The Bard and Beyond: A Backstage Pass to Award-Winning Theatre
Attend three award-winning shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and enrich your experience and appreciation of the productions through lectures, tours and discussions.
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Program No. 19884RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the world of an internationally acclaimed forward-thinking theatre company with insider-access to company members straight off the stages. Throughout the week, actors and theater experts lead lectures and field trips that add context to the three plays you attend. 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. The 2018 playbill includes a balance between the well-known (Othello, Oklahoma!, Romeo and Juliet) and new works (Manahatta, The Way the Mountain Moved, The Book of Will), including two world premieres, four new plays written by writers of color and five written by women.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile over uneven terrain including stairs; standing up to one hour. Indoor and outdoor theatres are accessible.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Your program includes tickets to three Oregon Shakespeare Festival performances, an internationally acclaimed forward-thinking theatre company.
  • Explore the performance venues with a company member who relates OSF history and provides 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.
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Susan Stitham
For more than 30 years, Susan Stitham has taught English and history to students of all ages, ranging from seventh grade students to adult students at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fairbanks, Alaska. One of her favorite classes that she taught was a semester of Shakespeare to underachieving 12th graders. While teaching this class, she saw how powerfully Shakespeare speaks to everyone, even teenagers in the 21st century. In 1992, Susan received the prestigious Milken National Educator Award. Since moving to Ashland in 2010, Susan has been teaching "Shakespeare 101" classes at Ashland OLLI, introducing Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays to folks who want some help with language, conventions and background in increasing their enjoyment of the productions.
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Christiana Clark
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Tyrone Wilson
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Susan Stitham
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Tom Mulholland
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Oona Meade
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Michael J. Hume
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