I am a very grateful Artistic Director. I am grateful to have a staff that works so hard alongside me to bring our mission to life onstage, in classrooms, and throughout communities. I am grateful for the kinds of plays I get to explore and the artists I bring in, who continue to challenge preconceived notions and create new relevance for Shakespeare and the classics.
Most of all, I am grateful for you. There is not a more supportive, challenging, intelligent, and adventurous community of theatergoers around. Every year I want to return my gratitude by providing as surprising and dynamic a roster of works of theater for as many people as possible—from longtime subscribers to new audiences just getting to know the gem that is Cal Shakes.
We’re going to kick off the 2013 season with a bang. I will be directing a brilliant new comedy, American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, by Richard Montoya of the iconic performance troupe Culture Clash. Ever since I saw this at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 2010, I have been dying to bring this electrifying piece of theater to our audiences. Satirical, surreal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, American Night is a new kind of history play and one I am so proud to be able to bring to you.
Second up will be a thoroughly surprising production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Amanda Dehnert, one of our country’s most talented and adventurous Shakespeare directors (whose Julius Caesar last year at OSF was called by Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout “the best Julius Caesar I’ve ever seen”). She will bring her uniquely romantic, theatrical sensibility to breathe entirely new life into one of the greatest stories ever told about love in a world of hate.
Following that is the return one of my most favorite playwrights, Oscar Wilde, with his sharp comic melodrama, Lady Windemere’s Fan. It will be directed by Christopher Liam Moore, who, among his many talents, played the character based on me in Ghost Light earlier this year at Berkeley Rep.
Finally, I am thrilled to have Patricia McGregor, who brought us one of the most glorious productions I can remember with 2012’s Spunk, return to direct a very special production of A Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s romantic fairy tale—filled with comedy, music, love, and loss—that restores our faith in the power of grace in our world. It’s one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful plays, and I can’t wait to see how Patricia and her sister, choreographer Paloma McGregor, reveal it to you.
I am, and will always remain, deeply grateful for your years of support and friendship.
See you next summer.
Plays, dates, and artists are subject to change.
Photo of Jonathan Moscone by Jay Yamada.