Tag Archives: Shakespeare

The Dramaturg’s Task: Cost-“cutting” and art-making

As Shakespeare put his text together for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the 1590s, did he have any actor friend with whom he talked over his thoughts and staging choices? We know that the actors themselves weren’t permitted a copy of … Continue reading

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Ask Philippa: “Comedy of Errors” Edition

Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg for Cal Shakes, invites your questions about The Comedy of Errors, which runs June 25–July 20. Tickets on sale now. The Comedy of Errors, one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, is a beautiful, festive comic treat about … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Settings

By Tess Brumwell-Gaze With only a modest Stratford upbringing, Shakespeare’s knowledge of foreign cultures is an intriguing aspect of his works. Plays ensue with backdrops of rural Italy and monarchical Denmark, but very rarely Shakespeare’s English home ground. Whether this … Continue reading

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Inside the Rehearsal Hall for “The Comedy of Errors”

“The play’s the thing.” —Hamlet, Act II, Scene II Hello! This is dramaturgy intern Aliya Charney blogging from inside the rehearsal room for Cal Shakes’ upcoming production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, directed by Aaron Posner. We started off … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Twin?

When Shakespeare penned The Comedy of Errors—one of his shortest, most slapstick plays—the idea of twins (a central theme of the play) fascinated the Elizabethans. Though they didn’t understand the genetics of multiple births—the difference between fraternal and identical twins, … Continue reading

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Off to Ashland! A Weekend of Theater and Discussion in Oregon

This October 3-5, Cal Shakes Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly will lead a trip to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Attendees will stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel and attend three plays during their stay, while enjoying dinners, cocktails, and … Continue reading

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Volunteer Spotlight: Joyce Weissman

Meet Joyce! Joyce Weissman joined the Cal Shakes Volunteer Corps in 2011. Joyce commutes from the South Bay via public transit to serve as an usher at our Student Matinees, and as a raffle ticket seller at our evening performances; … Continue reading

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Single Tickets on Sale March 31

Join us for A Classic Summer…with a twist! Single tickets go on sale Monday, March 31 for Cal Shakes’ 40th Anniversary Summer Season and you’ll want to get your tickets now before it’s too late.  We’re so excited about our four … Continue reading

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Division, Harmony, and “Medical Mistakes”: Twins in Shakespeare

Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly muses on twins in Shakespeare’s work and time. This season Cal Shakes will stage Shakespeare’s two plays—The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night—the plots of which are facilitated by identical twins. In Twelfth Night, directed for … Continue reading

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Volunteer Ushers Needed for Twelfth Night Performances at Intersection

Public performances for our all-female production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Michelle Hensley—a coproduction with Intersection for the Arts—begin on Thursday, February 20, and we’re in need of volunteer ushers for all performances at Intersection, 925 Mission, Suite 109, San … Continue reading

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