Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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JUN. 21-25, 2017 $1,595
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

JUN. 21-25, 2017

Dear UCLA Alumni and Friends,

We invite you to join our popular Oregon Shakespeare Festival trip in June with Professor Michael Allen. Venture up to Ashland, and this charming town is 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. We know the theater is a special focus, but, there is an exciting and diverse array of offstage activities to see and do during your visit to Ashland.

Join UCLA professor Michael Allen on our 25th 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 from past Oregon Shakespeare travelers: Mary Tallo ’70, “UCLA successfully gave us an intellectual and fun experience.” Lois Neiter ’61, “Always well organized by warm, friendly staff!”

Join us as we travel to one of our favorite all-time travel destinations. If you have any questions, please call us at 310-206-0613 or email travel@alumni.ucla.edu.

Christel Pailet Aragon
Director, Alumni Travel

Cost: $1,595
UCLA Alumni Travel
Activity Level: Mild Activity
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Spend luxurious summer days reveling in the genius of Shakespeare with UCLA Professor Michael Allen. 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 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

  • Henry IV, Part One

William Shakespeare
Thomas Theatre

Between a Rock and a Wild Place
Prince Hal is biding his time. His father, Henry IV, wants to tutor him in the cruel art of ruling the realm, but Hal would rather study the bottom of a beer stein in a seedy tavern, surrounded by his carousing friends. His gang’s charismatic leader, Falstaff—larger than life, debauched and allergic to all authority—has been more of a teacher than Hal’s father ever was. Then, when a young rival threatens the kingdom, it’s time for Hal to step up and take on the family troubles. But how does a reckless son become a true prince?

  • Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
Angus Bowmer Theatre

Beware of Honorable People
War hero Julius Caesar is a marked man. Adoring commoners want to make him king, but those higher up the Roman political ladder worry and scheme. On a stormy night full of alarming sights and ominous portents, Brutus and Cassius reach an unthinkable conclusion: Caesar must die so the Republic can live. Yet death doesn’t stop Caesar, whose influence and ghost live on, tormenting his assassins and threatening the republican ideal they murdered him for. Shakespeare’s political thriller shows what happens to powerbrokers—honorable and not—when their motives and means lead to unexpected consequences they cannot control.

  • Hannah and the Dread Gazebo

Jiehae Park
Thomas Theatre

A Heart’s Desire and a Suicide Note
Hannah is two weeks away from becoming a board-certified neurologist when she receives a strange package from her grandmother, who may—or may not—have just ended her life in a most flamboyant fashion. The mystery leads Hannah and her family on a surreal, funny, heartbreaking adventure back to their roots in South and North Korea and the forbidden Demilitarized Zone that divides them. This startling new comedy—with guest appearances by the ghost of Kim Jong-Il, subway mystics and a talking tiger—twists together creation myths and family histories to explore what it means to walk the edge between cultures.

  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Music by Alen Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Learning to See with the Eyes of the Heart
Belle is lovely, but her bookishness and longing for a life beyond her provincial village set her apart from everyone she knows. Gaston, the town heartthrob, wants her because she’s the most beautiful girl around. But when her father runs afoul of a terrifying beast—a cursed prince who must win a woman’s love if he’s ever to become human again—Belle embarks on a strange, bittersweet journey. Think you know the Disney musical? Think again. Expect originality, surprises and ingenuity in OSF’s gorgeous and powerful new rendition.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Michael Allen
Department of English
Michael Allen is a Distinguished Professor of English with a doctorate in history. Now emeritus, he is a former director of UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, a past president of the Renaissance Society of America, and a fellow of the British Academy, and his other honors include UCLA’s Eby Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. Michael has taught for five summers at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare summer school in Stratford-on-Avon with Kenneth Muir, Reg Foakes, Gareth Lloyd Evans, and other critics and scholars. He has also taught for eleven years as a visiting professor at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.



DAY 1 | June 21
Join Professor Michael Allen and your fellow travelers and share introductions during a welcome dinner at 5:30 p.m. 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, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles is playing in the Bowmer Theatre at 8 p.m.

DAY 2June 22
Continental breakfast is included daily at the hotel.

Michael will give his first lecture on Henry IV in the morning at the hotel.

Following the lecture, 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, 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.

Enjoy your free time this afternoon after 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 performances, culinary arts and outdoor recreation, combine to create something so inspiring.

If you would like to enjoy an additional play this afternoon, Shakespeare in Love is playing in the Bowmer Theatre at 1:30 p.m.

Our first Shakespeare performance will be Henry IV, Part One that is being performed in the indoor Thomas Theatre at 8 p.m.
(B, L)

Day 3 | June 23
Continental breakfast is included daily at the hotel.

Michael will give his second lecture on Julius Caesar in the morning at the hotel.

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, Julius Caesar performed in the indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre at 1:30 p.m.

You will have time for dinner at one of the many Ashland restaurants before we see Hannah and the Dread Gazebo in the indoor Thomas Theatre at 8 p.m.

Day 4 | June 24
Continental breakfast is included daily at the hotel.

Michael will give his third and last lecture on his thoughts on current day Shakespeare adaptations and the history of Shakespeare, past, present and future in the morning at the hotel.

The rest of the morning is free to relax and enjoy Ashland. Saturday mornings usually offer a local farmer’s market, and a small arts and craft market. 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.

Shakespeare in Love is playing in the Angus Bowmer Theatre at 1:30 p.m. should you wish to see an additional play this afternoon.

Late afternoon, 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, walk to the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre to enjoy our final performance, Beauty and the Beast at 8 p.m.
(B, D)

Day 5 | June 25
Enjoy brunch this morning at the hotel’s Conservatory/Gardens. An actor from the Festival will once again 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.

Around 11 a.m., check-out and depart for home. If you would like to extend your stay in Ashland for an extra day or two, this 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 6:30am to 10am. Highly popular Larks Restaurant located at the hotel is open daily for lunch and dinner. A late-night snack from 9pm 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, Oregon 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

Amtrak 800-872-7245

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: $1,595 (based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement: $460

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 $460. 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 21) will result in the forfeiture of 50% of the entire cost of the trip per person; cancellations from 30 days (May 22) 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.