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Theatre in Ashland
(Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland)
Summer 2016

Dates : June 26th - July 2nd

7 days/6 Nights lodging

5 Plays

Prologues for 2 plays

Cast discussions for 3 plays


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The Plays:

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By William Shakespeare

Do you believe in ghosts?

Devastated by his father’s death and disgusted by his mother’s hasty marriage to his hated uncle, Denmark’s Prince Hamlet has hit the rock bottom of despair. Now the ghost of his father appears, claiming the uncle murdered him—and the spectral accusation torments Hamlet’s troubled mind, driving him to avenge a crime that may or may not be a product of his own imagining. Grand in scope, rich in language, this classic story of haunting, both literal and metaphorical, ranks among Shakespeare’s masterpieces.

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Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare

Love makes fools of us all

Illyria is a topsy-turvy place full of romantics and eccentrics. At least that’s how it seems to Viola, who’s been cast adrift in this merry world. Out of necessity, she disguises herself as a boy but quickly becomes an object of desire to the woman her employer sent her to woo. Time eventually sorts it all out, but not before Viola and everyone around her are bewitched, bothered and bewildered as they traverse the often contradictory landscapes of their hearts. This sumptuous production sets Shakespeare’s wise, lovely comedy in a shimmering, tune-filled 1930s Hollywood.

This production of Twelfth Night is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

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The Wiz

Book by Willian F. Brown - Music and Lyrics by Charles Smalls

The quintessential feel-good musical

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, a witch named Evillene and that charismatic huckster the Wiz will light up the stage in this uproarious, song-filled adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz," told through the lens of the African-American experience. With its arch social commentary, journey of self-discovery and infectious songs like “Ease On Down the Road,” The Wiz won seven Tony Awards and had a triumphant four-year run on Broadway. OSF is thrilled to bring this cultural touchstone of the 1970s to our outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

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By Lisa Loomer

Stranger than fiction . . . and all true

The lawyer: a young, brilliant, courageous woman who argued Roe v. Wadebefore the Supreme Court. The plaintiff: a hard-drinking, wild-tempered hippie bartender seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. As we know, they won the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion. But what most people don’t know is how their divergent journeys after the case reflect the subsequent polarization in American culture. With shocking turns and surprising humor,Roe illuminates the difficult choices women make and the passion each side has for its cause. Bill Rauch directs this American Revolutions premiere by Lisa Loomer (Distracted).

Contains strong profanity and graphic language. 

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Great Expectations

By Charles Dickens

What’s a gentleman made of?

Young Pip hasn’t had it easy—orphaned early, knocked about by a bad-tempered sister and headed for a life of hard labor. A terrifying encounter in a graveyard and a summons to meet the eccentric Miss Havisham aren’t helping matters. But when a mysterious benefactor sends him to London to become a gentleman, his dreams come true. Or do they? Charles Dickens’ thrilling tale of friendship, love, the price of revenge and the true nature of generosity comes to life in this world-premiere adaptation by OSF favorites Linda Alper and Penny Metropulos.




'From Page to Performance'

will be conducted in the beautiful Renaissance setting of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Our 2016 Play Selection: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Wiz, Roe, and Great Expectations.

English 35
Major Dramatist
In this course we will view and discuss the plays by Shakespeare.
1 unit transfer credit

English 135
From Page to Performance is a course in which we view the relationship of the printed text to the stage performance of a variety of plays seen in Ashland.
1 unit non-transfer credit (Credit/no credit grading)

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Enrollment, Fees, and Registration

Cost  -  $600 per person - double occupancy - shared bath

Supplement Options:

  • Double Suite - 2 people - Private bath - $720 total per person
  • Single suite - 1 person - Private bath - $900 total per person

Scholarships are available for students: contact the English Department for information.


  • Accommodations
  • All theatre tickets (5 plays)
  • Discussions with actors and directors
  • Lectures by theatre company members
  • Does not include class enrollment fee, meals, transportation, and parking.

Students must enroll in ONE of the following:

English 35 (1 unit of transfer credit/letter grade) or English 135 (1 unit of non-transfer credit).

Returning students who have taken English 35 or 135 more than twice must pay an additional fee to the Extended Learning Center.  Write a separate check payable to Pasadena City College; note on memo line: Extended Learning Center.

Orientation meeting :


Orientation meeting - June 6, 2016


Make check or money order payable to Pasadena City College.   Mail to Steve Pell, English Division, Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA  91106-2003

Flyers are available in the English Department Office C245 or download below.

Open Adobe Acrobat PDF fileTheater in Ashland Flyer

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Faculty Biography

Steve Pell teaches English, Linguistics, and English as a Second Language at Pasadena City College, and acting/directing at Los Angeles theatres. He is a professional actor/director and active member of both Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actor’s Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA) union. Steve has worked in voice-overs, TV, film, stage, and has performed at Kennedy Center. He has taught acting throughout the Hollywood area for many years.

Dr. Michelle Banks brings a strong background in performing arts and literature to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. She teaches English composition and literature at Pasadena City College. She has worked professionally in theatre companies in both Los Angeles and New York and is a member of all three acting unions: The Screen Actors Guild, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actor’s Equity.

For further information:
please contact:

Steven Pell: (626) 585-3270

Michelle Banks: (626) 585-3148


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Pasadena City College is a state-supported, fully accredited, two-year community college with more than 28,000 students. It is located in Pasadena, California, and serves primarily the West San Gabriel Valley area. PCC offers a high-quality education with an extensive range of general education, transfer, certificate, and associate degree programs. With more than 60 academic and 70 Career and Technical Education programs - as well as Continuing Education, Extended Learning programs, and the Community Education Center - PCC can meet a variety of educational needs.

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