Shakespeare, musicals, classics and three world premieres: see one; see them all!
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 season will open the weekend of February 21 (previews begin February 14). Below is a quick glance at the season schedule, and we'll be posting more information for you as it become available.
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Read the 2014 playbill season announcement that was posted on February 1.
Read the 2014 director announcement that was posted on March 15.
Download the 2014 Season at a Glance (PDF).
ANGUS BOWMER THEATRE
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tony Taccone
February 14 – November 2
Rough magic and brave new worlds
For 12 years, the exiled Duke Prospero has waited for this moment: Old enemies have sailed too close to his enchanted island, and a mighty storm has forced them ashore. Now it’s time to settle old scores and reclaim his former dukedom for his daughter, Miranda. Aided by supernatural powers, Prospero dispenses justice while overseeing the growing attraction between Miranda and the princely son of one of his foes. In Shakespeare’s romance, sorcery and love transmute vengeance into humility and humanity, making it possible for all to return to a world made new by the power of forgiveness.
The Cocoanuts Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin; book by George S. Kauffman, with additional text by Morrie Ryskind; adapted by Mark Bedard
Directed by David Ivers
February 16 – November 2
Sun, sand and shtick
The service stinks but the gags are four-star in this Marx Brothers romp. Groucho owns a bum hotel in Florida and peddles dubious real estate to gullible Northerners seeking a place in the sun. He’s after a rich society dame, who’s after an eligible match for her daughter, who’s in love with the hotel’s head clerk. Trouble rolls in with the tide when the other Marxes arrive and mama’s eligible match turns out to be anything but. Mark Bedard (Groucho in 2012’s Animal Crackers) will adapt this jazz-age gem with songs
by Irving Berlin.
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window by Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Juliette Carrillo
February 15– July 6
No man is an island
It’s 1964, and Sidney Brustein is in his element: a Jewish intellectual in the heart of Greenwich Village, a hotbed of artists, activists and social upheaval. But nothing has brought him happiness—not his bohemian friends, his wife Iris, his failed folkie nightclub, or even his own lofty ideals. Then, when a turbulent political campaign sparks him into action and Iris begins yearning for a different life, he’s forced to decide what’s really worth fighting for. This 50th-anniversary production of a neglected classic by Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun) explores the rocky landscape of love, choices and consequences with poignancy
and biting humor.
A Wrinkle in Time based on the book by Madeleine L'Engle; adapted by Tracy Young World Premiere
Directed by Tracy Young
April 16 – November 1
Across the universe
Meg Murry is the quintessential square peg: a middle-school math whiz with braces, glasses and a temper. But when she and her strangely gifted little brother set off to find their missing father, they’re catapulted across time and space to a world where being different isn’t just an annoyance—it can cost you your life. Even with the help of curious otherworldly beings, Meg will have to conjure every power she can find, and then some, to put her family back together. OSF presents an all-ages-friendly adaptation of this mind-expanding science fiction story that’s still a favorite with the young and young at heart.
The Great Society by Robert Schenkkan World Premiere
Commissioned by and co-produced with Seattle Repertory Theatre
Directed by Bill Rauch
July 23 – November 1
Fighting for the dream
The tumultuous beginning of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency that Robert Schenkkan presented in All the Way (2012) continues in part two, The Great Society. In the years from 1965 to 1968, LBJ struggles to fight a “war on poverty” even as his war in Vietnam spins out of control. Besieged by political opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles to try to pass some of the most important social programs in U.S. history, while the country descends into chaos over the war and backlash against civil rights. This American Revolutions–developed world premiere is an unflinching examination of the morality of power.
The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kent Gash
February 20 – November 2
Double double trouble
Set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, Antipholus and his servant, Dromio, go looking for family they lost years ago. Traveling from the rural South, they arrive in the big city, and surprise! Suddenly there are two identical Antipholi and two identical Dromios, which has everybody in town (including significant others) seeing double. To make matters worse, another family member is about to be executed for breaking local law. Laughs fly as the clock ticks in Shakespeare’s farce about the craziest family reunion ever.
Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Shishir Kurup
March 26 – June 20; September 4 – November 2
We are family
A janitor. A software mogul. A college grad. An IRS paper-pusher. Although they live thousands of miles apart, these four people share a secret: They’re recovering addicts who’ve found a safe haven in an online chat room. There, with liberal doses of jokes and bullying, they help each other navigate the broken terrain of their lives. But when an Iraq War vet’s tragedy spills over into their cyberhome, everything changes. In this fearless, groundbreaking Pulitzer Prize–winner, worlds virtual and real unfold onstage, challenging our notions of family, forgiveness, community and courage.
Family Album Book and lyrics by Stew; music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald World Premiere
Directed by Joanna Settle
July 1 – August 31
Does settling down mean selling your soul?
Singer/songwriter Heimvey and his band have been on the road for years, fueling their rock ’n’ roll dreams with gigs in concert halls and bars. But when they stop to visit an ex-girlfriend and former bandmate who gave up the artist’s way for a life in the suburbs, they all begin to question the choices they made. This rollicking, irreverent musical by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, the team behind the Tony Award–winning hit Passing Strange, takes wicked aim at the tradeoffs and dilemmas facing anyone trying to be an artist—or a parent—in the United States today.
ELIZABETHAN STAGE/ALLEN PAVILION
Richard III by William Shakespeare
Directed by James Bundy
June 3 – October 10
Bad to the bone
The king you love to hate returns. Richard III is the cunning royal reprobate so deformed in body and spirit that even his mother rues the day he was born. His path to England’s throne is murderous. He rules with a tyrant’s fist. He’s backstabbing and bloody. Yet he is so mesmerizing that we dare you to look away. Historically, Richard III may not have been such a villain, but where’s the fun in that? Shakespeare’s reworking of history is tragedy at its best—deep, rich and unapologetic.
Into the Woods Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by James Lapine
Directed by Amanda Dehnert
June 4 – October 11
Be careful what you wish for
How far would you go to make your wish come true? Cinderella, Jack (of beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and a baker and his wife find out when they take a journey into the woods. It’s a magical, bewildering place full of witches, wolves, giants and mysterious strangers, where familiar fairy tales get tangled up together. Wishes come true here, but at a price. Even storybook characters must face the music—of which there is plenty—in Sondheim and Lapine’s irreverent Tony Award–winner.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sarah Rasmussen
June 5 – October 12
Is all really fair in love?
Young Proteus only has eyes for his hometown sweetheart, Julia. But on a trip to Milan, he gets one look at the lovely Silvia . . . and dumps Julia in a heartbeat. Two problems: Silvia is his best friend’s girl, and Julia won’t be dumped that easily. Stir in some bandits, an outraged father and a bad-mannered dog, and it’s friend versus friend in a wild tale of romantic rivals. This sumptuous production of Shakespeare’s early comedy—with twists that echo in his later plays—honors and mirrors Elizabethan tradition with an all-female cast.