Bring on the Bard

February 3, 2020

With scandalous tales of love, betrayal, romance, tragedy and wicked social commentary, William Shakespeare’s plays are just as relevant as when they were written almost 500 years ago. Other literary classics, too, shine on stage as performed by the world-class Oregon Shakespeare Festival theater company, an Oregon tradition since 1935.

Running February through November each year in Ashland, each season brings 10 plays, shown on three stages. With a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion, the nonprofit-led company also creates the space to become fully engaged in the festival through classes, talks and immersive discussions at their Festival Noons or Living Ideas events. Fans can also take advantage of backstage tours to learn more about the history of the festival and the intricacies of operating a repertory theatre. The festival also includes sign-interpreted weekends, with ASL interpreters provided for special performances.

Acclaimed OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch has finished his time at the helm making a path for the new OSF Artistic Director Nataki Garrett. This year’s season has an exciting lineup of classics and new plays, including Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Tempest,” and  Sarah B. Mantel’s “Everything That Never Happened”.


Ready to bring on the bard? Here are some of the shows in the 2020 season lineup:


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
February 28 – November 1

The Copper Children
February 29 – October 31

Peter and the Starcatcher
March 1 – November 1

Bring Down the House, Parts I & II
March 3 – November 1

April 8 – October 31

The Tempest
May 26 – October 18

black odyssey
May 27 – October 16

May 28 – October 17

Poor Yella Rednecks
July 2 – October 31

Everything That Never Happened
July 21 – October 31


About The

Jen Anderson
Jen Anderson is a longtime journalist and travel writer/editor who is now Travel Oregon’s Content & Community Manager, helping to align content for visitors via social media, print and web. She’s called Oregon home for 25 years and loves finding the latest places to eat, drink and play around the state with her husband and two boys. Brewpubs, beaches and bike trails top the list.

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Ashland is our hometown, and we love it! I’m sure you’ll enjoy a visit. Without knowing your interests, I can tell you that we believe the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to be a must-do; this season of high quality plays and performances run nearly year-round and peak in the spring through summer. I recommend seeing at…