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: 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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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: 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: The Season

Oct 4th, 2012

As we enter the 70th anniversary year of our auspicious beginning on the 4th of July weekend in 1935, I reflect on where we have come—from three performances of two plays in three days in one theatre to 773 performances of 11 plays in 219 days in three theatres. For many years we performed on summer evenings only, with company members drawn from far-flung colleges for rehearsals and the build, culminating in August productions.
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