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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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Artistic Director Eric Ting announces Othello as the fourth show of our 2016 Season!

By Eric Ting Change is in the air. I certainly felt it, walking into the Cal Shakes’ offices for the first time as Artistic Director. I’ve felt it with each new patron I’ve met; all of you filled with a … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: The Tempest edition

Power and authority, betrayal, injustice, what it means to be a parent, what it means to love and to relinquish: These are some of the themes threading through Shakespeare’s late masterpiece, The Tempest. Come see our All the Bay’s a … Continue reading

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