Town Halls with Eric Ting and Sarah Williams

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Eric Ting and Sarah Williams
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Town Halls with Eric Ting and Sarah Williams

Dear Friends,

In any other year this would be the time that we would be joyfully announcing our next season. We’d be sending out the season brochure and subscription renewal letters. But, as we all know too well by now,  this year isn’t like any other year.

While we eagerly watch the progress the Bay Area is making toward safely reopening, there’s so much uncertainty remaining, too much to announce a 2021 season. But we don’t want to leave you in the dark either. So we wanted to take this moment to fill you in on what’s been happening at Cal Shakes and—missing each other’s company—we’d like to invite you to a series of virtual Town Halls where you can get the inside scoop and chat with us directly.

We’ll be honest with you, it’s been a hard year. Like many theater organizations, this forced pause has revealed the vulnerabilities of our nonprofit theater model. As a mid-sized theater company, Cal Shakes has always lived right on the edge. Like restaurants, our margins are narrow. We were vulnerable pre-pandemic and are even more so now, as things continue to remain uncertain. But, this pause has also affirmed our commitment to ensuring our beautiful Bruns Amphitheater remains a resource—a gathering place—for our community as our dedication to uplifting classic stories for the 21st century. 

Though our shows were cancelled, we’ve still had a busy summer at Cal Shakes. Many of you attended our Direct Address discussions or Shakespeare-In Depth with Philippa Kelly that continue to flourish online. The Bruns became a vibrant socially-distanced venue supporting local businesses and artists while following all health guidelines. And we even managed to create a little art of our own by workshopping the Spanish-English adaptation of Romeo y Juliet by Karen Zacarías and directed by KJ Sanchez.

While we wish we could be hanging out with you in the Groves, a virtual gathering will have to do. We hope you’ll join us for a Town Hall conversation on what we’ve been up to, how we’re planning for next summer, and our vision for 2021.

Join us by registering for one of three events (no need to come more than once unless you just really love hanging out with us):

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5-6:00 pm PST

Saturday, Oct. 24, 1-2:00 pm PST

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 5-6:00 pm PST

All three Town Halls will take place on Zoom. ASL interpretation in English will be provided.
The event is free.

See you there,

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