On one evening during the run of each of our productions, we give patrons the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the life of a Cal Shakes actor. Our Behind the Scenes events begin with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Owen Moscone North Star Grove. A member of the Artistic department then introduces actors from the current production, and patrons are invited to pose questions. This season, patrons have heard Stacy Ross speak of her love for performing the works of George Bernard Shaw, and the challenge of taking on Lady Macbeth; James Carpenter shared anecdotes of actors dealing with the changeable weather at the Bruns.
Once the actors depart to prepare for the evening’s performance, patrons are taken on a backstage tour where they can see the back of the set, the costume and set storage areas, and crew members setting up for the evening. After the tour, patrons return to the North Star Grove for a delicious catered meal.
Patrons frequently tell us that Behind the Scenes is one of the best—and most enjoyable—ways to learn what it’s like to be onstage, and to get access to our performing artists (who truly enjoy talking with attendees about their work).
Our final 2010 Behind the Scenes will take place Thursday, September 30, during the run of Much Ado About Nothing. It will feature actors Domenique Lozano (Beatrice) and Nick Childress (Claudio). The cost is $45 (not including theater ticket). Participants meet at 5:30pm in the Owen Moscone North Star Grove. We hope you’ll join us.