Category Archives: Ask Philippa

Ask Philippa: The War of the Roses edition

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg Have a question for Philippa? Email pkelly@calshakes.org, or comment below! The Henry VI and Richard III plays marked the young Shakespeare’s creation of a national history that spanned the rules of Henry VI, Edward IV and … 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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Ask Philippa: Measure for Measure Edition

Measure for Measure was written in 1604 at a pivotal moment in Shakespeare’s career. The playwright was 40 and had just finished writing a long line of comedies that explored complex issues of sex, marriage, and personal identity, and great tragedies—Othello, … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: The Glass Menagerie

“I wasn’t prepared for what the future brought me,” says Tennesee Williams’ Amanda Wingfield. Looking back to genteel Southern roots that haven’t yielded the kind of life she imagined for herself, Amanda tries to shape success for her children, Tom and … Continue reading

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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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