Category Archives: Blithe Spirit

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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A Grove Talk Speaker Is Born

Box Office Manager Robin Dolan blogs about doing her first-ever Grove Talk, for Blithe Spirit. I’ve always wanted to do a grove talk: I’m one of those odd people who love public speaking; I also love an excuse to research … Continue reading

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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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Blithely Run: Blithe Spirit Rehearsal Blog August 2

The following was written by Marketing & PR Manager Marilyn Langbehn. Stay tuned for more dispatches from inside rehearsals. Every Cal Shakes play has benchmarks on its path to the finished production our audiences will see on the Bruns stage. … 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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Inside the Séance: Blithe Spirit Rehearsal Blog July 31

The following was written by Blithe Spirit Assistant Director Megan Sada. Stay tuned for more dispatches from inside the rehearsal room. The production and artistic teams and cast are back from their break early in anticipation of today’s visitor to … Continue reading

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Séance Prep: Blithe Spirit Rehearsal Blog July 27

The following was written by Box Office Manager Robin Dolan. Stay tuned for weekly dispatches from the Blithe Spirit rehearsal room! In Blithe Spirit, chaos ensues after a British couple hosts a séance in their home. I have a friend Medusa who … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Blithe Spirit Rehearsal Blog July 18

The following was written by Director of Marketing and Communications Janet Magleby, after sitting in on rehearsals this week. Stay tuned for weekly dispatches from the room! As the Blithe Spirit rehearsal picks up after a ten-minute break in the … Continue reading

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The BLITHE SPIRIT Cocktail Contest

“Anybody can write books, but it takes an artist to make a dry martini that’s dry enough.” — Blithe Spirit As spirited comedies go, the work of Noël Coward tends to take the boozy cake. The current Cal Shakes script for Blithe Spirit, … Continue reading

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