Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

JUN. 27 - JUL. 1, 2018

Dear UCLA Alumni and Friends,

We invite you to join our popular Oregon Shakespeare Festival trip in June with Professor Steven Dickey. Venture up to Ashland where 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 Steven Dickey on our 27th trip to the festival that 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 Aragon
Director, Alumni Travel

Cost: $1,649
UCLA Alumni Travel
Activity Level: Mild Activity
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Spend luxurious summer days reveling in the genius of Shakespeare with UCLA 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 three plays with the option of an additional play or jetboating, and accommodations at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel, this five-day trip sets the stage for an educational and cultural escape.

The Plays

  • Othello

William Shakespeare
Angus Bowmer Theater

Passionate love in a prejudiced world

The union of the Moorish general Othello and the highborn Desdemona outrages Venetian society. Those who praised Othello’s military successes now reject his marriage, consumed by their own bigotry. Othello and Desdemona are determined to overcome all obstacles, but his assignment in an exotic new location draws them into the web of Othello’s lieutenant Iago, whose resentment and demons know no bounds. In what is perhaps his most intimate tragedy, Shakespeare probes the more disturbing aspects of relationships within the context of a society struggling with polarizing differences.

  • Love’s Labor’s Lost

William Shakespeare
Allen Elizabethan Theatre

The head is no match for the heart

The Princess of France and her ladies have chosen an awkward moment to visit Navarre. No women are allowed at court because King Ferdinand and his friends have dedicated themselves to three years of study, contemplation and chastity. Undeterred, the ladies set up camp outside the gates, and it isn’t long before nature takes its course, inside and outside the palace walls. Love laughs at lofty ideals and brings barriers tumbling down in this charming and linguistically nimble comedy with an unexpected revelation at the end.

  • Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
Allen Elizabethan Theatre

A love so right, a world so wrong

In a city divided by warring families, young Juliet doesn’t want to marry. And the nobleman her parents have promised her to does nothing for her. Meanwhile, Romeo is pining for a girl who doesn’t want him. Then, at a fateful dance, the two meet—and ignite one of the greatest love stories in the English language. But fate turns against them when their families, longtime enemies, drive them apart, setting off a cycle of violence that threatens to engulf them all. Shakespeare’s timeless story of love, hatred and tragic consequences still speaks to the young lovers in us all.

  • Oklahoma!

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Angus Bowmer Theatre
Optional play on June 29 if no Hellgate Jet Boating

Pioneering new ground with an American classic

It’s a beautiful morning whenever Curly sees Laurey, but Laurey’s not so sure about Curly. And Will loves Ado Andy, but Andy loves… well, everybody. Meanwhile, in the 1906 Oklahoma Territory where they all live, farmers and ranchers lock horns in a battle over water rights and fences. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s reflection on the American frontier, brimming with show-stopping songs and heartfelt storytelling, broke box-office records and changed the history of musical theatre when it premiered in 1943. Now, in the revolutionary spirit of Oklahoma!’s 75th anniversary, Bill Rauch’s production breaks new ground with cross-gender casting in a delightful, insightful celebration of love in its many forms.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Department 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. From 2002-16, Stephen served on the faculty of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s teaching institute, which brings high school teachers from around the country to Washington, D.C., for a month of intensive study. Recent publications include works on Romeo and Juliet, the Henry IV plays, American interest in Shakespeare during the Civil War, and the katabasis motif in Beat literature. In 2016-17, he curated America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West at the Los Angeles Central Library, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. This will mark Stephen’s sixteenth year serving as lecturer for our Oregon Shakespeare Festival tour.



Day 1 | June 27

At 5:30 p.m., get to know Stephen Dickey and your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner in the hotel’s Ballroom II and Conservatory. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy the quaint town of Ashland.

Oklahoma! is playing in the Bowmer Theatre at 8 p.m. If you are participating in the jet boating excursion on Friday, you may want to consider this optional play this evening. 


Day 2 | June 28

Continental breakfast is included daily at the hotel.

Stephen will give his first lecture on Othello in the morning at the hotel.

Following the lecture, enjoy a perennial favorite: the backstage tour led by one of the festival’s actors. Begin with a brief talk about the history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the intricacies of operating a theatre in repertory. View the festival’s three theaters and go behind-the-scenes to see staging and production areas, costume shop, Green Room and other areas.

Walk a few blocks to contemporary Ostras! Restaurant, featuring southern Oregon’s local flavors by Chef Billy Harto 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, Sense and Sensibility is playing in the Bowmer Theatre, and Manhatta in the intimate Thomas Theatre. Both plays begin at 1:30 p.m.

