Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

  Latinos make up the largest minority group in America, with great cultural and growing political power. 

The cultural end of that influence is reflected in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Latino Play Project," September 25-27 in Ashland. 

The weekend highlights works by and about Latinos, in a couple of play readings and a panel discussion.


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has made it clear for years that its work extends beyond the confines of its stages, to a real interest in people and the human condition. 

OSF's "Living Ideas" program brings conversations about issues raised in its plays to communities around the region. 

This year's world premier of "Sweat" shows the effect of industrial layoffs on people and communities, something the timber towns of our region know too well. 

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The Bard has been dead for 400 years, but the offerings of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are hardly stuck in the past. Living playwrights also grace the stages of this Ashland institution.

JPR’s Geoffrey Riley sits down with playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes  whose play "The Happiest Song Plays Last" is now at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.



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The American Revolution, our war of independence, was a singular thing.

But American Revolutions, plural, is a cycle of several plays commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, including the Tony-Winning "All The Way." 

The cycle continues with this week's opening of "Sweat," about the decline of industrial America and the way it plays out in individual lives. 

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage is the creator of the play. 

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The long season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival includes two plays opening this month, including "The Happiest Song Plays Last."

It is a sequel to "Water By The Spoonful," which played OSF just last year. 

Jenny Graham

Fingersmith breathes subterfuge.  Peopled by pickpockets and con artists, its action descends a rabbit hole of nefarious plotting.  The central characters are all involved in tricking each other, and although they continually break the fourth wall to address us, we can’t rely on them to speak the truth.

Gearing Up For Shakespeare Season

Feb 3, 2015
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Sword fighters, craps players, and history's most famous queen will join many other characters on stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the coming season in Ashland. 

OSF plays hit the stages later in the month, and the company is cranking up to full speed to get ready. 

We visit with OSF reps Lydia Garcia and Julie Felise Dubiner to talk about the general challenges of running a professional theater company in a small town... and this year's crop of 11 plays. 

Oregon Shakespeare Celebrates CultureFest

Aug 29, 2014
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CultureFest at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is like the Olympics in one way: it only occurs every other year. 

So if this is 2014, it must be CultureFest time again. 

CultureFest is a celebration of multiethnic heritage, celebrated with plays and readings and programs that complement OSF's usual offerings. 

OSF (and AIFF)'s Daedalus Project

Aug 11, 2014
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The performers of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival get only Mondays off. 

And they give even that up once a year, for the annual Daedalus Project, a fundraiser to stop HIV and AIDS. 

The project begins on Friday with the Daedalus Film Fest and climaxes with the major stage events on Monday, August 18. 

"All The Way" To A Tony Award

Jun 13, 2014
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Fans of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival took delight in the recent Tony Awards ceremony. 

"All TheWay," a play that began its life at OSF, won the award for Best Play on Broadway this season. 

It's a feather in the cap of the festival and Artistic Director Bill Rauch, who directed "All The Way" in Ashland and New York. 

Jenny Graham

The two comedies anchoring the 2014 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival put the accent on zany shenanigans. The Cocoanuts, by Irving Berlin and George S. Kaufman, was created as a vehicle for the legendary Marx Brothers—vaudeville veterans with a bottomless bag of comic shticks. And the title of Shakespeare’s early The Comedy of Errors says it all: mistaken identities, compounding misunderstandings, escalating farce.

(Oregon) Shakespeare Back In Business

Feb 10, 2014

February includes a lot of important dates, one of great regional significance: it is the month the Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens for the season. 

Previews begin later this week on OSF's indoor stages. 

Delivering Insults With Class

Feb 10, 2014

Did we mention February is big for Shakespeare in Ashland?


We could not resist an interview with the creator of the clever book Shakespeare Insult Generator.  Think of it as “Mad Libs” for insults, using lines and words from Shakespeare plays. 

Learning The Ropes In The World Of Arts

Dec 30, 2013
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We want our students to do better in school, but budget cuts in recent years fell hard on offerings like art and music. 

And those offerings can be critical to the success of some students. 

OSF Play To Great White Way

Nov 5, 2013
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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival meets "Breaking Bad." 

The star of the recently completed TV show will play Lyndon Baines Johnson in "All The Way" on Broadway later this fall.