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.
Rating (4.92)
Program No. 19886RJ
6 days
Starts at

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.
  • Feast on local cuisine as you learn about the production of artisanal cheeses, chocolates and Rogue Valley wines.

General Notes

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; please see date-specific itinerary for additional information. Performances for 2021 will be announced by November 2020. For a similar program at a slower pace, please see "In Good Company: Visionary Theatre at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (#19884)".
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
As I Remember, Adam: An Autobiography of a Festival
by Angus Bowmer
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Images of America)
by Arcadia Publishing
Illuminations: A Guide to the Plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
by Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Each year, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival publishes ILLUMINATIONS; a Guide to the Plays. With detailed plot synopses, notes from the directors, playwright biographies and commentaries for the performances, it’s a great introduction to the season. Available online or in person from the OSF Tudor Guild Gift Shop: http://www.tudorguild.org/

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