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Inside the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: A Wonderful Week of Theatre

Program Number: 19884RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/20/2013 - 10/25/2013; 8/24/2014 - 8/29/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 6/28/2015 - 7/3/2015; 7/5/2015 - 7/10/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 7/19/2015 - 7/24/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/7/2015; 8/6/2015 - 8/11/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015; 8/23/2015 - 8/28/2015; 8/30/2015 - 9/4/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Ashland, Oregon
Price starting at: $998.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; Festivals, Misc.
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Get insider access to company members straight off the stages of the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Each year over the course of its nine-month season, OSF stages a selection of Shakespeare’s works, national and international classics, and world premieres. Come experience a week of cutting-edge theater in charming Ashland as you learn about the inner workings of a regional repertory theater company running 11 plays on three stages. Throughout the week, actors and theater experts lead lectures and field trips that add context to the three plays you attend.




Highlights

• Your program includes tickets to three Oregon Shakespeare Festival performances, complemented by special sessions with the actors to learn about the life of a player.
• Stroll through performance venues with a company member who relates OSF history and provides insider insight into the complexities of running one of the country’s largest rotating repertory theaters.
• Discuss each play with an actor from the company, putting each production into a broader context and introducing you to special guests.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two blocks, standing up to one hour. Indoor and outdoor theatres are accessible.



Extend your stay or join a shorter program with the abbreviated 3-night version of this program, #19885. For details, see www.roadscholar.org/19885 or call toll free at (877) 426-8056.




Date Specific Information

10-20-2013

Lodging in a comfortable residence hall on the SOU campus. “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Liquid Plain.”



8-24-2014

Plays: The Cocoanuts, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III. Lodging in a residence hall on the SOU campus.



9-14-2014

Plays: The Great Society, The Tempest, The Cocoanuts. Lodging at an Inn in downtown Ashland.



9-28-2014

Plays: The Great Society, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors. Lodging at an Inn in downtown Ashland.



10-5-2014

Plays: Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Lodging at an Inn in downtown Ashland.



6-21-2015, 7-5-2015

Play selections to be announced in November 2014.



6-28-2015, 7-12-2015, 7-19-2015, 7-26-2015, 8-2-2015, 8-23-2015

Play selections to be announced in November 2014.



8-6-2015, 8-9-2015, 8-30-2015

Play selections to be announced in November 2014.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Ashland

The Siskiyou Mountains provide a scenic, inspirational backdrop to this progressive community in southern Oregon, which offers a gorgeous environment, small-town charm, and an annual schedule of world-class theater and music festivals.



Accommodations
Accommodations in a comfortable residence hall on the SOU campus built in 2013. Campus residence hall offers choice of double suite room with private bath or single suite room with private or shared bath. Meals at the on-campus dining hall next door.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Suzanne Witucki

Born and raised on the East Coast, Suzanne Witucki lived in the Midwest while completing her graduate studies, raising a family and pursuing her teaching career at the Detroit Country Day School. Now retired and a resident of Ashland, Oregon, Suzanne runs a college consulting business and has taught Shakespeare for more than 15 years through the Siskiyou Center. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, theater, hiking, bridge, gourmet cooking and activities with the Ashland branch of the American Association of University Women.
 
Michael J. Hume

During his 22 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Michael Hume has appeared in numerous productions, including "Great Society," "The Heart of Robin Hood," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," “Twelfth Night,” “Paradise Lost,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Henry V.” A member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC), Michael has directed 40 full-scale, professional productions on both coasts. He is also a published playwright, and is the co-author of “Dogpark: The Musical” and “They Came From Way Out There!” Michael was a founding member of the Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, N.Y., and has performed with other regional theaters including the Hartford Stage Company and the South Coast Repertory. When not on stage, Michael has found time to share his love for theater with eager students at Southern Oregon University and Road Scholar participants.
 
Kimberley Barry

Kimberley Barry has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 35 seasons. She’s been production stage manager since 1991, managing 36 productions at the Festival — half of which were Shakespeare productions. She also managed the world premiere of "Daughters of the Revolution [Continental Divide]," both on the Festival stage in Ashland and on its tour in England. Kimberly also organizes the backstage explorations at the Festival, as well as the Daedalus Project AIDS benefit shows.
 
Catherine E. Coulson

Though her more than 35-year career has encompassed a myriad of roles both on stage and television, Catherine Coulson is best known for her performance as the “Log Lady” on the TV series “Twin Peaks.” Her television credits also include appearances on the shows, “Portlandia” and “Psych,” while her film work includes “Eraserhead” and “Calvin Marshall.” Catherine has joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the past 19 seasons, with performances in productions including “As You Like It,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” She has also performed in stage productions with the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Denver Center Theatre Company.
 
