Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director Bill Rauch announced the festival’s 2009 season today. The slate of 11 plays, anchored by four plays by Shakespeare, continues Rauch’s agenda of producing works from other parts of the globe.
The group of plays also demonstrates a renewed commitment to American classics and expanding the festival’s boundaries - in this case with the first non-Shakespeare classic in the New Theatre and the first play by an artist of color on the Elizabethan Stage.
The 2009 schedule is as follows:
ANGUS BOWMER THEATRE
“Macbeth” by William Shakespeare, directed by Gale Edwards, from February – November.
“Death and the King’s Horseman” by Wole Soyinka, directed by Chuck Smith, from February – July.
“The Music Man,” book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, directed by Bill Rauch, from February – November.
“Equivocation” by Bill Cain, a world premiere, directed by Bill Rauch, from April – November.
“Paradise Lost” by Clifford Odets, directed by Libby Appel, from July – November.
“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl, West Coast premiere, directed by Christopher Liam Moore, from February – June.
“The Servant of Two Masters" by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Tracy Young, from March – November.
“All’s Well That Ends Well” by William Shakespeare, directed by Amanda Dehnert, from July – November.
ELIZABETHAN STAGE/ALLEN PAVILION
“Henry VIII” by William Shakespeare, directed by John Sipes, from June – October.
“Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, with a world premiere adaptation by Octavio Solis, directed Laird Williamson, from June – October.
“Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare, directed by Kate Buckley, from June – October.