Regional vacation alternatives offer great values in these economically challenging times. If you love live theater, for example, and live in Ashland, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a sure vacation bet.
The Oregon Shakepeare Festival is the oldest and largest theater company in the United States. The theater’s artistic director, Bill Rauch, announced offerings of the 2010 75th anniversary season at a member event in the New Theatre on March 13th. Ticket prices are down this year and many lodging and dining establishments are offering special deals to attract customers.
Four plays by William Shakespeare will anchor the performances. Hamlet, directed by Bill Rauch, will open at the top of the season and run throughout the year. The Merchant of Venice, The Twelfth Night, and Henry IV will be staples in the season’s schedule. Other plays, both Shakespearean and not, will round out the festival’s playbill.
Henry IV Part One, will be directed by Penny Metropulos, former associate artistic director, and the first woman to direct this play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
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