Terri McMahon

A long-time member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Acting Company, Terri McMahon has appeared in more than 50 productions, including as Lady Bird Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's two-part series "All the Way" and "Great Society," and Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Other credits include "The Taming of the Shrew," “The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa,” “Macbeth,” “As You Like It,” “Julius Caesar,” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” When not on stage, Terri shares her talents as a teacher in outreach, middle-school, grade school and high school programs. She has led theater and acting classes at colleges and universities, and is a favorite lecturer on Road Scholar learning adventures. Terri has performed with a number of other theaters, including La Jolla Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company and California Shakespeare Theater. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Southern California.
 
Robin Goodrin Nordli

Robin Goodrin Nordli is a classically-trained actress who has enjoyed more than 19 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Among her many performances at OSF, she ahs appeared in “Macbeth,” “The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa,” “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “Richard III” and “The Merchant of Venice.” Robin was the recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission 2009 Individual Artist Fellowship, and has received awards from organizations including the Bay Area Theatre Critics and Back Stage West. An adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University, Robin has also taught at National Taiwan and I-Lan universities in Taiwan, and at Peking University in China. She holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater and a B.M.E. from the University of Tulsa.
 
Darcy Danielson

Darcy Danielson is the production music coordinator at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. During her 10 years at OSF, Darcy has served as associate music director for "The Cocoanuts" and "My Fair Lady," as well as arranger, composer and/or pianist for productions including “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Music Man” and “The Comedy of Errors.”
 
Geoff Ridden

Geoff Ridden divided his time between Winchester, England and Ashland, Oregon from 2002 until 2008. He was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester, and has also taught Shakespeare courses at Southern Oregon University as well as giving lectures for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Geoff has performed a number of Shakespearean roles in England and the U.S. Since his retirement from the University of Winchester in 2008, he has settled permanently in Ashland, where he continues to be associated with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and with Southern Oregon University. He is also a regular volunteer-host on the Classics and News Service of Jefferson Public Radio, and has recorded audio books for Bolinda.com through Bee Audio.
 
Wayne Carr

Wayne T. Carr has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 2012. His OSF credits include: Caliban in "The Tempest," Stokely Carmichael, Lewis, Harrison, and Ensemble in "The Great Society," Lucentio in "The Taming of the Shrew," and Demetrius and fight captain in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Wayne has performed on stages throughout the country, including Red Fern Theatre Company, Joe's Pub, and The Pearl Theatre Company in New York City as well as the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and the Indiana Repertory Theatre. He has also performed on television shows including "The Wire." Wayne holds an MFA from Penn State.
 
Rodney Gardiner

Rodney Gardiner has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) since 2011 with roles in performances such as “The Comedy of Errors,” “Pirates of Penzance,” and “My Fair Lady.” In addition to his acting credits, Rodney performed as part of the My Fair Lady Cockney Quartet and as dance captain in “Comedy of Errors.” He has performed extensively off-Broadway and in other regional theatres including the Fountain Theatre, GableStage, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Rodney is a writer for the Waterwell theatre company and worked with Teo Castellanos performing in jails, rehab centers, and homeless shelters in Miami, Fla. He holds degrees from the New World School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase.
 
Barzin Akhavan

Barzin Akhavan has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival company since his 2012 debut as Don Montague in “Romeo and Juliet,” and Pandarus in “Troilus and Cressida.” He performed in “Cymbeline” and “King Lear” in 2013 and “The Tempest and Water” by the Spoonful in 2014. Barzin has worked with theatre companies across the country, including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre. He performed Amir in the world premier of “The Kite Runner” with San Jose Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company in 2009. Barzin holds an M.F.A. from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.
 
Alison Carey

Alison is the director of "American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This 10-year cycle will commission 37 new plays sprung from moments of change, inspiration, or conflict in American history. The cycle is inspired by Shakespeare’s history plays and bringing together historians and theatres nationwide. Alison is the playwright for OSF’s 2012 production of “The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa,” an adaptation of the William Shakespeare play. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University.
 
Michael Maag

Michael Maag is the lighting and projection department manager at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has been with the theatre company since 1999. He has been working in lighting and projections since 1978, coordinating projects in theatre, dance, musicals, opera, and planetariums across the U.S. Michael stays ahead of technology and applies it innovatively to use the magic of light to tell the story on stage. You’ll see his work on every production this year at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He enjoys the inexorable challenges that working at OSF brings.
 
