It made me feel like I can speak up.
I actually was moved to tears at the end.
So close, so immediate and intimate.
This is a life-changing experience.
I been locked up 23 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this. I came here at 22, and this was a blessing because I’ve never gotten to see theater before. You just blew my mind!
These are just a few of the comments from the 1,057 community members Cal Shakes engaged with last year’s All The Bay’s a Stage tour of The Tempest. With 8 actors and 1 musician, plus a van-load of props and costumes, The Tempest toured to 7 community sites in 5 Bay Area cities, before playing to the general public at the Oakland Museum of California.
We came to our neighbors at Allen Temple Arms, a housing complex for low-income seniors in East Oakland; DISH (Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing), which permanently houses formerly homeless San Franciscans with serious health problems; Civicorps, a West Oakland high-school diploma and job training program for 18-26 year olds; the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in downtown Oakland; the Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin; the Hacienda assistant living facility for low-income seniors in Martinez; and Berkeley Food and Housing Project, which works to end homelessness in our community. As Cal Shakes wraps up Othello‘s run at the Bruns and preps to take it into this year’s community tour, we’re inspired, and guided, by their words:
(How did this production impact you?) The lesson of forgiveness running parallel in my own personal life presently.
Loved the actors interacting with the audience.
Wonderful combination of the traditional and the contemporary.
Thank you, because it is such a diverse group. Actors of color don’t always get featured in Shakespeare. I’ve never seen such a diverse group, with the gender bending y’all did, it was radical for me. I think many young people need to see this.
There’s so much we’ve been missing out on. You (Prospero) are such a powerful woman, we got to see you kick ass. We got to see our family fall in love and get married tonight.
Never been to a play before. Everything impacted me in a positive way.
I never was into plays or Shakespeare but I really enjoyed it. I’m a fan.
It’s my first play that I actually like.
I want to see more theater.