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Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2018 Season Opens February 23

Oregon Shakespeare Elizabethan Stage Photo by Amy Richard Photo by Amy Richard

The Tony Award–winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival will launch its 83nd year with preview performances beginning on February 16.

Posted: Feb. 6, 2018 12:09 PM
Updated: Apr. 5, 2018 9:14 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2018 season officially kicks off Friday night, February 23, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre with Shakespeare’s Othello.

On Saturday afternoon, Shakespeare’s Henry V opens in the Thomas Theatre, and the West Coast premiere of Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility opens that evening in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. On Sunday afternoon, Karen Zacarías’s Destiny of Desire will be staged in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

The 2018 season is dedicated to the memory of beloved actor and 14-season company member G. Valmont (G. Val) Thomas, who passed away in December after his battle with cancer.

The full 2018 playbill includes Othello, Sense and Sensibility, Destiny of Desire, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and Snow in Midsummer in the Angus Bowmer Theatre; Henry V, Manahatta and The Way the Mountain Moved in the intimate Thomas Theatre; and Romeo and Juliet, The Book of Will and Love’s Labor’s Lost in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

Tickets remain available to previews and most opening performances. Please check ticket availability at or call the Box Office at 800-219-8161.

Preview and opening times and dates are as follows:

Othello Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. (preview)
Othello Tuesday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m. (preview)
Othello Friday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m. (opening)

Henry V Sunday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. (preview)
Henry V Thursday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m. (preview)
Henry V Saturday, Feb. 24, 1:30 p.m. (opening)

Sense and Sensibility Wednesday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. (preview)
Sense and Sensibility Thursday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. (preview)
Sense and Sensibility Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. (opening)

Destiny of Desire Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m. (preview)
Destiny of Desire Wednesday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. (preview)
Destiny of Desire Sunday, Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m. (opening)

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2018 season runs from Feb. 16 through Oct. 28.

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