Rebecca Carey

Rebecca Clark Carey is the head of voice and text at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In the 2014 season, she is the voice and text director for “The Cocoanuts,” “The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,” “The Great Society,” “Water by the Spoonful,” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” She is co- director of voice and text for “Into the Woods.” In addition to her eight seasons at OSF, Rebecca has also worked at the American Repertory Theatre, Royal & Derngate Theatre, Royal National Theatre, and Shared Experience. She has taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the Central School of Speech and Drama, and the Oxford School of Drama. Rebecca co-authored the Vocal Arts Workbook with David Carey and holds an M.A. in voice studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama (London), an M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine, and a B.A. from Harvard University.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Cox Hall
  Ashland, OR 5 nights
 Cox Hall
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Ashland sits at the south end of the Rogue Valley, 2,000 feet above sea level. Mt. Ashland rises above to the south, and the Cascade Range lies about 30 miles to the east. Ashland is one of America's great small towns- with its wide boulevard, historic neighborhoods and varied gardens and parks. Lodging is on the park-like Ashland campus of Southern Oregon University, one mile from downtown and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
  Contact info: Frances Lane off of Siskiyou Boulevard
Ashland, OR 97520 USA
phone: 541-552-6375
  Room amenities: Accommodation 1 rooms include a private bath, microwave, mini refrigerator, table and dresser. Accommodation 2 rooms include a reading lamp over the bed, a desk and a closet with drawers. All of the rooms have air-conditioners and large windows that let in lots of natural light and can be opened for fresh air. You will be provided with a pillow, sheets, pillowcase, two bath towels, a washcloth, two blankets and a bedspread. Midway through each week, you will receive fresh towels and washcloth. Additional towels and washcloths are available upon request. Please bring toiletries (including shampoo and any other shower/bathroom items you will need), shower shoes (for Accommodation 2 rooms), alarm clock, and a cell phone (there are no phones in the rooms).
  Facility amenities: A relaxing residence lounge on each floor features comfortable seating and a view of the Cascade foothills through floor-to-ceiling windows. The lounges on the first and second floors have cable television and the second floor also has a computer with Internet access. Wireless internet is available in Cox Hall. Hair dryers, irons, and ironing boards are available for checkout from the front desk. A coin-operated washer and dryer are available - bring your own laundry soap or buy it in the Cascade Cafeteria. Irons and ironing boards are available for checkout. There is an elevator in Cox Hall that provides access from the ground floor (entry) to the first, second and third floors where rooms are located.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Accommodation 1 rooms include private baths. Accommodation 2 rooms feature shared facilities down the hall. There is both a men's and a women's bathroom on each of the three floors and there are several sinks, showers and toilets in each of them.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $30-$85 per person/night Availability varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $30-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. For additional nights call Road Scholar at 503-786-5149. Those wishing to stay longer should contact an area hotel directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $30-$85 per person/night Availability varies depending on date. Participants may stay one additional night before and/or one night after the program. Price range: $30-$85 per person/night, depending on occupancy and accommodation level. For additional nights call Road Scholar at 503-786-5149. Those wishing to stay longer should contact an area hotel directly.
  Check out time: 1:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at Cox Hall and program registration is available from 3:00 - 5:00 PM. You will be staying at Cox Hall that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch. Check out of Cox Hall by 1:00 PM. You will be staying at Cox Hall the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available on-campus. Weekly parking permits (valid in red and green lots only) are $30 per week. Purchase your permit at registration. A parking space is not guaranteed but there is generally parking available near Cox Hall.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ashland, OR
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Ashland, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Ashland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cascade Airport Shuttle
phone: 888-760-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28 per person / $5 additional for each person in same party – cash or check ONLY
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Ashland is serviced by commercial airlines at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in Medford, Oregon. To arrange for shuttle services call toll-free (888) 760-7433, (541) 488-1998 or visit www.cascadeshuttle.com.

 

Ashland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 541-772-6288

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 - $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Ashland is serviced by commercial airlines at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in Medford, Oregon. Yellow cab offers a special cash rate of $35 - 40 from the airport. If paying by card, the metered rate will apply (approximately $60). Prices are subject to change.

 

Ashland- Cox Hall

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Ashland is serviced by commercial airlines at Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in Medford, Oregon. There are several rental car companies available at the airport if you prefer to rent a car. Avis (541) 773-3016 or (800) 831-2847 Budget (541) 773-7023 Enterprise (541) 772-0573 or (800) 736-8222 Hertz (541) 773-4293 or (800) 654-3131 National/Alamo (541) 773-3183 or (888) 426-3299

 

Ashland

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cascade Airport Shuttle
phone: 888-760-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28 per person / $5 additional for each person in same party
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

13 miles

   

There is no Greyhound bus service to Ashland. Book travel to the Greyhound station in Medford, Oregon and then take a shuttle or taxi to Ashland. Contact Greyhound for schedules and fares: www.greyhound.com or 1-800-231-2222. To arrange for shuttle service from the Medford station, call toll-free (888) 760-7433 or (541) 488-1998. Additional information available at www.cascadeshuttle.com.

