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Volunteer Scoops the Scoop!

Volunteer Zoe Halsne attended the Inside Scoop for Lady Windermere’s Fan and submitted this review about the event. On Monday, July 29, I attended my first-ever Cal Shakes Inside Scoop—for Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan—at the Orinda Public Library. In addition to … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. Lady Windermere’s Fan runs August 14–September 8, 2013. Lady Windermere’s Fan has an intriguing subtitle: A Play About a Good Woman. Written in 1892, … Continue reading

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Fanning the Flames of Victorian Desire

In Victorian society—including that of Oscar Wilde and the dramatis personæ of Lady Windermere’s Fan— it was said that fans were used to communicate silently across a room. Some claim it was merely a myth made up by advertisers to … Continue reading

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Volunteer Spotlight: Georgia & Don Lee

Georgia and Don Lee are a fixture in the Cal Shakes volunteer corps. They’ve volunteered with us since our very first season at the Bruns, in 1991. They reside in Oakland and lead an active life of theater-going, traveling, dancing, … Continue reading

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Volunteer Spotlight: Zoe Halsne

Zoe Halsne is a senior at Alhambra High School in Martinez and a volunteer on our Community Ambassador team. Her first experience was at the opening of American Night. Cal Shakes isn’t Zoe’s only volunteering gig. In fact, she’s actively … Continue reading

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Summer Shakespeare Conservatory Wins Best Teen Camp

The nice folks over at Alameda magazine just published their “Best of 2013″ issue, and we were thrilled to see our Summer Shakespeare Conservatory named Best Teen Camp! Thanks, Alameda, and congrats to all our fellow winners. Check them all … Continue reading

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Get Wilde & Win

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. Ah, Oscar Wilde. Was he the cleverest man in all Christendom? You be the judge: I can resist everything but temptation. Every saint … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: ROMEO & JULIET Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. Romeo & Juliet runs through July 28, 2013. “My mind misgives/Some consequence yet hanging in the stars,” says Romeo early in Shakespeare’s Romeo and … Continue reading

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Getting Around a Transit Strike

As of this writing, employees of the San Francisco Bay Area Transit System are on strike. AC Transit workers are still on the job. Should the public transportation  strike continue, Romeo & Juliet ticket holders need not worry about finding parking … Continue reading

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Where, and Who, Are the Mothers In Shakespeare?

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly muses on maternal absences in Romeo & Juliet and other Shakespeare plays—an update on this blog she wrote last summer. In Renaissance times the mother was the family member principally involved with her children’s education and upbringing. Yet in Renaissance … Continue reading

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