Arts & Events

Barbara’s Living Room – A Staged Reading in Memory of Barbara Oliver, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley

Saturday October 19, 2013 - 11:54:00 AM

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Berkeley will present a staged reading of Barbara’s Living Room – A Celebration in Eight Scenes and One Poem in remembrance of Barbara Oliver, on Sunday October 27th at 4:00 p.m., in the church’s upstairs Parish Hall at 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. Attendance is free and a festive reception will follow. The performance will serve as a benefit for St. Mark’s new sound system, a passionate cause of Barbara’s. Donations will be accepted.  

Barbara Oliver co-founded the Aurora Theatre Company of Berkeley in 1992 and was a well-known member of the Bay Area theater community. She was a member of St. Mark’s and passionate believer in the power of the spoken word. She founded a Spoken Word committee at St. Mark’s in 2006, which has since performed several plays, staged readings, and poetry readings, as well as trained lectors in giving scripture readings during services. 

The Spoken Word committee at St. Mark’s will perform this staged reading to honor her memory and leadership. The script and art design for the reading were created by Charles Shaw Robinson, a member of the committee and a well-known professional actor in the Bay Are theater scene. The work includes scenes from some of Barbara’s favorite plays, both those she performed in and directed over the course of her theater career. 

Questions should be directed to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Berkeley, at (510) 848-5107, or