Previews begin June 2 with Antony and Cleopatra, Head Over Heels and The Count of Monte Cristo
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens its outdoor theatre the weekend of June 12-14 with Shakespeare’s ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, directed by Bill Rauch; the world-premiere musical by Jeff Whitty with music and lyrics by the Go-Go’s, HEAD OVER HEELS, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar; and Alexandre Dumas’s THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, directed by Marcela Lorca. The shows will close the weekend of October 9-11.
Previews begin June 2, as do Green Show performances. The Green Show features free live entertainment on the Courtyard Stage six nights a week at 6:45 p.m. throughout the run of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre productions.
All are invited to enjoy five months of free entertainment on OSF’s Courtyard Stage
Free outdoor entertainment returns to the Bricks June 2 when Taiwanese Aborigines Culture Tour takes the Courtyard Stage as the first Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show performers of the season. The Green Show continues through October 11, six nights a week at 6:45 p.m.
“This year we celebrate OSF’s 80th anniversary with shows that reflect the spirit of OREGON with talented artists from our state, partnerships with Oregon arts programs, and some former company members returning for shows,” said Claudia Alick, OSF’s Associate Producer, Community. “We have acts inspired by SHAKESPEARE and music and dance from the Renaissance. Artists from China, Taiwan, and Iceland, spectacular fire juggling and aerial silks, and unique acts from around the country round out our season with the spirit of FESTIVAL. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the Bricks!”
In 1887, when the last Golden Spike was pounded into the tracks in Ashland, Oregon, and the iron horse officially encircled the nation, the Railroad District was the bustling hub of the Rogue Valley. The area was bristling with railroad workers, Chinese immigrants, gamblers and hustlers of all stripes, looking to make their fortune in the Wild West.
Nowadays, the star of the town is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary by staging 11 plays on three stages for nine months. But old-timers are quick to point out that the rambunctious spirit of the railroad's golden age has not yet vanished. Indeed, there's one feisty ghost, in particular, who is said to roam the halls of the historic Peerless on 4th, a stylish 1894 hotel that seduces its guests with the romance of the past, from clawfoot tubs to hand-painted, trompe l'oeil murals and stained-glass lamps.
This popular destination is celebrating its 80th season, but it’s no stodgy old-timer. In fact, Ashland recently announced three new play commissions, part of its ambitious series “American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle,” devoted to new works focusing on significant periods of change in American history. Shakespeare still has pride of place here, and “Pericles,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Antony and Cleopatra” will be presented this season alongside several other productions. If you can’t get your fill in the busy, long season, there’s a Shakespeare-theme cruise to look forward to in December.
American Revolutions is the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 10-year commissioning program (2008-2018) of up to 37 new plays that look at moments of change in America's past, with the goal of helping to establish a shared understanding of our national identity and illuminate the best paths for our nation's future.