2016: Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy!


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


Get a First Look into our process the week before performances begin! Enjoy the groves on a Saturday evening, where Artistic Director Eric Ting will moderate a Q&A with our artists. Stay to watch part of the technical rehearsals and see how all of the elements of a show come together at the Bruns. Bring a picnic, snacks, or enjoy something from our on-site café.

• Much Ado About NothingSunday, May 22 (Space Limited, RSVP below!)
• FencesSaturday, July 2
• You Never Can TellSaturday, August 6
• OthelloSaturday, September 10

To RSVP for this free event, click here,
call the First Look RSVP line at 510.899.4840, email FirstLook@calshakes.org.

Fences First Look—Saturday July 2:
6:15 pm Cal Shakes free shuttle from Orinda BART starts.
6:30 pm Bruns grounds, Box Office, and café open.
7:00 pm Eric Ting moderates a Q&A in the Grove Talk Grove with Fences Director Raelle Myrick-Hodges and other designers.
8:00 pm Attendees are invited to watch some of Tech Rehearsal in amphitheater.
8:45 pm Open Tech Rehearsal finishes. Last shuttle leaves for Orinda BART station.

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.


The first Preview of each show is a special Pay-What-You-Can Preview. Tickets are first-come, first-served, and available by calling on the day of the show.

Much Ado About NothingWednesday, May 25
FencesWednesday, July 6
You Never Can TellWednesday, August 10
OthelloWednesday, September 14

To purchase Pay-What-You-Can tickets starting at 6pm on day of show, call 510.548.9666 or visit the Bruns Amphitheater Box Office at 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda. Supply is limited. Showtime: 8:00 pm.


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

• Much Ado About Nothing—Wed, May 25, Thurs, May 26, and Fri, May 27
• Fences—Weds, July 6, Thurs, July 7, and Fri, July 8
• You Never Can Tell—Wed, August 10, Thurs, August 11, and Fri, August 12
• Othello—Wed, September 14, Thurs, September 15, and Fri, September 16

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.

• Much Ado About NothingSaturday, May 28
• FencesSaturday, July 9
• You Never Can TellSaturday, August 13
• OthelloSaturday, September 17

Civic Dialogues

The construction of gender: Actualizing Women’s Empowerment
Date: Monday, July 11 at Impact Hub Oakland

This event will explore season wide representations of women, societal expectations of the role of women (particularly within the family structure) and the importance of self determination in creating depictions of women that better explore the intersections of gender and race. Featuring a panel with artists, organizers, and service providers, as well as performances from local community organizations.

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.

• Much Ado About NothingSunday, May 29 and Sunday, June 12
• FencesSunday, July 10 and Sunday, July 24
• You Never Can TellSunday, August 14 and Sunday, August 28
• OthelloSunday, September 18 and Sunday, October 2

Open-Captioned Performances

Cal Shakes is continuing to provide open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing for all of our 2016 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.

• Much Ado About NothingWednesday, June 1
• FencesWednesday, July 13
• You Never Can TellWednesday, August 17
• OthelloWednesday, September 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.

• Much Ado About NothingSunday, June 5
• FencesSunday, July 17
• You Never Can Tell Sunday, August 21
• OthelloSunday, September 25


Play a role in your family’s ongoing love of theater and make a memory to last a lifetime by bringing a child to their first Shakespeare performance. Get a discounted $20 kid’s ticket with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. Pre-show festivities include activities with a Cal Shakes teaching artist and a commemorative token. *Recommended for children 8 and up.

Much Ado About NothingSaturday, June 18

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.

OthelloThursday, September 15


"Theater is the most human of art forms: it tells stories about us, and for us, and with us." Eric Ting was on KQED's "Forum" with Michael Krasny on Thursday, May 28—if you missed it, you can listen here.

We are so glad Eric has joined the Cal Shakes family, and we can't wait for you to meet him. Come to one of our upcoming events and take part in a Q&A with Eric over refreshments from Peet's Coffee & Tea. Saturday, June 11 at the Bruns Amphitheater.

To RSVP for this free event, click here


We will be suspending the pre-show Tastings beginning this season. Should you have any questions, please contact our Box Office at 510.548.9666 or jmagleby@calshakes.org