A letter from
the Artistic Director
2010 has been quite a year for us, what with our new building and grounds. For a scrappy theater with big ambitions, it was a lot to achieve. And so many of you helped make it happen—not just through your support of our campaign, but also through your fierce loyalty and even fiercer intelligence. I don’t think there’s a smarter, more ardent audience than the one I am lucky to have here at Cal Shakes.
Next year we are going to produce, for the first time ever in our 38-year history, Titus Andronicus. Talk about ambition. What a thrilling, complex, terrifying epic, focused on the not-so-sweet fruits of revenge and war. Right up against it we will produce a world premiere, The Verona Project, a new play filled with music and singing, inspired by Shakespeare’s comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
And since I can’t get enough of him, we’re going to venture once more into the wonderfully rich landscape of Shavian wit: Our third production will be George Bernard Shaw’s romantic comedy Candida, in which Victorian notions of love and marriage are questioned, asking what a woman really desires from her husband. Finally, we will bring to you The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s piercingly funny and ultimately glorious celebration of one of the most unique pair of lovers in theatrical literature.
I’m done celebrating my 10th season here—I am looking toward the future, one that includes all of us in the investigation of Shakespeare and the classics with fresh eyes, rigorous minds, and passionate hearts.
Thank you for being part of this wonderful company.
Have a great autumn.