Author Archives: Alicia Coombes

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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The War of the Roses… What in the World?

by Philippa Kelly Where do leaders come from? Are they measured by a moral compass, or are they, as Richard III suggests, bred from a psychopathology where crooked backs make crooked minds? Or do we judge them by what they … Continue reading

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Announcing our 2018 Season!

Dear friends, It’s always such a pleasure standing in front of you, looking out at the sea of faces that make up our Cal Shakes family, inviting you into our theater, into our stories. Stories, in their way, teach us … Continue reading

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Artistic Learning: our teachers are students, too

We nurture a culture of learning where we are both teacher and student. All of our teaching artists are theater professionals with a passion for education. Our two-year professional development initiative funded by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Trust—the first … Continue reading

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American Life in Art: Sam Shepard

by Maggie Kissinger “The reason I began writing plays was the hope of extending the sensation of play (as in ‘kid’) on into adult life. If ‘play’ becomes ‘labor,’ why play?” —Sam Shepard Sam Shepard was one of America’s most … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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