 

Ashland

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 541-772-6288

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50; might offer lower rate if paying in cash
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

13 miles

   

There is no Greyhound bus service to Ashland. Book travel to the Greyhound station in Medford, Oregon and then take a taxi to Ashland. Contact Greyhound for schedules and fares: www.greyhound.com or 1-800-231-2222. Contact Yellow Cab at (541) 772-6288 for transportation to Ashland from the station.

 

Ashland- Cox Hall

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Cascade Airport Shuttle
phone: 888-760-7433
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$90 for up to three people, one way to / from Klamath Falls
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

65 miles

   

The nearest Amtrak station is in Klamath Falls, 65 miles to the east of Ashland. Amtrak has limited bus service from Klamath Falls to Ashland. Please contact Amtrak directly for fares and schedules- 1-800-872-7245 or www.amtrak.com.

 
Driving Directions
  Cox Hall (Ashland, OR) I-5 From the South From I-5 take Ashland exit #11 and follow Siskiyou Boulevard into town for three miles. Just past the Walker Avenue stoplight, turn left on Frances Lane (Starbucks on your left), and make an immediate right into the parking lot. The three story building you are now in front of is Cox Hall. Please park in this lot. Registration will take place in the classroom through the sliding glass door (south side of the parking lot). PLEASE NOTE: A parking permit is required. Cost for the week for each vehicle is $30. See "Parking Information" below for additional details.
  Cox Hall (Ashland, OR) I-5 from the North From I-5, take Ashland exit #14, turn west toward downtown Ashland. You are on Highway 66 (stay in the left lane). Drive approximately one mile to the stop light on Walker Avenue (the Beanery coffee shop is on the left). Turn left onto Walker Avenue; continue one block to Siskiyou Boulevard. Make a right turn onto Siskiyou Boulevard then make a left turn onto the next street which is Frances Lane (Starbucks Coffee is on the left). After turning onto Frances Lane, make an immediate right into the parking lot. The three story building you are now in front of is Cox Hall. Please park in this lot. Registration will take place in the classroom through the sliding glass door (south side of the parking lot). PLEASE NOTE: A parking permit is required. Cost for the week for each vehicle is $30. See "Parking Information" below for additional details.
  Cox Hall (Ashland, OR) Using GPS Southern Oregon University only has one address for the entire campus, so there is no specific street address for Cox Hall. If using a GPS navigation system, we suggest the following nearby location to route to Cox Hall, then follow the directions below to get to the Cox Hall parking lot: Starbucks Coffee 1474 Siskiyou Boulevard Ashland, OR 97520 Turn onto Frances Lane and make an immediate right into the parking lot. The three-story building you are now in front of is Cox Hall. Please park in this lot. Registration will take place in the classroom through the sliding glass door (south side of the parking lot). PLEASE NOTE: A parking permit is required. Cost for the week for each vehicle is $30. See "Parking Information" below for additional details.
  Cox Hall (Ashland, OR) from Medford Airport Depart Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR) in Medford, Oregon. Follow signs to I-5 South (towards Ashland). From I-5, take Ashland exit #14, turn west toward downtown Ashland. You are on Highway 66 (stay in the left lane). Drive approximately one mile to the stop light on Walker Avenue (the Beanery coffee shop is on the left). Turn left onto Walker Avenue; continue one block to Siskiyou Boulevard. Make a right turn onto Siskiyou Boulevard then make a left turn onto the next street which is Frances Lane (Starbucks Coffee is on the left). After turning onto Frances Lane, make an immediate right into the parking lot. The three story building you are now in front of is Cox Hall. Please park in this lot. Registration will take place in the classroom through the sliding glass door (south side of the parking lot). PLEASE NOTE: A parking permit is required. Cost for the week for each vehicle is $30. See "Parking Information" below for additional details. Total distance: 20 miles Estimated time: 25 minutes
Elevation Note: Ashland is located at 2000' elevation at the foot of the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Program Registration, Campus Excursion, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Introduction to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
(Sunday, October 20)
   
 Arrive To: The 2013 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is packed full of comedy, tragedy, adventure, and more! In its 78th year producing an incredible repertoire of performances you’ll see more courses integrating behind-the-scenes aspects of the company, such as costuming, set design, stage combat, make-up, archives, and music! The remarkable courses led by actors from the company preparing you for each performance will still remain a prime focus of the program, along with other exceptional courses providing specific insight to each production. Get ready for an exciting season!

