4 Oregon Shakespeare Festival Plays

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The 2016 Oregon Shakespeare Festival features 11 amazing plays this season! Read on to find out about these 4 plays you can’t miss out on!  Keep in mind there are 7 other wonderful plays such as Vietgone, Roe, Hamlet, RIchard II, A Winters Tale, Timon of Athens, and The Wiz that you may read all about here.

Twelfth Night

  • February 19 – October 30, 2016
  • Angus Bowmer Theatre
  • By William Shakespeare | Directed by Christopher Liam Moore

Viola who disguises herself as a boy out of necessity finds herself in Illyria, a strange place that she feels is full of eccentric and romantic types. But trouble begins when the woman her employer sent her to woo falls for her instead! It will of course eventually be sorted out after much confusion, consternation, and consideration they explore the often contradictory matters of the heart. This  comedy by Shakespeare has been set in the rollicking good time of the 30’s.

Great Expectations

  • February 20 – October 30, 2016
  • Angus Bowmer Theatre
  • Adapted by Penny Metropulos and Linda Alper | From the novel by Charles Dickens | Directed by Penny Metropulos | World Premiere Adaptation

Little Orphan Pip is raised by his ornry sister and her kindly husband, Pip helps an escaped prisoner one night, then is mysteriously summoned by the mysterious Miss Havisham to help set his life on an awkward journey of young love and preparation for a lifetime of laboring.  Just as he feels his course is set he is sent to London to live be transformed into a gentleman by an anonymous donor.  Has his life dreams come true? It is a wonderful tale of relationships, the heart, and the lessons of life choices in this new OSF adaptation.

The River Bride

  • February 21 – July 7, 2016
  • Angus Bowmer Theatre
  • by Marisela Treviño Orta | Directed by Laurie Woolery | World Premiere

Helen is not looking forward to her sisters wedding to the man who was supposed to have been hers, but just a few days before the wedding a strange man is pulled from the river.  He brings the promise of an attractive and possibly dangerous future to both sisters.  Set in a small town in Brazil, this story blends amazon folklore and lyrical storytelling to the matters of love, grudges and change.

The Yeomen of the Guard

  • February 24 – October 30, 2016
  • Thomas Theatre
  • Music by Arthur Sullivan; libretto by W.S. Gilbert | Adapted by Sean Graney, Andra Velis Simon and Matt Kahler | Directed by Sean Graney | World Premiere Adaptation

Unrequited love, prison break, and plots running wild around one central question, how can you prove a man’s innocence in  24 hours.  Set to classic country music! A rich comedic operetta by  Gilbert and Sullivan. This play is deeper emotionally than other by this duo.

These are just the tip of the iceberg, please visit OSF to read about the other rich and wonderful plays available this season, and most of all enjoy your experience!

By Amy Molthan


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