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Igniting a Spark

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly offers more contextual information on the writing of Blithe Spirit, on our stage now through September 2, 2012. Despite its having nothing to do with war, Noël Coward very much saw Blithe Spirit as a war … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: BLITHE SPIRIT Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes and production dramaturg for Blithe Spirit, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. Blithe Spirit runs August 8–September 2, 2012. In 1941 Noël Coward wrote Blithe Spirit, his gift to … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: SPUNK Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes and production dramaturg for Spunk, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. Spunk runs July 4–29, 2012. To honor …  and adapt … Black southern dialect forms the living heartbeat of … Continue reading

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The Inspiration for THE TEMPEST

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly reveals real-world inspiration for one of Shakespeare’s final plays. The Tempest has an unclear setting: We know simply that it takes place somewhere in the Mediterranean, since Alonso and Antonio are on their way back from … Continue reading

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From Romance to Revenge

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly on Prospero’s and other’s journeys in The Tempest.  The Tempest is a “Romance” play, best illustrated in relationship to King Lear, written six years before in 1605. Lear is a tragedy that leaves its audiences in a diminished Britain … Continue reading

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Where Are the Mothers in Shakespeare?

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly muses on maternal absences in The Tempest and other Shakespeare plays. In Renaissance times the mother was the family member principally involved with her children’s education and upbringing. Yet in Renaissance drama older women were rarely represented … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: THE TEMPEST Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes and production dramaturg for The Tempest, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. The Tempest runs May 30–June 24, 2012. The Tempest is a “Romance” play, best introduced in relationship … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Off-season Edition!

Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg for Cal Shakes, shares her thoughts and answers your questions on our upcoming 2012 season programming and about productions past. Throughout his 20-year writing career, Shakespeare was fascinated with metaphors of rehearsing and scripting: the very … Continue reading

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SHREW Grove Talk Podcast

Dr. Kelly explains it all! Our resident dramaturg provides historical and theatrical perspective on Shana Cooper’s production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Music by production Sound Designer Jake Rodriguez. Podcast produced by Will McCandless.  

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Ask Philippa: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Edition

Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg for Cal Shakes, shares her thoughts and answers your questions on our 2011 productions. Written when Shakespeare was in his late 20s and first flexing his muscles for the stage, The Taming of the Shrew engendered … Continue reading

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