A divorced couple find themselves booked into adjoining honeymoon suites, igniting dangerous sparks. The exes lunge and parry their way through Noël Coward’s wicked, witty best. Associate Artist Mark Rucker (Twelfth Night, Richard III) helms this scorchingly smart romantic comedy.
A Private Lives pre-show Grove Talk by Philippa Kelly, Cal Shakes' Resident Dramaturg. Listen to the Grove Talk
"Don't take OUR Word for it"
Director Mark Rucker, actress Diana LaMar, set designer Annie Smart, Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, and Cal Shakes Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly discuss Noël Coward, animalistic impulses, and the perfectly proper glass of champagne at a panel that took place halfway through rehearsals for Cal Shakes' upcoming production of Coward's Private Lives.
2009 Season Designer Profile: Annie Smart
Jun 22, 7pm
Meet our directors, design teams, and cast members as they discuss their creative choices during these free Monday evening events at the Orinda Library (24 Orinda Way). Seating is limited, please arrive early. Free tickets will be handed out at the door beginning at 6:30pm, event begins at 7pm. Complimentary Loard’s Ice Cream and Peet’s Coffee & Tea will be served.
Nightly, beginning 45 minutes prior to each performance
Our resident Grove Talk speakers provide invaluable insight into our work as they discuss the relationship between play (text, history, critical theory) and production (directorial point of view, design, character interpretation). Talks are approximately 20 minutes long.
Jul 8, 9 & 10
Be part of the process by seeing the show before opening night at deeply discounted prices.
Friday, Jul 10, 6:30pm; performance at 8pm
Pre-show cocktail party for the LGBT crowd featuring music and games. 6:30pm.
Thursday, Jul 9, 7:30pm; performance at 8pm
A special night for members of the Yelp Elite squad; see the show with those "in the know"!
Attend the opening night and mingle with the cast and critics at a post-show party with food, drinks, and music.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Jul 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29
Sample some of the Bay Area’s finest food and drink for free. Yes, we said FREE! Each of these special performances features tastings from one or two local purveyors. NEW: if you follow us on Twitter, you can get the names of your performance’s Tastings vendors texted to you in advance.
Meet the Artists
Sundays, Jul 12 & 26, following the 4pm performance (approx. 7pm)
Discuss the production with the cast! Takes place in the amphitheater. Free and open to the public – you need not be a ticket holder for that day’s performance to attend.
Behind the Scenes
Thursday, Jul 16
Share an intimate chat with actors from each production. The evening includes a backstage tour, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and a catered dinner before the show. Participants meet at 5:30pm in the North Star Grove.
Sunday, Jul 19
Performances followed by a conversation with the dramaturg exploring the world of the play. InSight takes place in the Bruns Amphitheater immediately following select 4pm Sunday matinee and is free and open to the public.
(In order of appearance)
SIBYL CHASE / Sarah Nealis*
ELYOT CHASE / Stephen Barker Turner*
VICTOR PRYNNE / Jud Williford*
AMANDA PRYNNE / Diana LaMar*
LOUIS / Liam Vincent*
DIRECTOR / Mark Rucker
SET DESIGNER / Annie Smart
COSTUME DESIGNER / Katherine Roth
LIGHTING DESIGNER / Scott Zielinski
SOUND DESIGNER / Jeff Mockus
DIALECT & TEXT COACH / Lynne Soffer*
FIGHT DIRECTOR / Dave Maier
STAGE MANAGER / Elizabeth Atkinson*
CASTING DIRECTORS / Janet Foster & Jessica Richards
SDC NOËL COWARD DIRECTING FELLOW / Amy Anders Corcoran
ASSISTANT LIGHTING DESIGNER / Devin S. Cruickshank
ASSISTANT SET DESIGNER / Drew Kaufman
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER/ Briana J. Fahey*
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT / Christina Hogan
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Great acting in 'Private Lives'
-Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle
Cal Shakes' 'Private Lives' a shot (or two) of hilarity
-Pat Craig, Contra Costa Times
Private Lives lets us peek
-Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee
One of the company’s funniest new productions in years…. a wonderfully vibrant, red-blooded approach.
-Georgia Rowe, San Francisco Examiner
Turner and LaMar have sizzling chemistry that flares and fires consistently and with ever-richer results.
-Chad Jones, Theater Dogs
Directed by the amazing Mark Rucker, it's both a character study and a primer on what not to do in a relationship. As comedy, it's terrific.
-Rachel Swan, East Bay Express
Click here to download Private Lives program articles.