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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