This week's performances are: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE –A classic American melodrama portrays the epic cultural clash between two audacious characters in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize- winning classic. MY FAIR LADY – An exquisite musical, by Lerner & Loewe, is creatively crafted for the love of literacy and language. THE LIQUID PLAIN – Set on the docks of late 18th – century Rhode Island, this world premiere by Naomi Wallace tells an emotionally and physically violent story about the cost of slavery on a young country. Wallace’s extraordinary work has recently won the acclaimed Horton Foote Prize.
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. Should you arrive before check-in begins, there is a comfortable lobby in Cox Hall for you to relax in. Enter the Cox Hall lobby on the Indiana Street side of the building. Please understand that rooms will not be available before check-in.


PROGRAM REGISTRATION: Enter Southern Oregon University’s conference residence, Cox Hall, through the sliding doors off the parking lot. At registration you’ll meet your Group Leader, who will be your expert guide for the week, and the Conference Assistant, who will give you your room keys. Settle into your room and relax from your journey here while your fellow participants arrive. At registration, you’ll receive a packet of information to prepare you for the week, including a detailed schedule of events and important information about the week. Come to the evening’s orientation refreshed and ready for your adventures!


ORIENTATION: Get to know what this exciting week has in store! Meet back in the registration room to get to know your fellow Road Scholars and program staff during an informative overview of the program. Learn about the in-depth classes and fascinating field trips you’ll be experiencing this week and prepare for Monday morning’s first glimpse of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus. Come prepared with your questions about any of the fun events this week.


CAMPUS EXCURSION: Orient yourself to Cox Hall, Cascade Dining Hall with its new dining service where you will eat many of your delicious meals, Schneider Museum of Art, Hannon Library, and the Stevenson Union. Cox Hall is conveniently located adjacent to Siskiyou Boulevard with easy access to campus attractions, coffee shops, eateries, and a gourmet grocery store.

 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious catered dinner and conversation with your fellow Road Scholars in our meeting room in Cox Hall. Continue your orientation to the week’s programming over a scrumptious dessert.
 Evening: INTRODUCTION TO THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: Immerse yourself in theatre life with a viewing of an intriguing set change captured on film, followed by an inspirational presentation highlighting the spirit of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Learn about an infamous mishap and how the Ashland community came together to ensure that the show went on.
   
Accommodations: Cox Hall
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatre Exploration, Picnic Lunch in Lithia Park, OSF Production Excursion, Evening Program
(Monday, October 21)

Note: Activity Level for Day: Moderate. Today you will be on your feet exploring the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus. Some activities may include standing for long periods of time and walking several blocks through town. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!



   
 Breakfast: Whether you’re an early bird or a late riser, enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by Cascade Dining Hall’s new food service, A’viands. Among the top 25 food service management companies in the nation, A’viands offers a variety of healthy choices incorporating local ingredients when possible. Choose from a buffet of choices including a fresh waffle bar or a hot breakfast such as fresh eggs, golden hash browns, and bacon. If you prefer a continental-style breakfast, choose from a wide variety of hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, bagels, doughnuts, and beverages including coffee, tea, milk, and juice.
 Morning: THEATRE EXPLORATION: Take a leisurely stroll through OSF’s three theatres, the indoor Angus Bowmer and Thomas theatres, and outdoor Elizabethan theatre. In this field trip, created especially for Road Scholar by OSF company members, learn about the festival from its evolution as a regional production of two shows in 1935 to an award-winning eleven-play repertory theatre.
 Lunch: Recap this morning’s excitement with your fellow participants over a picnic lunch in beautiful Lithia Park. Considered Ashland’s “crown jewel,” this park was commissioned in 1914 to be redesigned by landscape architect John MacLaren, who also designed San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Lithia Park’s 93 acres of lush greenery provides the scene for your tasty lunch. In case of rain, your group will retire to the picturesque gazebo along Ashland Creek.
 Afternoon: Learn what it takes to put on a theatre production. Afternoon class may include a visit guided by OSF production staff for an in-depth look into one of the various departments of the company. You might get a peek into the costume shop or learn about the history of OSF in their archives, or maybe you’ll see how the impressive sets are constructed and how prop masters keep track of every little piece that makes it on stage. Whatever you do, you’re sure to learn just how many details there are to keep track of in a large repertory theatre!

Return to the SOU campus to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include the many essential roles women play in Shakespeare, how a play is produced from start to finish, the technical side of production, or discovering the role of the wig master.
 Dinner: Relax after this afternoon’s excitement with an enjoyable dinner in the Cascade Food Court. The new food service, A’viands, uses fresh recipes in its delicious dinner entrees, ethnic cuisine selections, soups, salads, and assorted desserts.
 Evening: Reconvene with the group and discover more about the OSF productions through an expert-led evening class. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include the costume design process, the life of an actor, how the stage manager runs the show, Shakespearean language and literary history, or how an actor researches a role. The program will end by approximately 8:15pm.
   
