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Behind the Seams: An Interview with “The Comedy of Errors” Costume Designer Beaver Bauer

By Aliya Charney As Antipholus of Syracuse remarks in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, the town of Ephesus “is full of cozenage / As nimble jugglers that deceive the eye, / Dark-working  sorcerers that change the mind [and] Disguised cheaters.” … Continue reading

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Happy 450th Birthday Shakespeare!

By Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg Today is Shakespeare’s birthday (also nominated as his death day 52 years later). William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to John Shakespeare (leather merchant turned prominent alderman and town bailiff—equivalent to town mayor) and Mary … Continue reading

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Single Tickets on Sale March 31

Join us for A Classic Summer…with a twist! Single tickets go on sale Monday, March 31 for Cal Shakes’ 40th Anniversary Summer Season and you’ll want to get your tickets now before it’s too late.  We’re so excited about our four … Continue reading

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Division, Harmony, and “Medical Mistakes”: Twins in Shakespeare

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly muses on twins in Shakespeare’s work and time. This season Cal Shakes will stage Shakespeare’s two plays—The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night—the plots of which are facilitated by identical twins. In Twelfth Night, directed for … Continue reading

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Volunteer Ushers Needed for Twelfth Night Performances at Intersection

Public performances for our all-female production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Michelle Hensley—a coproduction with Intersection for the Arts—begin on Thursday, February 20, and we’re in need of volunteer ushers for all performances at Intersection, 925 Mission, Suite 109, San … Continue reading

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Talking About Love

Marketing intern Natalie Sanchez reports back from rehearsals for Twelfth Night. Love is a complicated thing: how our bodies and minds process it, how we become brave enough to begin to verbalize it, how we share it with the world, … Continue reading

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It’s our 40th anniversary: Tell us a story.

As you may have heard or seen us mention, 2014 is our 40th anniversary season. Yes, we’ve come a long way since our first show, of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on May 10, 1974 at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall in Berkeley. For … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: 2014 Pre-season Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes, invites your questions about our 2014 season, which begins May 21. Subscriptions on sale now. 2014 brings a very exciting season for many reasons—not the least of which is that it’s Cal Shakes’ 40th anniversary. … Continue reading

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sam Hsu

Sam is a longtime volunteer usher at the Bruns Amphitheater. He’s originally from Taiwan but he now lives in Fremont and claims to have the ability to “nap anywhere.” Sam is an active volunteer at several other Bay Area nonprofit … Continue reading

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