Tag: Tales from the Vault

Tales from the Vault: Bob Scott

Oct 4th, 2012

Bob Scott was a great fan of Shakespeare and other playwrights, and a great friend of the Festival. Though he died in August of this year, he is alive in our minds and hearts. Through his estate he has left us a fine parting gift.



The Archives has received a collection of 232 items which Bob owned, most of which include a bookplate indicating that they are from the collection of Robert Edward Scott.
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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: 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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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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