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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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Going Beyond the Bars with The Green Life and Triangle Lab

This past spring, members of the Green Life, a re-entry project formed by former prisoners, came together in healing circles led by  Ayodele Nzinga,  an Artist-Investigator with Cal Shakes’ Triangle Lab, to share stories of heartbreak and healing around the … 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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Off to Ashland!

Antony and Cleopatra. Photo courtesy Oregon Shakespeare Festival This October 2-4, Cal Shakes Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly will lead a trip to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Attendees will stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel and attend three plays … Continue reading

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Lab Report: Artist-Investigator Program Gets Rolling

By Rebecca Novick Last month we launched a new round of our Artist-Investigator program, in which four distinguished artists partnered with four non-profit organizations to see how theater artists can help meet community needs.  (Read more about the artists and … Continue reading

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Pygmalion Grove Talk

Listen to Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly’s pre-show Grove Talk on Pygmalion.

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The Comedy of Errors Grove Talk

Click on the arrow below to listen to a podcast of a pre-performance The Comedy of Errors  Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly. The Comedy of Errors runs through July 20, 2014.

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Behind the Seams: An Interview with “The Comedy of Errors” Costume Designer Beaver Bauer

By Aliya Charney As Antipholus of Syracuse remarks in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, the town of Ephesus “is full of cozenage / As nimble jugglers that deceive the eye, / Dark-working  sorcerers that change the mind [and] Disguised cheaters.” … Continue reading

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Our Story Part One: The John Hinkel Park Years

For our 40th Anniversary, Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly has penned a four-part series on the history of California Shakespeare Theater. Each piece appears in our playbill before arriving on the blog–four articles for each of our four summer shows. Part … Continue reading

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Actor Spotlight: Ron Campbell on The Comedy of Errors, Masks, and Clowning

By Aliya Charney After a seven-year sabbatical, Ron Campbell is back at Cal Shakes. Five years ago, Campbell “ran away with the circus,” performing as The King in over 2,000 shows of Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza (directed by David Shiner) … Continue reading

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