Tonight was the Silicon Valley Shakespeare Donor’s Reception for King Lear. Doll Piccotto, SVS’s Dramaturg, usually gives a talk at the reception, but since she’s playing Lear, she was a little busy – so she recorded her talk and made it available as Episode 28 of Shakespod.

SVS’s Artistic Director, Angie Higgins, told us a bit about casting Lear with an all-female/non-binary cast and some of the reactions she’s gotten to it (and similar casting in previous seasons). Then she took us on a backstage tour, including a chance to get up on stage for a photo op.

We’d seen SVS’s Lear a couple of weeks ago and Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s production on Thursday, so we decided to head home after the reception. It was strange driving home from Sanborn Park while it was still light outside!