TITUS ANDRONICUS cast members Chad Deverman, David Mendelsohn, and Galen Murphy-Hoffman donate blood for the Red Cross.
In light of the closing of Titus Andronicus, cast members Chad Deverman, David Mendelsohn, and Galen Murphy-Hoffman—who, together, played Tamora’s brutal Goth songs—joined crew members Dallas Kane and Sam Schwemberger in donating blood to the American Red Cross. Being in a play is the perfect opportunity to get your cast to give back to the community in some way. Deverman thought that, having spent so much time onstage as Demetrius, “shedding other people’s blood, it was only fitting that I shed a little of my own offstage. So I invited the cast and crew to come give blood with me; the American Red Cross center in Oakland was the perfect place. ”
“The staff was great and made us feel totally comfortable through the whole process,” continued Deverman. “Donating is absurdly easy and makes an incredible difference. Plus, you get free Girl Scout cookies afterward. Really, what could be better? I would encourage anyone reading this to take an hour and go donate.”
This week at Cal Shakes is pretty amazing on the volunteer front. We’ve got ushers out at the Bruns every performance day—up to 15 of them! We’ve got two great new volunteers, Dave and Lahdan, helping out in the office on a database project and a mailing, respectively.
The big things this week in Artistic Learning are the Conservatory performance days—Friday and Saturday. We have some great mother-daughter teams from the National Charity League helping out as ushers and box office at the Bentley School in Lafayette.
Last but certainly not least, we have our Simpson Center Open House this Saturday from 10-3— we have six great people helping our patrons take a tour of our new building at the Bruns. The chance to drive the golf cart was a huge draw; we ended up turning away more volunteers than we needed for this rare behind the scenes glance at the theater.
Interested in volunteering? Click shiftboard.com/calshakes to register; once your application has been approved, you will be able to sign up for ushering dates and will be notified of other opportunities.
If you have any questions about the process, please contact Jamie Buschbaum, Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager, at 510.548.3422 x101.