2021 Season: Frequently Asked Questions

Returning to the Bruns!

We are so excited to have you back at the Bruns and to share our beloved venue with other organizations! Things may look a little different since your last visit and you may have questions. Below you’ll find answers to a few that we get the most.

Frequently Asked Questions 

We’ll continue to update this page, as state and county COVID guidelines change and we update our protocols to ensure your wellbeing. Thank you for your patience!  If you have further questions please email info@calshakes.org.


We are following all safety and social distancing protocols set by the CDC, Contra Costa County, Actors’ Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society to ensure the wellbeing of our audience, staff, and artists. Proof of Vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result is required to attend The Winter's Tale.  We require masks to be worn while visiting the Bruns except when actively eating or drinking. Read more about our COVID safety guidelines here. The guidelines will be updated throughout the season as protocols change.

For The Winter's Tale, everyone who comes to the Bruns—including audiences, staff, artists, and crew—will need to bring proof of vaccination (a vaccination card/photo of vaccination card, or a Digital Vaccine Record; and your ID) or a negative COVID-19 PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours before entering the grounds. 

A Cal Shakes staff member will verify your documents at the front gate. If you do not bring your documents with you, you will not be granted admittance to the grounds. 

People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or 14 days after a single-dose vaccine.

Tickets for The Winter’s Tale

Tickets are now on sale! Learn more about the show and book your tickets here.

The Bruns will look a little different this year to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our audience, actors, and staff. While we can’t guarantee the seats you had in previous years, we will do our best to make sure you are seated with your group. We reserve the right to move you to other seats up to 72-hours in advance to ensure the safety of all our guests.

2020 Subscriptions

Not yet. As soon as tickets are on sale, we will let you know how to use your credit. In the meantime, you are more than welcome to use your credit towards our classes such as Shakespeare In-Depth, Alone Together, the Summer Conservatory, or any ticketed digital event.

At this time we are not directly transferring 2020 credit to 2022. However, if you don’t use all of your credit this season, we can transfer the remaining balance to a gift certificate which can be used next year. You may also turn the rest of your credit into a tax-deductible donation or request a refund.

Unfortunately, you cannot use your subscription credit for non-Cal Shakes events. Each event is produced independently and we do not share a box office.

Of course!  Nearly 40% of 2020 subscribers have donated the value of their 2020 subscription back to us and are so grateful. Every donation helps us maintain our daily operations, pay our staff, create digital programming, and support our return to the Bruns. If you have the capacity to convert your subscription into a donation, we encourage you to do so by reaching out to boxoffice@calshakes.org.

At the Bruns 

Yes, a free shuttle will be running from Orinda BART before and after each performance. Masks will be required to ride the shuttle. Learn more about getting to the Bruns here

Yes, we will have a golf cart available for those who need support getting up the hill to the theater. Learn more about accessibility at the Bruns here

The cafe will be open for most events and will not accept cash payments in order to avoid additional interactions. Read more about the cafe safety protocols here.

You can bring picnics to The Winter's Tale.  Our cafe will also be opening, serving meals, beer and wine, snacks, and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.

Yes, we will have Grove Talks prior to each performance of The Winter's Tale. 

Shared Light Season

Artistic Director Eric Ting says it best: "At Cal Shakes, many of our performances take place—not in the relative anonymity of a dark theater—but under the sun. It’s a thing I’ve come to love (and miss dearly): actors and audience alike, in full view of one another, relinquishing the control we normally associate with the theater and instead navigating the complexity of each other's very real presence across the arc of a performance, cohabiting the shared light of our space.” 

We know that outdoor space will continue to be a premium this year, so sharing our grounds with other organizations feels like exactly the thing we can and should be doing this summer. 

We also know we need to continue to be flexible and monitor the mandates around reopening to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, and community. Instead of trying to squeeze four shows into a potentially shortened season, it felt right to share the space and safety open the Bruns to a larger community who may utilize the space differently. 

Finally, theater has traditionally depended on early funding from those who subscribe in one year to launch productions for the following year. Because of COVID-19 that cycle of funding has been broken and we have to rebuild our production capital.

Yes! Check out what else is happening at the Bruns this summer here.

Other Questions

Yes! We will continue to offer digital programming like Shakespeare In-Depth, our Direct Address series, and other performance and educational opportunities.

Of course! 

Yes! Please visit our rentals page for more information. We are pretty booked for 2021 but would still love to hear from you to see if we can accommodate your event.

Thank you! Your support keeps us going and growing and there are many ways to show your love for Cal Shakes and the Bruns! 


Donate: If you are able, please consider making a donation by visiting calshakes.org/donate. The new COVID relief package offers a tax benefit in return for your generosity. Donors can use a universal tax deduction of up to $300 on their 2021 tax return if they take the standard deduction and married couples who file jointly can deduct up to $600. Click here to learn more and please consult your tax advisor regarding other new tax changes. 


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We’re more than happy to answer any of your questions! Due to the pandemic, we are working remotely and are not regularly answering our phones. However, if you have a question about tickets or your past subscription, please reach out to boxoffice@calshakes.org. For any other questions, email info@calshakes.org. We will respond as soon as possible. 

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