photo by Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Playwright Tennessee Williams once wrote, “The theatre is a place where one has time for the problems of people to whom one would show the door if they came to one’s office for a job.”
Since 1935, people have been flocking to Ashland, Oregon, to watch stories concerning such characters unfold at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Originally, OSF plays were performed—and only Shakespeare plays—on one outdoor stage. Reputation and demand expanded the not-for-profit fest to today’s three theaters and several plays throughout a nine-month season. This year, eleven plays occupy OSF stages, only four by Shakespeare.
While attending OSF, many theatergoers see more than one play during their stay. For instance, if you’re visiting over a long weekend in mid- June, you could go on OSF’s morning backstage tour, attend a matinee of “The Taming of the Shrew,” dine at one of many restaurants (try Cucina Biazzi, cucinabiazzi.com
, or Standing Stone Brewery, standingstonebrewing.com
), and catch an evening show of “My Fair Lady.” The next day, explore Ashland’s boutiques and galleries, stroll 93-acre Lithia Park beside the OSF campus and enjoy an evening performance of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” at the outdoor Elizabethan Stage.
Lodging choices include the art deco Ashland Springs Hotel (ashlandspringshotel.com
), the Plaza Inn & Suites at Ashland Creek (plazainnashland.com
) and many others. Learn more about OSF and purchase tickets at osfashland.org
. To plan your Ashland visit, go to southernoregon.org