Category Archives: By Philippa Kelly (dramaturg)

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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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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Grove Speakers 2015

As the gateway to our theater, the Grove is a place we’re very proud of. This year we are mixing the familiar with the new—and yet the thing that everyone has in common is dramaturgy! Almost all of our speakers … Continue reading

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Artists Dish at Inside Scoops

Our popular Inside Scoops are back at the Orinda Library! Our Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly facilitates these lively discussions between directors, artists, and other key artisans from our main stage productions. As always, we’ll begin at 7pm, with complimentary sweet … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night: Love, Death, Contagion

In Shakespeare’s time, with its high mortality rates, most twins were split apart by death—as were the Bard’s own 11 year-old twins Judith and Hamnet in 1595, with Judith living on to be her father’s un-favorite child. Unlike Twelfth Night’s … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: 2015 Pre-season Edition

The 2014 Season has just barely ended, and already we’re preparing for 2015. We have an incredible array of artists and plays lined up for the 2015 Season, and I can’t wait to see you all tumbling out of the … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Edition

Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg for Cal Shakes, invites your questions about A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which runs September 3–28. Tickets on sale now. A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins where most comedies end: with the announcement of a wedding. As the curtain rises, Duke Theseus … Continue reading

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The Dramaturg’s Task: Cost-“cutting” and art-making

As Shakespeare put his text together for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the 1590s, did he have any actor friend with whom he talked over his thoughts and staging choices? We know that the actors themselves weren’t permitted a copy of … Continue reading

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