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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


Opening Nights
Open-Captioned Performances


Triangle Lab Events

Fridays in the Grove

Teen Nights
Tasting Nights
Educator Night


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.

King Lear

Friday, September 26Find Your Inner Fairy Dance Party. In addition to the Fridays in the Grove performance by Killing My Lobster, spontaneous dance and drag performances will be happening throughout the Bruns Amphitheater starting two hours before the show. Immediately after the performance of King Lear, join us for a special Dream-themed fairy dance party featuring drag performers (including the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) from 10:30pm–11:30pm in the plaza. Free beverages, glitter, and fairy wings will be provided. Included in the ticket price for Friday.


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.

King Lear

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 King Lear.

Sept 26

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

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


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

Twelfth NightMay 27, 28, and 29
Life Is a DreamJuly 8, 9, and 10
The Mystery of Irma Vep August 12, 13, and 14
King LearSeptember 16, 17, and 18

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.

Twelfth NightMay 30
Life Is a DreamJuly 11
The Mystery of Irma Vep August 15
King LearSeptember 19

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.

Twelfth NightTuesday, June 2
Life Is a DreamTuesday, July 14
The Mystery of Irma Vep Tuesday, August 18
King LearTuesday, September 22

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

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

Open-Captioned Performances

Cal Shakes is proud to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2015 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.

Twelfth NightJune 3
Life Is a DreamJuly 15
The Mystery of Irma Vep August 19
King LearSeptember 23

If you’d like to attend open-captioned performances, please contact our Box Office at 510.548.9666 or 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).

Twelfth NightJune 2, 9, 16
Life Is a DreamJuly 14, 21, 28
The Mystery of Irma Vep August 18, 25, September 1
King LearSeptember 22, 29, October 6

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.

King LearThursday, September 17

Inside Scoop Series

Our Inside Scoop series give you unprecedented access to the story behind the stage—with actors, directors, playwrights, and creative staff answering your questions in a live, hosted Q&A (with free ice cream scoops and coffee courtesy our friends at Peet's).

Inside Scoop information for 2015 shows will be updated as it becomes available. Usually Inside Scoops for a given show occur about five weeks before Opening Night. Check back for more information in spring 2015.

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 previous Grove Talks online.

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.

Twelfth NightMay 31 and June 14
Life Is a DreamJuly 12 and July 26
The Mystery of Irma Vep August 16 and 30
King LearSeptember 20 and October 4

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.

Twelfth NightJune 7
Life Is a DreamJuly 19
The Mystery of Irma Vep August 23
King LearSeptember 27