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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Join fellow alumni and Brett Gamboa, Dartmouth professor of English, and celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare with a weekend at the Oregon Shakespear

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Oregon, Ashland
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Academic Calendar, Arts, Clubs & Organizations, Dartmouth on Location, Lectures & Seminars
Registration required. Fee required. Tickets required.

Throughout the weekend, Professor Gamboa will lead participants through a literary and theatrical labyrinth of plots, language, and themes. Gamboa received high marks from alumni who attended our spring Shakespeare weekend at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia. One Shakespeare veteran wrote, "Professor Gamboa was one of the best lecturers on Shakespeare and theater I have ever heard."

The program begins on Saturday, September 27 with a backstage tour of the Festival theatres. (This same tour is offered on Sunday morning.) Then, we gather for a luncheon discussion of The Comedy of Errors prior to the matinee performance at 1:30 pm. We will reconvene at 5:30 pm, in time to make the 8 pm curtain call, for a dinner discussion of Richard III. On Sunday, enjoy the backstage tour or a stroll through Lithia Park, included in the National Register of Historic Places and famous for its charm and beauty. Gamboa will conclude our weekend with a luncheon discussion.

If your schedule allows for a Friday arrival, we invite you to attend The Two Gentlemen of Verona, for which we have reserved a block of tickets. Gamboa will attend the wine and cheese tasting on Friday night.


Saturday, September 27
7–10 am: Breakfast on your own
10–11:45 am: Backstage Tour
Noon: Luncheon and Pre-Performance Discussion
1:30 pm: The Comedy of Errors, Thomas Theatre
5:30 pm: Dinner and Pre-Performance Discussion
8 pm: Richard III, Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Sunday, September 28
7–10 am: Breakfast on your own
10–11:45 am: Backstage Tour (choose either Saturday or Sunday)
Noon: Wrap-Up Luncheon

Saturday and Sunday Pricing
Alumni and guests: $345 per person, plus the cost of hotel room

The pricing includes tickets to the two plays, two luncheons, one dinner with local wine, the backstage tour, and discussions with Professor Gamboa.

Pre-Program Extension

Friday, September 26
4 pm: Check-In
5–6 pm: Informal Wine and Cheese Tasting
8 pm: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Allen Elizabethan Theatre

The Festival has several other offerings on Friday, including The Tempest, and you are welcome to order and pay for those tickets directly through the Festival.

Friday Evening Pricing
Alumni and guests: $65 per person, plus the cost of the hotel room

The pricing includes the tickets to the play and the discussion with Professor Gamboa

We will hold a block of rooms at a group rate until August 15 at the Plaza Inn and Suites in downtown Ashland, a short distance from the Festival theaters. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservations and receive the group rates of $169 or $189 per night.

This event is organized by the Office of Alumni Relations in conjunction with the Dartmouth Club of Oregon. To learn more about Dartmouth on Location programs or for registration assistance, please contact us at (603) 646-9159 or [email protected]

For more information, contact:
Alison Shepardson
(603) 646-9159

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.