Marc Bruni, co-director of “The Tale of Despereaux,” a new musical, at Berkeley Rep through January 5, 2019, in conversation with KPFA theatre critic Richard Wolinsky.
The Tale of Despereaux is based on the Newberry winning children’s book by Kate Di Camillo and the animated film released in 2008, and concerns a mouse intent on rescuing a human princess kidnapped by the castle rats. The story is adapted by the PigPen Theatre Company, who wrote the book, music and lyrics and serve as co-directors with Mark Bruni.
Marc Bruni directed the hit Broadway Carole King musical, Beautiful, and before that served as assistant director on several different shows, primarily revivals, over the course of a nearly two-decade career. He discusses this latest project, along with how he came to be a director, and his work on Beautiful.