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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

One of the oldest and largest professional non-profit theaters in the nation, the Tony Award winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is an experience you won’t want to miss. Located in the middle of downtown Ashland, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1935 by Angus L. Bowmer and has been producing shows for over seventy years.

OSF is made up of three theaters: the Elizabethan Theater (outdoor), the Angus Bowmer Theater (indoor), and the Thomas Theater (indoor). Each one has had its share of traditional Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, August Wilson, and now, musical theater.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 Season Preview

The upcoming 2014 OSF season consists of 11 shows at their three theaters. The 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival schedule runs from February 14th to November 2nd, although each given show has its own beginning and end dates.

The Elizabethan Theater will host Richard III, Into the Woods, and The Two Gentleman from Verona. Read a preview of each show here.

The Tempest, The Cocoanuts, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Great Society will play at the Angus L. Bowmer Theater. A preview of these shows can be seen here.

The Thomas Theater will have three shows, The Comedy of Errors, Water by the Spoonful, and Family Album. The Thomas Theater previews are linked here.

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Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Elizabethan Theatre

OSF’s 2013 Season Review

The 2013 season kicked off on the 22nd of February with the opening of the indoor theater, beginning with performances of The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear. The Elizabethan Theater opened its doors on the 14th of June with a production of Cymbeline.

Being true to its name, OSF offered four plays by the bard himself, William Shakespeare:  The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, Cymbeline, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. OSF also featured three world premiers last season; The Unfortunates, The Liquid Plan, and the Tenth Muse, as well as the U.S. premiere of The Heart of Robin Hood. OSF also presented A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Two Trains Running by August Wilson, and My Fair Lady for the musical theater lovers.

A review of the 2013 shows at The Bowmer Theater can be read here (Taming of the Shrew, My Fair Lady, Two Trains Running, Streetcar named Desire, and The Tenth Muse).

A review of the shows at the Thomas Theater can be read here (King Lear, The Unfortunates, The Liquid Plane).

About Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is located at 15 South Pioneer Street, which is just west of Main Street in downtown Ashland.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 541-482-4331, visiting the box office, or via their website. The OSF website offers summaries of each production and other activities such as backstage tours and prologues for the historical productions.

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Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Green Show”

Ashland Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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