August 3rd, 2012 — 3:48pm
Anthony Fusco, Jessica Kitchens, and René Augesen star in Blithe Spirit; photo by Kevin Berne.
Cal Shakers are theater lovers in their 20s, 30s, and 40s interested in engaging with and enjoying Cal Shakes through insider opportunities and events.
WHEN: Friday, August 17, 6:30pm
WHERE: Bruns Amphitheater, Orinda
Pre-performance party: Stockholm Krystal Vodka martinis and oysters fresh-shucked by The Oyster Girls (and that’s just the cocktail hour!); a delectable dinner; socializing and tarot readers—all served up in one of our eucalyptus-shaded picnic groves.
Performance of Blithe Spirit: The funniest haunting that ever there was: Noël Coward’s biting comedy of a novelist who, in researching his next book, unwittingly summons the spirit of his first wife—making his current spouse none-too-pleased.
TICKETS: Call our Box Office at 510.548.9666 between 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday, or between 10 and 2 Saturday to purchase tickets.
1. Tickets to the pre-performance party are $25 for Shakers and $45 for non-Shakers.
2. Tickets to the evening’s 8:00pm performance of Blithe Spirit are sold separately, so you can choose seats—and prices—that suit you best. Prices rise when a show like this sells well, so GET YOUR TIX EARLY FOR THE BEST PRICES!
- Guests younger than 30 can get $20 theater tickets.
- Shakers get $10 off the price of two regularly-priced theater tickets.
- Non-Shakers ticketed for the pre-show party get $5 off any regularly-priced theater tickets.
JOIN: The first ten people to join Cal Shakers by making a $75 membership donation by August 11 will win a certificate for a pound of Peet’s coffee—and get a total of $50 off tickets to this event!
THANKS! This event is made possible by the support of Mechanics Bank, The Oyster Girls, and Stockholm Krystal Vodka.
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February 17th, 2012 — 12:44pm
New Cal Shakes Board President Paul L. "Buddy" Warner
California Shakespeare Theater today announced the election of San Francisco attorney Paul “Buddy” L. Warner as President of the Board of Directors. Mr. Warner, who joined the board in 2010, replaces outgoing president David Goldsmith, who served five one-year terms.
“My goal is to build on the important work done by David and his predecessors which has assisted our professional staff in making Cal Shakes a nationally recognized theater company,” said Mr. Warner. “Cal Shakes will continue to present the highest quality performances of both Shakespeare and the classics. We will also continue and expand our Artistic Learning program which provides a valuable theater learning experience to many underserved communities in the Bay Area”
Mr. Warner is a partner with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, with a practice specializing in commercial litigation and trials. He is the author of numerous articles on civil procedure, class actions, arbitration, and legal ethics and tactics, and was named one of the Top Attorneys in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers 2004-2011. Mr. Warner lives in Berkeley, and also sits on the board of Tehiyah Day School. He and his wife Jodi are long-time Cal Shakes supporters who, according to Mr. Warner, “have not missed a production since Cal Shakes moved to Orinda in 1991.”
“I am so grateful for the steady and sure guidance that outgoing President David Goldsmith provided over the past few years — a period of national economic turbulence,” commented Managing Director Susie Falk. “Cal Shakes has emerged with a renovated home, and greater organizational and financial stability, We are now poised for our next chapter of growth, and I am thrilled that Buddy will be at the helm with his significant board experience, professional expertise, and irrepressible enthusiasm for the organization. I know our board is in excellent hands.”
