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Theatre in Ashland
(Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland)
Summer 2015

Dates : May 10 - 16, 2015

6 Days/5 Plays/4 Prologues/2 Classes facilitated by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Image of the Elizabethan stage/Allen Pavilion

The Plays:

Much Ado about Nothing
By William Shakespeare | Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
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, casting a beam of hopefulness in this tempestuous landscape of love.

This production of Much Ado About Nothing is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Guys and Dolls
A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on a Story and Characters of Damon Runyon | Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser; Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Directed by Mary Zimmerman
Luck is a fickle lady

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 got a bet that high roller Sky Masterson can't land a date with a straight-laced Salvation Army doll, but love is never a sure thing. And 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 directed by Mary Zimmerman, who created OSF's 2012 smash hit The White Snake.


A father's 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—where in true storybook fashion, miracles reunite the lost with those who love them, bringing joy and safe harbor at last.

Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land
By Stan Lai (賴��) | Directed by Stan Lai (賴��) | U.S. Premiere
A contemporary delight of Chinese drama

Two plays—one a bawdy retelling of a classic Chinese fable, the other a poignant story of a couple separated in the wake of China’s 1949 revolution—collide onstage when two acting troupes accidentally book the same theatre for rehearsals. Amid the chaos, squabbles and comical jabs at theatre life, the two plays begin to mysteriously intertwine, their epic themes calling to each other across the centuries in a blend of modern realism and Peking opera. Internationally acclaimed Taiwanese playwright Stan Lai directs his 1986 meditation on love, loss and memory, regarded as a masterwork of modern theatre in China.

Long Day's Journey into Night

By Eugene O'Neill | Directed by Christopher Liam Moore

The ultimate American family drama

Actor James Tyrone’s summer home is haunted by alcohol, addiction, failed dreams and ghosts of resentments gone but hardly forgotten. Mary, his delicate wife, nurses her losses and lives in an idealized past. His eldest son Jamie is a failed actor who excels at one role: the scapegoat who, more often than not, tells the brutal truth. Only Edmund, the youngest, might succeed if he can overcome his heredity and precarious health. Christopher Liam Moore (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire) directs Eugene O’Neill’s semiautobiographical masterpiece in which hell is a family whose members want to love each other but don’t know how.


'From Page to Performance'

will be conducted in the beautiful Renaissance setting of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Our 2015 Play Selection: Much Ado About Nothing, Love in the Time of Peach Blossoms, Guys and Dolls, A Long Day's Journey into Night, and Pericles.

English 35
Major Dramatist
In this course we will view and discuss the four 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


$550 (Double/Shared Bath)

$670 (Single Room/Shared Bath)

$885 (Single Room/Private Bath)

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


  • accommodations for six nights
  • all theatre tickets (5 plays)
  • backstage tour
  • 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 of $50 to the Extended Learning Center.  Write a separate check for $50 payable to Pasadena City College; note on memo line: Extended Learning Center.

Orientation meeting :


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

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

Open Adobe Acrobat PDF fileBrochure

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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.

For further information:
please contact:

Steven Pell: (626) 585-3270

Shane Underwood: (626) 585-7049


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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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