Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

JUN. 17-21, 2015

Once again we invite you to join our popular Oregon Shakespeare Festival trip in June with professor Stephen Dickey. We are happy to venture up to the charming town of Ashland, and the perfect backdrop for the award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a tradition since 1935. While the Bard is their inspiration and anchor, they offer a wide range of classical and modern plays and musicals performed by an outstanding multicultural acting company. While the theater is a special focus, there is an exciting and diverse array of offstage activities to see and do during your visit to Ashland.

Join UCLA professor Stephen Dickey on our 24th trip to the festival Time magazine named one of the top five regional theaters in the country. Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theaters in the nation. With specially prepared advance reading lists and in-depth lectures, you will see the theater in a whole new light.

This tour is a special opportunity to have the one-on-one experience with UCLA faculty that our alumni have been raving about. See why this trip regularly elicits comments like this one from Marilyn Boydston ’60, “After seven trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with UCLA, Stephen Dickey’s lectures always make the plays come alive!” Robert Zeller ’72, J.D. ’75, “the quality of faculty and staff is what made the trip a special experience.”


Christel Pailet
Director, Alumni Travel

Cost: $1,475
UCLA Alumni Travel
Activity Level: Mild Activity
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Spend luxurious summer days reveling in the genius of Shakespeare with UCLA English Professor Stephen Dickey. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, revered as one of the top regional theaters in the nation, brilliantly mixes tradition with contemporary interpretations. Experts will enhance the experience with private discussions about the plays and productions. With private tours of the costume and staging areas, four plays and accommodations at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel, this five-day trip sets the stage for an educational and cultural escape.

The Plays:

  • Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
Angus Bowmer Theater

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
Love’s in the air when Don Pedro’s army, drunk with victory from the war, descends upon Leonato’s country estate in Messina. Traveling with him is Claudio, who wants to marry Leonato’s daughter Hero. Meanwhile, Claudio’s friend Benedick and Leonato’s lively niece Beatrice hide their mutual attraction behind a volley of witty insults. But their world is shattered when Claudio, influenced by a scheming malcontent, levels a shocking accusation at Hero. A linguistically challenged guard and his sidekicks uncover the plot, making sorrow vanish like mist beneath the warm Messina sun.

  • Pericles

William Shakespeare
Thomas Theatre

A Fabulous Odyssey
Pericles, Prince of Tyre, sets out to woo a princess and sails headlong into harrowing adventure. Pursued by an evil king, Pericles is blown from port to exotic port. Along the way, he finds the love of his life, then loses her and their infant daughter in a storm-tossed sea. Happily, this is a romance – Shakespeare’s first – so miraculous occurrences and divine intervention are the order of the day. In true storybook fashion, the lost are reunited with those who love them, finding joy and safe harbor at last.

  • Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare
Outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre

A Love That Changed History
A fateful meeting reshapes the ancient world when the great Roman warrior Mark Antony, like Caesar before him, falls in love with the incomparable Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. His devotion to desire rather than duty is the beginning of a downward spiral for him, the Republic and Cleopatra, the last in her bloodline. Shakespeare’s tragedy presents history as a breathtaking pageant full of passion, intrigue, exotic locales and the larger-than-life characters that brought about the death of an Egyptian dynasty and the birth of the Roman Empire.

  • Guys and Dolls

Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Angus Bowmer Theatre

Good Old Reliable Nathan
Nathan Detroit runs the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York. There are well-heeled shooters everywhere, but it’s no dice unless they have a place to gamble – and that takes dough. Nathan’s bet on a date between high-rolling Sky Masterson and a straight-laced Salvation Army doll might pay off, but luck’s a fickle lady. Besides, his fiancée Miss Adelaide will walk out if she doesn’t walk down the aisle soon. What’s a poor guy to do? Put your money on this hilarious musical classic by Loesser, Swerling and Burrows, based on the spirited stories of Damon Runyon.


UCLA Faculty on Tour

Stephen Dickey
UCLA Professor of English
Stephen Dickey is senior lecturer in the English department at UCLA where he has received numerous teaching prizes, including the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993. He teaches various courses in Shakespeare, the English Renaissance and the Beat Generation, as well as introductory courses in poetry and drama. Recent publications include works on Romeo and Juliet, the Henry IV plays and the Elizabethans’ favorite sport of bearbaiting. In 2009, as part of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration, he spoke at Ford’s Theater on Lincoln’s knowledge of Shakespeare. Dickey is also on the faculty at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s summer teaching institute, which brings high school teachers from around the country to Washington, D.C. for a month of intensive study. This will mark his 14th year serving as lecturer for our Oregon Shakespeare Festival tour.



