Welcome Center at the Bruns

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.

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Check the events calendar for up-to-date information on artists and performers.


Get a First Look into our process the week before performances begin! Enjoy the groves on a Saturday evening, where Artistic Director Eric Ting will moderate a Q&A with our artists. Stay to watch part of the technical rehearsals and see how all of the elements of a show come together at the Bruns. Bring a picnic, snacks, or enjoy something from our on-site caf.

• OthelloSaturday, September 10

To RSVP for this free event, click here,
call the First Look RSVP line at 510.899.4840, email FirstLook@calshakes.org.

Classic Catering will be here with a limited menu:
Caesar Salad, Red Pepper, Black Bean & Chicken Soup, and a Cheese & Fruit Plate along with the Cookies/Brownies and Beverages

Grove Talks

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.


The first Preview of each show is a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and available by calling on the day of the show.

OthelloWednesday, September 14

To purchase Pay-What-You-Can tickets starting at 6pm on day of show, call 510.548.9666 or visit the Bruns Amphitheater Box Office at 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. Supply is limited. Showtime: 8:00 pm.


Be part of the process by seeing the show before opening night at deeply discounted prices.

• Othello—Wed, September 14, Thurs, September 15, and Fri, September 16

Opening Night

Experience the excitement of the opening night performance and then mingle with the cast and creative team at a complimentary post-show party.

• OthelloSaturday, September 17

Civic Dialogues

Othered in the America:
a conversation on Xenophobia and Islamophobia in the US

October 14, 2016, 6pm, at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California

This event will explore representation immigrant communities (with a specific focus on Islamic communities) in the US, the impact of xenophobia and Islamophobia on public discourse, and the role of arts practitioners in creating more accurate and nuanced depictions of immigrant communities.

RSVP for this free event here.

For recaps of previous Civic Dialogues please see our blog posts:
The Construction of Gender: Actualizing Women's Empowerment

Breaking the Binary: Building a Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre

Meet the Artists

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.

• You Never Can TellSunday, August 28
• OthelloSunday, September 18 and Sunday, October 2

Open-Captioned Performances

Cal Shakes is continuing to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2016 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.

• OthelloWednesday, September 21

InSight Matinees

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.

• You Never Can Tell Sunday, August 21
• Othello—Sunday, September 25 (please note that this post-show discussion will be a Civic Dialogue; information below.)

The construction of gender:
The Impact of Toxic Masculinity in Society

This event will explore season wide representations of manhood, the construction of masculinity in our society and the ways in which we can alternative forms of manhood that actively confront gender violence.

Educator Night

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.

OthelloThursday, September 15