Upcoming Events

Sunday Blues Gospel: Reed Turchi Live

February 24th 7:00-9:00pm

We are honored to have Reed Turchi bring his soul and his music to Brooklyn Preserve. Reed has been featured in Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Oxford American, Fretboard Journal, and on PBS. His story as a musician is humble and fascinating. His music feeds the soul. Read more about him here: http://www.reedturchi.com/press/

BYOB. Up stairs, no elevator. If it's cold outside, it's cold inside - bring a blanket! We have very nice blankets for sale in support of Brooklyn Preserve.

RSVP here. Attendance by donation.

VDay East Bay - The Vagina Monologues

February 15th and 16th, 7:00-9:00pm

A donation-based production, all ticket sales benefit an East Bay domestic violence safe house and homeless shelter, and The Medea Project: Theatre for Incarcerated Women, for V-Day’s 2019 Spotlight focus on Women in Prisons and Jails, Detention Centers, and Formerly Incarcerated Women.

You're sure to cry, laugh, and be inspired by local actors and artists, in support of the real love ALL WOMEN need!

RSVP here.


January 27th, 2:00-4:00pm

1433 12th Ave*, Oakland

*In the event the day’s high is less than 62 degrees, we will meet at a nearby location: 770 Longridge Rd, Oakland 94610

Happy New Year! Join us in session 8 of our monthly, free, new-play reading series where everyone is encouraged to read a part - no experience needed! We will be reading:



Judith Offer

The story of THE BEAUTY MYTH is of an especially beautiful Mexican-American girl, Mariposa, living in the Mission with her parents and two sisters. When a local clothing designer “discovers” her and offers her work, Mariposa ends up going to New York, getting pressure to become a full-time professional model. Many adventures ensue.

The theme we are discussing is the effect of the American stereotype of beauty on all women who don’t fit it.

Playwrights: we are sponsored by the Puffin Foundation to aid us in our endeavor. Send an email/inquiry to Judith Offer: joffer@juno.com.

"The Conference of the Birds" - Ubuntu/Inferno Coproduction

Nov 30 - Dec 16

World Premiere

In a Kingdom with no ruler, ten thousand birds set out to find a great sovereign none have ever seen. Led by the wise Hoopoe, the birds journey through dangers, distractions and difficulties, their Conference growing smaller each day.

Adapted from the celebrated Sufi poem, this lyrical parable is a timeless reflection on the search for meaning on a journey toward something larger than ourselves

Written by Sholeh Wolpé. Directed by Giulio Cesare Perrone.


Use offer code to get $10 tickets! Choose GenAdmission15 seats and enter EARLYBIRD10 at checkout. Good for performances through Dec 2.

Sound Bath Fundraiser

December 9, 2018, 11 - 12:15pm

All are welcome - wear whatever you like to be warm and comfortable. Many participants like to lay down so if you want to bring your own blanket or pillow you may even fall asleep. Suggested donation $10-25

What is a sound bath?

A sound bath, like a real bath, bathes the body in sound. The ears hear the sound and the body feels the sound. Sometimes the sound passes through the body, "bathing" it all around or it can be felt through the floor. As the body is bathed in the sound waves, it may relax and restore tight places or tune-up places that have been fast asleep. You may leave relaxed or invigorated, but we hope you will feel balanced and restored.


December 2, 2:00-4:00pm *note date change*

1433 12th Ave, Oakland 94606

We will be reading:



Drew Woodson

Join us in session 7 of our monthly free new-play reading series Play by Play where everyone is encouraged to read a part - no experience needed!

Residing in the Bay, young Native actor Kevin Sylver finds himself in desperate need of work and takes a job working in a film called “High Noon Riders”, a comedy-western with extremely stereotypical “Indian” characters. Sarah, another Native actress, is cast in the same film. Sarah is in a struggling relationship with Native artist James, who carries his own struggles and pain. Throughout these problems, these three characters must deal with the pain of intergenerational trauma and the hardships of being a Native person in a place so far removed from their culture and family.

Playwrights! We are sponsored by the Puffin Foundation to aid us in our endeavor. Send an email/inquiry to Judith Offer: joffer@juno.com.

The Warp Trio

Friday, November 9th, 7-10pm

The Warp Trio are not just coast-to-coast Groupmuse Heroes -- they are the very picture of a 21st century "classical" ensemble: A multi-racial, multi-genre, multi-national piano trio that's as at home with Mozart as with Sir Duke. They'll play the classics in a way that befits the finest concert halls, and then they'll play one of their signature originals -- blending classical, baroque, hip hop, jazz, Indian Raga, and the kitchen sink and show you what the future of this music looks like.