The 2012 slate of officers and their cities of residence are as follows:
- President: Buddy Warner, partner with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (Berkeley)
- Vice-President: Kate Stechschulte, architect (Berkeley)
- Vice-President: Alan E. Schnur, Ph.D., founding partner of Schnur Consulting Group (Orinda)
- Vice-President (ex-officio): Jonathan Moscone, Artistic Director (Oakland)
- Vice-President (ex-officio): Susie Falk, Managing Director (Berkeley)
- Secretary: Jean Simpson, retired educator and civic worker (Piedmont)
- Treasurer: Jay Yamada, civic leader (San Lorenzo)
- Immediate Past President: David Goldsmith, business consultant/health care management, (Orinda)
Newly-elected members of the Cal Shakes’ Board include:
- Ellen Dale is a long-time civic leader whose passion for the arts was instrumental in the creation of Cal Shakes’ permanent home at the Bruns Amphitheater in 1991, and most recently in the 2010 capital campaign to renovate the site. A native San Franciscan, Ms. Dale graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology. She and Joffa, her husband of 45 years, have lived in Orinda since 2000 in a home designed by their daughter. Prior to 2000, they lived in Moraga for 28 years where they raised their three children.
- Erin Jaeb is a commercial photographer with a background in fashion, beauty and architecture, and a current emphasis on fine art photography. She serves as artistic director for the marketing materials of her family-owned business, Emerald Packaging, Inc., one of the largest produce packaging suppliers in the United States. Ms. Jaeb, her husband, and their three children make their home in Oakland, CA.
- Marshall Kido holds a B.A. in journalism from San Francisco State University, has worked in the banking industry in California since 1977, first with Home Savings of America, followed by eight years as Area Sales Manager for Citibank. He currently serves as the Division Segment Manager at City National Bank in Walnut Creek.
Additional members of the Board are:
- Terry Bush, Director, Q Builders (Walnut Creek)
- Michael Cedars, M.D., Plastic Surgeon, Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center (Orinda)
- Phil Chernin, Certified Public Accountant (Lafayette)
- Joshua Cohen, Attorney, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP (Walnut Creek)
- Ed Del Beccaro, Managing Director, Grub and Ellis (Danville)
- Joseph DiPrisco, Ph.D., author/educator (Berkeley)
- Sonetta Hanson, yoga instructor and clothing designer (Orinda)
- Tony Kallingal, Vice President/Region Manager, Mechanics Bank (San Ramon)
- David Lawrence, retired, Private Client Services Manager, City National Bank (San Ramon)
- Richard E. Norris, Partner, Archer Norris (Walnut Creek)
- James Roethe, Arbitrator/Mediator, J. Roethe ADR Services; former General Counsel of Bank of America, and partner Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (Orinda)
- Michael Ross, Adjunct Professor, University of California and University of Virginia Schools of Law (Orinda)
- Michelle Runyon, Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Wells Fargo Private Bank (Orinda)
- John Ruskin, Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. (Lafayette)
- Sharon Simpson, civic leader (Orinda)
- Frank Starn, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Pharmaceutical, McKesson Corporation (Lafayette)
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January 18th, 2012 — 2:32pm
Above right: Tyler James Myers (left) and Peter Macon star in Berkeley Rep's world-premiere production of GHOST LIGHT; photo by Kevin Berne.
The Cal Shakers Steering Committee invites you to participate in history through “Inside Ghost Light.” Our first Cal Shakers event of this year combines good company and food with a riveting theater experience:
- Have dinner and drinks with old and new friends at Berkeley’s iconic Jupiter ale house;
- Meet Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, who created the deeply personal Ghost Light in collaboration with Berkeley Rep Artistic Director Tony Taccone;
- Walk two blocks from Jupiter to Berkeley Rep to see a performance of Ghost Light, a tremendously affecting (and funny) theatrical exploration of grieving and history—personal, local, and national.
WHEN: Thursday, February 9
~ 5:45-7:30pm: Dine at Jupiter
~ 8-10:30pm: See Ghost Light
WHERE: Jupiter and Berkeley Rep
~ Jupiter: 2181 Shattuck Ave
~ Berkeley Rep: 2025 Addison St
WHY: Support Cal Shakes, meet new people, get the ultimate insider’s point of view and a great rate on the hottest ticket in town*, and experience an extraordinary piece of theater.
