Author Archives: Alicia Coombes

Announcing Lead Artists for our Epic 2018 Season

      We’re thrilled to announce the directors for our 2018 Season—KJ Sanchez (Quixote Nuevo), Nataki Garrett (Everybody), and Eric Ting (The War of the Roses). We’re also excited to announce the Cal Shakes debut of Sesame Street’s Emilio … Continue reading

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Partnership Profile: Triumph Wine Group

Triumph Wine Group is entering its second season as a Cal Shakes Business Partner and exclusive provider of wine for all Cal Shakes events, including the annual Guiding Stars celebration, opening night dinners, and numerous other events. Triumph wines are … Continue reading

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2018 Guiding Stars Recap

Guiding Stars was brilliant! The passion and generosity of nearly 250 guests garnered almost $400,000 in contributions, ticket sales, and winning bids on incredible trips and one-of-a-kind experiences. We were so inspired by this year’s Guiding Star, Marcus Gardley, and … Continue reading

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Luminary Spotlight: Tristan Cunningham

Every year, we bestow a Guiding Star award and recognize four Bay Area Luminaries whose greatness inspires us. The Luminaries represent the best of our four pillars of work: MAKE, LEARN, ENGAGE, and SUPPORT. Tristan Cunningham (Luminary: LEARN) has been … Continue reading

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Luminary Spotlight: James Carpenter

Every year, we bestow a Guiding Star award and recognize four Bay Area Luminaries whose greatness inspires us. The Luminaries represent the best of our four pillars of work: MAKE, LEARN, ENGAGE, and SUPPORT. James Carpenter (Luminary: MAKE) has appeared … Continue reading

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Miguel de Cervantes: A Remarkable Life

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg Last week my 85-year-old mother had cause to go to the bank, where, with her walker frame, she stood in front of another elderly woman with an identical frame. “Let’s have a race,” said the … Continue reading

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Graves at my command

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg I have always wished that the early works of Shakespeare hadn’t so largely disappeared beneath the weight of his monumental tragedies (think Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello) and enchanting comedies (A Midsummer Night’s … Continue reading

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A Mighty Heart

by Philippa Kelly Recently I fed watermelon to three pigs and wondered how such sentient creatures—each a unique embodiment of the life force—could ever be eaten by myself or any other human. By coincidence, later that day, Napoleon the Pig … Continue reading

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Welcome, Queen Margaret! The 2018 Tetralogy

by Philippa Kelly The prohibition on women on the Renaissance English stage undoubtedly affected the way Shakespeare wrote his female roles: since it was a stretch for young boys to play older female parts, many of his mothers seem purposefully … Continue reading

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Watch: 2018 Season overview with Philippa and Eric

Grab a cuppa and watch the video below to get a sneak peek into Philippa’s insights in the first of a video series diving deep into the dramaturgical themes of next summer’s plays!

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