Our first Shakespeare performance will be Othello that is being performed in the indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre at 8 p.m.


Day 3 | June 29

Continental breakfast is included daily at the hotel. Today, you have two itinerary options:

Option 1: Hellgate Jet Boating
Get a taste of the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest on a jet boat lunch excursion on the rushing and scenic Rogue River. Guides skipper us through the rushing rapids in safety and comfort on wide-beamed jet boats. A delicious family-style lunch will be served for our group in the midst of this awe-inspiring scenery. We’ll depart the hotel at 8 a.m., and return at approximately 2 p.m., with the rest of the afternoon for relaxation.

Option 2: Oklahoma!
Sleep in, and enjoy more time in the charming town of Ashland. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many dining options in town. Then, head to the Angus Bowmer Theatre for the Oklahoma! musical starting at 1:30 p.m.

Stephen will give his second lecture on Love’s Labor’s Lost at 5 p.m. at the hotel.

You will have time for dinner at one of the many Ashland restaurants as we will be seeing Love’s Labor’s Lost at the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre at 8 p.m.

(B, L if jetboating)

Day 4 | June 30

Continental breakfast is included daily at the hotel.

Spend this Saturday morning relaxing and exploring the local Farmer’s Market and Lithia Artisan’s Market on Ashland Creek, 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.

Stephen will give his third and last lecture on Romeo and Juliet this afternoon at the hotel.

Late afternoon, head to the highly regarded Lorella Restaurant for our farewell dinner. Located conveniently across the street from our hotel, this farm to table restaurant uses local, organic and sustainable ingredients to deliver a delicious meal.

After dinner, walk to the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre to enjoy our final performance, Romeo and Juliet at 8 p.m.

(B, D)

Day 5 | July 1

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 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, Oregon is approximately 700 miles north of Los Angeles.

Allegiant Airlines 702-505-8888
American Airlines 800-433-7300
Delta Airlines 800-221-1212
Horizon Airlines 800-547-9308
United Airlines 800-241-6522

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: $1,649 (based on double occupancy)

Single Supplement: $500

Download Reservation Form Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
  • Ashland and Shakespeare are the best. Stephen’s lectures are incisive and sufficient time provided for feedback and questions."
    Isabel Knight ’51, MA’58
  • Professor Dickey provides so much insight into the understanding of the Shakespeare plays and appreciation of the performances – he really is terrific."
    Erika Gonzalez ’93
  • I would love Professor Dickey to attend every Shakespeare Festival with us; his knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for Shakespeare are very captivating.”"
    Mary Ellen Davis ’58

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, a backstage tour, three performances, with an additional fourth performance or Hellgate Jet Boating Excursion on the Rogue River, four lectures, guided tours and meals as outlined herein.

Single accommodations are available, but limited. A single room is available for an additional $500. 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.

Responsibility: The liability of UCLA Alumni Travel and UCLA Alumni Association as tour operator is strictly limited. UCLA Alumni Travel purchases hotel accommodations, restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent, or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, their employees, agents, servants or representatives. UCLA Alumni Travel and UCLA Alumni Association are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned. Any payment to UCLA Alumni Association constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions.

Travel Arrangements: 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. Airfare or driving arrangements to meet at Ashland Springs Hotel at the start of the tour is not included. However, we are happy to provide suggested airlines and routings. Please confirm the trip will operate with UCLA Alumni Travel before making air arrangements.

Health: We welcome all travelers, but request that you be in good health to participate in this tour. You must be able to walk a few blocks, and some stairs may be required to get to your seat. If you require handicapped seating at the performances, please advise as soon as possible so that we can request those seats. We regret that we cannot provide individual assistance if you require use of a wheelchair or have other personal needs; in such cases you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. UCLA Alumni Travel and UCLA Alumni Association reserves the right to remove anyone whose physical condition or behavior, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other tour members. In that event, UCLA Alumni Travel and UCLA Alumni Association assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

Cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $200 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations from 60-31 days prior to departure will result in the forfeiture of 50% of the entire cost of the trip per person; cancellations from 30 days 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; information will be included in your confirmation packet. 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)
  • Ashland and Shakespeare are the best. Stephen’s lectures are incisive and sufficient time provided for feedback and questions."
    Isabel Knight ’51, MA’58
  • Professor Dickey provides so much insight into the understanding of the Shakespeare plays and appreciation of the performances – he really is terrific."
    Erika Gonzalez ’93
  • I would love Professor Dickey to attend every Shakespeare Festival with us; his knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion for Shakespeare are very captivating.”"
    Mary Ellen Davis ’58