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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: Exhibit Center

Oct 4th, 2012

The Exhibit Center began in the Swedenburg House on the SOU campus with a grant from the American Revolution Bi-Centennial Commission of Oregon in the amount of $3,000. It opened on June 14, 1975. Kay Atwood and Skip Hubbard developed the project there and returned five years later when it arrived “on campus” in the old bank building, now known as the Administration Building. It reopened on February 27, 1981...
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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: Doctor Faustus

Oct 4th, 2012

We make connections around here, lots of them. This year we reconnect with The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, first done here in 1979. Jerry Turner directed that show and this year it is dedicated to him. Jim Edmondson acted in it and this year he directs it. Richard Hay, Todd Barton and Douglas Faerber worked on that show, as they do again this year...
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Tales from the Vault: Closing Night

Oct 4th, 2012

As the season draws to a close and the weather is cooler, it is certainly apparent why our outdoor season would not or could not be extended.



The tradition to close the outdoor theatre with the words of Prospero from Act IV actually began in 1952 when H. Paul Kiss had the role in The Tempest which concluded the season. A Medford Mail Tribune story on August 31, 1952 says “Thus the festival ends, and will lie sleeping until another group of actors returns to work to awaken it next June.”
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