Category Archives: By Philippa Kelly (dramaturg)

Arden: coming home through where we’ve never been before

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg Decades ago my husband bought some land with a bunch of fellow-hippies in Mendocino, and we often go up there. When you wake in the night, the sky is coal-black, studded with stars. You might … Continue reading

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A Sunny Day in Ashland

by Philippa Kelly A sunny day in Ashland, Oregon. A cup of black coffee (director Desdemona Chiang) and a pot of tea (me). Two people sitting in a café, brainstorming about what kind of infant is to be born, raised, … Continue reading

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Othello in Rehearsal

by dramaturg Philippa Kelly Today is my first blog posting for the rehearsal process of Othello, our first show with our new Artistic Director, Eric Ting, at the helm. I’d describe the rehearsal period so far as fast, furious, and focused. But … Continue reading

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When Life Imitates Art—or the Other Way Around

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg In nineteenth century California, divorce was on the rise, available on the basis of any of six marital “conditions”: adultery, cruelty, abandonment, neglect, intemperance, or felony conviction. On the basis of information we can glean … Continue reading

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Introducing Margaret of Anjou

  Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly discusses her latest endeavor – working with Elizabeth Schafer to bring Margaret of Anjou, “a new play by Shakespeare,“ to life. Margaret of Anjou will be produced at SF Shakes this year. Imagine Shakespeare as a young … Continue reading

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A Brief Timeline from Shakespeare’s Life #Shx400

This April 23 marks the 400th year of Shakespeare’s death, and theater lovers worldwide are celebrating four centuries of his legacy. Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly takes us through a very brief timeline and “fun facts” of Shakespeare’s life and works. Visit … Continue reading

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Seeing’s Believing!

by Philippa Kelly How can we know our minds when appearances keep on changing? And how can we judge appearances when our minds keep on changing? How we speak is as unreliable as what and how we see. This 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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From Twelfth Night to Life Is a Dream: Fate Works in Mysterious Ways

The first two productions of our 2015 season—Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night about falling in love with mistaken identities and Life Is a Dream, Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s 1635 drama, translated and adapted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Nico Cruz, which … 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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