Candida. Man and Superman. Time and time again, Moscone brings the best out of Shaw. And Pygmalion is one of Shaw's best, delivering the sexiest, strongest, and most charming of heroines, with some of his most incisive political commentary to boot. Forget everything you know about Eliza Doolittle—this fair lady is her own.
Jonathan Moscone - Director
Annie Smart - Scenic Designer
Anna Oliver - Costume Designer
Stephen Strawbridge - Lighting Designer
Jake Rodriguez - Sound Designer
Lynne Soffer* - Dialect and Text Coach
Dave Maier - Resident Fight Director
Laxmi Kumaran* - Stage Manager
Karen Szpaller* - Assistant Stage Manager
Krista Smith - Assistant Lighting Designer
Cordelia Miller - Production Assistant
Philippa Kelly - Dramaturg
L. Peter Callender* - Colonel Pickering
James Carpenter* - Alfred Doolittle, Ensemble
Catherine Castellanos* - Mrs. Pearce, Ensemble
Julie Eccles* - Mrs. Eynsford Hill, Ensemble
Anthony Fusco* - Henry Higgins
Sharon Lockwood* - Mrs. Higgins, Ensemble
Irene Lucio* - Eliza Doolittle
Nicholas Pelczar* - Freddy Eynsford Hill, Ensemble
Elyse Price* - Clara Eynsford Hill, Ensemble
Ponder Goddard - Parlormaid, Ensemble
Liam Callister - Ensemble
Caitlin Evenson - Ensemble
Charles Lewis III - Ensemble
Catherine Luedtke - Ensemble
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Maureen & Calvin Knight
Helen & John Meyer
Nicola Miner & Robert Mailer Anderson
Peter & Delanie Read
Michael & Virginia Ross
Sharon & Barclay Simpson
David & Diane Goldsmith
Erin Jaeb & Kevin Kelly
Frank & Carey Starn
George & Kathy Wolf
Valerie Barth & Peter Wiley
Josh & Janet Cohen
Barbara E. Jones
John Kemp & Mary Brutocao
Ashley & Antonio Lucio
Richard Norris & David Madsen
Barbara Sahm & Steven Winkel
Sondra & Milton Schlesinger
Charles & Heidi Triay
*Denotes member of Actor's Equity Association.
Production Photos and Video
A clip from the August 12 performance of California Shakespeare Theater’s Pygmalion directed by Jonathan Moscone, featuring Irene Lucio as Eliza Doolittle, L. Peter Callender as Col. Pickering, Anthony Fusco as Henry Higgins, and Catherine Castellanos as Ms. Pearce.
"Exhilarating... Director Jonathan Moscone sticks to Shaw's antiromantic intentions and more than makes them work." –SF Chronicle
"The petticoats and bustles may have disappeared but the pressure for women to conform to ideals of beauty and propriety set by men endures. An awareness of that laces Jon Moscone's crisp and clear revival of the extreme makeover comedy… a sparkling, smart revival." –San Jose Mercury News
“The social commentary [is] highly engaging, thanks in part to the play's swift pacing and keen performances. Get your dose of turn-of-the-century class and gender angst (which are sadly still very applicable today) in Cal Shakes' beautiful outdoor proscenium before it's doolittle, doolate.” –East Bay Express
“The pleasures of this 2 1/2-hour play are many, from the elegant, florally accented set by Annie Smart to the classy costumes by Anna Oliver. But it’s the sterling cast that really makes it crackle…. it’s [a] play bursting with life.” –Chad Jones’ Theaterdogs
About the cast:
"Long before he joined African-American Shakespeare, the Juilliard-trained Callender was already a legend in the Bay Area Theater scene for his work for 20 years as an associate artist at Cal Shakes in Orinda, where he played the title role in Julius Caesar and Laertes in Hamlet."
"Catching Excellence," from The Monthly
"When director Jonathan Moscone needed a dialect coach for his production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, he turned to Lynne Soffer. 'There's nobody else I'd think of going to,' he says."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Everyone takes pride in a job well done, but when that job involves turning a young woman's life upside down and then leaving her flat, there are bound to be problems. Luckily for local theater lovers, those problems result in a wonderful evening of entertainment when California Shakespeare Theater presents Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw's sharp lampoon of the rigid British class system and commentary on women's independence."
—San Jose Mercury News
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Pygmalion has poverty as a major theme, though the tone overall is light. There are a few instances of light swearing that might warrant a PG rating. There is no sexual content save for a few subtle innuendos that will go over most children’s (and some adults') heads.
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