Category Archives: Main Stage

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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Loss, Love, and Finding the Way Forward: An Interview with Twelfth Night director Christopher Liam Moore

As we anxiously await tomorrow’s first preview of our season opener Twelfth Night, contributing dramaturg Dr. Laura Brueckner shares her interview with Twelfth Night’s director Christopher Liam Moore whose production has gained attention for its cast which features some of … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Life Is a Dream edition

Like Shakespeare, Spanish Golden Age playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca, wrote about very human ways of dealing with some of our biggest emotions. Life Is a Dream, one of Calderón’s most famous plays, is about a prince whose father is … Continue reading

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Rehearsals have started for Life Is a Dream!

Last week rehearsals started for the second production of our season, Life Is a Dream. The cast and creative team mingled with staff, producers and crew in the Cal Shakes rehearsal hall for a quick meet and greet before diving … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Twelfth Night Edition

Twelfth Night is Shakespeare’s last and darkest comedy, written in 1601. Director Christopher Liam Moore calls Twelfth Night his favorite Shakespeare play, treasuring its capacity to soar to the heights of mirth and delve to the darker parts of humanity. … Continue reading

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