The Warp'll be on some Eastern European Masters: Bartok, Janacek, and Martinu, and then their new original: Suite for Piano Trio.

It's BYOB, tickets are $20 and we can't wait to see you there.


October 28th, 2:00-4:00pm

1433 12th Ave, Oakland 94606

We will be reading:



Marc Helou and Yael McCue

"If you knew you had to do die today, what would you do?"

Join us in session 6 of our monthly free new-play reading series Play by Play where everyone is encouraged to read a part - no experience needed! “Our Dying Dreams” follows Sarah, a young woman who has returned to her family home in the Midwest, as she does every year, for her birthday. This year, she is visited by a mysterious spirit guide who tells her that she will die today. As the preparations for her birthday party begin in the real world, she also must work in the dream world to prepare for her ultimate fate.

Playwrights! We are sponsored by the Puffin Foundation to aid us in our endeavor. Send an email/inquiry to Judith Offer: joffer@juno.com.


August 26th, 2:00-4:00pm

1433 12th Ave, Oakland 94606

We will be reading:



Barbara Joan Tiger Bass

This month’s play is set in a psychiatrist’s office with a doctor, a young woman…and several dead people. Come read them all to life!

Join us in our monthly play reading series, held the last Sunday of every month, where we invite you to participate in reading a character role – or – simply listen and engage in a thoughtful discussion after the reading. Let us know if you can make it! **CLICK for Facebook RSVP**.

Playwrights! We are sponsored by the Puffin Foundation to aid us in our endeavor. Send an email/inquiry to Judith Offer: joffer@juno.com.

"Romeo + Juliet in Oakland"

Sept 12th - Oct 7th

Six actors, two hours, no set. Shakespeare's greatest love story reimagined in the heart of Oakland.

While Romeo and Juliet is widely celebrated as one of our greatest romances, it is also an unflinching examination of a community in strife. Originally set in Verona, Italy, the story focuses on two prominent families who are locked in an “ancient grudge”. The older generation trades insults and threats; their children brawl in the streets. The city spirals into chaos. This Verona might be any number of cities today. Whether we look at our political divisions or our heated debates about civil rights, we see the notion of “us versus them” all around. And when we cast a group as “the other”, their humanity is lost to us. Our production is deeply invested in the play's examination of a community in conflict.

Directed by Rebecca S'Manga Frank and produced by Mairin Lee, the goal of this production is to create a beautiful, accessible production for our Oakland community. We offer affordable ticket prices, Pay-What-You-Can performances, and even free performances for schools.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit our website and feel free to stop by our Facebook page!


July 29th, 2:00-4:00pm

1433 12th Ave, Oakland (here @BrooklynPreserve)

This week's play:



Judy Juanita

- Four short vignettes demonstrating acts of kindness -

Setting: New York City

Join us this session, where we invite you to participate in reading a character role – or – simply listen and discuss what interests you after the reading! Each vignette has a different cast, allowing the potential to read more than one part. It would be particularly helpful to our playwright, Judy Juanita, if you can perform an Irish accent, a Harlem accent, or a New York accent. Let us know if you can make it. **CLICK for Facebook link / RSVP**.

Playwrights! Feel free to join our discussion. We are sponsored by the Puffin Foundation to aid us in our endeavor, so please seize the opportunity to submit a play! Send an email to Judith Offer: joffer@juno.com.

Oakland Classical Theater Co. presents "As You Like It"

Wrestling. Love triangles. Deer. A classic tale of bad poetry and gender weirdness. "As You Like It" remains one of Shakespeare's best and wildest comedies and Oakland Classical Theater Co.'s minimalist staging and short run-time make it accessible to new-comers to Shakespeare's work and refreshing for those who have seen the play a thousand times. Run time ~1 hour 20 minutes. Tickets are by donation only. To reserve seats, email oaklandclassicaltheaterco@gmail.com.

Show Times

June 19th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 29th, 30th

Doors at 7:30, Show at 8

NOT ADA Accessible


June 3rd, 2:00-5:00pm

1433 12th Ave, Oakland (here @BrooklynPreserve)

Two short plays this week:

1. RESTORATIVE JUSTICE by Beverley Miles

2. THE PIANO (a children's play) by Clara Hsu

**CLICK for Facebook link / RSVP**

PLAY BY PLAY is a "new playwrights" reading series, hosted by Brooklyn Preserve, where playwrights can submit their works to be read out loud by actors or anyone interested in trying their hand at reading a part. We will make copies for folks to follow along, so it would be nice to know if you're coming or would like to read a role!

