Author Archives: Alicia Coombes

Artist Spotlight: Interview with Lana Russell, The War of the Roses assistant director

Philippa Kelly: I notice that your middle name is Rosalind. Is that a conscious Shakespearean choice on your parents’ part? Lana Russell: No, it is actually my family name going back through 4 generations—I wish I could have Shakespeare take … Continue reading

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Form Following Function: Costumes in The War of the Roses

Costume designer Anna R. Oliver has designed the sumptuous costume pieces for our epic War of the Roses. Our 14 actors play over 30 characters and their costumes and characters span over 65 years! Anna says,”I wanted form to follow … Continue reading

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Down to the Wire: Sunday stumble-through

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg Now we’re getting down to the wire… We’re in our Sunday stumble-through, the last full run-through before the designer run of The War of the Roses this coming Wednesday, what Aldo Billingslea calls “the first … Continue reading

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Who cares about crying on stage?

by Scott Horstein, guest blogger and freelance dramaturg Last week Philippa shared our coffee talk about Richard III, the last of the four plays in the Shakespeare Tetralogy that makes up Cal Shakes’s War of the Roses. I dramaturged Richard … Continue reading

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Rehearsal Day 8: Power and Privilege in the World of the Roses

By Resident Dramaturg, Philippa Kelly “I can’t sit on the throne with this big-ass table here, can I?” says Lance Gardner (playing the Earl of Suffolk) as Joseph Patrick O’Malley (playing King Henry VI) leaves the room. We are rehearsing … Continue reading

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Theatrical Morality: a conversation with Eric Ting and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Last month, Artistic Director Eric Ting called playwright (and close friend) Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to discuss the genesis of Everybody, the politics of choosing, morality in theater and the world, and more. The following transcript has been edited for clarity. Eric … Continue reading

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Partnership Profile: McRoskey Mattress Company

McRoskey Mattress Company is entering its sixth season as a Cal Shakes Business Partner and Production Sponsor. McRoskey was proud to sponsor black odyssey during the 2017 season and is delighted to support Everybody this season. Cal Shakes celebrates human … Continue reading

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And there’s ice cream: a meditation on life, death and Everybody

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg I have a recurring nightmare that if my plane goes down over the Pacific, my husband Paul will have to go through all my stuff and realize that I was even untidier than he imagined … Continue reading

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Announcing the cast & creative team of Everybody!

          You can’t take it with you, but everybody tries. When Everybody faces imminent death, which companion—Beauty, Friendship, Stuff, or Love—will make it to the final destination? The core company of actors will be cast by … Continue reading

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A Spy in Rehearsal: Quixote Nuevo Dispatch

by Alicia Coombes, Publications Manager Last week I had the pleasure of watching rehearsal for the first time since the first read-through. The cast welcomed me with the offer of snacks (their snack game is ON), and they worked on … Continue reading

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