Throne of Blood Premiere Among Works Announced for Oregon Shakespeare in 2010

News   Throne of Blood Premiere Among Works Announced for Oregon Shakespeare in 2010 Four plays by William Shakespeare and a world-premiere stage adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's Macbeth-inspired film "Throne of Blood" will punctuate the 75th season of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, artistic Bill Rauch announced.

The 2010 slate in Ashland, OR, will boast the commission of internationally recognized director and writer Ping Chong to create the adaptation, Throne of Blood, from Kurosawa's 1957 film set in feudal Japan. Ping Chong will also direct in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

In a nod to OSF's first season, 2010 will include the two plays produced by Angus Bowmer in 1935, staged on the outdoor Elizabethan stage: The Merchant of Venice, directed by Rauch, Twelfth Night. Also playing in repertory outside will be Henry IV, Part One, directed by Penny Metropulos, a longtime veteran with OSF and former associate artistic director. Hamlet, directed by Rauch, will play the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

Also planned in the Bowmer are Pride and Prejudice, based on the Jane Austen novel, directed by former artistic director Libby Appel; Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Christopher Liam Moore; and the musical She Loves Me by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff), directed by Rebecca Bayla Taichman.

In the New Theatre will be Lisa Kron's Well, directed by James Edmondson; Lynn Nottage's Ruined; and the first of the commissions for "American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle," the Culture Clash play American Night (weaving "multiple narratives about ordinary people who, in extraordinarily difficult circumstances, resist the status quo and sacrifice their well-being for the benefit of others"), directed by Jo Bonney.

The 2010 season will begin previews Feb. 19, 2010, and close Oct. 24. For more information visit www.osfashland.org.