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Spring 2003 | Volume 26, Number 2 | Alumni
Experience Midsummer Nights at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

outstanding theatre, stimulating company and a great getaway, then you may want to take advantage of Seattle Pacific University’s summer excursion to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, August 1–3, in Ashland, Oregon.

Alumni, Fellows and friends of SPU are invited to join Professor Emerita of English Fan Gates for a three-day theatrical experience. Participants will view productions of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Romeo and Juliet,” along with the acclaimed “The Piano Lesson” by August Wilson.

Says Gates, “This trip to Ashland has three terrific things going for it: Shakespeare and Wilson plays; a great group of people who love to discuss theatre; and a charming city with loads of good restaurants and parks. I think this may be our best Ashland experience yet.”

The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which boasts the oldest existing full-scale Elizabethan stage in the Western Hemisphere, traces its roots back to the late 19th century, when people traveled from all over Southern Oregon and Northern California to see such performers as John Phillip Sousa and William Jennings Bryan. The Festival now presents an eight-month season of 11 plays in three theatres.

The SPU package rate is $195 per person, and includes tickets to three plays; participation in faculty-led discussions; dinner on Saturday; and breakfast on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Lodging is not included, but discounted rates at the Windmill Inn are available. For more information and/or reservations, call 206/281-2100.

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