DAY 1 | June 17
Get to know Stephen Dickey and your fellow travelers during dinner in the hotel’s Ballroom II and Conservatory.

The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy the quaint town of Ashland. If you would like to see an additional play this evening, Fingersmith adapted by Alexa Junge from the book by Sarah Waters, is being performed at 8 p.m. in the indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre or Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill at 8 p.m. in the intimate indoor Thomas Theatre or Head Over Heels by Jeff Whitty with music and lyrics by the Go Go’s is being performed at 8 p.m. on one of America’s oldest flagship outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.


DAY 2 | June 18
Continental breakfast is included daily at the hotel. Stephen will give his first lecture on Much Ado About Nothing in the Crystal Room of the hotel at 8:30 a.m. Afterwards, enjoy a perennial favorite: the backstage tour led by one of the festival’s actors. View the festival’s three theaters and go behind-the-scenes to see staging and production areas, and costume shop and sets. The tour also highlights the history and technology of the festival and includes admission to its Exhibit Center.

Walk a few blocks to contemporary Italian New American Salame Restaurant, featuring southern Oregon’s local flavors influenced by California cuisine and Italian recipes for lunch.

Ashland is at the convergence of the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains, and a town that is just as unique and authentic as the terrain that surrounds it. Nowhere else do so many individual experiences from performing, culinary arts and outdoor recreation, combine to create something so inspiring. Enjoy your free time this afternoon after lunch.

Our first evening Shakespeare performance will be Much Ado About Nothing that is being performed in the intimate and indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre at 8 p.m.

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DAY 3 | June 19
Continental breakfast is included daily at the hotel. Stephen will give his second lecture on Pericles in the Crystal Room of the hotel at 8:30 a.m.

Enjoy some free time strolling the streets of Ashland. Visit art galleries, shops and museums offering a remarkably diverse range of fine arts and crafts. All are within walking distance, from the Historic Railroad District to Southern Oregon University’s campus. Ashland has been rated No. 2 for Best Small Art towns in America. Enjoy the spas, baths, fresh air and moments of wellness as you explore.

Early this afternoon see a matinee, Pericles performed in the indoor Thomas Theatre at 1:30 p.m. The intimate and versatile stage can seat between 270–300 patrons.

Stephen will give his third lecture on Antony & Cleopatra in the Crystal Room of the hotel at 5 p.m.

You will have time for dinner at one of the many Ashland restaurants as we will be seeing Antony & Cleopatra on the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre at 8 p.m.


DAY 4 | June 20
Continental breakfast is included daily at the hotel.

Stephen will give his fourth and last lecture on his thoughts on current day Shakespeare adaptations and the history of Shakespeare, past, present and future in the hotel’s Crystal Room at 9 a.m.

The rest of the morning is free to relax and acquaint yourself with Ashland. Located in the heart of the city, you are just steps away from restaurants, shops and the theater. Enjoy Lithia Park and the mild summer weather. We will be seeing Guys and Dolls in the indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre at 1:30 p.m.

Early this evening, we will head to the highly regarded Winchester Inn, Restaurant & Wine Bar for our farewell dinner. This traditional Victorian stately home is in perfect harmony with its surroundings, situated in the midst of an English country garden. Walk the path to the restaurant where pansies line the path that lead to the front entrance. It has been a favorite of our past travelers for many years.

After dinner, the evening is yours to enjoy as you wish, or, you can take in one more theatre performance of Fingersmith in the Angus Bowmer at 8 p.m. or Head Over Heels in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

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DAY 5 | June 21
Enjoy brunch this morning at the hotel’s Conservatory/Gardens. An actor from the Festival will join us for an intimate question and answer session. Lively discussions always ensue as we critique and discuss the performances we have seen this week. Late morning, check-out and depart for home.


If you would like to extend your stay in Ashland for an extra day or two, that can be easily be arranged for your convenience.



We will be staying at the Ashland Springs Hotel; an oasis of gentility and elegance located in the heart of the charming town of Ashland. Built in 1925 and lovingly restored, this downtown landmark is a haven of taste reminiscent of small European hotels. The hotel is nestled in the Rogue River Valley where travelers come from far and wide to experience the wonders of nature and the acclaimed curative waters of the mineral springs and now enjoy the world renowned Shakespeare Festival, exciting local food and wine scene, and the beauty and joy of returning to a simpler time.

