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 email@example.com.
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. 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.
Each event may have slightly different safety protocols. Some will require proof of vaccination or a COVID test prior to the event to allow more patrons into the Bruns. Please reach out to the event organizers directly.
Tickets for The Winter’s Tale
We anticipate tickets will go on sale in July 2021. We thank you in advance for your patience as we reconfigure the Bruns so that everyone will be able to sit safely with their groups and enjoy theater under the stars once again.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 email@example.com. For any other questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond as soon as possible.