HOW: RSVP here to purchase $75 tickets to this event. Ticket price covers both dinner and the show. OR start by joining Cal Shakers today for just $75 to receive discounts on all Shaker events—including $50 off the price of two tickets to “Inside Ghost Light“—and other membership benefits. Once you join Cal Shakers, we’ll send you an email with a discount code. Under 30? Email us directly for an additional discount!
~ BART: Jupiter and Berkeley Rep are both located within a block of the Downtown Berkeley BART station.
~ Parking: Berkeley Rep recommends these garages.
*DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT: About that “hottest ticket in town”? Take a look at this press!
Cal Shakers Steering Committee: Darcy Brown-Martin, Cal Shakes; Josh Cohen, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean; Ed Del Beccaro, Grubb & Ellis; Danielle DuCaine, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP; Susie Falk, Cal Shakes; Samantha Fryer, Fred Finch Youth Center; Tony Kallingal, Mechanics Bank; Hye Young Lee, GMR Marketing; Samantha Leo, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Jen Loy, UC Berkeley; Scott Peterson, Mechanics Bank; Beth Sandefur, Cal Shakes; Maryam Shariat, Gap Foundation.
This event produced with the generous support of
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December 2nd, 2011 — 5:02pm
December 2, 2011
Cal Shakes builds community. Our work—whether onstage, in classrooms, or in community settings—helps people of all ages discover and develop vital imaginative tools that improve lives and strengthen our society.
By giving to Cal Shakes this year, you will directly impact individuals and communities, many of whom desperately need creative resources to survive, let alone thrive. You make a difference when you invest in Cal Shakes. You became a fundamental partner in our distinctive service: Fostering a vital culture of creativity that makes the Bay Area the most innovative, inclusive, and interesting super-neighborhood in our country.
Cal Shakes needs a major influx of donations in order to successfully meet our financial goals this year, and to ensure that we’re in the strongest position to meet the challenge of fulfilling our mission in 2012.
As government funding for the arts and arts education continues to decrease, many people are less and less able to access the creative tools and experiences that connect us as people and help our communities thrive. That’s where Cal Shakes comes in. And that is why I need your help, as our partner, to sustain and expand the work we do: building community through theater.
With your support for our Annual Fund, we can:
- Respond to the ever-growing demand for Cal Shakes arts education programs, and serve more Bay Area students.
- Ensure that future generations of artists and theatergoers—including your children and grandchildren—will be able to experience the beauty and power of Shakespeare and the classics.
- Create new outlets for marginalized voices, as Cal Shakes makes new American plays in collaboration with members of disparate Bay Area populations.
Your support makes the work of this Theater—your Theater—possible, and impacts thousands of people, many of whom would not have access to the arts or arts education without you.
Your investment in our work is an investment in building our community. Please make a 2011 contribution today.
Thank you for all that you do.
P.S. Click here to make your gift online; or to speak with someone personally, contact Donor Relations Coordinator Ian Larue at 510.548.3422 x107. Gifts can be made in installments.
P.P.S. By giving $100 or more in a 12-month period, you become eligible for benefits as a Cal Shakes Champion. If you’re already a Champion, increasing your gift may make you eligible for additional benefits.
Photo by Kevin Berne.
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October 20th, 2011 — 3:22pm
We are pleased to announce that, as of our October 31 deadline, we—or really, you—have collectively gone above and beyond Cal Shakes’ three-months-long new donor challenge. As of Friday, October 21, 250 wonderful people had joined the ranks of Cal Shakes supporters as new donors, while also helping us to secure a challenge gift of $10,000 from a longtime donor. Our generous donor—so excited about your response to her challenge—decided to extend it, offering another $1,000 for every additional 25 new donors making a gift of any amount to Cal Shakes by October 31!
As of October 31, exactly 300 new donors contributed a total of $13,862, earning us an additional $12,000 from our committed supporter. That’s a total of $25,862 to help us make theater and arts-education programs more accessible to thousands of underserved youth and adults each year.
New donors, THANK YOU! We are truly thrilled by your resounding support.
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