Which Shakespeare Character Would You Invite to Thanksgiving?

Shakespeare ThanksgivingIt’s almost that time: Time to eat ourselves in oblivion among family, friends, and the occasional random stranger. But what if you could sit yourself beside one of Shakespeare’s creations come Thanksgiving? Would you choose Ophelia, who’d surely be too distraught to notice your stealing her yams? Or Henry V, who would give all his fame for a pot of ale—and would therefore never run dry at your table? Pick your partner and share it with us on social media by November 26 to win a handcrafted beverage from Peet’s Coffee & Tea on us!

Simply tell us your guest of choice—and some words as to why—on our Facebook wall or by tweeting to @calshakes with the hash tag #shakesgiving. We’ll pick our favorites and send Peet’s certificates their way.


Spunk Cocktail Contest

Spunk will grace the Bruns stage with joyous poetic language, powerful movement, and the wailing sounds of the blues this July. What similarly flavorful and fulfilling cocktail would you wish to sip while soaking up the Spunk experience?

Invent a bourbon-based drink, name it, and tell us about it no later than Friday, July 6 one of these ways:

  • Email marketing@calshakes.org with the subject header “Spunk cocktail contest.”
  • Post your recipe on Twitter with the hashtag #zoracocktail.
  • Share on our Facebook wall.

The creator of the winning cocktail will be rewarded with their choice of a Spunk T-shirt or free entry to our July 12 pre-performance Cal Shakers party at the Bruns. 

Click here for more information about the party.


Spunk Song Contest: The journey is the reward

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington rehearsing onstage at the Savoy, 1948; photo © Wayne Miller / Magnum Photos.

What song helped you along your personal journey? The dynamic characters in Spunk, stories by Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by George C. Wolfe, embody the all-too-human experience of struggle, love, loss, and—perhaps most of all—finding a place to call home.

Submit songs that have inspired and fueled your journey—literally or metaphorically—no later than June 11 to marketingintern@calshakes.org, tweet it with the hashtag #spunkjourney, or post it on our Facebook wall. We’ll include a list of the most popular and our other favorites in the Spunk program, play them at our opening night post-performance party, and post the playlist online! Spunk’s characters “git to the git with some pain n’ some spit n’ some spunk.” What songs git you to the git?

Here are some songs submitted by the Cal Shakes staff to get you thinking:

Mumford & Sons “After the Storm
Simon and Garfunkel “Homeward Bound”
Cole Porter “Don’t Fence Me In”
Alex Kramer and Joan Whitney “Far Away Places”
Jolie Holland “Goodbye, California”
Genesis, “Follow You, Follow Me”
The Beatles “Blackbird”
James Taylor “Carolina In My Mind”
Pulp “Weeds”
Journey “When the Lights Go Down in the City”
Green Day “Christie”
The Goo Goo Dolls “Broadway”
The D.I.’s “Mohawk vs. D.A.”
Rusted Root “Send Me on My Way”
Coldplay ”Fix You”
Tom Petty “Learning to Fly”
Jack Penate “Pull My Heart Away”