A Feast for the Senses: Ashland & the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

See what Ashland is famous for by attending three performances, and discover the city’s thriving art, food and wine scenes through the eyes of local artisans.
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Program No. 19886RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Enjoy the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from downtown Ashland, Oregon, a charming college town with a generous helping of big-city sophistication. Now a hotspot for fine food and wonderful wine, Ashland is the home of award-winning cutting-edge theatre where classics are reinterpreted and new plays are brought to life. From your home at a restored historic hotel, engage in compelling lectures and view three performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Explore Ashland's culture and cuisine with a visit to a local winery, award-winning cheesemaker and chocolatier.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to two miles a day over hilly and uneven terrain; standing for up to one hour as well as stairs.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend three performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and meet actors and company members who provide rich context for each play.
  • Learn about an aspect of theatrical production ranging from costume or scene design to stage management and beyond.
  • Discuss each play with an actor from the company, putting each production into a broader context and introducing you to special guests.

General Notes

Due to a change in scheduling at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, performances for the 2020 programs will be announced at a later date. The 2020 playbill features six main stage shows, including two by William Shakespeare (“The Tempest” and “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” trilogy as well as new and contemporary works (such as “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “The Copper Children.”) Performances seen will vary by program date. Performances for 2021 will be announced by November 2020.
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Jessica Sage
Jessica is the artistic director of Rogue Theater Company (roguetheatercompany.com). She has acted on stage throughout the United States and Europe. She has numerous movie and television roles to her credit, including “Hair,” “If Tomorrow Comes” and “General Hospital.” Jessica has spent three decades teaching acting, directing (over 40 productions), writing plays and producing stage productions. She is also an avid traveler, having visited over 75 countries (and lived abroad for six years). Jessica has been a Road Scholar Group Leader since 2018.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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