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Shakespeare at Ashland Tour

Shakespeare at Ashland 2013

The dates for the Shakespeare at Ashland class (ENGL 360) for the 2013 summer are August 19-23. The 2013 tour plays: Taming of the Shrew, Cymbeline, King Lear, and Midsummer Night's Dream.

Shakespeare at Ashland convenes in Ashland, Oregon at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) the week following summer session. The WWU course offers two hours of upper-division Humanities General Studies credit (it is also possible to audit the course for no credit). The tour typically includes four Shakespeare plays--a mix of comedies, histories, and tragedies. The class size is usually around fifteen.

Students provide their own transportation and meals (beyond the continental breakfast provided). They should arrive at the Ashland Commons hostel Monday evening. Classes are held from 10-noon Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the hostel. On Thursday an OSF actor joins the class. Friday morning's Backstage Tour visits all three theaters. The class concludes at noon on Friday.

Students read the plays ahead of time and write a short essay on each, based on a choice of questions. About two weeks after the class a five-page paper on one play is due.

Students register in April or May and must pay by May 31. Later registration is possible by permission of the instructor. The course fees include tickets, hostel, tuition, and an English Department fee to cover its expenses. The cost is about $1290 for those taking the class for credit.

Students have part of their afternoons free to enjoy the bookstores, parks, and shops of Ashland. Before each evening's play a free "Green Show" of Renaissance or modern music and dancing happens on "the bricks" in front of the theaters. The "Green Show" is different every evening and designed to complement the outdoor theater play for that evening.

The WWU Shakespeare at Ashland tour was been offered annually between 1993-2011. It is now being offered alternating years. To have your name added to our emailing list or if you have other questions, please email LuAnn Venden or call (509) 527-2370. If your vaulting ambition dares read more, the OSF website offers additional information:

Last update on October 4, 2016