The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1572 Thursday, 9 September 1999.
Date: Wednesday, 8 Sep 1999 13:56:25 -0500
Subject: Re: Peer Cities Comparable to Ashland, Oregon
Once again, I just had to respond to this post. I live twenty miles
from Odessa, Texas, and although a Globe Theatre "facsimile" does exist
there-complete with Anne Hathaway's cottage-I would not advise anyone
making a trek out to the desert expecting something like Ashland. It
was the dream of a poor beleaguered teacher at a two-year college, and
if you want the feel of Shakespeare's poverty, you might come out and
stay at a nearby Comfort Inn. It does have a roof-and that is the most
comfort you will get out of this theatre.
I do attend and support it, though, because they do put on two
Shakespeare performances a year using local high school talent and
"facsimile" 16-century costumes. The Shenandoah Express last year put
on a three-day stint of "Twelfth Night." It is the only way we West
Texans can get out Shakespeare unless we venture out into big city
environs over 300 miles away in Dallas or Austin.
I hear, however, that Texans have a RSC director at the University of
Houston now, and if one wants to go 800 miles, he can get "culture."