This elegant boutique hotel offers many fine guest amenities. On-site, the property provides a business center and concierge service, free parking for those who are driving and a cozy fireplace in the hotel’s lobby. A few of the amenities are as follows: Wireless high speed internet access in all guest rooms, iron, ironing board, 100% cotton robes, Gilchrest & Soames bath products, and hair dryer in each guest room. Dry cleaning and laundry services are offered Monday through Friday. A complimentary continental breakfast is also offered each morning from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Highly popular Larks Restaurant located at the hotel is open daily for lunch and dinner. A late-night snack from 9 p.m. to Midnight is also available on the Mezzanine level when you return from your evening at the theater, offering hot tea, lemonade, and snacks.

The Ashland Springs Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the Historic Hotels of America, and, we are just steps away from the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival theaters.


Air Travel

Due to economics within the airline industry, securing competitive group air between Los Angeles and Medford is no longer a viable option and unfortunately, cannot be offered to and from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We have, however, done the research on how to best get there as an individual traveler, so call us for airline schedules and other options.

The transfer from Medford airport to Ashland Springs Hotel is easy, and only a 30 minute ride. There is a shuttle service (Cascade) 888-760-RIDE for approximately $28 each way, and a taxi ride is approximately $40 (Valley Cab) 541-772-1818 or (Yellow Cab) 541-772-6288.

Ashland, Ore. is approximately 700 miles north of Los Angeles.


  • America West Airlines 800-235-9292
  • Delta Airlines 800-221-1212
  • Horizon Airlines 800-547-9308
  • United Airlines 800-241-6522
  • Allegiant Airlines 702-505-8888


Rental Cars in the Medford Airport Terminal

  • Avis 800-331-1212
  • Budget 800-527-0700
  • Hertz 800-654-3131
  • National/Alamo 800-227-7368
  • Enterprise 800-Rent-a-Car



Land Only: $1,475 (based on double occupancy)

Single Supplement: $395

Download Reservation Form Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
  • We enjoy theater and this third trip to the Ashland Shakespeare Theater experience with UCLA is an exceptional event to join!"
    John Totten ’67, Traveler
  • All of my experiences with UCLA Alumni Travel programs have been positive. We loved the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, our most recent trip."
    Nancy Liggett ’69, ’72, Traveler
  • Absolutely loved studying and watching Shakespeare come alive on the wonderful stages of Ashland, Ore."
    Nitza Markman ’63, Traveler
  • This is a trip that bears repeating. For the Ashland/Shakespeare neophyte this is a grand introduction."
    Pat Washington ’74, Traveler

Book this Tour

How to Book

Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to UCLA Alumni Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Reservations for this exciting cultural travel experience will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Land Package includes four nights double occupancy (two per room) at the Ashland Springs Hotel, four performances, a backstage tour, four lectures, guided tours and meals as outlined herein.

Single accommodations are available, but limited. A single room is available for an additional $395. If you are looking for a roommate, we will make every attempt to find one for you. However, if a roommate is not found, you will be responsible for the single supplement cost, pending availability.

Cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $100 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations from 60-31 days prior to departure (April 17) will result in the forfeiture of 50% of the entire cost of the trip per person; cancellations from 30 days (May 17) to the time of departure will result in forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. We reserve the right to change any aspect of the program as necessary. Travel insurance is strongly recommended and may be purchased for this trip through the UCLA Alumni Association. Cancellations must be made in writing to UCLA Alumni Travel.

Every effort has been made to accurately describe the information as shown within this website. We reserve the right to correct errors.

If you have questions regarding the Oregon Shakespeare Festival tour or your UCLA Alumni Association membership status, please call UCLA Alumni Travel at
310-206-0613 or email us at travel@alumni.ucla.edu. Our fax number is 310-209-4271.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
  • We enjoy theater and this third trip to the Ashland Shakespeare Theater experience with UCLA is an exceptional event to join!"
    John Totten ’67, Traveler
  • All of my experiences with UCLA Alumni Travel programs have been positive. We loved the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, our most recent trip."
    Nancy Liggett ’69, ’72, Traveler
  • Absolutely loved studying and watching Shakespeare come alive on the wonderful stages of Ashland, Ore."
    Nitza Markman ’63, Traveler
  • This is a trip that bears repeating. For the Ashland/Shakespeare neophyte this is a grand introduction."
    Pat Washington ’74, Traveler