Questions, enthusiasm, or feedback? We’re here for you. 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.
The Triangle Lab–Cal Shakes’ research and development wing–invites Bruns visitors to become part of the story. Visit our new Story Hub (right by concessions) to take part in interactive exhibits, watch video of our community programs, share your thoughts, and more.
While our on-site theater store has been replaced with the Story Hub, you can still buy Cal Shakes hats, shirts, and other gifts at Echo Grove in Orinda. Echo Grove is located at 2 Theater Sq. #112 Orinda, CA 94563.
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.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Friday, September 26—Find Your Inner Fairy Dance Party. In addition to the Fridays in the Grove performance by Killing My Lobster, spontaneous dance and drag performances will be happening throughout the Bruns Amphitheater starting two hours before the show. Immediately after the performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, join us for a special Dream-themed fairy dance party featuring drag performers (including the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) from 10:30pm–11:30pm in the plaza. Free beverages, glitter, and fairy wings will be provided. Included in the ticket price for Friday.
Catch an exciting array of the Bay Area’s best musicians, storytellers, spoken word artists, and more during each week’s pre-show performance. Fridays in the Grove is included in the ticket price for that evening’s performance.
Every Friday in the main grove at 6:45PM, immediately preceding the Grove Talk.
Fridays in the Grove are proudly sponsored by the Echo Grove in Orinda.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Antique Naked Soul: Soulful all-vocal beatboxing and a capella band
Eggplant Casino: The finest Afro-Latin-Disco-Cabaret band in North America.
Center for New Music presents Pet the Tiger: An improvised acoustic collective for invented instruments will play Music for Fairies and Elves in anticipation of the evening's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Killing My Lobster: SF’s premier sketch comedy troupe.
Check the events calendar for up-to-date information on artists and performers
Be part of the process by seeing the show before opening night at deeply discounted prices.
A Raisin in the Sun – May 21, 22, and 23
The Comedy of Errors – June 25, 26, and 27
Pygmalion – July 30, 31, and August 1
A Midsummer Night's Dream – September 3, 4, and 5
Experience the excitement of the opening night performance and then mingle with the cast and creative team at a complimentary post-show party.
A Raisin in the Sun – May 24
The Comedy of Errors – June 28
Pygmalion – August 2
A Midsummer Night's Dream – September 6
A special event for students ages 13–18, starting at 6:00pm and including backstage tour; 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.
A Raisin in the Sun – June 3 and 12
The Comedy of Errors – July 8 and 17
Pygmalion – August 12 and 21
A Midsummer Night's Dream – September 16 and 25
Tickets cost $20 each, all inclusive. To purchase, contact Marilyn Langbehn, Marketing and PR Manager, at 510.809.3290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Cal Shakes is proud to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2013 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.
A Raisin in the Sun – May 28
The Comedy of Errors – July 2
Pygmalion – August 6
A Midsummer Night's Dream – September 10
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.
Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund.
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).
A Raisin in the Sun – May 27, June 3, and 10
The Comedy of Errors – July 1, 8, and 15
Pygmalion – August 5, 12, and 19
A Midsummer Night's Dream – September 9, 16, and 23
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.
A Midsummer Night's Dream – September 4
NEW: We are putting a 40th Anniversary spin on Inside Scoops. This summer we’ve added a chance to get the inside scoop like never before! We’ll still have two of our traditional Inside Scoops at the Orinda Library with Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone and/or Philippa Kelly along with those usual yummy sweet treats and Peet’s Coffee; plus, we’ve added two opportunities to observe a rehearsal (“Inside Rehearsal”) for Pygmalion at our Berkeley rehearsal hall.
A Raisin in the Sun Inside Scoop – Monday, May 5, 6:30–8pm at Orinda Library
The Comedy of Errors Inside Rehearsal – Monday, June 9, 6–8pm at Heinz Rehearsal Hall;Space is limited and reservations are required; contact email@example.com or 510.899.4834.
Pygmalion Inside Rehearsal – Wednesday, July 16, 6–7pm at Heinz Rehearsal Hall (PLEASE NOTE, this date and location have been changed from the originally announced date.) Space is very limited and confirmed reservations are required; contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 510.899.4834. RSVPs are accepted on a first-come first-served basis.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Inside Scoop – Monday, August 18, 6:30–8pm at Orinda Library
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 Grove Talks online.
Click here for the Grove Talk speaker schedule for A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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.
A Raisin in the Sun – May 25 and June 8
The Comedy of Errors – June 29 and July 13
Pygmalion – August 3 and 17
A Midsummer Night's Dream – September 7 and 21
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.
A Raisin in the Sun – June 1
The Comedy of Errors – July 6
Pygmalion – August 10
A Midsummer Night's Dream – September 17