Tag Archives: “Jonathan Moscone”

Volunteer Spotlight: Georgia & Don Lee

Georgia and Don Lee are a fixture in the Cal Shakes volunteer corps. They’ve volunteered with us since our very first season at the Bruns, in 1991. They reside in Oakland and lead an active life of theater-going, traveling, dancing, … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: AMERICAN NIGHT Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. American Night runs through June 23, 2013. Since the Founding Fathers, immigrants to America have been assessed on the basis of their worthiness … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: Off-Season Edition

Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes, invites your questions about our 2013 season, which begins May 29. Subscriptions and FlexPasses on sale now. Just because the Main Stage season closes, it doesn’t mean we at Cal Shakes are suddenly … Continue reading

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A Haunted HAMLET

Blithe Spirit has been such a witty whirlwind that things got a little behind in the Hamlet department around here. As a result, here’s a belated combo blog, featuring impressions from a lunch the marketing department had with director Liesl Tommy, … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Blithe Spirit Rehearsal Blog July 18

The following was written by Director of Marketing and Communications Janet Magleby, after sitting in on rehearsals this week. Stay tuned for weekly dispatches from the room! As the Blithe Spirit rehearsal picks up after a ten-minute break in the … 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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Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare!

In honor of William Shakespeare’s 448th birthday (celebrated today, even though he was baptized on April 26), here are a list of Cal Shakes/Shakespeare/Jonathan Moscone factoids, courtesy of Board Member and unofficial Cal Shakes photographer Jay Yamada. (These numbers include the … Continue reading

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