Dr. Philippa Kelly, Cal Shakes Dramaturg

Feasting Blog

GET READY FOR HOLIDAY FEASTING ELIZABETHAN-STYLE By Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly THE ELIZABETHAN CURE FOR A HANGOVER: pickled eggs or boiled cabbage or charcoal (by the way, while Elizabethans didn’t have toothbrushes to freshen themselves the morning after, they were the first people to use “soot” to whiten their teeth – the precursor of today’s […]

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Visions At The Bruns | Cal Shakes

A Vision for The Premier Outdoor Cultural Venue in the East Bay and Beyond,  Anchored by Its Resident Classical Theater Company Major Areas of Activity and Fundraising: Programming: Production, co-production, presenting, events, gatherings, ceremonies – theater, music, comedy, dance, weddings, conferences, salons, corporate, and more, including Cal Shakes’ 50th Anniversary in 2024 Cultural Exploration and

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On this day in 1865—two and a half years following the Emancipation Proclamation—the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas were finally informed that the American Civil War had ended and that they were at last free. Today, now known as Juneteenth, is the oldest commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, and is

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Volunteer Board Member

Cal Shakes/Bruns Amphitheater: Volunteer Board Member California Shakespeare Theater A place to belong. California Shakespeare Theater and the Bruns Memorial Amphitheater sits in the beautiful Siesta Valley, placed gracefully just East of Oakland and Berkeley, California. We are seeking partners, allies, gadflys and even arts-minded knowledge workers that want to use their powers for the

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Photo of Cal Shakes' production of William Shakespare's "As You Like It" featuring the cast o f the 2017 Cast by Kevin Berne.


HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: BUT WHERE ARE THE MOTHERS IN SHAKESPEARE?  By Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly In Shakespeare’s times the mother was the family member principally involved with her children’s education and upbringing. Yet in Renaissance drama older women were rarely represented on-stage in what would obviously be one of their more sympathetic roles: that of


To Love

To Love By Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly   I recently re-read one of the last diary entries that my brother John wrote before his death in a mountain-climbing accident over a decade ago. In his almost indecipherable backhand – and in between lists of equipment, two-or-three-word observations on the climate in the mountains where he

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