2019 Past Production — See our 2020 Season!
“…reminds one of the cheeky badass vibe of ‘Black Panther.’”
— Karen D'Souza, Bay Area News Group
— Lou Fancher, East Bay Express
“Glimmering adventure story.”
— Emily Mendel, Berkeleyside
NEW CLASSICS PREMIERE
RUN TIME: Approx. 2 hours
INTERMISSION: One 15 minute
TYPE: Comedy, Action-adventure, Romance
GROVE TALKS: 45 mins pre-show
WARNINGS: References to domestic violence, on stage fighting, sexual innuendo, some strong language, and some flashing lights (no strobe).
Paradise isn't all it's cracked up to be.
House of Joy
by Madhuri Shekar
directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
August 14-September 1
A darling of the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, House of Joy is an action-adventure romance set in a harem at the beginning of the end of the Mughal Empire. Once upon a time and place, in something like 17th century Delhi, an imperial bodyguard risks her life to fight for what’s right, turning against everything she’s been raised to believe.
Emma Van Lare
Lawrence E. Moten III
Leslie M. Radin
Cherie Corinne Rice
all photos: Cal Shakes’ 2019 House of Joy, by Kevin Berne