Our intention is to involve the community to participate - whether to try something new, for the love of story telling, or to ask questions. We also want to give playwrights a chance to receive feedback on their work from their peers and the audience. We're open to suggestions and ideas - let us know if you have any!

This is a laid back affair, FREE to all attendees thanks to The Puffin Foundation. We are here to support the art and foster creativity. If you have any questions or would like to submit a play, please contact Judith Offer: joffer@juno.com.

Inferno Theatre presents "Dracula"

A Gothic romance is reimagined through the lens of fear and fascination for the primordial mysteries that surround us — blood, death, love, and fear of the foreigner who brings the ultimate epidemic. A common purpose and love empower a society to overcome this bloody epidemic and defeat Dracula, the supreme outsider bent on controlling society. The play unfolds through live music, compelling physical theater, dance, and magic spells, to guide the audience on a journey of primeval instinct and dangerous love.

Adapted, directed, and designed by Giulio Cesare Perrone.

More info and tickets here. Tickets $25

Join us for a special Halloween celebration on October 31st, a joint collaboration between Inferno Theatre and Brooklyn Preserve. Wear your costumes but don't forget your dancing pants because we're gonna boogie after the play!

Ubuntu Theater presents "Rashomon"

After the body of a murdered samurai is discovered in a forest in rural Japan, a notorious bandit claims responsibility for his death. In court, his fellow witnesses—the samurai’s wife, a priest, and a local woodcutter—all give conflicting accounts of the day’s events, causing the priest to question his faith in humanity.

Acclaimed Bay Area playwright Philip Kan Gotanda’s adaptation of this Japanese short story made famous by director Akira Kurosawa, is a timely drama for an era in which the accuracy of facts are regularly contested. This is an incisive parable about the ways in which humanity's relationship to truth impacts the very foundations of society.

More info here! Book tickets here.

September 11th: "Until We Dissolve"

Come join us for a listening party of Alex Van Gils' new album Until We Dissolve, featuring artwork by Seren Moran created specifically for the album.

Alex Van Gils is an incredible musician and philosopher with roots in Buddhism, jazz, and strange sounds.

The album features a unique synthesizer called the Prophet-T8, a beautiful and rare analog from the 1980's, and also includes saxophone solos, field recordings from around the Bay, and poetry. This will be an immersive experience with speakers surrounding the audience and artwork, created in stereo specifically for the event, and include thought-provoking images projected onto surrounding surfaces in addition to the artwork by Seren Moran.

Refreshments and conversation with the artists are encouraged, and there will be opportunity to purchase a copy of the album. The entire listen is approximately 45 minutes. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Tickets here.

Ubuntu Theater presents "This Land Was Made"

Oakland, 1967. In Miss Trish's bar, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and The Chambers Brothers play while local 20-somethings work, study, fight, fall in love and dream of a different world. On the streets, the Black Panther Party is organizing armed patrols against police brutality. John Frey, an on-duty officer, will soon be shot and killed. Huey Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panthers, will be charged and stand trial for his murder.

Tori Sampson's electric new drama brings the African American community of 1960s Oakland richly to life, offering a provocative look at the events that made Huey P. Newton an American household name.

Ubuntu Theater Project is thrilled to invite audiences to be part of a unique workshop presentation where each performance is paired with a free event that explores elements of the play from additional perspectives. Check Ubuntu's website for updates on these events.

-excerpt taken from Ubuntu's website

May 5th!

Always free and full of merriment, the Awesome Orchestra invites Bay Area musicians and listeners to come together for a live reading of all kinds of music. At their 50th GOLDEN session, they will be playing Aaron Copland's Hoe Down, local composer Alex Van Gil's premier of The Permanent, and an arrangement of Harry Nilson's Salmon Falls. Come hear this wide range of style and instrumentation, and participate in their 50th celebration involving a raffle giveaway! Musicians can sign up here.

Ubuntu Theater presents "To the Bone"

by Lisa Ramirez

directed by Michael Socrates Moran

When you are unseen, how can you seek justice? When you don't have a voice, how can you defend your rights?

Diving into one of the most explosive conversations of the American political landscape, TO THE BONE follows five undocumented immigrant women struggling to survive the harsh realities of life at an East Coast poultry factory. The limitations of friendship, family bonds, dignity and dreams are put to the test in this timely, textured drama from Lisa Ramirez (Exit Cuckoo, Ubuntu Theater Project 2016).

Inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrant workers in a poultry factory in upstate New York, Ramirez's play reveals the strengths and weaknesses, dreams and nightmares of one voiceless segment of the American workforce, and serves as a fierce and fervent cry for women’s rights, immigrants’ rights--and ultimately, human rights.

-excerpt taken from Ubuntu's website