Category Archives: Ask Philippa

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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Ask Philippa: Othello Edition

As Othello opens, the story of the great General’s marriage is quickly spat out to Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, as a scandalous piece of news. ‘An old black ram is tapping your white ewe,’ says Iago, Othello’s subordinate. But why is the story of Othello’s … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Fences Edition

Fences is the third in a cycle of ten plays through which African American playwright August Wilson sought to document the way in which his community experienced different forms of systematic oppression over different decades during the twentieth century. All … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Much Ado About Nothing Edition

Much Ado About Nothing, written at the end of the 16th century adjacent to Hamlet and Twelfth Night, is a fascinating concoction of merriment and betrayal, sorrow and surprise. Under the leadership of our new Artistic Director, Eric Ting, classical works become new works, … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: The Tempest edition

Power and authority, betrayal, injustice, what it means to be a parent, what it means to love and to relinquish: These are some of the themes threading through Shakespeare’s late masterpiece, The Tempest. Come see our All the Bay’s a … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa! Lear Stories Edition

  King Lear is about an elderly king who makes a fatal, capricious decision that wreaks havoc on his country. But it is his family that is the focus of this play—his blood relatives and their husbands and servants, as … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Life Is a Dream edition

Like Shakespeare, Spanish Golden Age playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca, wrote about very human ways of dealing with some of our biggest emotions. Life Is a Dream, one of Calderón’s most famous plays, is about a prince whose father is … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Twelfth Night Edition

Twelfth Night is Shakespeare’s last and darkest comedy, written in 1601. Director Christopher Liam Moore calls Twelfth Night his favorite Shakespeare play, treasuring its capacity to soar to the heights of mirth and delve to the darker parts of humanity. … Continue reading

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Happy 451st Birthday Shakespeare!

By Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg “With Shakespeare’s depth of humanity as our touchstone, we build character and community through authentic, inclusive and joyful theater experiences.” This is Cal Shakes’ mission, and today we celebrate the 451st birthday (399th death day) … Continue reading

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Off to Ashland!

Antony and Cleopatra. Photo courtesy Oregon Shakespeare Festival This October 2-4, Cal Shakes Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly will lead a trip to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Attendees will stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel and attend three plays … Continue reading

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