well worth watching again, but because the extended Bay Area run ends on December 27. Applause to Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone for once again bringing us not just a terrific play but, in this case, the director, Kimberly Senior--who took it from Chicago to Broadway to London in the past few years--as well as some original cast members. This is a play that makes you think, feel, and admire the good writing and fine performances all at once. It runs just 80 intermission-less minutes, and by curtain call, you feel you've been tense for most of them. The action takes place in the living room of a $600-shirt-wearing corporate lawyer, Amir Kapoor (Bernard White), and his artist wife, Emily (Nisi Sturgis). The only others we meet are Emir's African American col ...
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To Be Young, Gifted and a Classical Musician
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Some writers like to reflect on modern history from the distance of a decade or a generation. Others prefer 25 or 50 years as appropriate reference points. Very few stop to think about how our lives have changed over the most recent third of a century. But if we look back to 1980, the results are startling. The onset of the AIDS epidemic deprived the arts of a great deal of talent. Many established performers, artists, managers and administrative staff died in the prime of their lives, just as their careers were about to rise to a new level of international success. Many young talents never even got a chance to find their niche, develop their craft and mature into world-class artists. The rise of the religious right and America's conservative movement coincided with the dumbing down of the nation's educational system. Scientific truths are constantly called into question and our judgments warped by the demand for false equivalence while the constant shouting (and determination of ...
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Boston College Arts Festival Kicks off Thursday
Newton Patch - almost 5 years
Starting tomorrow, the Boston College Chestnut Hill campus will be jam-packed with artwork, music, theatre and fashion as the school kicks off the 14th annual Boston College Arts Festival. The festival, which will run Thursday-Saturday (April 26-28), incorporates more than 1,000 student and faculty artists that will present various works of music, theater, dance, poetry, film, painting, and sculpture at more than 80 events. The events are all open to the community.  Showcases and performances get started tomorrow at noon and will run until 11 p.m., with a new event every hour. Some higlights include: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Robsham Theatre BC's Best (original student music) - Thursday, 8 p.m. on O'Neil Plaza Film Festival Friday (films by BC alumni) - Friday, 7:30 p.m. on O'Neil Plaza BC bOp! (An evening of Jazz and dance) - Saturday, 8 p.m. on O'Neil Plaza An arts award ceremony and celebration - Friday, 4 p.m. on ...
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A Son Confronts Moscone's 'Ghost' On Stage - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
Moscone says it was through playwright Tony Taccone's words that he was finally able to confront the feelings that had remained "suppressed under the cloak of mourning and loss." "And now that those have been uncloaked," he says, "I feel like things
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Rita Moreno's Got Life - TheaterMania.com
Google News - over 5 years
But Tony Taccone, who is the artistic director of Berkeley Rep, really talked me into it. About two years ago, he said to me, "Rita, you're 77, you better do it soon." I think of the reasons Tony wanted to me do this show, as he told me,
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Bay Area theater openings, Sept. 4 - San Francisco Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Rita Moreno tells the story of her life, as written by Tony Taccone, supported by dancers and an onstage band. Previews end Tues. Opens Wed. Through Oct. 30. Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. (510) 647-2949, www.berkeleyrep.org
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'Ghost Light' review: Oregon Shakespeare Festival history play illuminates the ... - OregonLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Instead, he enlisted Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone to co-conceive the play and write it. Taccone came up with the key plot device: Jon is directing a production of "Hamlet" but can't get anywhere until he figures out how to present the
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Rita Moreno's new role -- herself - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
The first half-dozen times Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone pitched the project to her, she rejected it flat out. "Ew! The idea of going through my life, the sad things, the bad stuff, I hated it. It absolutely terrified me," she recalls
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Bay Area theater openings, Aug. 28 - San Francisco Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
The legendary Rita Moreno tells the story of her life, as written by Tony Taccone and supported by dancers and an onstage band. Previews begin Friday. Opens Sept. 7. Through Oct. 30. Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley
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Fall theater: Rita Moreno looks back; TheatreWorks explores post-Katrina New ... - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - over 5 years
The roster of breathlessly anticipated world premieres includes Berkeley Rep artistic director Tony Taccone's valentine to "Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup," Bill Cain's ("Equivocation") latest drama "How to Write a New Book for the Bible" and
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5 plays at Oregon Shakespeare Festival: a critic's take - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
OSF commissioned this ambitious new drama, developed by Jonathan Moscone (based on his own experiences) and Berkeley Rep artistic head Tony Taccone. Moscone's theatrical surrogate Jon (the terrific Christopher Liam Moore) is a sardonic gay stage
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A slain mayor is back in the spotlight - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Jonathan Moscone, left, and Tony Taccone at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore. The two have collaborated on "Ghost Light," a play inspired by the 1978 assassination of Moscone's father, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, when Jonathan
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TCG Books Announces The Publication of Oh, Wild West! - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... observed social satire, becoming the most prominent Chicano/Latino performance troupe in the US This latest anthology includes a preface by Richard Montoya and introduction by Tony Taccone, as well as an interview with Culture Clash by John Glore
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Photo Flash: Rita Morena in LIFE WITHOUT MAKEUP at Berkeley Rep - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Berkeley Rep (Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison Street @ Shattuck) will present Tony Taccone's RITA MORENO: LIFE WITHOUT MAKEUP, starring Rita Moreno with Ray Garcia and Salvatore Vassallo. The production features direction by David Galligan and choreography
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Berkeley Rep to Feature Rita Moreno in LIFE WITHOUT MAKEUP, 9/7-10/30 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Written by Artistic Director Tony Taccone, developed by Rita Moreno and Tony Taccone, and staged by David Galligan, this spectacular production starts previews in the Roda Theatre on September 2, opens September 7, and runs through October 30
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Star Wars legend gives a little of herself in one-woman show - Toronto Sun
Google News - over 5 years
On one level, under the assured direction of Stephen Eich (reinforcing the original Broadway direction of Tony Taccone), she seems to hold nothing back. And in the end, she's a bit of a closed shop, too, far more willing to discuss those that inhabit
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tony Taccone
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 59
    Taccone made his playwriting debut in May 2011 with his solo show for Rita Moreno and followed this up with his show Ghost Light at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2011, which he co-created with Jonathan Moscone.
