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California Shakespeare Theater

A Pastoral Playhouse: California Shakespeare Theater

May 01, 2017

Founded in 1973 as an artists’ collective, today the California Shakespeare Theater (better known simply as Cal Shakes) is one of Northern California’s premier professional theater companies devoted to bringing audiences both classics of the stage and innovative new works that challenge assumptions and break barriers. Performances take place at the Lt. G.H. Bruns III Memorial Amphitheater, a 545-seat, solar-powered outdoor facility tucked lovingly between the hills of Siesta Valley, just a short 15-minute drive from our hotel. The company’s state-of-the-art, wireless microphones mean that you can hear every actor’s every word with crystal clarity from any seat in the house. This summer’s shows include Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy As You Like It, from May 24 through June 18; Tennessee Williams’s poignant family drama The Glass Menagerie, from July 5 through July 30; Marcus Gardley’s Black Odyssey, which transplants Homer’s epic from ancient Greece to modern-day Oakland, from August 9 through September 3; and finally, back to the Bard for the tragicomic Measure for Measure, from September 13 through October 8.

Address: Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way (formerly 100 Gateway Blvd.), Orinda, CA 94563

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