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The Welcome Center, located on the plaza at the Bruns, is here to make your visit to the theater as enjoyable as possible.
Ask what's happening with Cal Shakes, who's giving the Grove Talk, or just say hi.
Fridays in the Grove
Pre-performance Grove Talks
Meet the Artists
Check the events calendar for up-to-date information on artists and performers.
Our popular Inside Scoops are back at the Orinda Library.
Our Inside Scoop series give you unprecedented access to the story behind the stage—with actors, directors, playwrights, and creative staff answering your questions in a live, hosted Q&A.
Our Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly facilitates these lively discussions between directors, artists, and other key artisans from our main stage productions. As always, we’ll begin at 7pm, with complimentary sweet treats and Peet’s Coffee & Tea available beginning at 6:30pm.
Monday, May 11—Twelfth Night, directed by Christopher Liam Moore
Monday, June 22—Life is a Dream, directed by Loretta Greco
Monday, July 27—The Mystery of Irma Vep, directed by Jonathan Moscone
Monday, August 31—King Lear, directed by Amanda Dehnert
This October 2-4, 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 (Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, and Sweat) during their stay, while enjoying dinners, cocktails, and conversation with Philippa and other guests. Philippa will lead discussions on each play and give her own insight.
$1,250 per person (couple occupancy), or $1,400 single occupancy. Prices include a $500 tax-deductible contribution per person to Cal Shakes.
A deposit of $300 is requited to confirm your reservation.
If you are interested in attending or learning more, please call or email Interim Special Events Manager Zoe Westbrook at 510.809.3297 or email@example.com
Be part of the process by seeing the show before opening night at deeply discounted prices.
Twelfth Night—Weds, May 27, Thurs, May 28, and Fri, May 29
Life Is a Dream—Weds, July 8, Thurs, July 9, and Fri, July 10
The Mystery of Irma Vep—Weds, August 12, Thurs, August 13, and Fri, August 14
King Lear—Weds, September 16, Thurs, September 17, and Fri, September 18
The first Preview of each show is a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and available by calling the day of the show
• Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (Twelfth Night)
• Wednesday, July 8, 2015 (Life Is a Dream)
• Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (The Mystery of Irma Vep)
• Wednesday, September 16, 2015 (King Lear)
To purchase Pay-What-You-Can tickets on day of show, call 510.548.9666 or visit the Bruns Amphitheater Box Office at 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. Tickets on sale from 6:00 pm. Supply is limited. Showtime: 8:00 pm.
Experience the excitement of the opening night performance and then mingle with the cast and creative team at a complimentary post-show party.
Twelfth Night—May 30
Life Is a Dream—July 11
The Mystery of Irma Vep— August 15
King Lear—September 19
On-site at our Theater 45 minutes prior to each performance, our resident Grove Talk speakers provide invaluable insight into our work as they discuss the relationship between play (text, history, critical theory) and production (directorial point of view, design, character interpretation). Talks are approximately 20 minutes long.
Listen to previous Grove Talks online.
This post-show discussion series provides an opportunity to discuss the plays with production cast members. The Meet the Artists series immediately follows select 4pm Sunday matinees and is free and open to the public.
Twelfth Night—Sunday, May 31 and June 14
Life Is a Dream—Sunday, July 12 and July 26
The Mystery of Irma Vep— Sunday, August 16 and 30
King Lear—Sunday, September 20 and October 4
Performances followed by a conversation with the dramaturg exploring the world of the play. InSight takes place in the Bruns Amphitheater immediately following select 4pm Sunday matinee and is free and open to the public.
Twelfth Night—Sunday, June 7
Life Is a Dream—Sunday, July 19
The Mystery of Irma Vep— Sunday, August 23
King Lear—Sunday, September 27
Join us for an in-depth look at how you can bring William Shakespeare to life in your classroom! Click here for more about Educator Night.
King Lear—Thursday, September 17
Cal Shakes is proud to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2015 productions. Open captioning utilizes an unobtrusive screen at the front of the theater to display dialogue spoken during a performance. No special equipment is required by patrons; one can simply glance at the screen to read the text while watching the action on stage.
Twelfth Night —Wednesday, June 3
Life Is a Dream—Wednesday, July 15
The Mystery of Irma Vep—Wednesday, August 19
King Lear—Wednesday, September 23
If you’d like to attend open-captioned performances, please contact our Box Office at 510.548.9666 or firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to purchase seats in the open-captioned seating section, or purchase tickets for section A online.
Taste the best of the Bay Area’s wine, beer, coffee, sweets, and savories for free! Our free tastings feature one or two purveyors per night, and take place on the Sue & George Bruns Plaza before every Tuesday performance beginning at 6pm and continuing until curtain time (7:30pm).
Twelfth Night—Tuesday June 2, 9, 16
Life Is a Dream —Tuesday July 14, 21, 28
The Mystery of Irma Vep—Tuesday August 18, 25, Sept 1
King Lear—Tuesday Sept 22, 29, October 6
A special event for students ages 13–18, starting at 6:00pm and including pizza and pop in the Upper Grove, an interactive, fun pre-show engagement in the Upper Grove with a Cal Shakes Teaching Artist, and a 7:30pm performance of the current production.
Twelfth Night—Tuesday, June 2
Life Is a Dream—Tuesday, July 14
The Mystery of Irma Vep— Tuesday, August 18
King Lear—Tuesday, September 22
Tickets cost $20 each, all inclusive. To purchase, contact Marilyn Langbehn, Marketing and PR Manager, at 510.809.3290 or email@example.com.
Special information for student groups of 10 or more: We require that student groups be accompanied by adult chaperones at a ratio of one chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones will be admitted at no charge; all other adults attending the event with the group may purchase tickets at a special discount rate of $33 each. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact Marilyn Langbehn, Marketing and PR Manager, at 510.809.3290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether it's spontaneous dance shows, Circus Arts lessons or performances from youth and community organizations, Triangle Lab sponsors unique, diverse events for people of all ages.
Celebrate the artist in everyone on Friday, August 21 following the performance of The Mystery of Irma Vep. Cal Shakes' Triangle Lab teams up with The Body is Not an Apology to invite audience members to participate in a radical self-love fashion show and dance party, on stage following the performance. Free and open to all. Click here to find out more.
On Sunday, July 12th from 2-3:30pm, bring your notebook or laptop and write on the beautiful Bruns grounds with four celebrated Bay Area writers, before the matinee performance of Life Is a Dream. The event includes presentations by authors on their own process, writing prompts, and personal writing time. Free and open to all.