Category Archives: Main Stage

Artist Spotlight: Interview with Lana Russell, The War of the Roses assistant director

Philippa Kelly: I notice that your middle name is Rosalind. Is that a conscious Shakespearean choice on your parents’ part? Lana Russell: No, it is actually my family name going back through 4 generations—I wish I could have Shakespeare take … Continue reading

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Form Following Function: Costumes in The War of the Roses

Costume designer Anna R. Oliver has designed the sumptuous costume pieces for our epic War of the Roses. Our 14 actors play over 30 characters and their costumes and characters span over 65 years! Anna says,”I wanted form to follow … Continue reading

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Down to the Wire: Sunday stumble-through

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg Now we’re getting down to the wire… We’re in our Sunday stumble-through, the last full run-through before the designer run of The War of the Roses this coming Wednesday, what Aldo Billingslea calls “the first … Continue reading

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Who cares about crying on stage?

by Scott Horstein, guest blogger and freelance dramaturg Last week Philippa shared our coffee talk about Richard III, the last of the four plays in the Shakespeare Tetralogy that makes up Cal Shakes’s War of the Roses. I dramaturged Richard … Continue reading

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Rehearsal Day 8: Power and Privilege in the World of the Roses

By Resident Dramaturg, Philippa Kelly “I can’t sit on the throne with this big-ass table here, can I?” says Lance Gardner (playing the Earl of Suffolk) as Joseph Patrick O’Malley (playing King Henry VI) leaves the room. We are rehearsing … Continue reading

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Theatrical Morality: a conversation with Eric Ting and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Last month, Artistic Director Eric Ting called playwright (and close friend) Branden Jacobs-Jenkins to discuss the genesis of Everybody, the politics of choosing, morality in theater and the world, and more. The following transcript has been edited for clarity. Eric … Continue reading

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And there’s ice cream: a meditation on life, death and Everybody

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg I have a recurring nightmare that if my plane goes down over the Pacific, my husband Paul will have to go through all my stuff and realize that I was even untidier than he imagined … Continue reading

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A Spy in Rehearsal: Quixote Nuevo Dispatch

by Alicia Coombes, Publications Manager Last week I had the pleasure of watching rehearsal for the first time since the first read-through. The cast welcomed me with the offer of snacks (their snack game is ON), and they worked on … Continue reading

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Quixote’s Dreams

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg I wonder what Cervantes’ character, Don Quixote, would think if he were to spend an hour or two at the conversation table on the plaza at the Bruns? His trusty horse, Rocinante, would be tethered … Continue reading

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Announcing the Quixote Nuevo cast & creative team

We’re opening our 2018 Season with Octavio Solis’ World Premiere of Quixote Nuevo, directed by KJ Sanchez! Our music-filled contemporary retelling of Cervantes’ classic novel will feature feature Emilio Delgado, best known for his long-running role as Luis on Sesame … Continue reading

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