Accommodations: Cox Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Free Afternoon, Evening OSF Performance
(Tuesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Try something new for breakfast! Choose from a buffet of choices including a fresh waffle bar or a hot breakfast such as fresh eggs, golden hash browns, and bacon. If you prefer a continental-style breakfast, choose from a wide variety of hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, bagels, doughnuts, and beverages including coffee, tea, milk, and juice.
 Morning: Immerse yourself this morning in learning more about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include how the casting process works, the implementation of a play for the modern stage in dramaturgy, incorporating dance in theatre productions, or how actors learn dialects for the stage.

PREVIEWS, REVIEWS, & STARS: These core classes of the program will be taught daily by an Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor who will be your guide for the week’s performances, lead review discussions, and introduce you to several actors straight off the OSF stages.
 Lunch: Head over again to Cascade Dining Hall for a refreshing lunch before the afternoon's activities.
 Afternoon: Explore the wonders of Southern Oregon or take in another show on your own at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Stroll through the beautiful parks of Ashland, visit the many galleries and shops downtown, sample your way through a handful of the 88 wineries in this up-and-coming wine region, or indulge in the sweets offered at Dagoba Chocolate in Ashland and Harry & David in Medford. Spend an afternoon in neighboring Jacksonville to enjoy the charming character of this old gold-rush mining town registered as a National Historic Landmark.
 Dinner: Tonight dinner will be on your own, to take advantage of more than 80 restaurants in Ashland. You’ll find everything from sushi or traditional pub fare to fine dining in downtown Ashland.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Named after the OSF founder Angus Bowmer, this theatre opened in 1970 to extend the OSF season by offering an indoor venue. By design, you’ll find there’s no bad seat in the house.

Tonight you will be seeing A Streetcar Named Desire. This classic American melodrama portrays the epic cultural clash between two audacious characters in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize- winning classic. NOTE: Contains emotionally and physically violent scenes.
   
Accommodations: Cox Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Matinee OSF Performance, Evening Program
(Wednesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Try something new for breakfast! Choose from a buffet of choices including a fresh waffle bar or a hot breakfast such as fresh eggs, golden hash browns, and bacon. If you prefer a continental-style breakfast, choose from a wide variety of hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, bagels, doughnuts, and beverages including coffee, tea, milk, and juice.
 Morning: Return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include the process of directing a play, how an actor dissects the language and psychology of a scene in script analysis, the business of acting, or the brilliant music in Shakespeare’s plays.

PREVIEWS, REVIEWS, & STARS: After a coffee break, explore more of the week’s performance themes as you meet again with your OSF actor instructor. Relive the highlights from the play you watched yesterday, learn about the themes and setting of the play you will see today, and meet one of the many talented OSF actors.
 Lunch: Head over again to Cascade Dining Hall for a refreshing lunch before the afternoon’s activities.
 Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: Named after the OSF founder Angus Bowmer, this theatre opened in 1970 to extend the OSF season by offering an indoor venue. By design, you’ll find there’s no bad seat in the house.

Today you will be seeing My Fair Lady. This exquisite musical, by Lerner & Loewe, is creatively crafted for the love of literacy and language.
 Dinner: Enjoy more great dinner options at the Cascade Dining Hall for a delightful meal.
 Evening: Return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may address the choreography of stage combat, how make-up can transform an actor into a character for the stage, the intricacies of set design, the life and times of Shakespeare, or the rehearsal process.
   
Accommodations: Cox Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Catered Dinner, and Evening OSF Performance
(Thursday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Try something new for breakfast! Choose from a buffet of choices including a fresh waffle bar or a hot breakfast such as fresh eggs, golden hash browns, and bacon. If you prefer a continental-style breakfast, choose from a wide variety of hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, bagels, doughnuts, and beverages including coffee, tea, milk, and juice.
 Morning: Return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include the many essential roles women play in Shakespeare, how a play is produced from start to finish, the technical side of production, or discovering the role of the wig master.

