Oregon Shakespeare Festival

JeffX | February 3, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Gearing Up For Shakespeare Season

Guys and Dolls is one of this year's OSF offerings.
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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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 29, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Oregon Shakespeare Celebrates CultureFest

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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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

OSF (and AIFF)'s Daedalus Project

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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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 13, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

"All The Way" To A Tony Award

"All The Way" begins as LBJ's presidency began, with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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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. 

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12:36 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Presents Comedies With Heart

The Cocoanuts | Detective Hennessey (David Kelly, center) has much to sing about at the wedding rehearsal dinner. Ensemble.
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.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 10, 2014

(Oregon) Shakespeare Back In Business

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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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Delivering Insults With Class

What are YOU looking at, you wanton, motley-minded horn-beast?

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 30, 2013
10:41 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Learning The Ropes In The World Of Arts

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland. OSF is part of the "World of Work" program.
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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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2013
1:05 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

OSF Play To Great White Way

Jack Willis as LBJ in the original OSF staging.
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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. 

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