    More Details Hide Details Taccone credits the success of Angels in America with triggering a personal bout of narcissism that coincided with middle age. He says he eventually returned to the person he wanted to be, and found his friends and family still there, although his marriage was over. Taccone's children include Jorma Taccone, a member of the sketch-comedy troupe the Lonely Island and a writer for Saturday Night Live and Asa Taccone, a musician and sometimes collaborator with his brother. Asa is a founding member of indie rock band Electric Guest and has composed music for his father's productions, such as for Bridge & Tunnel and Taking Over.
  • 2009
    Age 57
    In 2009, Taccone participated in A Night With the Stars, a play performed by persons who were previously homeless.
    More Details Hide Details The play was done as a fundraiser for Community Housing Partnership in San Francisco.
  • 2004
    Age 52
    Two of Taccone’s recent shows also transferred to London: Continental Divide played the Barbican in 2004, and Tiny Kushner played the Tricycle Theatre in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Taccone's professional career has included fostering clowning, a fascination he developed when he went to take his small family to see the Pickle Family Circus in the 1980s. He favors clown artistry that is a reaction to tragedy. Taccone has been called a "theatrical midwife" because he often encourages and fosters new talent. Examples include his work with Sarah Jones on Surface Transit and the aforementioned Tony Kushner.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 36
    Taccone was extremely reluctant to leave, but announced his resignation in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Taccone became the associate artistic director of Berkeley Rep under Sharon Ott, again replacing White. Right around that time, Angels in America, which ended up becoming a two-part, seven-hour epic, was becoming a national sensation critically and otherwise, and a boon to the Eureka. Four years later (in 1992), he and Oskar Eustis co-directed the world premiere of the complete work at the Mark Taper Forum. In 1997, Berkeley Rep won a Tony for Best Regional Theater. That year, Ott left to become artistic director of Seattle Repertory, and Taccone became full artistic director, where he has staged more than 35 shows, including the world premieres of Continental Divide and Culture Clash in AmeriCCa. He has collaborated with Kushner on six projects. Their latest piece featured designs by beloved children’s author, Maurice Sendak: Brundibar debuted at Berkeley Rep and then traveled to Yale Rep and the New Victory Theater in New York City. Taccone made his Broadway debut with Sarah Jones’s Bridge & Tunnel. He also staged the show’s record-breaking off-Broadway run at Culture Project, workshopped it for Broadway at Berkeley Rep and directed Jones’ previous hit, Surface Transit. Taccone frequently works at Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he has directed Coriolanus, Othello, Pentecost, the American premiere of Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy, and his production of David Edgar’s Continental Divide, which also played at the Berkeley Rep and in England at Birmingham Rep and London’s Barbican Centre.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 29
    When White became artistic director of the Eureka Theatre, a converted warehouse in San Francisco's Mission District, he invited Taccone along. In 1981, White left and Taccone replaced him as the artistic director.
    More Details Hide Details It was there that Taccone began his partnership with Tony Kushner, who he commissioned to write what Kushner thought would be a short chamber piece called Angels in America. Over Taccone's tenure there, the Eureka's annual budget grew from $60,000 to $780,000 as their subscriber number grew to 2,400 and the repertory moved to a new building because their theater was destroyed by an arsonist. Despite the growth, they required $1.3 million in order to stay afloat, and talks began that the repertory could not sustain its artists with growing families.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Tony Taccone was born on July 4, 1951 in Queens, New York, to an Italian-American father and a Puerto Rican mother.
    More Details Hide Details They encouraged their children to go into the arts; their daughter became a photographer, and both sons found careers in theater. Taccone, attended Boston College as an English major. He frequently participated in poetry readings, which led to performance art. After marrying, he accompanied his wife to the University of Colorado and became involved in the drama department. His acting troupe asked him to fill in for their sick director and stage the next play. Taccone called the gig the "closest thing I ever had to an epiphany," and permanently went behind the curtain. After graduating, Taccone enrolled in UC Berkeley in the doctoral directing program, where he became close friends with fellow student Richard E.T. White.
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