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Three-play theater weekend at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare theater seminar led by Prof. Murray Biggs in Ashland, Oregon, July 26-29, 2018

A Summer Weekend at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 26-29 July 2018

Join Murray Biggs, Special Lecturer in English and Theater Studies for Yale Educational Travel, on another theater weekend in the beautiful small town of Ashland in southern Oregon, host to the country’s premier Shakespeare theatre celebrating its 83rd season. This program is designed for anyone devoted to high-quality Shakespeare, not just Yale alumni. Expected participation: about 30.

The weekend is a 72-hour theatrical immersion starting with a welcome reception and dinner on Thursday evening, July 26, and ending after the matinee on Sunday 29th. We shall read and discuss three very different Shakespeare plays (Henry V, Othello, and Love’s Labor’s Lost) and see one in each of the Festival’s three very different theaters, including the Elizabethan-style outdoor theater open to the stars: all of them a few minutes’ walk from the historic downtown Ashland Springs Hotel where we convene. The nearby Lithia Park, designed by a disciple of Frederick Law Olmstead, is a major attraction, as - for those with cars and leisure - is the sparkling Crater Lake 90 miles away. Ashland itself, at 2,000 feet, is bracketed by the Cascade and Siskiyou mountains just north of the California border off I-5. It boasts an ideal dry summer climate: hot during the day, cool at night.

The charge for the weekend is $1,285 for double hotel occupancy, $1,485 for single, and $885 a head for those not requiring accommodation. These total prices include:

* Thursday through Saturday night hotel accommodation as needed

* Friday through Sunday breakfast for hotel guests

* Thursday welcome reception and dinner; light refreshments at meetings

* advance scripts of all plays as preparation for Prof. Biggs’s lectures

* tickets to three plays plus backstage tour

* lively group review, seminar-style; farewell reception

* visit from an actor in, or director of, one of our productions.

A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person secures a place on the program, with balance due by May 31. Cancellation not later than June 15 will earn a refund of 50% of the total cost. After June 15 no refund is possible. The deposit itself is not returnable. Checks made out to Educational Theater Weekends should be mailed to 36 Morse St, Hamden, CT 06517 (attn. Lita Wright). All payments will be acknowledged by email. Questions to murray.biggs@yale.edu; 203-997-6493.

If you wish to keep your hotel room on Sunday night at our group rate, please tell us by May 1.


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