T LIT 344: UW Tacoma Excursion to Oregon Shakepeare Festival

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"The trip is a wonderful introduction to The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Shakespeare's plays are so much better in person than they are in a textbook. (After all, he meant them to be seen.) The backstage tour and the discussion with the actor add to the experience."

You are invited to join the thirteenth annual UW Tacoma EXCURSION TO THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL in Ashland, Oregon, this August 25-27, and it could not get more exciting. We’ll see 4 plays in 3 days in 2 3 different theaters (one open-air, i.e., no roof, like Shakespeare's Globe Theater), go on a backstage tour, and have a private discussion with an actor from one of the plays we’ll have seen. 

A soccer player at Pacific Lutheran University when a leg injury ended his career, Danforth Comins turned to theater. After 12 years with the OSF, he plays the title role in this year's production of Hamlet. Our group has had a private discussion with Comins several times.

Two exciting new things about the trip:  

  • Starting this year, the trip is connected with an official course: TLIT 344 (2 credits)! Students earning credit for the trip will enroll in that class by entry code after a short meeting with me. The cap is 16. Since the course counts toward the autumn quarter, enrollment is already underway. Contact me via email for more information.  
  • Two Shakespeareans have made very generous donations to the trip!  
    • The Sue Batali Memorial Scholarship will provide tickets and hotel expenses for two students who might not otherwise be able to go: that's $350 each! Contact me to apply.  
    • Someone who believes deeply in the value of literary study has donated $150 for one of two purposes:  either to buy a copy of The Riverside Shakespeare (his collected works, plus excellent introductions and notes), or to defray the costs of this year's trip. Contact me to apply.  

We can take as many as 34 participants in all, which means that even if the class fills we can accommodate up to 18 staff, faculty, family, friends, and students not earning credit.  

THE DATES:  Thursday, August 25, to Saturday, August 27.

THE PLAYS:  3 by Shakespeare:  HAMLET, TWELFTH NIGHT, and TIMON OF ATHENS; and 1 an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, GREAT EXPECTATIONS

THE COST (including hotel lodging with complimentary breakfast, tickets to the four plays, a group discussion with an actor, and a backstage tour, but excluding transportation, meals, and any tuition*): $350 for students earning credit; for others, as low as $328 to $402 (the more expensive the package, the better the tickets; depends on availability).
    *Note that because UWT undergraduate tuition is the same for 10 credits as it is for 18, students already taking 10-16 credits in the autumn quarter would not have to pay extra to add the 2-credit course for the excursion.  

TRAVEL:  Participants will have to provide their own transportation. It's a long drive, about 7.5 hours by car. I can help participants find travelling partners. 

WHAT TO DO NEXT: If you would like to receive more information about the trip, the class, or the scholarships, email me, Joe Sharkey at jsharkey@uw.edu.  

    For more information about the festival, see the OSF website: https://www.osfashland.org/.

 
Buy your tickets online for plays, activities and events, classes and much more. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, located in Ashland, Oregon, offers 11 plays in three ...

 PROMOTIONAL BLURBS:

"The trip is a wonderful introduction to The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Shakespeare's plays are so much better in person than they are in a textbook. (After all, he meant them to be seen.) The backstage tour and the discussion with the actor add to the experience."

(Chris Rahn, non-student participant)

"This is very worth the time and money.  I would do it again in a heartbeat. The actors were nice and approachable and the atmosphere is electrifying."

                                                                                               (Lita B., student participant)

"A jam-packed three-day tour that will leave your head swimming, your heart swooning, and your soul yearning for more."

(Brooke Kamke, ardent student participant)

 

 

Written: 
May 10, 2016
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Email Joe Sharkey at jsharkey@uw.edu to participate.