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Out of utmost concern for the safety and well-being of our staff, artists, audience, and community, Cal Shakes will be canceling our 2020 season and focusing our energies towards weathering the current crisis and returning for our 2021 season. This may seem like an extraordinary decision, but taking into account the incredible uncertainty of this moment, the cost of producing a season at the Bruns (of which ticket sales only account for a third of), the current and long-term disruption in fundraising, and our desire to participate fully in current and future civic actions intended to flatten the curve, we feel this is our best course of action.

There are of course many implications to this choice. Most immediate is the impossible decision to furlough 65% of our staff; who we have guaranteed uninterrupted full benefits at least through the end of April. The remaining essential staff will be working at reduced hours to ensure continued operations of our beloved organization. To say nothing of the substantial loss of work for many of our local artists and arts workers, teaching artists and seasonal staff, and (for we are not the only ones) the many other struggling arts organizations, small businesses, restaurants—the very heart and soul of our civic life.

The impact of the cancellation of the season on our financial health is significant. Your help is needed to sustain our operations through this critical moment and we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount.

In the next weeks and months we will be inviting you to connect: with our artists and with each other. From Virtual Forums to intimate phone calls, from Philippa’s beloved lectures to WeRise’s podcast chronicling our year-long journey though the principles of Transformative Justice, from master classes by local artists to the words of William Shakespeare spoken by beloved and familiar old friends.

Click here to donate to the We Are Cal Shakes Beacon Fund. https://buff.ly/33Zzv4B

If you are a Subscriber or Flex Pass Holder for the 2020 Season, please email the Box Office at boxoffice@calshakes.org to let us know if you'd like to donate your subscription, put it towards your 2021 subscription, or make other arrangements. 

Wishing you health and peace and human kindness.

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