Category Archives: Hamlet

Where, and Who, Are the Mothers In Shakespeare?

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly muses on maternal absences in Romeo & Juliet and other Shakespeare plays—an update on this blog she wrote last summer. In Renaissance times the mother was the family member principally involved with her children’s education and upbringing. Yet in Renaissance … Continue reading

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Jumping Into the Fire: An Understudy’s Tale

During the extension week of Liesl Tommy’s Hamlet this month, actor Nicholas Pelczar fell ill the morning of the Student Discovery Matinee, and his understudy, Philip Goleman, went on for him. This is his story. Everyone said, “Not what you expected … 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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HAMLET Rehearsal Blogs: The Process or the Product?

Director of Marketing Janet Magleby and Box Office Manager Robin Dolan offer two perspectives on Hamlet rehearsals. Thursday, September 6, 2012—one week before tech rehearsals begin. It was 9:59 a.m. and more than half the company awaited Stage Manager Laxmi Kumaran’s calling of … Continue reading

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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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Behind the Scenes at the HAMLET Photo Shoot

Director of Marketing Janet Magleby on the Hamlet cast’s publicity photo shoot with director Liesl Tommy and photographer Kevin Berne. Last week some of Hamlet’s cast members gathered in the Cal Shakes’ green room, in anticipation of our publicity photo … Continue reading

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A Haunted HAMLET

Blithe Spirit has been such a witty whirlwind that things got a little behind in the Hamlet department around here. As a result, here’s a belated combo blog, featuring impressions from a lunch the marketing department had with director Liesl Tommy, … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Off-season Edition!

Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg for Cal Shakes, shares her thoughts and answers your questions on our upcoming 2012 season programming and about productions past. Throughout his 20-year writing career, Shakespeare was fascinated with metaphors of rehearsing and scripting: the very … Continue reading

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