Category Archives: By Stefanie Kalem

Coming Soon: Your Participation.

Beginning two weeks from today, the Cal Shakes New Works/New Communities program will be asking for your help in our development of John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven. This play—which we’ve been developing in collaboration with award-winning playwright Octavio Solis … Continue reading

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The Cal Shakes 2010 season has been announced!!

And the lineup is (drum roll, please) … WORLD PREMIERE! John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven By Octavio Solis Directed by Jonathan Moscone JUNE 2–27 Mrs. Warren’s Profession By George Bernard Shaw Directed by Timothy Near JULY 7–AUGUST 1 Macbeth … Continue reading

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And now, a break from our regularly scheduled program.

The Cupcake Truck came today. Employees from Cal Shakes and nearby architecture firm Noll & Tam lined up in anticipation. Three of the five available varieties. Left to right: Red Velvet, Vanilla Vanilla, and Double Chocolate. Not pictured: The Twinkie … Continue reading

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Midsummer’s Happy Days

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but right now—as the cast and creative team of A Midsummer Night’s Dream works overtime during tech rehearsals, in preparation for this Wednesday’s first preview—seems like the perfect opportunity. Here they … Continue reading

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Heavy Stuff, Played Lightly

Earlier this week we had the first-day-of-rehearsals “meet and greet” for the third show of the season, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days. The production, starring four-time Best Actress Oscar nominee and renowned theater actress Marsha Mason (pictured at left) opposite Cal … Continue reading

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Student reviews of PRIVATE LIVES coming soon…

Things have been incredibly busy around here, what with the successful opening of Private Lives (see Kevin Berne’s photo below, and the reviews on the PL page under “In the Press”), the shooting and editing of this fun, short patron-reaction … Continue reading

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“Don’t Take Our Word for It!”(Or”Patrons on the Pavement”)

Before, during, and after the last preview performance of Romeo and Juliet, I wandered the Bruns Amphitheater grounds, camera in hand and Artistic intern extraordinaire Grace Vincent in tow, harassing patrons for their assessment of the current production. This video … Continue reading

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Music to write corridos by…

Octavio Solis, who is adapting John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven for its world premiere on our Main Stage in 2010, sent me this list some time ago. It’s the playlist he put together to inspire his crafting of the … Continue reading

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Presidents and Shakespeare

Last week, the New York Times ran an intriguing piece about Presidents and Shakespeare, moving from Obama–who cites Shakespeare’s Tragedies as a favorite book on his Facebook profile, but has yet to start quoting him directly–to the Bardophile Lincoln, and … Continue reading

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2009 Season Artist Profile: A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s Aaron Posner

In the months leading up to our 2009 Main Stage season, we’ve been profiling the creative minds behind the season’s productions—Romeo and Juliet, Private Lives, Happy Days, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream—in our e-newsletters. For the March installment, we profiled … Continue reading

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