Cal Shakes launches its 35th anniversary season with Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone’s production of Shakespeare’s passionate tale of young lovers caught in a dangerous and threatening world.
Resident and Production Dramaturg Philippa Kelly gives a pre-show Grove Talk about Romeo and Juliet. Click here to listen
Highlights from Jonathan Moscone’s production of Romeo and Juliet; video by Cheshire Isaacs.
In an intimate chat taking place a few days prior to the start of rehearsals, Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone discusses his production of Romeo and Juliet with Resident and Production Dramaturg PhilippaKelly. Watch the video
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Letters from Verona This is the second actor blog of the season; this one is written by Marilet Martinez, a member of the Romeo and Juliet ensemble who is also serving as Assistant to the Choreographer, MaryBeth Cavanaugh.
May 11, 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.
May 27, 28 & 29. Be part of the process by seeing the show before opening night at deeply discounted prices.
Wednesday, May 27, 6:30pm; performance at 8pm. Pre-show pizza party for our college-age friends, free with your ticket to the show.
Thursday, May 28, 7:30pm; performance at 8pm. A special night for members of the Yelp Elite squad; see the show with those "in the know"! More info on Yelp.com.
May 30. Attend the opening night and mingle with the cast and critics at a champagne toast after the performance.
Friday, Jun 5, 6:30pm; performance at 8pm. Pre-show party for young professionals with cocktails, music, and more.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17.
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, May 31 & Jun 14, 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.
Sunday, Jun 7, 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)
PRINCE / Julian López-Morillas*
SAMPSON, a Capulet / Avery Monsen*
GREGORY, a Capulet / Nick Childress
ABRAHAM, a Montague / Patrick Lane
BENVOLIO, Romeo’s cousin and friend / Thomas Azar
TYBALT, Juliet’s cousin / Craig Marker*
CAPULET / James Carpenter*
LADY CAPULET / Julie Eccles*
MONTAGUE / L. Peter Callender*
LADY MONTAGUE / Catherine Castellanos*
ROMEO, only child of the Montagues / Alex Morf*
PARIS, Prince’s kinsman and suitor to Juliet / Liam Vincent*
PETER, a Capulet servant / Avery Monsen
NURSE, Juliet’s caretaker / Catherine Castellanos
JULIET, only child of the Capulets / Sarah Nealis*
MERCUTIO, Prince’s kinsman and friend of Romeo / Jud Williford*
FRIAR LAWRENCE / Dan Hiatt*
BALTHASAR, Romeo’s servant / Avery Monsen
APOTHECARY / L. Peter Callender
FRIAR JOHN / Jud Williford
PARIS’ PAGE / Nick Childress
ENSEMBLE / Matt Hooker, Patrick Lane, Marilet Martinez, Ashley Wickett
DIRECTOR / Jonathan Moscone
SET DESIGNER / Neil Patel
COSTUME DESIGNER / Raquel M. Barreto
LIGHTING DESIGNER / Russell H. Champa
SOUND DESIGNER / Andre Pluess
DRAMATURG / Philippa Kelly
FIGHT DIRECTOR / Dave Maier
CHOREOGRAPHER / MaryBeth Cavanaugh
TEXT COACH / Nancy Carlin*
STAGE MANAGER / Briana J. Fahey*
CASTING DIRECTOR / Jessica Richards
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER/ Elizabeth Atkinson*
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT / Heather Robinson
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / Nara Dahlbacka
ASSISTANT TO THE CHOREOGRAPHER / Marilet Martinez
*Denotes member of Actors' Equity.
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