OSF's Festival Noons

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland hosts a variety of noon activities for patrons, including lectures by company artists and others; Preface Plus, or longer versions of OSF's play prefaces; informal park talks with company members; and panel discussions, demonstrations, concerts, workshops and more.

All events begin at noon. Free park talks are held in the Bill Patton Garden, outside of Gate 1 of the Elizabethan Theatre. All other events are held in Carpenter Hall on Pioneer Street. Tickets for events at Carpenter Hall cost $8, $7 for members and $6 for ages 6 through 17. See osfashland.org or call the OSF box office at 482-4331.


Friday, July 24 — Lecture: "Is Our Paradise Really Lost?" by Libby Appel, OSF artistic director emerita and director of "Paradise Lost"

Saturday, July 25 — Lecture: "Much Ado about Nothing In Performance," by David Riggs, Stanford University

Sunday, July 26 — Park Talk: Jacqueline Leighton, costume properties

Tuesday, July 28 — Park Talk: G. Valmont Thomas, actor

Wednesday, July 29 — Lecture: "Oh Well, She Meant Well: Helena's Dilemma in 'All's Well That Ends Well,'" by David McCandless, University of St. Thomas

Thursday, July 30 — Preface Plus: "All's Well That Ends Well"

Friday, July 31 — "Shakespeare and the Divine Feminine," a panel discussion on playing Shakespeare's heroines with actors Kjerstine Anderson, Robin Goodrin Nordli, Robynn Rodriguez and Vilma Silva. Moderated by Hilary Tate, former OSF director of publications and senior editor

Saturday, Aug. 1 — Workshop: "Macbeth," by OSF's education department

Sunday, Aug. 2 — Park Talk: Ann Stephens, wardrobe supervisor

Tuesday, Aug. 4 — Park Talk: Joe Porto, scenic construction supervisor

Wednesday, Aug. 5 — Lecture: "'Henry VIII': Romance or History?," by Virginia Mason Vaughan, Clark University

Thursday, Aug. 6 — Preface Plus: Equivocation

Friday, Aug. 7 — Lecture: "The Music Man: Community and Transformation," by Bill Rauch, OSF artistic director and director of "The Music Man" and "Equivocation"

Saturday, Aug. 8 — Lecture and demonstration: "Stage Combat: Tricks of the Trade," by U. Jonathon Toppo, actor and resident fight director of "Macbeth," "The Music Man," "The Servant of Two Masters," "Don Quixote" and "Much Ado about Nothing"

Sunday, Aug. 9 — Park Talk: Rex Young and Miriam A. Laube, actors

Tuesday, Aug. 11 — Park Talk: Lezlie Cross, literary assistant

Wednesday, Aug. 12 — Chautauqua Reading: "Who We Are and Where We've Been." Participants to be announced.

Thursday, Aug. 13 —Preface Plus: "Macbeth"

Friday, Aug. 14 — Lecture: "Macbeth and the Insane Root of Language," by Michael Allen, University of California

Saturday, Aug. 15 — Workshop: Renaissance Country Dance, with Judy Kennedy, Renaissance scholar and former Green Show choreographer

Sunday, Aug. 16 — Park Talk: Michael Elich, actor

Tuesday, Aug. 18 — Park Talk: Catherine Foster, senior editor

Wednesday, Aug. 19 — Lecture: "How Well Does 'All's Well' End?" by Michael Warren, University of California

Thursday, Aug. 20 — Preface Plus: "Macbeth"

Friday, Aug. 21 —"Goldoni and the Landscape of Comedy: The High, the Low and the Middle," by Stephen Weeks, Lewis and Clark College

Saturday, Aug. 22 — Lecture: "How Well Does 'All's Well' End?" by Michael Warren, University of California

Sunday, Aug. 23 — Park Talk: Josiah Phillips, actor

Tuesday, Aug. 25 — Park Talk: Michael K. Maag, manager and automated lighting programmer

Wednesday, Aug. 26 — Lecture: "The American Dream is What We Wake Up From: A Talk on 'Paradise Lost,'" by Judith Rosen, dramaturg of "Paradise Lost"

Thursday, Aug. 27 — Preface Plus: "Equivocation"

Friday, Aug. 28 — Lecture: "Is Our Paradise Really Lost?" by Libby Appel, artistic director emerita and director of "Paradise Lost"

Saturday, Aug. 29 — Lecture and interactive demonstration: "Beat Boxing and the Art of Vocal Percussion," by Adam Matta, beat boxer and vocal performance artist in New York City

Sunday, Aug. 30 — Park Talk: Christine Albright, actor

Tuesday, Sept. 1 — Park Talk: Alison Carey, director, "American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle"

Wednesday, Sept. 2 — Lecture: "Staging 'Henry VIII,'" by Alan Armstrong, professor emeritus, Southern Oregon University and dramaturg of "Henry VIII"

Thursday, Sept. 3 — Preface Plus: "Equivocation"

Friday, Sept. 4 — Lecture: "Macbeth and Magic," by Jennifer Lee Carrell, scholar and novelist

Saturday, Sept. 5 — Lecture and demonstration: "Shakespeare As Originally Performed: Patrick Tucker's Original Shakespeare Company and London's Shakespeare's Globe," by Don Weingust of Southern Oregon University

Sunday, Sept. 6 — Park Talk: Kathleen F. Leary, archivist

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