Tag: Tales from the Vault

Tales from the Vault: Robert Loper

Oct 4th, 2012

In mid-July I opened an envelope sent from Seattle containing an obituary for Robert (Bob) Loper who had died suddenly the week before. I met Bob in 1987 while here to direct The Member of the Wedding. I clearly remembered him, and was aware of his long association with us.


Soon after, Richard Hay asked me for a list of credits for the memorial service. Also, Bob’s son Matt was to take a trip to Colorado and Ashland gathering memorabilia since the family had little.
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Tales from the Vault: Shaw and Ibsen

Oct 4th, 2012

We seem to have latched on to 1976 recently. In 2004, we produced all the Shakespeare from 1976. Well, only Henry VI, Part Two, not all three parts. Now we are staging Shaw with a dash of Ibsen. The 1976 connection is Ibsen’s Brand and Shaw’s The Devil’s Disciple.


In Jerry Turner’s discussion of that season’s playbill in the Fall/Winter issue of Prologue, he quoted something Shaw said in 1906—70 years earlier, yet another connection to this year...
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Tales from the Vault: January

Oct 4th, 2012

For those new arrivals in Ashland, I thought I would dig into the files of earlier Orientation materials. The following comes from the 1962 Guide, which may have been written by Angus Bowmer:



“There are no stars in Ashland...”
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Tales from the Vault: Mark Antony

Oct 4th, 2012

In 1960, the Oregon Shakespearean Festival Association produced the play The Taming of the Shrew, the hotel down the street at 1st & Main opened a newly renovated, newly named Mark Antony Hotel, and there was a close presidential election.



In 2000, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival produced the play The Taming of the Shrew, the hotel down the street at 1st & Main opened a newly renovated, newly named Ashland Springs Hotel, and there was a close presidential election...
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Tales from the Vault: School Tour

Oct 4th, 2012

As the season draws to a close, the school visit program is about to take off. You may wonder how this terrific outreach program came about. It was all related to the opening of the Angus Bowmer Theatre, 35 years ago, and a multi-faceted approach to growing our audience. Here’s what Forbes (Buck) Rogers, education coordinator, had to say about the tour in the Fall/Winter 1971 OSFA Newsletter (now Prologue)...
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