Oregon Shakespeare Festival just started its 1997 season in February, but they've already announced their schedule for 1998. Artistic director Libby Appel says the Festival will offer 11 plays, five of them by Shakespeare. Dates are not yet available, but here's the list of shows:
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare; directed by associate artistic director Penny Metropulos. A light forest farce of mistaken identities and misplaced affections.
The School For Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
A Touch Of The Poet , by Eugene O'Neill. Directed by O'Neill veteran Jose' Quintero (for the first time since its premiere in 1957), with set designs by Ming Cho Lee. All the above plays will be at OSF's Angus Bowmer Theatre. The three plays below will be at the Black Swan:
Vilna's Got A Golem , by Ernest Joselovitz, directed by Barbara Damashek. This play received an Off-Broadway staging at the American Jewish Theatre earlier this year.
Sailing To Byzantium , by Sandra Deer. This work was presented as a play reading at OSF in 1996.
Measure For Measure by William Shakespeare, directed by Libby Appel.
OSF's outdoor, Elizabethan Theatre, which opens in June, will host three Shakespeare works: Cymbeline (directed by associate artist James Edmondson); Henry IV, Part One (directed by Michael Edwards); and The Comedy Of Errors (directed by Ken Albers).
For tickets and information on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival season, call (541) 482-6811. The theatre is located on Pioneer Street in Ashland.
-- By David Lefkowitz