By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Lisa Peterson


Aug 10–Sept 4  

At one riotous lunch, Mrs. Clandon, a famed feminist author and lecturer, is accidentally reunited with her estranged husband, while her high-minded eldest daughter tries to stave off a smooth-talking dentist’s advances. Originally set at a stuffy seaside resort, director Lisa Peterson moves Shaw’s off-beat comedy out of the drawing room and into the Bay Area! Identities are confused, ideals are challenged, and mischief is afoot in this turn-of-the-century romantic farce. What could possibly happen? As a wise waiter continuously, and hilariously, observes, "You never can tell!"

You Never Can Tell runs 2 hours, 30 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission.

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  • WHO'S WHO
  • Events
  • PHOTOS
  • PRESS
  • PROGRAM
  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Who's Who

CREATIVE TEAM
Director—Lisa Peterson
Scenic Designer—Erik Flatmo
Costume Designer—Melissa Torchia
Lighting Designer—York Kennedy
Sound Designer/Music Director—Paul James Prendergast
Stage Manager—Laxmi Kumaran
Assistant Director—LeeAnn Dowd
Production Assistant—Celeste Jacobson-Ingram

CAST
Matthew Baldiga—Valentine, a dentist
Elizabeth Carter—Mrs. Clandon, a famous Feminist
Khalia Davis—Dolly Clandon
Anthony Fusco—Finch McComas
Lance Gardner—Philip Clandon
Danny Scheie—Walter, head waiter at the Marine Hotel
Michael Torres—Fergus Crampton
Sabina Zuniga Varela—Gloria Clandon
Liam Vincent—Parlor Maid, Busboy, and Justice Bohun

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Maureen & Cal Knight
Craig & Kathy Moody
Shelly Osborne & Steve Tirrell
Jim & Nita Roethe
Jeannie Simpson
Sharon Simpson
Kate Stechschulte & David Cost
Jay Yamada

PRODUCERS
Frank & Carey Starn

ASSISTANT PRODUCERS
Steve & Tish Harwood, Randy & Beverly Hawks, Alan Schnur & Julie Landres


The Actors and Stage Managers employed in this production are members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Stage Managers in the United States.

EVENTS

FIRST LOOK
Get a First Look into our process the week before performances begin! Enjoy the groves on a Saturday evening, where Artistic Director Eric Ting will moderate a Q&A with our artists.

First Look: Saturday, August 6

PREVIEWS
Be part of the process by seeing Much Ado About Nothing before opening night at deeply discounted prices. The first preview of each show is a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and available by calling the day of the show

Previews: Wednesday, August 10; Thursday, August 11; and Friday, August 12

OPENING NIGHT
Experience the excitement of the opening night performance and then mingle with the cast and creative team at a complimentary post-show party.

Opening Night: Saturday, August 13

MEET THE ARTISTS
This post-show discussion series provides an opportunity to discuss the plays with production cast members. The Meet the Artists series immediately follows select 4pm Sunday matinees and is free and open to the public.

Meet the Artists: Sunday, August 14 and Sunday August 28

OPEN-CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES
Cal Shakes is to continue to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2016 productions. Open captioning utilizes an unobtrusive screen at the front of the theater to display dialogue spoken during a performance. No special equipment is required by patrons; one can simply glance at the screen to read the text while watching the action on stage.

Open Captioning: Wednesday, August 17

INSIGHT MATINEES
Performances followed by a conversation with the dramaturg exploring the world of the play. InSight takes place in the Bruns Amphitheater immediately following the show and is free and open to the public.

Insight Matinee: Sunday, August 21

PHOTOS


PRODUCTION


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(L to R) Lance Gardner as Philip, Khalia Davis as Dolly, and Matthew Baldiga as Valentine in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(standing) Elizabeth Carter as Mrs. Clandon and (seated) Lance Gardner as Philip in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Khalia Davis as Dolly, Lance Gardner as Philip, and Elizabeth Carter as Mrs. Clandon in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) Khalia Davis as Dolly, Lance Gardner as Philip, and Sabina Zuniga Varela as Gloria in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Sabina Zuniga Varela as Gloria, Lance Gardner as Philip, and Khalia Davis as Dolly in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Khalia Davis as Dolly and Lance Gardner as Philip in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) Michael Torres as Fergus Crampton and Matthew Baldiga as Valentine in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Danny Scheie as Walter, Lance Gardner as Philip, and Khalia Davis as Dolly in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Michael Torres as Fergus Crampton and Matthew Baldiga as Valentine in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) Matthew Baldiga as Valentine and Sabina Zuniga Varela as Gloria in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Michael Torres as Fergus Crampton and Matthew Baldiga as Valentine in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Danny Scheie as Walter and Michael Torres as Fergus Crampton in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) Sabina Zuniga Varela as Gloria and Michael Torres as Fergus Crampton in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Sabina Zuniga Varela as Gloria and Matthew Baldiga as Valentine in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Sabina Zuniga Varela as Gloria and Matthew Baldiga as Valentine in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(foreground) Sabina Zuniga Varela as Gloria and the cast in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


Elizabeth Carter as Mrs. Clandon in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Matthew Baldiga as Valentine and Elizabeth Carter as Mrs. Clandon in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(foreground, L to R) Matthew Baldiga as Valentine and Sabina Zuniga Varela (background, L to R) Lance Gardner as Philip and Khalia Davis as Dolly in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Danny Scheie as Walter and Anthony Fusco as Finch McComas in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


(L to R) Danny Scheie as Walter, Elizabeth Carter as Mrs. Clandon, and Michael Torres as Fergus Crampton in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) Elizabeth Carter as Mrs. Clandon and Sabina Zuniga Varela as Gloria in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Shaw's YOU NEVER CAN TELL, directed by Lisa Peterson; photo by Kevin Berne.


 

 

PRESS ABOUT You Never Can Tell


September 4, 2016
May the Farce Be With You—George Heymont, Huffington Post

August 19, 2016
Little-know G.B. Shaw play has the last word on love at first sight—John Wilkins, KQED Arts

August 17, 2016
'You Never Can Tell' charms at Cal Shakes—Sasha Paulsen, Napa Valley Register

August 17, 2016
Cal Shakes toys with classic George Bernard Shaw comedy—Karen D'Souza, The Mercury News

August 17, 2016
You Never Can Tell an entertaining revival—Charles Brousse, Pacific Sun

August 16, 2016

Review: You Never Can Tell—Adam Brinklow, Edge Media Network

clappingmanAugust 14, 2016
Best Is Worth the Wait in Shaw Gone Wild at Cal Shakes—Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle

August 9, 2016
1896 Feminism Piercingly Relevant at Cal Shakes—Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle</a>

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We are happy to speak with you further about the content and/or artistic expression of any of our productions to aid you in determining whether it is suitable for your children.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.