Forthright Cambridge student Vivie Warren comes home to discover a shocking secret about her mother and the source of her family fortune in this brilliant, provocative comedy by master playwright George Bernard Shaw. Timothy Near returns to direct, following her triumphant production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya during our 2008 season.
Highlights from Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Video by Inti Fernandez. Watch the video
Director Timothy Near, Actors Anna Bullard and Stacy Ross, and Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone and Resident Dramaturg discuss George Bernard Shaw, strong women onstage, and the politics of poverty and prostitution at a panel that took place partway through rehearsals for our production of Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession. Watch the video
Inside Scoop, Monday, June 21, 7pm, Orinda Library, 24 Orinda Way, Orinda, California 94563
Audiences are invited to meet and converse with the director, actors and designers to learn about directorial points of view, actors’ methods, and design ideas for the upcoming production. Complimentary ice cream and Peet’s coffee is served. This event is free and open to the public.
Grove Talks, 45 minutes before each performance
Led by resident Grove Talks speakers, these free, informal 20-minute talks are held on site 45 minutes before each and every performance, offering invaluable insight into the play and the production.
Tastings, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning at 6pm
Taste the best of the Bay Area’s wine, beer, coffee, sweets, and savories for free on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before the performance.
Meet the Artists, Sunday, July 11 and 25, following the 4pm performance
Audience members enjoy an opportunity to engage in a lively discussion about the production with cast members following select 4pm matinee performances.
Behind the Scenes, Thursday, July 15, 5:30pm event; 7:30pm performance
Share an intimate chat with actors from each production. The evening includes a backstage tour, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a catered dinner beginning at 5:30pm. Cost: $45 (not including theater ticket). Call 510.548.9666 or visit calshakes.org to order.
OUTdoors, July 16, 6:30pm
This pre-show party in the North Star Grove features cocktails, snacks, music, decor, and more inspired by the current Main Stage production. Just pop into the first grove on the right between 6:30 and curtain time to join the party. The LGBT party—including drinks and snacks—is free with your ticket to the performance.
InSight, Sunday, July 18, following the 4pm matinee
Explore the world of the play through an informal dialogue with the production’s dramaturg following select 4pm performances.
Mrs. Warren's Profession
(in alphabetical order)
Anna Bullard* VIVIE WARREN
Rod Gnapp* REVEREND SAMUEL GARDNER
Dan Hiatt* MR. PRAED
Andy Murray* SIR GEORGE CROFTS
Stacy Ross* MRS. WARREN
Richard Thieriot* FRANK GARDNER
Timothy Near DIRECTOR
Erik Flatmo SET DESIGNER
Meg Neville COSTUME DESIGNER
York Kennedy LIGHTING DESIGNER
Jeff Mockus SOUND DESIGNER
Lynne Soffer DIALECT & TEXT COACH
Jessica Richards CASTING DIRECTOR
Katherine Riemann* STAGE MANAGER
Briana J. Fahey* ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Robert Estes ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Lauren Boone PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
When Shakespeare Festivals Turn to Shaw
—Wall Street Journal
Review: Mrs. Warren's Profession
—San Francisco Chronicle
Cal Shakes' New Souped-Up Surroundings
—Lies Like Truth
Review: Timothy Near directs 'Mrs. Warren's Profession' at Cal Shakes
—Contra Costa Times/San Jose Mercury News
Timothy Near on 'Mrs. Warren's Profession'
—San Francisco Chronicle
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