Cal Shakes/ Shakespeare’s Birthday

Among the messages received today was one from Cal Shakes. This company is so good that self has never, ever been disappointed in a production, not since the very first one she took son to, about a decade ago.  She’s seen four.  She hopes she can go again this summer.

Her first Cal Shakes play was “Romeo and Juliet.”  She’d packed bottles of wine and trays of sushi and sourdough baguettes and salami.  Afterwards, sitting close to the front, she was entranced by the young, good-looking actors.  This is how “Romeo and Juliet” has to be:  it’s about what it’s like to be 15 and cursed with beauty and longing and everything.  Adam Scott was Romeo, that pretty much says it all.  Until that play, self had never heard of him before.  Now, he’s all over TV . . .

The next play self caught was “Richard III.”  Also fun.  This time, hubby and self sat in the front row and got cricks in our necks.  Son was with a friend and they sat on the grassy knoll behind.

The third play was “Henry IV” and “Henry V,” combined into a very fleet production.  Falstaff actually knew how to play the saxophone.  You don’t know what it is, but it’s Shakespeare + being outdoors + music + sun, all of these combined —  that sets your heart to singing.

The last play we saw was in 2009:  a musical version of “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  It was magical.

Hubby doesn’t really enjoy watching plays, but he always comes along, and self packs a picnic lunch, and son invites some friends (Two years in a row it was the same friend, Aubert, because Aubert loves to act).  It is always a sunny summer afternoon, and we always get roasted by the sun, and by the end of the day we are so tired, but also energized from the realization that we have done something both intellectually and emotionally pleasing.

She gets the Cal Shakes newsletter, and today there was a very exciting message: In honor of Shakespeare’s “official” birthday, which is this Saturday, they are making patrons a special offer, which will remain a mystery until the Monday after Easter, which is to say: this Monday.

Gee, self can hardly wait!

This year’s season includes “The Taming of the Shrew,”  directed by Shana Cooper, and Jonathan Moscone directing George Bernard Shaw’s “Candida.”

Anyhoo, here’s what the latest Cal Shakes newsletter has to say about Shakespeare’s birthday:

Shakespeare’s birthday is an eternal mystery; we know he was baptized on April 26, 1564, but have chosen to celebrate his natal day on April 23. Was it a scholarly error, a celebration of another holiday (St. George’s Day), or the human race’s eternal thirst for nice, round numbers — since he died on what would have been his 52nd birthday?

Regardless of the reason, this Saturday (which is to say, tomorrow) there will be celebrations around the globe in honor of Shakespeare’s 447th birthday.

It’s also Holy Saturday.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Filipino Heritage Night: San Francisco Giants vs Arizona Diamondbacks

Help the Filipina Women’s Network celebrate Filipino Heritage Night, May 11, 2011, 7:15 pm at AT & T Park, and receive a limited edition Filipino-themed Giants Tim Lincecum jersey-T, which can be redeemed the day of the game by presenting your ticket stub.

Tickets are dynamically priced, which means ticket prices will increase as the event moves closer.  Buy your tickets early and SAVE.

Ticket proceeds will benefit Filipina Women’s Network, Filipino American Arts Exposition, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, Manny Pacquiao Foundation, and 600 Hands.

Purchase tickets HERE.

Variations on a Theme (Do Not Read Until After Mother’s Day)

Monday night, self sat spellbound while Lydia Davis read a rather disturbing story about the death of a mother.  The story was all in the details:  the narrator visits her mother in the hospital.  She enters the room and finds that her mother has died.  Someone who doesn’t know the first thing about the narrator’s mother has Read the rest of this entry »

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