Several years ago we moved to Corvallis, Oregon. We figured we were on location so much, working out of Los Angeles more often than not, so why did we need to pay for a house we were rarely in....
This is sounding all too familiar.
The key difference was that we decided to do this shortly after 911 and what we didn't factor in was how nervous people, especially above-the-line people, were about flying.
All of a sudden, the film business was back to making movies in Los Angeles, at least for a couple of years.
We found ourselves working in Los Angeles and barely spending any time in our new home in Oregon.
The point of all this now is, that I must have made the trek from LA to Corvallis a dozen or so times, but because Oregon was our new home, there would be plenty of time for exploring what the state had to offer,.... later.
Then we sold our house.
I never made it to Crater Lake. I never made it to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. I only made to Portland and the coast once or twice.
Second Time Around
I had reserved a camp-site up in Crater Lake for several days, but there was a day's gap between our Redwood stay and our first day up at the lake with Ashland landing pretty much in the center.
What better way to break up a long drive than a little Shakespeare?
I had heard that Ashland was an adorable little town and I had heard of the Shakespeare festival held there annually. What I wasn't aware of was just how long they'd been doing this whole festival thing and how it had grown to encompass theater far beyond your traditional Elizabethan faire.
The Oregon Shakespearean Festival was officially born on July 2, 1935 with a production of Twelfth Night.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1935. Our season runs from February through early November, and we have three theatres: our two indoor stages, the Angus Bowmer Theatre and the Thomas Theatre, and our flagship outdoor Elizabethan Stage, which opens in early June and runs through mid-October. We offer 11 different plays that include four by Shakespeare and seven by other classic writers, as well as modern and contemporary work and world premieres. When you visit you can see one or two plays or up to nine plays in one week!*
*from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival website
I had wanted to catch a traditional Shakespearean play held on the Elizabethan stage where they'd been holding performances since 1935.
Instead we ended up in the Bowmer Theater with a modern re-telling of The Taming of the Shrew.
It was great, such a fresh and creative interpretation.
Skye is the Shakespeare aficionado , so she had seen the play before; the traditional version and therefore was much more aware of what was going on than I was.
It makes me want to make it back to take in more of the festival.
When we first got into town we happened upon this little dance performance.
They were doing last minute sign-ups for a 5K the following morning.
I needed to get out and run. I did have the 50K at Burning Man looming over me.
So why not? And it was for a good cause as well.
I showed up the next morning. They had run out of Race T-Shirts as well as race bibs. So I got this hand-drawn one.
It was a quick fun race. You could have called it the Drama Geek Run. There were professors as well as students doing it. It was a very local race where most everyone knew each other.
What amazed me was the snack spread they had at the end. Local and good stuff. And when I went to toss out a banana peel (not local) I was quickly stopped and instructed to put it in the compost bag.
My kind of thinking.
Oh, did I mention they had a Unicorn store and a second-hand store with a Burning Man display in the window.