Category Archives: 2018 Season

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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A Spy in Rehearsal: Quixote Nuevo Dispatch #1

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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Quixote’s Dreams

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg I wonder what Cervantes’ character, Don Quixote, would think if he were to spend an hour or two at the conversation table on the plaza at the Bruns? His trusty horse, Rocinante, would be tethered … Continue reading

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Announcing the Quixote Nuevo cast & creative team

We’re opening our 2018 Season with Octavio Solis’ World Premiere of Quixote Nuevo, directed by KJ Sanchez! Our music-filled contemporary retelling of Cervantes’ classic novel will feature feature Emilio Delgado, best known for his long-running role as Luis on Sesame … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: An Epic Journey

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg Have a question for Philippa? Email pkelly@calshakes.org, or comment below! This season traces an amazing arc from late medieval times through to the present day. We begin with Don Quixote, the most famous jewel from the … Continue reading

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Announcing Lead Artists for our Epic 2018 Season

      We’re thrilled to announce the directors for our 2018 Season—KJ Sanchez (Quixote Nuevo), Nataki Garrett (Everybody), and Eric Ting (The War of the Roses). We’re also excited to announce the Cal Shakes debut of Sesame Street’s Emilio … Continue reading

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Partnership Profile: Triumph Wine Group

Triumph Wine Group is entering its second season as a Cal Shakes Business Partner and exclusive provider of wine for all Cal Shakes events, including the annual Guiding Stars celebration, opening night dinners, and numerous other events. Triumph wines are … Continue reading

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2018 Guiding Stars Recap

Guiding Stars was brilliant! The passion and generosity of nearly 250 guests garnered almost $400,000 in contributions, ticket sales, and winning bids on incredible trips and one-of-a-kind experiences. We were so inspired by this year’s Guiding Star, Marcus Gardley, and … Continue reading

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Luminary Spotlight: Tristan Cunningham

Every year, we bestow a Guiding Star award and recognize four Bay Area Luminaries whose greatness inspires us. The Luminaries represent the best of our four pillars of work: MAKE, LEARN, ENGAGE, and SUPPORT. Tristan Cunningham (Luminary: LEARN) has been … Continue reading

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Luminary Spotlight: James Carpenter

Every year, we bestow a Guiding Star award and recognize four Bay Area Luminaries whose greatness inspires us. The Luminaries represent the best of our four pillars of work: MAKE, LEARN, ENGAGE, and SUPPORT. James Carpenter (Luminary: MAKE) has appeared … Continue reading

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