Actress Nilaja Sun brings a New York family and hurricane to Bay Area audiences in 'Pike St' | KALW

Actress Nilaja Sun brings a New York family and hurricane to Bay Area audiences in 'Pike St'

Dec 6, 2018

Actress Nilaja Sun has returned to the Berkeley Repertory Theatre with the West Coast debut of her one-woman show Pike St.

Theatre fans may remember her 2008 sold-out run of No Child. In Pike St, she takes us back to 2012 during Hurricane Sandy. The storm was one of the costliest in United States. history, causing 70 billion dollars in damages across 24 states back East. Nilaja invites audiences into the living room of a Puerto Rican family preparing for Sandy in New York City’s Lower East Side, while facing the storms in their own personal lives. From a war veteran battling PTSD to a bedridden child with a brain disease—Nilaja transforms into all of them.

"I wanted to write a play so that when [another hurricane] ever happens we would remember to help the elderly, help the people that are disabled."

KALW’s Jenee Darden spoke with the Obie Award winning actress backstage at the Berkeley Rep.