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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.

Story Hub

The Triangle Lab–Cal Shakes’ research and development wing–invites Bruns visitors to become part of the story. Visit our new Story Hub (right by concessions) to take part in interactive exhibits, watch video of our community programs, share your thoughts, and more.

Theater Store

While our on-site theater store has been replaced with the Story Hub, you can still buy Cal Shakes hats, shirts, and other gifts at Echo Grove in Orinda. Echo Grove is located at 2 Theater Sq. #112 Orinda, CA 94563.


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Special Events


ON STAGE

Previews
Opening Nights
Open-Captioned Performances


OFF STAGE

Triangle Lab Events

Fridays in the Grove

Teen Nights
Tasting Nights
Educator Night


AUDIENCE ENRICHMENT

Inside Scoop
Pre-performance Grove Talks
Meet the Artists
Insight Matinees


Triangle Lab Events

Whether it's spontaneous dance shows, Circus Arts lessons or performances from youth and community organizations, Triangle Lab sponsors unique, diverse events for people of all ages.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, September 13th (matinee)—Immediately after the 2pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream matinee performance, playwrights from renowned spoken word organization Youth Speaks will be giving a short performance of plays in progress in the plaza. Free food and drink will be provided.

  NEW THIS SEASON: FRIDAYS IN THE GROVE

Catch an exciting array of the Bay Area’s best musicians, storytellers, spoken word artists, and more during each week’s pre-show performance. Fridays in the Grove is included in the ticket price for that evening’s performance.

Every Friday in the main grove at 6:45PM, immediately preceding the Grove Talk.
Fridays in the Grove are proudly sponsored by the Echo Grove in Orinda.

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Sept 5

Antique Naked Soul: Soulful all-vocal beatboxing and a capella band

Sept 12

Eggplant Casino: The finest Afro-Latin-Disco-Cabaret band in North America.

Sept 19

Center for New Music presents Pet the Tiger: An improvised acoustic collective for invented instruments will play Music for Fairies and Elves in anticipation of the evening's performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Sept 26

Killing My Lobster: SF’s premier sketch comedy troupe.

Check the events calendar for up-to-date information on artists and performers


Previews

Be part of the process by seeing the show before opening night at deeply discounted prices.

A Raisin in the SunMay 21, 22, and 23
The Comedy of ErrorsJune 25, 26, and 27
Pygmalion July 30, 31, and August 1
A Midsummer Night's DreamSeptember 3, 4, and 5


Opening Night

Experience the excitement of the opening night performance and then mingle with the cast and creative team at a complimentary post-show party.

A Raisin in the SunMay 24
The Comedy of ErrorsJune 28
Pygmalion August 2
A Midsummer Night's DreamSeptember 6


Teen Nights

A special event for students ages 13–18, starting at 6:00pm and including backstage tour; pizza and pop in the Upper Grove; an interactive, fun pre-show engagement in the Upper Grove with a Cal Shakes Teaching Artist; and a 7:30pm performance of the current production.

A Raisin in the SunJune 3 and 12
The Comedy of ErrorsJuly 8 and 17
Pygmalion August 12 and 21
A Midsummer Night's DreamSeptember 16 and 25

Tickets cost $20 each, all inclusive. To purchase, contact Marilyn Langbehn, Marketing and PR Manager, at 510.809.3290 or groups@calshakes.org.

Special information for student groups of 10 or more: We require that student groups be accompanied by adult chaperones at a ratio of one chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones will be admitted at no charge; all other adults attending the event with the group may purchase tickets at a special discount rate of $33 each. To reserve tickets or for more information, contact Marilyn Langbehn, Marketing and PR Manager, at 510.809.3290 or groups@calshakes.org.


Open-Captioned Performances

Cal Shakes is proud to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2013 productions. Open captioning utilizes an unobtrusive screen at the front of the theater to display dialogue spoken during a performance. No special equipment is required by patrons; one can simply glance at the screen to read the text while watching the action on stage.

A Raisin in the SunMay 28
The Comedy of ErrorsJuly 2
Pygmalion August 6
A Midsummer Night's DreamSeptember 10

If you’d like to attend open-captioned performances, please contact our Box Office at 510.548.9666 or boxoffice@calshakes.org and ask to purchase seats in the open-captioned seating section, or purchase tickets for section A online.

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     Partial support for open captioning provided by Theatre Development Fund.


Tasting Nights

Taste the best of the Bay Area’s wine, beer, coffee, sweets, and savories for free! Our free tastings feature one or two purveyors per night, and take place on the Sue & George Bruns Plaza before every Tuesday performance beginning at 6pm and continuing until curtain time (7:30pm).

A Raisin in the SunMay 27, June 3, and 10
The Comedy of ErrorsJuly 1, 8, and 15
Pygmalion August 5, 12, and 19
A Midsummer Night's DreamSeptember 9, 16, and 23


Educator Night

Join us for an in-depth look at how you can bring William Shakespeare to life in your classroom! Click here for more about Educator Night.

A Midsummer Night's DreamSeptember 4


Inside Scoop Series

NEW: We are putting a 40th Anniversary spin on Inside Scoops. This summer we’ve added a chance to get the inside scoop like never before! We’ll still have two of our traditional Inside Scoops at the Orinda Library with Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone and/or Philippa Kelly along with those usual yummy sweet treats and Peet’s Coffee; plus, we’ve added two opportunities to observe a rehearsal (“Inside Rehearsal”) for Pygmalion at our Berkeley rehearsal hall.

A Raisin in the Sun Inside ScoopMonday, May 5, 6:30–8pm at Orinda Library

The Comedy of Errors
Inside RehearsalMonday, June 9, 6–8pm at Heinz Rehearsal Hall;Space is limited and reservations are required; contact rgholikely@calshakes.org or 510.899.4834.

Pygmalion
Inside Rehearsal – Wednesday, July 16, 6–7pm at Heinz Rehearsal Hall (PLEASE NOTE, this date and location have been changed from the originally announced date.) Space is very limited and confirmed reservations are required; contact rgholikely@calshakes.org or 510.899.4834. RSVPs are accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Inside Scoop – Monday, August 18, 6:30–8pm at Orinda Library


Grove Talks


On-site at our Theater 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. Listen to Grove Talks online.

Click here for the Grove Talk speaker schedule for A Midsummer Night's Dream.


Meet the Artists

This post-show discussion series provides an opportunity to discuss the plays with production cast members. The Meet the Artists series immediately follows select 4pm Sunday matinees and is free and open to the public.

A Raisin in the SunMay 25 and June 8
The Comedy of ErrorsJune 29 and July 13
Pygmalion August 3 and 17
A Midsummer Night's DreamSeptember 7 and 21


InSight Matinees

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.

A Raisin in the SunJune 1
The Comedy of ErrorsJuly 6
Pygmalion August 10
A Midsummer Night's DreamSeptember 17