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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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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly presents a birthday meditation on the late, great one who gave us our name. Today is Shakespeare’s birthday (also nominated as his death day 52 years later). William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to John Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Season Artist Profile: Paloma McGregor

In the months leading up to the start of our 2013 Main Stage season, I am once again profiling the creative minds behind our productions. The final installment of the 2013 Season Artist Profile series introduces you to choreographer Paloma McGregor, whose movement … Continue reading

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What Does It Take to Awaken Your Faith? A Note from the Director of A WINTER’S TALE

Director Patricia McGregor’s early thoughts on her fall 2013 production of A Winter’s Tale. What does it take to awaken your faith? At some point in our lives, each one of us is sure to have suffered from the diseased … Continue reading

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Season Artist Profile: Richard Montoya

In the months leading up to our 2013 Main Stage season, I will once again be profiling the fertile minds behind the season’s productions—American Night, Romeo and Juliet, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and A Winter’s Tale—in our e-newsletters. For the inaugural … Continue reading

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Associate Artist Roundup: Scrooge, the Circus, and a Baby

It’s time for our annual shout-out to the theatrical antics our talented Associate Artist company is up to during the winter months. L. Peter Callender is in the midst of directing Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which opens January … Continue reading

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Jumping Into the Fire: An Understudy’s Tale

During the extension week of Liesl Tommy’s Hamlet this month, actor Nicholas Pelczar fell ill the morning of the Student Discovery Matinee, and his understudy, Philip Goleman, went on for him. This is his story. Everyone said, “Not what you expected … Continue reading

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HAMLET Grove Talk

Click on the arrow below to listen to a podcast of a pre-performance Hamlet Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly. Podcast produced by Will McCandless. Hamlet has been extended; the production runs through October 21, 2012.  

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Death and Revenge in Hamlet

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly on grief and vengeance in Hamlet and beyond. Hamlet returns from Wittenberg to honor his father’s death, and is suddenly confronted with his father’s ghost. Immediately, it seems, he is roused (or provoked) to an act … Continue reading

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Blithe Spirit and the Spirits

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly on the Spiritualist movement and the origin of the word “ghost.” Where did Coward get his interest in Spiritualism? Most importantly (and this information is supplied by Cal Shakes’ own Robin Dolan), Coward had a housekeeper … Continue reading

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