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BLITHE SPIRIT

Aug 8–Sep 2

The funniest haunting that ever there was! A novelist hosts a séance as research for his next book, unwittingly summoning the spirit of his first wife—making his current spouse none-too-pleased. Following in the fancy footsteps of his 2009 production of Private Lives, A.C.T. Associate Artistic Director Mark Rucker brings Coward's romantic shenanigans and barbed-wire bon mots to the Cal Shakes stage for a second, splendid time. 

Running time: Two hours and 40 minutes (including two 10-minute intermissions)

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CREATIVE TEAM

Mark Rucker  -  Director
Annie Smart  -  Set Designer
Katherine Roth  -  Costume Designer
York Kennedy  - Lighting Designer
Will McCandless - Composer/Sound Designer
Lynne Soffer*  - Dialect/Text Coach
Philippa Kelly - Resident Dramaturg
Corrie Bennett*  - Stage Manager
Laxmi Kumaran*  - Assistant Stage Manager
Megan Sada*  - Assistant Director
Krista Smith  - Assistant Lighting Designer
Christina Hogan  - Production Assistant

CAST

René Augesen* - Ruth Condomine
Anthony Fusco* - Charles Condomine
Jessica Kitchens* - Elvira Condomine
Domenique Lozano* - Madame Arcati
Kevin Rolston* - Dr. Bradman
Melissa Smith* - Mrs. Bradman
Rebekah Brockman - Edith

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.       

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Michael & Virginia Ross
Simpson Strong-Tie
Jay Yamada

   

PHOTOS


Dress Rehearsal Photos

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Rebekah Brockman as Edith and René Augesen as Ruth Condomine in Cal Shakes' production of BLITHE SPIRIT, directed by Mark Rucker; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Anthony Fusco as Charles Condomine and René Augesen as Ruth Condomine in Cal Shakes’ production of BLITHE SPIRIT, directed by Mark Rucker; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Anthony Fusco as Charles Condomine and René Augesen as Ruth Condomine in Cal Shakes’ production of BLITHE SPIRIT, directed by Mark Rucker; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Anthony Fusco as Charles Condomine, Kevin Rolston as Dr. Bradman, René Augesen as Ruth Condomine, and Melissa Smith as Mrs.Bradman in Cal Shakes’ production of BLITHE SPIRIT, directed by Mark Rucker; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Melissa Smith as Mrs.Bradman, Anthony Fusco as Charles Condomine, Domenique Lozano as Madame Arcati, René Augesen as Ruth Condomine, and Kevin Rolston as Dr. Bradman in Cal Shakes’ production of BLITHE SPIRIT, directed by Mark Rucker; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Anthony Fusco as Charles Condomine  and Jessica Kitchens as Elvira Condomine and in Cal Shakes’ production of BLITHE SPIRIT, directed by Mark Rucker; photo by Kevin Berne.

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René Augesen as Ruth Condomine, Anthony Fusco as Charles Condomine, and Jessica Kitchens as Elvira Condomine in Cal Shakes’ production of BLITHE SPIRIT, directed by Mark Rucker; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Jessica Kitchens as Elvira Condomine and Domenique Lozano as Madame Arcati in Cal Shakes’ production of BLITHE SPIRIT, directed by Mark Rucker; photo by Kevin Berne.



Publicity photos

(L to R) Anthony Fusco as Charles, Jessica Kitchens as Elvira, and René Augesen as Ruth in Cal Shakes’ production of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, directed by Mark Rucker, playing at the Bruns Amphitheater Aug 8–Sep 2; photo by Kevin Berne.

 

VIDEO




Audio


Listen to a podcast of a pre-performance Blithe Spirit Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly. Podcast produced by Will McCandless.
Listen to the podcast on the Cal Shakes blog

Listen to the Blithe Spirit theme composed by Will McCandless specially for our production.