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Welcome Center at the Bruns

Questions, enthusiasm, or feedback? We're here for you.

The Welcome Center, located on the plaza at the Bruns, is here to make your visit to the theater as enjoyable as possible.

Ask what's happening with Cal Shakes, who's giving the Grove Talk, or just say hi.


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SOME THINGS WE THINK YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR VISIT...

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Arrive Early   Grounds open two hours early for picnicking, enjoying our stunning groves, taking in a Grove Talk, or interacting with our Triangle Lab experiments and exhibits (see below).

What to Wear   Cal Shakes is a casual, outdoor venue. Wear flat or low-heeled shoes that are good for walking; dress in layers and bring a blanket (or you can rent one) for nighttime performances; dress lightly, bring sunscreen, and consider a brimmed hat and sunglasses for matinees.  
       

Food and Drink   You’re welcome to bring your own food and drink to enjoy before the show, and you can bring it into the Amphitheater, as well. Classic Catering’s on-site café—located in the Sharon Simpson Center—offers delicious and affordable gourmet meals, beer, wine, Peet's Coffee & Tea, hot cocoa, and desserts. Click here for more information on dining and picnicking at the Bruns.

Getting Here   We've got ample free parking and a free shuttle from Orinda BART. Click here for directions and other details.

Seating   There is no permanent seating at the Bruns Amphitheater. Plastic chairs are preplaced in most sections. If you are seated in our Terrace section, the seats are low-to-the-ground beach chairs. Patrons sitting in the Terrace only may also choose to bring their own chair; if you choose to bring your own, it must be a low-backed beach chair (no camp chairs), with a seat no more than six inches off the ground and a backrest no taller than shoulder height (so the people behind you can see!).

Restrooms   Restrooms, including handicapped accessible facilities, are located in the Sharon Simpson Center; additional restrooms are located in the Upper Grove. 

Recycling   Please use our recycling bins to discard your glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and containers, and paper. Please do your part to keep the Bruns green.

Yellowjackets   We are making every effort to reduce the yellowjacket population on our grounds. However, as the theater is surrounded by acres of wooded watershed, little critters will continue to be a part of the experience. Keep food covered, whenever possible, and promptly dispose of your trash and recyclables. We've found that scented dryer sheets work as a deterrent; cucumber slices are said to be a natural deterrent, as well. If you do get stung, please contact House Management at once for assistance.

The Bruns Amphitheater   Siesta Valley (the home of the Bruns Amphitheater) is one of the original land-holdings of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). In agreeing to lease to the Theater, EBMUD seeks to serve the public with a community facility while preserving the watershed with minimal disruption to the pastoral surroundings. This land may be open to the public for performances and private events, but remains restricted private property at all other times. Click here for more information about our home in the hills.


AMPHITHEATER POLICIES

Late Arrivals   Performances begin on time. Latecomers will be seated at an appropriate interval at the discretion of the house manager. 

Electronic Devices   No videotaping, photography, or audio-recording of performances is allowed. Please turn off cell phones and other devices before entering Amphitheater. The use of any type of camera, video or audio recorder is strictly prohibited in the amphitheater. Such devices may be confiscated at the House Manager's discretion. Since we ask all patrons to silence cell phones during performance, you may leave the House Office phone number 510.548.3422 x143 as your contact number during a performance. 

Smoking   Smoking is prohibited in the Amphitheater at all times, except on stage as part of the productions. Electronic cigarettes are allowed in the groves, plaza, and anywhere on the grounds with the exception of the Amphitheater. Otherwise smoking is restricted to our designated smoking area, located where the entrance path meets the central plaza, across from the café.

Children  
Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists. To determine suitability of a play for your child over four, please call the box office at 510.548.9666. 

Pets & Service Animals   Pets are not allowed on grounds or in Amphitheater, but we are happy to allow service animals at the Theater. Please notify the Box Office when booking your tickets if you require room for your service animal.

Good Neighbor Behavior   Perfumes or scented lotions may cause discomfort to other patrons and may attract yellowjackets. We ask that you keep use of such products to a minimum. Likewise, be mindful of noise—please unwrap all picnic items before the performance begins or at intermission.

Observe All Signage   Please heed all directional and other informational signs on the grounds. They are posted for your safety. 


MORE INFORMATION

Ticketing Policies   Information on ticket exchanges and replacements, performance cancellations, our rain policy, and more can be found here.

Accessibility   The Bruns Amphitheater is fully accessible to patrons with mobility restrictions. Click here for details on accessible seating, our wheelchair-equipped shuttle, assistive-listening devices, open captioning, and more.

Contact Us   Call the Cal Shakes box office at 510.548.9666 or email boxoffice@calshakes.org. Berkeley and Orinda box office hours and more info can be found here.