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Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 109. Tuesday. 26 May 1992.
 
 
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Date: 		Monday, May 25, 1992, 17:58:37 -0400
Subject: 	Ashland and the Serious Tourist
 
From: 		Barry Rountree <WCONDEE@OUACCVMB.BITNET>
Date: 		Tuesday, May 26, 1992, 15:21:38 EST
Subject: 	Stradford Festival
 
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From:		Tim Bowden <
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Date: 		Monday, May 25, 1992, 17:58:37 -0400
Subject: 	Ashland and the Serious Tourist
 
> I'll be going to the Oregon Shakespearean Festival this summer.
> Does anyone have any recommendations for the productions being
> offered this year?  It will be my first time attending, so any
> tips will be welcome.
 
I love Ashland and am sorry I have not returned more often.
I have no suggestions about the offerings this year, but as for
tips...
 
We ordered tickets through the mails for the outdoor Elizabethan
Theatre.  That was because we wanted the security of at least
that performance.  When we arrived, we might show up outside
before every curtain.  We didn't, in most cases, even have to
wear funny signs to find tickets; there are always parties
fewer when they arrive than when they planned the trip.
 
If you don't score tickets, Ashland is an easy place to be
waiting for the next curtain.  I remember parks within easy
walking distance, faux-Elizabethan pubs, and a health food
sandwich shop.
 
Be prepared that everyone in your audience is not as intent
on the performance as you must be.  Acoustics in the nearby
Agnus Browmer Theatre are wonderful, but that means lines can
be and are blotted out by the lady behind you explaining the
plot to her sluggish husband.  When the tour bus arrives, you
will be watching mime; we once in that same theatre had a passel
of high schoolers whose training was Prime Time and who could
not for the life of them understand why everybody was glaring
at them.
 
There used to be command performances on Saturday nights at the
Swan across the street, and there is now a conventional theatre
downtown.  One year, on a Saturday morning, I had the rare pleasure
of attending a rummage sale with the electric actress who one
night previous was Ophelia now offering second-hand blouses to
anybody who happened by.
 
Maybe it has all changed by now.  For your sake, I hope not too
much.  I wish I were going with you.
 
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From: 		Barry Rountree <WCONDEE@OUACCVMB.BITNET>
Date: 		Tuesday, May 26, 1992, 15:21:38 EST
Subject: 	Stradford Festival
 
Is there a performance schedule for the Stradford Festival in Canada for
this year?  Can one purchase tickets yet?  Quite a while ago, an surface
address was posted where one could send off for a brochure, and no
answer has been forthcoming.  Do you have an address handy?  Should I
call the local chamber of commerce to get all of this information and
then post it to SHAKSPER?
 
Curious,
 
Barry Rountree
Ohio University
 
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[Ken Steele has warned me about answering queries myself, but I had this
information at hand.  hmc]
 
			1992 Stratford Festival
 
FESTIVAL THEATRE
	*The Tempest*		May 6 to November 14 (Opens June 1)
	*Romeo and Juliet*	May 7 to November 15 (Opens June 3)
	*Love's Labour's Lost*	May 5 to October 18 (Opens June 5)
	*Measure for Measure*	August 8 to November 14 (Opens Aug. 14)
 
TOM PATTERSON THEATRE (The Young Company)
	*Two Gentlemen of Verona*  August 2 to September 20 (Opens Aug. 8)
 
OTHER PRODUCTIONS
	*HMS Pinafore*
	*World of Wonders*
	*Entertaining Mr. Sloane*
	*Uncle Vanya*
	*Bonjour La Bonjour*
	*Shirley Valentine*
 
ADDRESS:
		Box Office
		Stratford Festival
		P.O. Box 520
		Stratford, ON
		N5A 6V2
 
TELEPHONE: 	1 (800) 567-1600
 

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