Category Archives: Main Stage

Get Wilde & Win

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. Ah, Oscar Wilde. Was he the cleverest man in all Christendom? You be the judge: I can resist everything but temptation. Every saint … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: ROMEO & JULIET Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. Romeo & Juliet runs through July 28, 2013. “My mind misgives/Some consequence yet hanging in the stars,” says Romeo early in Shakespeare’s Romeo and … Continue reading

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Dispatch #4 from Inside the R&J Rehearsal Hall: On Quick Changes and Indispensability

The fourth peek inside the Romeo & Juliet rehearsal room from Cal Shakes Blogging Fellow Peter Selawsky. In my last post, I wrote about watching the cast of Shana Cooper’s Romeo and Juliet perform their initial run-through of the first … Continue reading

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Getting Around a Transit Strike

As of this writing, employees of the San Francisco Bay Area Transit System are on strike. AC Transit workers are still on the job. Should the public transportation  strike continue, Romeo & Juliet ticket holders need not worry about finding parking … Continue reading

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Dispatch #3: First Half Run-Through

Cal Shakes Blogging Fellow Peter Selawsky continues to blog from inside the Romeo & Juliet rehearsal room. As rehearsals for director Shana Cooper’s upcoming Romeo and Juliet continue, the production is coming together and the process is intensifying. The work the actors, … Continue reading

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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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Dispatch #1 from the R&J Rehearsal Hall: Small Miracles of Joy

Hello, this is Peter Selawsky blogging from the Cal Shakes rehearsal hall. I’ve been coming to Cal Shakes productions since I was a child growing up in the East Bay, and I’m very excited for the opportunity to sit in … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: AMERICAN NIGHT Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. American Night runs through June 23, 2013. Since the Founding Fathers, immigrants to America have been assessed on the basis of their worthiness … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly presents a birthday meditation on the late, great one who gave us our name. Today is Shakespeare’s birthday (also nominated as his death day 52 years later). William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to John Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Season Artist Profile: Paloma McGregor

In the months leading up to the start of our 2013 Main Stage season, I am once again profiling the creative minds behind our productions. The final installment of the 2013 Season Artist Profile series introduces you to choreographer Paloma McGregor, whose movement … Continue reading

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