Bard act to follow: Shakespeare festivals sweep the globe

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  • Letterwriter Bountiful, Utah
    Aug. 24, 2012 2:08 p.m.

    I've never been to Ashland, but I don't think it can beat the Utah Shakespeare Festival. After all, USF won a Tony award for best regional theater. Six plays in repertory. Three nightly greenshows in repertory. Play orientations. Seminars discussing the plays seen the day before. Backstage tours. Props seminars. Costumes seminars. Actors seminars. Lunches with actors, designer, directors, etc. Repertory Magic (watch matinee to evening scene changes). The New American Playwrights Project. Shakespeare-in-the-[Utah] Schools Tour. Acting classes. Middle- and high school Shakespeare competition. Wooden O Symposium (international scholars presenting papers.) Plus Zions Canyon and Cedar Breaks. And if you want more plays, Tuacahn in St. George is only 50 miles away. And Cedar City is 500 miles closer to Salt Lake City than Ashland.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Aug. 24, 2012 5:59 a.m.

    If you are a fan of theater, not only does the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR boast 5 or 6 of the Bard's plays, but they have a total of 5 theaters in which they also run 10-12 other plays, from classics to avante garde. There is period music and dancing on the green before every performance at the Elizabethan stage. Rush tickets are usually available. I highly recommend it. Ashland is a sleepy community of 17,000, but between the theater which dates to the 1930's, the college and proximity to Medford and a world of outdoor activities year round, it is a magical place to spend a week or two.