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Shakespeare Festival - August 12-15, 2014

2014 Shakspeare Festival

For the 14th year in a row, Notre Dame de Namur University Office of Alumni Relations is proud to support an educational theater pilgrimage to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland as we enjoy a variety of plays on all three of the festival’s famous stages. We’ll experience three days of theater performances — Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest and Into the Woods — both Elizabethan and contemporary. We will also learn and discover what’s behind the shows on a walking backstage tour with a company member.

Our goal is to provide the NDNU community with an exciting combination of discovery and learning. This is a great way to meet new friends and old, as we enjoy some of Shakespeare’s work and contemporary productions.

Registration is closed (all spots have been filled).


Overview

Tour Price Includes:
  • Three nights at the Plaza Inn & Suites at Ashland Creek
  • Three continental breakfasts
  • Wine and Cheese Welcome Reception
  • NDNU Hosted Dinner: August 13, 2014
  • Four theater performances
  • Backstage tour and conversation with an actor
  • Educational Seminars with Vince Fitzgerald, Ph.D., NDNU English Professor
Not Included:
  • Transportation to/from Ashland
  • Ground transportation
  • Meals, except as noted
Tour Prices:
  • Double Occupancy: $575 p/p
  • Single Room: $775 p/p.
Space is limited; your registration with payment will be your confirmation. Register by June 20, 2014. If cancellations are necessary, a full refund will be given up to, but not after June 25, 2014.


Itinerary

August 7 – Thursday

  • 5:30 – 7 p.m. Educational Seminar with Dr. Vince Fitzgerald at the Sobrato Campus (Shoreway Conf. Room)  located at 350 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City, 94065
    • Thought-provoking discussion to prepare us for the plays
    • Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided
    • Theater tickets will be given out (unless specified by individual member)

August 12 – Tuesday

  • Arrive independently via air or ground transportation in Ashland, Oregon, and check into the Plaza Inn & Suites at Ashland Creek – 98 Central Avenue, Ashland, Oregon  97520
  • 5:30 p.m. NDNU Welcome Reception: Wine and Cheese in the “Garden Room”
    • Your tickets will be handed to you at the Welcome Reception
  • Dining on your own
  • 8:00 p.m. attend the evening performance of Richard III  at the Allen Elizabeth Theatre

August 13 – Wednesday

  • 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast at the hotel
  • Enjoy the rest of the morning exploring the town of Ashland independently.
  • 1:30 p.m. attend the matinee performance  of A Comedy of Errors at the Thomas Theatre
  • 5:30 p.m. NDNU hosted dinner on the patio by Ashland Creek - Louie's Bar & Grill located at 41 N Main St, Ashland, OR
  • 8:00 p.m. attend the evening performance of  Into the Woods at the Allen Elizabeth Theatre

August 14– Thursday

  • 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast at the hotel
  • Meet at the hotel lobby by 9:30 a.m. for a group ‘backstage tour’
  • 10:00 -11:45 a.m. Backstage Tour – Thomas Theatre
    • This morning we will take a backstage tour of the three Festival theater houses—the Angus Bowmer Theatre, the Thomas Theatre and the Elizabethan Stage—with a member of the Company.  Learn how the theaters were designed and how modern-day innovations help bring plays to life.
  • Enjoy the rest of the morning & afternoon exploring the town of Ashland independently.
  • Dinning on your own
  • 8:00 p.m. attend the evening performance of The Tempest at Angus Bowmer Theatre

August 15 – Friday

  • 7 - 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast at the hotel “Garden Room”
  • 10:00 a.m. Park Chat:
    • Discussions about the plays w/Dr. Vince Fitzgerald at Lithia Park picnic area located next to the Shakespeare Festival (if it is raining the discussions will be held at the hotel conference room)


Driving Directions and Carpooling

Richard III

Richard III

By William Shakespeare | Directed by James Bundy
Tuesday, August 12
8 p.m.
Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Richard III

Image: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

From the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Website:

Bad to the Bone

The king you love to hate returns. Richard III is the cunning royal reprobate so deformed in body and spirit that even his mother rues the day he was born. His path to England’s throne is murderous. He rules with a tyrant’s fist. He’s backstabbing and bloody. Yet he is so mesmerizing that we dare you to look away. Historically, Richard III may not have been such a villain, but where’s the fun in that? Shakespeare’s reworking of history is tragedy at its best—deep, rich and unapologetic. Read more on the OSF website


The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare | Directed by Kent Gash
Wednesday, August 13
1:30 p.m.
Thomas Theatre

The Comedy of Errors

Images: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

From the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Website:

Double double trouble

Antipholus and his servant, Dromio, go looking for family they lost years ago. Traveling from the rural South, they journey to the big city and find themselves in the heart of the Harlem Renaissance. And surprise! Suddenly there are two identical Antipholi and two identical Dromios, which has everybody in town (including significant others) seeing double. To make matters worse, another family member is about to be executed for breaking local law. Laughs fly as the clock ticks in Shakespeare’s farce about the craziest family reunion ever. Read more on the OSF website


Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Directed by Amanda Dehnert
Wednesday, August 13
8 p.m.
Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Into the Woods

Image: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

From the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Website:

Be careful what you wish for

How far would you go to make your wish come true? Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), and a baker and his wife find out when they take a journey into the woods. It’s a magical, bewildering place full of witches, wolves, giants and mysterious strangers, where familiar fairy tales get tangled up together. Wishes come true here, but at a price. Even storybook characters must face the music—of which there is plenty—in Sondheim and Lapine’s irreverent Tony Award–winner. Read more on the OSF website


The Show Behind the Show

The Show Behind the Show

Thursday, August 14
10 a.m.
Thomas Theatre

Backstage Tour

Image: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

We will take a backstage tour of the three Festival theater houses—the Angus Bowmer Theatre, the Thomas Theatre and the Elizabethan Stage—with a member of the Company.  We will begin with a brief talk about the history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the intricacies of operating a theatre in repertory. Tour stops include theatre spaces as well as backstage, Green Room and other behind-the-scenes areas.

Please note: the tour travels through outdoor spaces so please dress accordingly.


The Tempest

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare | Directed by Tony Taccone
Thursday, August 14
8 p.m.
Angus Bowmer Theatre

The Tempest

Image: Oregon Shakespeare Festival

From the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Website:

Rough magic and brave new worlds

For 12 years, the exiled Duke Prospero has waited for this moment: Old enemies have sailed too close to his enchanted island, and a mighty storm has forced them ashore. Now it’s time to settle old scores and reclaim his former dukedom for his daughter, Miranda. Aided by supernatural powers, Prospero dispenses justice while overseeing the growing attraction between Miranda and the princely son of one of his foes. In Shakespeare’s romance, sorcery and love transmute vengeance into humility and humanity, making it possible for all to return to a world made new by the power of forgiveness. Read more on the OSF website


For more info contact Alumni Relations Director Elizabeth Valente at alumni@ndnu.edu or 650-508-3515.