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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Is Amazing!

Reviewing: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland, Or  |  Rating:
By kenna on
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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR just finished celebrating it's 75th anniversary. Started by a professor at Southern Oregon University (also in Ashland, OR), it's become world known for it's excellence in theater.

Nowadays, the festival is comprised of three different theaters: The New Theater, Angus Bowmer Theater, and the original home-- The Elizabethan Stage. The shows run from February to October every year, with eleven shows. Some run all season, some only part of the season, but all are usually worth seeing. The festival usually has five to seven Shakespearian works and five to seven other works. Sometimes they choose plays that weren't directly written by the Bard himself, but still pertain to his works, such as Throne of Blood, a play adaption of a Japanese movie from the 50's based on Macbeth. The non-Shakespeare plays are often American classics or world premieres.

This season's headliners are Measure for Measure, Imaginary Invalid (written by Moliere), Julius Ceasar, Pirates of Penzance, To Kill A Mocking Bird, and The Language Archive.

It's a lot of fun, and many of the shows have modern aspects thrown in. Last year's Hamlet was set in modern day, and had a hip-hop number instead of the play in the middle, and used sign language in the scenes with the ghost king. It made it super accessible to younger viewers, such as teenagers and college students like myself.

So consider a trip to Ashland for the festival. You won't regret it. For more information, hit up osfashland.org