Author Archives: Alicia Coombes

Disability, Expectations, and Disruption in The Glass Menagerie

by Melissa Hillman Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is a “memory play,” narrated through the main character’s memories of his mother, Amanda, and disabled sister, Laura. Tom, the main character, is the filter through which we see Laura and her … Continue reading

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Join Philippa in Ashland this summer!

Join Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly and Cal Shakes Managing Director Susie Falk for an intimate and immersive theater trip to visit the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Features of the Tour include: Choice of a 2-Night/3-Play or 3-Night/4-Play package Accommodations at … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: The Glass Menagerie

“I wasn’t prepared for what the future brought me,” says Tennesee Williams’ Amanda Wingfield. Looking back to genteel Southern roots that haven’t yielded the kind of life she imagined for herself, Amanda tries to shape success for her children, Tom and … Continue reading

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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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