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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: California Shakespeare Theater Hosts Summer Performances at The Bruns

Jun 17, 2022
This summer, California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) will host a series of outdoor performances — AlterTheater’s "Pure Native" by Vickie Ramirez (July 15–24, 2022); the return of Jackie Keliiaa’s "Good Medicine: A Night of Live Native Stand-Up" (July 16, 2022); and "Paper Moon Presents’ second annual Measure for Measure Music Series" (July 29–31, 2022). AlterTheater’s "Pure Native" and Jackie Keliiaa’s "Good Medicine: A Night of Live Native Stand-Up" are part of California Shakespeare Theater’s Shared Light Initiative, which was created in response to systemic issues that Cal Shakes identified over the past several years as they evolve institutional priorities towards right relationships with the community.

For the first time in its 17-year history, AlterTheater will perform outdoors from July 15–24, 2022, with Vickie Ramirez’s new play, "Pure Native." When a prodigal son returns to the reservation, his business proposal to bottle the tribe’s water sparks a heated debate in the community with his childhood sweetheart leading the opposition. Premiered by Native Voices at the Autry, the nation’s premiere Native American theater company, "Pure Native" received developmental support from Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Brown Swan Lab and from New York’s Eagle Project.

On Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m., Oakland-based comedian and producer Jackie Keliiaa returns to the Bruns Amphitheater with "Good Medicine: A Night of Live Native Stand-Up," a one-night-only event featuring top Native American stand-up comedians. Keliiaa began producing "Good Medicine" virtually in May 2020 as a way to showcase Native comedians and fundraise for tribes impacted by COVID-19, raising over $11,000 for charitable causes. 

The "Good Medicine" lineup includes: Brian Bahe, a New York City-based comedian featured on Comedy Central and in McSweeney’s; Monique Moreau, an LA-based comedian who has performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe; Marc Yaffee, a seasoned veteran whose Dry Bar special went viral; Teresa Choyguha who has been featured on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video; and Keliiaa who has been featured on Team Coco, Comedy Ventura Comedy Festival’s Funniest Person, one of the 25 Native American Comedians to Follow by IllumiNative and Entertainer of the Year by the National Indian Gaming Association. 

Paper Moon Presents will bring three nights of concerts back to the Bruns Amphitheater with the "Measure For Measure Music Series." On Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m., Paper Moon Presents will present Asian-American MC Lyrics Born, with support from singer Destani Wol. On Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m., Paper Moon Presents will feature folk/pop singer and songwriter Brett Dennen, with support from singer/songwriter Megan Jacobs. On Sunday, July 31 at 1 p.m., Paper Moon Presents will feature an afternoon of bluegrass, folk, and other great string-band music, including Sam Bush, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Tony Furtado, and Nat Keefe.

All performances will take place on the grounds at the Bruns (100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda), in the Upper Grove: Pure Native or in the Bruns Amphitheater: Good Medicine, Paper Moon. Tickets for Good Medicine are available now by visiting calshakes.org or by calling 510-548-9666 (Tuesday–Friday from 1–5 p.m.). For tickets to Pure Native, visit altertheater.org/purenative or call 415-454-2787. For tickets to Paper Moon, visit papermoonpresents.live/.

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Photo caption: "Paper Moon" at The Bruns. (Photo credit: Susan J. Weiland)


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