Line-Up Includes Much Ado About Nothing, Directed By Jackson Gay;
Pulitzer-Prize Winning Fences, By August Wilson, Directed By Raelle Myrick-Hodges;
And The Return Of Director Lisa Peterson With Shaw’s You Never Can Tell

Berkeley, CA – California Shakespeare Theater today announced plans for its 2016 season, which will feature one of Shakespeare’s sassiest romantic comedies, a Pulitzer Prize-winning story of one family’s struggle to achieve the American Dream, and an outrageously funny comedy of manners by George Bernard Shaw. The season, which was selected by outgoing Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, will include one final Shakespearean title to be selected by incoming Artistic Director Eric Ting later this fall.

Opening the season at the Bruns will be Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Jackson Gay. Beatrice and Benedick are content that love has passed each of them by; their seeming incompatibility, coupled with the alleged infidelity and outright villainy of those around them, creates a deeply passionate tale of love for those who either don’t recognize it when it finds them or who take love for granted until it’s nearly gone. Ms. Gay, named by the New York Times as one of the “power players of off-Broadway” makes her Cal Shakes debut with this production, which plays May 25 through June 19.

Next up, Raelle Myrick-Hodges, former Artistic Director of Brava Center, also makes her Cal Shakes debut with Fences, by August Wilson, from July 6-31. Set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, Fences is the powerful, stunning story of Gabe Maxson, former Negro League ballplayer turned sanitation worker, whose inability to come to terms with his fall from grace nearly destroys his family. Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Fences marks the first time August Wilson’s work has appeared on the Bruns stage.

Opening in August is George Bernard Shaw’s keenly witty take on marriage and the modern woman, You Never Can Tell, helmed by Lisa Peterson, whose previous Cal Shakes outings include King Lear (2007) and The Winter’s Tale (2002), among others. Feminist author and lecturer Mrs. Clandon and her adult children return to England where she is accidentally reunited with her husband, and the children meet their father for the first time. Sparks fly as old grudges clash with contemporary ideals in this brilliant comedy, playing at the Bruns from August 10-September 4.

Managing Director Susie Falk commented, “The 2016 season features an exciting mix of Cal Shakes debuts—including those of directors Jackson Gay and Raelle Myrick-Hodges, and playwright August Wilson—along with the return of director Lisa Peterson, and our return to the great wells of Shakespeare and Shaw. And of course we will have a new artistic director, Eric Ting, at the helm, who will be selecting the final title of our season.”

Season packages for the four-play season and group tickets for parties of 10 or more are available now; single tickets go on sale April 4, 2016. Prices start at $124 for a four-play subscription, with discounts available for seniors, youth, and full-time K-12 educators.

For information or to charge tickets by phone with VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express, call the Cal Shakes Box Office at 510.548.9666. Additional information and online ticketing is available at


California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) is a nationally-recognized leader in drawing on the power of authentic, inclusive storytelling to create more vibrant communities. Cal Shakes serves more than 43,000 people annually; through its work onstage at the Bruns Amphitheater, in schools, and with people in non-traditional settings throughout the Bay Area who have little or no access to theater, Cal Shakes invites people from all walks of life to make deeply-felt connections with our shared humanity. Now in its 42nd season, Cal Shakes begins a new chapter in November 2015 as it welcomes Obie Award-winner Eric Ting as its new Artistic Director. For more information visit



Much Ado About Nothing
May 25-June 19
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jackson Gay
Previews May 25, 26, and 27
Press opening May 28

July 6-July 31
By August Wilson
Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges
Previews July 6, 7, and 8
Press opening July 9

You Never Can Tell
August 10-September 4
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Previews August 10, 11, and 12
Press opening August 13

To Be Announced
September 14-October 9
By William Shakespeare
Previews September 14, 15, and 16
Press opening September 17

Performance Times: Previews (Wed-Thu-Fri before opening) at 8pm
Weeknights (Tue-Thu) at 7:30pm
Weekends (Fri-Sat) 8pm
Matinees (Sun) at 4pm: select Saturdays at 2pm
Grounds open for picnicking two hours prior to curtain.

Venue: Bruns Amphitheater
100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA 94563

Tickets: Single tickets go on sale April 4, 2016; season packages and group tickets are available now.

Box Office: 510.548.9666


For ticket information, call 510.548.9666 or visit

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