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Book-It Repertory Theatre

Liberalism and Protest at UC Berkeley – A History

When good ol’ boy D’aron Davenport from ‘Welcome to Braggsville’ lets it slip that his hometown in Georgia hosts an annual Civil War reenactment, his new friends at UC Berkeley plan to stage a protest in the form of a “performative intervention.” Dramaturg Rebecca Fredrickson dives into the history of liberalism and protest at UC Berkeley. […]

A Letter to the Cast of Welcome to Braggsville

We all want to be the hero in our stories. And often we believe that we are. Wrong that is done to us has been done by bad/evil people. If we hurt someone, it was simply a mistake; we aren’t really that “kind” of person. Politicians and celebrities make these types of confessions all the […]

Ernest Hemingway: Life and Loves

Born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, Ernest Miller Hemingway was raised by his physician father and musician mother. A writer from an early age, Hemingway was first published at 17 by his school newspaper and, rather than attending college, went to work for the Kansas City Star as a reporter directly after high […]

The Early Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota. His full name comes from his second cousin three times removed (on his father’s side), Francis Scott Key, famous for writing the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Like many authors, Scott began writing at an early age, a detective story he […]

Sex and Sexuality in Paris

France had decriminalized homosexuality in 1791, which made Paris (along with Berlin) a sort of mecca for homosexuals, particularly lesbians. Open lesbians, such as the legendary Natalie Clifford Barney, served as examples for homosexuals who were forced to hide their sexuality in other parts of the world. According to historian James Baxter, “those who moved […]