Category Archives: By Philippa Kelly (dramaturg)

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly presents a birthday meditation on the late, great one who gave us our name. Today is Shakespeare’s birthday (also nominated as his death day 52 years later). William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to John Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Minds and Faces: the Excavation of Richard III

But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass; I, that am rudely stamp’d, and want love’s majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph; I, that am curtail’d of this fair proportion, … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Off-Season Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes, invites your questions about our 2013 season, which begins May 29. Subscriptions and FlexPasses on sale now. Just because the Main Stage season closes, it doesn’t mean we at Cal Shakes are suddenly … Continue reading

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HAMLET Grove Talk

Click on the arrow below to listen to a podcast of a pre-performance Hamlet Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly. Podcast produced by Will McCandless. Hamlet has been extended; the production runs through October 21, 2012.  

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Death and Revenge in Hamlet

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly on grief and vengeance in Hamlet and beyond. Hamlet returns from Wittenberg to honor his father’s death, and is suddenly confronted with his father’s ghost. Immediately, it seems, he is roused (or provoked) to an act … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: HAMLET Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes and production dramaturg for Hamlet, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. Hamlet runs September 19–October 14, 2012. “What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite … Continue reading

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Blithe Spirit and the Spirits

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly on the Spiritualist movement and the origin of the word “ghost.” Where did Coward get his interest in Spiritualism? Most importantly (and this information is supplied by Cal Shakes’ own Robin Dolan), Coward had a housekeeper … Continue reading

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Blithe Spirit Grove Talk

Click on the arrow below to listen to a podcast of a pre-performance Blithe Spirit Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly. Podcast produced by Will McCandless. Blithe Spirit runs through September 2, 2012.

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Igniting a Spark

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly offers more contextual information on the writing of Blithe Spirit, on our stage now through September 2, 2012. Despite its having nothing to do with war, Noël Coward very much saw Blithe Spirit as a war … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: BLITHE SPIRIT Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes and production dramaturg for Blithe Spirit, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. Blithe Spirit runs August 8–September 2, 2012. In 1941 Noël Coward wrote Blithe Spirit, his gift to … Continue reading

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