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Shakespeare Festival tour to Ashland

Theater-goers have the opportunity to travel to the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival on June 19-22 in this year’s 18th annual tour.

Traveling from Napa by luxury motorcoach, the trip features four plays, two private lectures, a backstage tour of all three theaters or a Q&A session with a Company member.

Guests stay at The Plaza Inn and Suites with daily breakfast, afternoon teatime and midnight snack of home-baked cookies and hot chocolate.

The plays this year include Shakespeare’s “Othello” in a modern setting, directed by OSF’S Artistic Director Bill Rauch. Also onstage are a new production of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Sense and Sensibility” in a world premiere, plus “Romeo and Juliet” performed in the outdoor Elizabethan theater.

New this year is the choice between two plays: “Henry V” done in the Thomas Theatre, or Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “Oklahoma!” performed in the traditional proscenium theater. The latter is done as a “gender neutral” play, with both of the romantic leads performed by women and the character of Ado Annie changed into Ado Andy. Guests are invited to choose in advance which of the two plays they prefer.

A welcome dinner is held at The Peerless restaurants. There is also free time for exploring Ashland’s boutiques, historic houses, and array of restaurants, bakeries and cafes.

The festival is now in its 83rd year, performing from February through October and employing hundreds of actors, directors, stage and lighting designers and other theatrical talents.

The tour price is $1,495 per person sharing double, the same as last years despite a raise in hotel and box office prices. A single room is an additional $480.

Organizing and accompanying the tour each year is professional travel consultant Susan Powers Kennelly. For a brochure, contact her at susanpk123@gmail.com or by phone at (707) 257-1804.

The tour customarily sells out. Early registration is recommended.

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