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Music and lyrics by Tom Waits
Text by William S. Burroughs
Original direction by Robert Wilson
Original musical arrangements by Greg Cohen and Tom Waits
Dramaturgy by Wolfgang Wiens


Wilhelm, a lowly clerk, and Käthchen, the daughter of a well to do forester, wish to get married. But Wilhelm must first demonstrate the brawny skills of a huntsman for Käthchen's father to approve. What to do? Along comes Pegleg with an offer Wilhelm cannot resist. Director Mark Jackson comments: “The Black Rider is a fairytale for adults about how fear and self-doubt can lead us to sell out our integrity for a shortcut to our hopes and dreams.”


The Black Rider is 1 hour 50 minutes long with no  intermission,  and contains strobe effects, live and recorded gunshots, and some disturbing imagery.

KQED's The Best Bay Area Theater of 2017 

"Sheer extravagance and theatricality"


"A bewitching and pitch-black fairy tale that’s as riveting as it is cheerfully macabre."



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Nina & Claude Gruen
Pepi Ross & Jason Marks


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Carol Amyx & Donald Kaufman
Kitty Bosher
Guy Tiphane

Black Rider is generously supported by grants from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Bernard Osher Foundation. 


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