2018 Season: Frequently Asked Questions

It’s true, we’ve announced our 2018 Subscription Season, with two new classics and an epic Shakepeare event. We’ve enjoyed talking to people as they learn about next year’s plans, and have noticed there are a few questions we’re getting a lot, so here they are in one quick FAQ:

Why is the subscription season only three plays next year?
Several reasons!

  • • FLEXIBILITY: We wanted to carve out time in the season to be able to take advantage of unique opportunities—such as bringing back popular shows from past seasonor producing short-run events at the Bruns. (Stay tuned for more information about that as it unfolds!)
  • COSTS: The costs of producing theater in the Bay Area continue to rise. We are opting to produce three plays more fully rather than having to cut corners to produce four.
  • WEATHER: We are hopeful that producing a season during the true summer months will provide a more pleasant (i.e. less cold) experience for our patrons.

Will you always produce only one Shakespeare play?
No; each season is unique. This season we are especially excited by our Shakespeare event, The War of the Roses. Act 1 spans Henry VI parts 1, 2, and 3 (the first time the trilogy will be presented in the history of Cal Shakes) and will give new facets and depth to the characters in Act 2, which covers Richard III. The War of the Roses is epic Shakespeare!

Do 3-play subscriptions cost the same as last year’s 4-play subscription?
Absolutely not! You will notice subscriptions cost significantly less this year because subscribers are only paying for three plays, not four.


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