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Surrounded by fragrant eucalyptus groves and spectacular views of rolling hills and forest paths, The Bruns Amphitheater, home of California Shakespeare Theater, was built in 1991. It occupies an idyllic piece of protected land in the Siesta Valley, the ancestral home of the Chochenyo-speaking Ohlone people.

 

The Bruns is located on land owned by the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD). In an extraordinary act of support, the district granted Cal Shakes a 50-year lease. Architect Gene Angell designed the Bruns based on the dimensions of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater with one key difference: no walls.

 

In 2011, the Bruns became one of the largest solar powered professional theaters in the United States.