Author Archives: Alicia Coombes

Lisa Portes on displacement, belonging, and the American Dream

Acclaimed Chicago director Lisa Portes visited Cal Shakes this spring for auditions and meetings in anticipation for her upcoming production of The Glass Menagerie. She sat down with Alicia Coombes, Publications Manager, to discuss her preliminary ideas and thoughts—what follows is … Continue reading

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Arden: coming home through where we’ve never been before

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg Decades ago my husband bought some land with a bunch of fellow-hippies in Mendocino, and we often go up there. When you wake in the night, the sky is coal-black, studded with stars. You might … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: As You Like It

As You Like It is in some ways Shakespeare’s most ambitious play. It follows a group of exiles—some banished, some running away—all of whom leave home to journey to the forest of Arden, finding en route a new home of sorts. … Continue reading

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A Sunny Day in Ashland

by Philippa Kelly A sunny day in Ashland, Oregon. A cup of black coffee (director Desdemona Chiang) and a pot of tea (me). Two people sitting in a café, brainstorming about what kind of infant is to be born, raised, … Continue reading

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Announcing the Cast & Creative Team of As You Like It!

We are pleased to announce the full creative team & cast of As You Like It. Rehearsals began Tuesday with introductions, designer presentations, and the first read-through. Click below to see photos from the first rehearsal!  CREATIVE TEAM Director—DESDEMONA CHIANG … Continue reading

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Othello Tour: Community Response

Last season’s Othello was one of the most talked about productions in Cal Shakes history. After 29 performances reaching almost 13,000 people at the Bruns last fall (including five student matinees), the conversation didn’t end. Othello went on to tour to 8 community sites … Continue reading

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Guiding Star Award Recipient Bill Rauch: Keynote Address

The following is the text of Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch’s acceptance speech, given at our Inaugural Guiding Star Awards Gala, on March 4, 2017. ~~~~~~~ Thank you, Eric, for that beautiful introduction. I am so grateful to you and … Continue reading

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#PIP2017: An Introduction, or “What is this PIP thing anyway?”

“I received a comprehensive and enriching education in the inner workings of a regional theater, and could not have asked for a more inclusive, diverse, and passionate community of which to be a part.”   ~Camille Hayes, 2016-17 Artistic Fellow … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life

Stephanie Ann Foster, one of our premiere teaching artists, reflects on a day at camp. Stephanie Ann has been involved with Cal Shakes Artistic Learning since 2014, working in schools, leading professional development workshops for our teaching artists and classroom teachers, and … Continue reading

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