Are you ready, theatre fans? In just a few short days and rain-soaked weeks, the 2016 season thunders forth at one of earth’s great theatres. Behold, way down in Oregon’s sunny south. You know the place of which I speak. The hamlet of Hamlet. Stratford-upon-Rogue. Broadway on Siskiyou.
I’m talking about Oregon Shakespeare Festival. If you haven’t been lately to the mightiest theatre town of them all (ASHLAND, ORE-GONE), ye best hitch up the carriage and make haste. Pronto.
Wondering when to go? Try opening weekend. Of course. This traditional kick off to the season is unique in the arts world. It’s like a three day blow out party with plenty of special events and star-studded local color. You’ll see old friends and make new ones. In addition to four shows and numerous panel discussions, you can go skiing to stay fit and order repeat affogatos at Mix to stay awake.
Tick tock. Prepare to fill these seats. OSF’s Bowmer Theatre was SOLD OUT over and over again last year for GUYS AND DOLLS. [Read the following in the voice of Rodney Gardiner as Nathan]: “Don’t delay – reserve your seats today!”
OSF knows how to roll out the red carpet for opening weekend. And if you’re really lucky, the Cascade weather gods will roll out the white carpet – as pictured above in 2011.
Saddle up, folks. It’s time for the annual rodeo!
See you there.