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The Fourth Messenger, A New Musical by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng
Ashby Stage
Berkeley, CA
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What if the Buddha were a woman? What if she were alive today? "The Fourth Messenger" is a captivating new musical by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng, loosely inspired by the life of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. In our contemporary re-imagining, the "awakened one" is a woman - a world-famous guru with a mysterious past, known to her followers as Mama Sid. When a young woman arrives at her ashram and starts asking questions, Mama Sid is forced to confront her youthful actions and their consequences. At once epic and intimate, comic and profound, "The Fourth Messenger" investigates what it means to be both enlightened and human. Vienna Teng's addictive melodies and subtle, intricate harmonies add depth and resonance that linger long after the lights go down.

Directed by Matt August.

"An absolute delight"
- SF Chronicle

"Beautiful, ambitious and with the kind of depth we've come not to expect from musicals a triumph"
- Chad Jones, Theater Dogs

"Funny and touching in all the right places"

"Exciting, profound, and humorous"
- Marin Scope

The rest of our run is now sold out. If you are interested in this production and did not get tickets, please send an email to, and I will put you on our mailing list to be notified of future performance dates. We are considering a Bay Area remount in the coming months, so please stay tuned!

It is also possible to get on a waiting list for individual performances by showing up at the theater. The waiting list will go in order of arrival. We will open the doors and begin the waiting list one hour before performance. If there are available seats at the start of the show, you will be seated at that time, but please note that there is no guarantee of getting a seat.

Thank you very much for your interest in The Fourth Messenger.
Wednesday Feb 06, 2013 8:00 PM - Sunday Mar 10, 2013 2:00 PM | $5.00 - $50.00



Ashby Stage (View)
1901 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
United States

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Arts > Theatre
Music > Indie

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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