PREVIEWS, REVIEWS, & STARS: After a coffee break, return to the classroom for today’s discussion of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays. Each year, almost 400,000 theatre patrons travel to Ashland to watch these award-winning shows. In this intimate class setting, review yesterday’s performance, meet yet another special guest, and get ready for today’s production with your OSF guide.
 Lunch: Head over again to Cascade Dining Hall for a refreshing lunch before the afternoon’s activities.
 Afternoon: Return to the classroom to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include the costume design process, the life of an actor, how the stage manager runs the show, Shakespearean language and literary history, or how an actor researches a role.
 Dinner: Gather for your last dinner together as a group over a pleasant, catered meal in our private meeting room. Share your thoughts about this week’s program with your new Road Scholar friends and highlight your favorite experiences.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Formerly the New Theatre, renamed this year after the late OSF Development Director Peter D. Thomas, this theatre offers an intimacy and versatility in seating arrangements unique to each show.

Tonight you will be seeing The Liquid Plain. Set on the docks of late 18th-century Rhode Island, this world premiere by Naomi Wallace tells an emotionally and physically violent story about the cost of slavery on a young country. Wallace’s extraordinary work has recently won the acclaimed Horton Foote Prize and is part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s commissioned series American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. NOTE: Strong profanity and explicit sexuality.
   
Accommodations: Cox Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Theatre Classes with OSF Actors, Boxed Lunch, Check-Out
(Friday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Try something new for breakfast! Choose from a buffet of choices including a fresh waffle bar or a hot breakfast such as fresh eggs, golden hash browns, and bacon. If you prefer a continental-style breakfast, choose from a wide variety of hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, bagels, doughnuts, and beverages including coffee, tea, milk, and juice.
 Morning: Return to the classroom one last time to learn more about the OSF productions. Class topics vary each week. Among others, subjects may include how the casting process works, the implementation of a play for the modern stage in dramaturgy, incorporating dance in theatre productions, or how actors learn dialects for the stage.

PREVIEWS, REVIEWS, & STARS: After a coffee break, gather again in the classroom. Today you’ll meet for the last time with the group and go over the week’s performances, meet with a guest actor, and wrap up the week’s themes. Prepare for next season with a review of the 2014 performances.
 Lunch: Choose a delicious boxed lunch to enjoy in the classroom, eat outside on the SOU campus, or take on the road as you return home.
 Afternoon: Please check-out of Cox Hall by 1:00 PM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Ashland, OR Ashland Chamber of Commerce
Your one stop source for information on things to do in Ashland- where to go and what to see. Visit the chamber at 110 East Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520, call (541) 482-3486 or visit their website for information. For additional information, visit www.ashlandchamber.com
  Camelot Theatre
This regional theatre in Talent produces plays and musicals by amateur and professional actors. Founded as Actors’ Theatre in 1982, the theatre changed names to Camelot in 2002 when Livia Genise became artistic director and grew the theatre’s reputation it enjoys today. It performs in the recently-completed James M. Collier theatre. For tickets call their box office at (541) 535-5250. For additional information, visit http://camelottheatre.org/
  Crater Lake National Park
Scenic Crater Lake is a two hour drive from Ashland. At 1,943 feet deep, it is the deepest lake in the United States. Most known for its dazzling blue color, the lake has two picturesque islands making it a destination for photographers.

With an average snowfall of 44 feet, not all entrances are open year round. Roads can close from October to July. Rim Drive is typically open by the beginning of July. This 33 mile drive has spectacular viewpoints.

For the latest road, weather, and trail information please call (541)594-3000. Current conditions at the park, including web cams, road and facility status can be found on the "Current Conditions" page of their website. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/crla

  Craterian Theatre
The Craterian Theatre in Medford puts on performances by local, regional, and national performance artists. Including musicals, ballets, and symphonies, you’ll find something for everyone here. For tickets call their box office at (541) 779-3000. For additional information, visit http://www.craterian.org/
  Dagoba Chocolate
Dagoba founder Frederick Schilling started the company in 2001. The chocolate’s name comes from the Sanskrit word for “temple.” Sourcing its ingredients directly from cacao producers, Dagoba has become a nationally-recognized chocolate bar. Visit them in Ashland at 1105 Benson Way. For additional information, visit http://www.dagobachocolate.com/
  Harry & David
Samuel Rosenberg bought Harry & David’s first 240 acres of pear trees in 1910. His sons, Harry and David, took over the family orchard in 1914 and developed the “Royal Riviera” pears the company would become known for. Today a national brand known for its “Moose Munch” snacks as well as its pears, Harry & David headquarters are in Medford, Oregon, only a 20-minute drive from Ashland. Afternoon tours of the factory are offered daily at 1:45pm. Ticket reservations required by calling 1-877-322-8000. For additional information, visit http://www.harryanddavid.com/
  Jacksonville
A 40 minute drive from Ashland is Jacksonville, a National Historic Landmark. Jacksonville has been known for its colorful history. Its foundation began during the Gold Rush flurry in the 1850’s. The buildings that line California St. were in large part built before 1900 when the town was referred to as Table Rock City.

