Category Archives: Main Stage

Division, Harmony, and “Medical Mistakes”: Twins in Shakespeare

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly muses on twins in Shakespeare’s work and time. This season Cal Shakes will stage Shakespeare’s two plays—The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night—the plots of which are facilitated by identical twins. In Twelfth Night, directed for … Continue reading

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It’s our 40th anniversary: Tell us a story.

As you may have heard or seen us mention, 2014 is our 40th anniversary season. Yes, we’ve come a long way since our first show, of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on May 10, 1974 at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall in Berkeley. For … Continue reading

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sam Hsu

Sam is a longtime volunteer usher at the Bruns Amphitheater. He’s originally from Taiwan but he now lives in Fremont and claims to have the ability to “nap anywhere.” Sam is an active volunteer at several other Bay Area nonprofit … Continue reading

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Three ways to participate in #GivingTuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year we are joining with nonprofits around the world to help create #GivingTuesday: A new day for giving back. On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, … Continue reading

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“This was the best field trip I’ve ever been on in my life. …We made Hermione come back to life.”

From: Ms. Maiuri Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2013 8:11 PM To: Clive Worsley Subject: Thank you so much for everything (could you pass this on?) Dear Director and Cast of A Winter’s Tale and the Cal Shakes Artistic Learning Team: I … Continue reading

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A WINTER’S TALE FAQ

The top five commonly asked questions around the Cal Shakes offices about our current production of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale—answered at last. 1. Is there going to be a bear onstage? From Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone: Yes, but … Continue reading

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Personalize Our Onstage License Plate!

In our upcoming production of A Winter’s Tale, travelling storytellers spill out of a vehicle to invite you into the story. And since we marketing folks have got connections with the props department (who are so much friendlier than the … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: A WINTER’S TALE EDITION

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. A Winter’s Tale runs September 25–October 20, 2013. As directed by Patricia McGregor, A Winter’s Tale suggests the overwhelming power of emotion to govern … Continue reading

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Making Oscar Proud

Dramaturgy Intern Clio McConnell blogs from inside the Lady Windermere’s Fan rehearsal room. Before actually landing one’s dream job in the real world, the average college student looks upon that prospect as a sort of utopian ideal: Naturally, one’s dream job involves … Continue reading

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Volunteer Scoops the Scoop!

Volunteer Zoe Halsne attended the Inside Scoop for Lady Windermere’s Fan and submitted this review about the event. On Monday, July 29, I attended my first-ever Cal Shakes Inside Scoop—for Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan—at the Orinda Public Library. In addition to … Continue reading

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