Category Archives: Main Stage

Meet our Earl of Kent: Aldo Billingslea

During the run of King Lear (Sep. 16–Oct. 11) we will be posting interviews with the cast to help our audiences get to know the men and women behind some of Shakespeare’s most tragic characters. What was the first role they ever … Continue reading

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Meet our Cordelia (who also plays the Fool): Kjerstine Rose Anderson

During the run of King Lear (Sep. 16–Oct. 11) we will be posting interviews with the cast to help our audiences get to know the men and women behind some of Shakespeare’s most tragic characters. What was the first role they ever … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa! Lear Stories Edition

  King Lear is about an elderly king who makes a fatal, capricious decision that wreaks havoc on his country. But it is his family that is the focus of this play—his blood relatives and their husbands and servants, as … Continue reading

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Meet our King Lear: Anthony Heald

  During the run of King Lear (Sep. 16–Oct. 11) we will be posting interviews with the cast to help our audiences get to know the men and women behind some of Shakespeare’s most tragic characters. What was the first role they … Continue reading

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Coming Next: King Lear starring Anthony Heald

Capes are being fitted, swords ordered, and “blood meetings” are taking place. That can only mean one thing: Rehearsals for King Lear,  directed by Amanda Dehnert—the creative force behind our 2011 production of The Verona Project—are in full swing. Making his Cal … Continue reading

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Listen to an Original Song from our Upcoming Tour of The Tempest

  Building on the success of last year’s All the Bay’s a stage tour of Twelfth Night, we’re increasing the impact of this year’s tour of The Tempest, even further, by inviting community partners to collaborate. Over the summer, students from the … Continue reading

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I AM NOT WHAT I AM: Dressing in drag turns gender roles upside down in the theater— and beyond.

This article appears in the program for The Mystery of Irma Vep.   By Keith Spencer Most of us have, at some point in our lives, tried on clothes of the opposite gender. For many of us it happens in … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: The Mystery of Irma Vep edition

In The Mystery of Irma Vep, the very name of which is its own kind of riddle, Charles Ludlam uses parody, vaudeveille, melodrama, satire, and horror to re-cast the history of the classic plays and movies he knew and loved … Continue reading

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Coming Next: The Mystery of Irma Vep

Liam Vincent and Danny Scheie get their silly on. Photo by Kevin Berne. Come and celebrate Jonathan Moscone’s final show as Cal Shakes’ Artistic Director with tickets to Charles Ludlam’s 1984 romp, The Mystery of Irma Vep. High, low, and above all, absolutely fabulous comedy converge … Continue reading

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Virgins to Villains’ Robin Goodrin Nordli talks Shakespeare’s Women, Life with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival , and her Return to Cal Shakes

On Monday July 20th—for one night only—Oregon Shakespeare Festival favorite and Cal Shakes’ alumna Robin Goodrin Nordli will bring her one-woman show Virgins to Villains: My Journey with Shakespeare’s Women to the Bruns Amphitheater. From Queen Margaret to Lady MacBeth, … Continue reading

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