For decades Jacksonville, which had become the county seat, flourished as the commercial and cultural center of Southern Oregon. It wasn’t until 1884, when the railroad was routed through the neighboring town of Medford, did the prestige of Jacksonville begin to wane. As residents and businesses moved away to those communities along the rail lines, Jacksonville settled into a new role-that of an agricultural center.

The combination of the County Seat being moved to Medford in 1927, the Great Depression and World War II had serious economic impact on Jacksonville. But never a community to give in, residents and business leaders sought to preserve the heritage of Southern Oregon’s first town. Although no longer a boom town, Jacksonville discovered a new way to lure those with the pioneer spirit, capturing it’s colorful past and inviting a new generation of explorers to experience it.

The Britt Festival in Jacksonville is a must see when visiting this unique town. The festival began in 1963 with its first summer outdoor concert. Britt exclusively offered classical music until 1978 when they started to incorporate other world-class artists. With an array of performances, including the Classical Festival in the beginning of August, you won’t want to miss these wonderful outdoor concerts.

In 1966, Jacksonville was designated a National Historic Landmark. Over 100 buildings in Jacksonville are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The information provided above is from www.jacksonvilleor.us. Call 541-899-1231 or visit the website for additional information. For additional information, visit www.jacksonvilleor.us

  Lithia Park
Lithia Park, which began with eight acres in 1892 has continued to grow and change along with the community that surrounds it. Its growth and development from a Chautauqua site (where the original Shakespeare theatre began in 1935) to a complete reflection of the public parks movement makes it of great historical as well as landscape interest. Today 42 of its 93 acres are listed in the National Register.

The development of today's park began in 1914 with the hiring of John McLaren (also designer of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park) as landscape architect. Lithia Park embodies the distinctive characteristics of park design in the tradition of Frederick Law Olmsted. McLaren's landscape plan for Lithia Park was organic in layout, following the natural canyon of the water course. The plantings were naturalistic to the extent that native alders, oaks, conifers and madrones were incorporated, but other plants, such as willows, maples, sycamores, and numerous ornamental varieties were introduced and selected for hardiness, form and color. Once within the Park, the visitor can walk along the trail on the east side of Ashland Creek to the Park headquarters and obtain a map showing the location of both historic and more modern park features including a trail guide to the most significant trees throughout the Park.

Lithia Park is located at 59 Winburn Way in downtown Ashland and is open to the public. Trail guides and other booklets about the park can be obtained from the park office of Ashland Parks and Rec. Dept., open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/nr/travel/ashland/lit.htm

  Oregon Cabaret Theatre
The Cabaret theatre produces 5 shows from February through December in Ashland’s remodeled First Baptist Church. This popular theatre performs to regularly full houses. For tickets call their box office at (541) 488-2902. For additional information, visit http://www.oregoncabaret.com/
  Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. Box Office- (541) 482-4331 or Toll-Free: (800) 219-8161 For additional information, visit www.osfashland.org
  Rogue Valley Wineries
Surrounded by forested mountains and rivers, the Rogue Valley has the micro-climates necessary for a world-class viticulture district. The vineyards thrive on the laced hillsides of Ashland and the sun-soaked valleys of the Rogue.

The Rogue Valley Region of Southern Oregon has three distinct subregions for grapes: the Rogue River subregion along Interstate 5 from Ashland to Grants Pass, the growing area of the state with the steepest elevation; the westernmost Illinois Valley, at a high elevation and more heavily influenced by the marine climate of the Pacific Ocean; the smaller Applegate Valley, locus for part of the Southern route of the Oregon Trail, further inland and sheltered from Pacific marine air.

The Rogue Valley is the most elevated, warm and dry wine growing region in Oregon. Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris are grown in all parts of the Rogue. The inland subregions of the Rogue, including the Applegate Valley, have a dry and warm climate suitable for production of the best Bordelaise varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Semillon and Cabernet franc. The Illinois subregion is noted for its high quality Burgundian varieties Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Chardonnay. For additional information, visit www.winesoforegon.com/rogue-valley-wineries-vineyards.htm

  Schneider Museum of Art
Show your Road Scholar nametag for free admission! This wonderful art museum on the Southern Oregon University campus displays beautiful visual art exhibitions by local artists.

For additional information, visit www.sou.edu/sma/

  Southern Oregon Visitors Association
Want to explore outside of Ashland? Southern Oregon Visitors Association has information for all of our outdoor pursuits- from scenic drives to rafting adventures on the Rogue and Umpqua rivers. For additional information, visit www.southernoregon.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


As I Remember, Adam: An Autobiography of a Festival


Author: Angus Bowmer


Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Images of America)


Author: Arcadia Publishing




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