Category Archives: Main Stage

Othello, night after night: a House Manager’s perspective

by Jane Eisner As the Cal Shakes House Manager, I’m at the Bruns for most performances. My job is to “host the party” for Cal Shakes—make sure people know where to go, where to sit, and that they have what … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Othello

I’ve seen my share of “circle-ups.” You know the circle-up: actors and crew and anyone else in the green room or rehearsal room stand in a circle before the show. Sometimes holding hands, they offer up intentions, prayers, dedications, thoughts, … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Othello Edition

As Othello opens, the story of the great General’s marriage is quickly spat out to Desdemona’s father, Brabantio, as a scandalous piece of news. ‘An old black ram is tapping your white ewe,’ says Iago, Othello’s subordinate. But why is the story of Othello’s … Continue reading

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Othello: an interview with Eric Ting

Recently our Artistic Learning department sat down with Eric Ting to discuss our upcoming production of Othello. Eric’s Cal Shakes directorial debut begins performances September 14. Artistic Learning: How will you stage this play to be relevant to the current … Continue reading

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When Life Imitates Art—or the Other Way Around

by Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg In nineteenth century California, divorce was on the rise, available on the basis of any of six marital “conditions”: adultery, cruelty, abandonment, neglect, intemperance, or felony conviction. On the basis of information we can glean … Continue reading

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You Never Can Tell: REALLY

You never can tell…. what a play is really like until you dig deep into the process of breathing life into it for the stage. George Bernard Shaw’s play was first marketed as a light-hearted farce in the style of … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: You Never Can Tell Edition

You Never can Tell is, to put it simply: Shaw. It’s his life, his mother and father, his courtship with Charlotte Payne Townshend (like his character Valentine, the impecunious Shaw was afraid of marrying a wealthy woman because he didn’t … Continue reading

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Watch: Fences Audience Responses

We caught up with audiences after Opening Night of August Wilson’s Fences, and the responses were wonderful! Click to see the playlist of them all.

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Family, Lies, and Honesty: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Regina Victoria Fields is Cal Shakes’ 2016 Artistic Engagement Fellow, and the Assistant Director for Fences. Below, she shares her thoughts about the rehearsal process and Fences‘ place in the community. This is a story about me and my family. … Continue reading

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The Quintessential Outsider: Thoughts on Othello

By Artistic Director Eric Ting Since taking over as Artistic Director of Cal Shakes, I’ve been traveling a lot. My wife and new baby are still in Brooklyn, so, racking up lots of miles. But this is strangely about a … Continue reading

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