Category: OSF Archives

Tales from the Vault: B. Iden Payne

Oct 4th, 2012

B. Iden Payne first inspired Angus Bowmer as a student at the University of Washington in 1930. In 1956 and 1961, Payne came to Ashland to both act and direct. In the intervening years, what Bowmer learned from Payne in Seattle lingered.


He gained an understanding of the meaning of words for the Elizabethan audience, a modern editor’s script must be read with knowledge of the earliest printed versions of the plays and with a firm rejection of all those stage and scene directions from 18th and 19th century productions...
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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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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: Musicals

Oct 4th, 2012

The inclusion of a musical in the 2001 season has sparked conversations regarding the history of musicals at the Festival. Though it is true that many of our productions have included lots of music—which you will note in Doug’s current exhibit in the side gallery of the Bowmer Theatre—the first true musicals at OSF were initiated by necessity and pure good fortune.
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