Daedalus 2012

Daedalus Project

  • August 19
  • Play Reading at 2:00 p.m. | Evening Variety Show at 7:30 p.m.

On the Verge of Flight!

For decades, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival company and audience have come together in August for The Daedalus Project. This annual event raises money to end the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to remember and celebrate those who have died from this disease.

Join us for both the afternoon play reading and the evening variety show on the 26th Anniversary of this entertaining, inspiring event. Please click on "more information" below for details about the 5K, Film Festival, Panel discussion, our Arts and Treasures Sale, our Bake Sale and the Wings of Daedalus.

Tickets for the Reading are $20-25. Tickets for the Variety Show are $30-35. To purchase tickets online, click on August 19 on the calender above;or call the Box Office at 800-219-8161. Tickets for the Daedalus Film Fest are available here.

If you cannot join us, but are still moved to give, please see below or click this link for more information about the Wings of Daedalus.

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Variety Show

The centerpiece event is our evening Daedalus Variety Show, an inventive parade of acts, ranging from the outrageous to the poignant, all created by the OSF company and local community artists. This family-friendly event will be held on Monday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. on the Elizabethan Stage.


Tickets for the Variety Show are $30-35. To purchase tickets online, click on August 19 on the calender above;or call the Box Office at 800-219-8161.

August 19, 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabethan Theatre.


This year OSF is pleased to present Falsettoland (Book by James Lapine, and music and lyrics by William Finn) for the Daedalus play reading. The story centers on Marvin, his wife Trina, his psychiatrist Mendel, his son Jason, and his gay lover Whizzer Brown. In this chapter of Marvin's life, Jason is preparing for his bar mitzvah and Whizzer is suffering from a mysterious, life-threatening, as yet undefined illness, which the audience recognizes is AIDS.

Tickets for the Reading are $20-25. To purchase tickets online, click on August 19 on the calender above; or call the Box Office at 800-219-8161

August 19, 2 p.m. in the Bowmer Theatre.

The play premiered in 1990, and the NY Times review said this: “…an achingly articulate musical that copes with AIDS much as its characters do—with denial, rage, empathy and even some small hope that what Marvin's son calls a ''miracle of Judaism'' will come to the rescue. Never maudlin, clinical or didactic—but always, in some hard-won way or another, high-spirited—Falsettoland is a musical of jubilance and courage, not defeat. It must have taken exceptional fortitude to write, and it is by turns entertaining and devastating to witness.”

Cordelia - Royer Bockus
Dr. Charlotte - Christiana Clark
Jason - Braden Day
Whizzer - Miles Fletcher
Marvin - Jeremy Peter Johnson
Trina - Miriam A. Laube
Dr. Mendel - Daisuke Tsuji

Stage Manager: Roxana Khan
Director: Jane Page
Music Director: Gary Busby


Benefit Sales

If you've seen the work on our stages, you know the OSF company has its share of talents, but if you visit our Daedalus Sales throughout the weekend, you will see how sweet, savory, sparkling and truly strange those talents can be. Visit the bricks for a glass of lemonade and some commemorative 26th Anniversary Daedalus T-shirts and posters. Step into the Bowmer Theatre lobby on Monday, August 19 for baked good and the Daedalus Arts and Treasures Sale, where you can buy anything from hand-crafted jewelry to dinner cooked in your home by an actor to props from your favorite OSF production.



Daedalus 5K Run

We hope this year to host another fun Daedalus 5K! 


Sign up online here! 

Download a registration form here!

Daedalus Film Fest

**New event!
August 16-18, 2013 at the Varsity Theater (Main Street)

For the first time ever, the Daedalus Project, in partnership with the Ashland Independent Film Festival and Coming Attractions, will present a Film Fest examining the global HIV/AIDS crisis past and present.  Join Ashland's premiere cultural institutions at the Varsity Theater on Main Street for a slate of thought-provoking, haunting, celebratory, maddening and inspiring original documentaries, including Blood Brother (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at 2013 Sundance Film Festival), How to Survive a Plague (2012 Academy Award-nomination for Best Documentary) and more.  

The Daedalus Film Fest will also feature a panel discussion on Monday, August 19 at noon with selected filmmakers as well as members of the OSF community. The panel discussion is a free, non-ticketed event.

NOTE: Tickets for the Film Fest will be sold through the OSF box office, NOT through the Varsity Theater.  100% of profits support The Daedalus Project's efforts to assist people living with HIV/AIDS.

Tickets for each screening are $10.  The panel is free and a non-ticketed event. To buy tickets and for more information about the films and showtimes, please visit the Daedalus Film Fest page.


The Wings of Daedalus


**New event

If you are committed to ending the spread of HIV/AIDS we invite you to participate in our Indiegogo campaign called THE WINGS OF DAEDALUS!  You do not have to be in Ashland, OR on August 16-19 to participate this year in THE DAEDALUS PROJECT.

Harkening back to the myth of Daedalus and Icarus we have decided this year to build a new set of Wings . . . wings that will not falter like the ones in the story.  This new set of wings will be made with origami feathers, and into every feather we will fold a name, a prayer, a reflection, a benediction.  The wings that were built with the love of one father for his one son failed.  For these wings we are harnessing the love and generosity of the entire world.  These new wings will be revealed during The Daedalus Project Variety Show on August 19.


STAND committed to eradiating HIV/AIDS from the world.

SPONSOR a feather or feathers.  Each feather is $5. Visit the Indigogo campaign!

SHARE the Indiegogo campaign and THE DAEDALUS PROJECT via Facebook, email, and other social media.

With your help - feather by feather, name by name - we will build a new set of WINGS that honor and remember those we've lost and push us forward to the day when HIV/AIDS will be no more.

In the last 25 years, the Daedalus Project has become greater than the sum of its parts. Not only has the event raised a grand total of $1.3 million for AIDS/HIV related charities, but it has created a tradition of remembrance, celebration, and collective action for our company, community, and audience. We thank you for your participation and look forward to seeing you on August 19.

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