Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 303. Saturday, 15 May 1993.
Date: Friday, 14 May 93 16:24:47 PST
Subject: 4.0301 Q: Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0301 Q: Oregon Shakespeare Festival
> As part of my honeymoon on the Oregon coast this summer, my wife
> and I will be visiting the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.
> I'd greatly appreciate any tips from vets of the Festival on any
> aspect of it, including: What are the indoor theatres like?
First let me say I have not been there in too many years, but I suspect
this warning still holds: accoustics are such that crowd noise will
blot out whole lines in the large indoor theatre. It was the one and
only frustrating, enraging aspect of our several trips up there. We
would take a tube tent and set it up in a campground down the highway
towards Mefford and we would walk about all day downtown, there were Ye
Olde type pubs and an organic sprouts-and-leeks sandwiche shop and when
the wind came into the outdoor theatre the old ones would rise while
Lear was praying for pity at the footlights to wrap up in overcoats, and
it rained, and there were never enough tickets for everything we wanted
to see (in those days the Black Swan was an invitation-only cast tryout
free to friends of friends of the troup), but it was all fine, all of
it, except for the tourists inside who insisted on chatting during the
performance, kids on a bus tour, a middle-aged couple more used to TV or
other entertainments you could freely interrupt without loss, I tell
you, if I would have liked one bit of advice on attending Ashland, it
would be: Beware the tourists indoors!
Clovis in Felton, CA