Summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

Spend six nights in Ashland, Oregon and experience theatre first-hand at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Attend five different plays, engage in cast discussions and get a first-hand view of the relationship of the printed text to the stage performance.

Students and Community Members are welcome! Student Scholarships are available!

Join us for Summer 2020!

Dates : June 21 - June 27, 2020

Our 2020 Play Selection: The Tempest, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Black Odyssey, Confederates, Copper Children

Experience: Professional actors and theater personnel will introduce us to the plays and lead our class discussions as we study the relationship of the printed text to the stage performance! Plenty of free-time scheduled to enjoy tourist attractions in Ashland, Oregon! 

During our 2020 program you will attend the following 5 plays.

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare

“A sea-change into something rich and strange”

Prospero, the exiled duke of Milan, has been raising his daughter on mystical island and using magic to subjugate its natives. Twelve years after banishment, with vengeance weighing heavily on his mind, Prospero turns his powers toward a passing ship carrying his enemies and the king of Naples, causing it to wreck in a storm. As the castaways find themselves at the mercy of his supernatural machinations, Prospero comes face to face with the past, an opportunity to find long-lost justice, and the hope of returning to his rightful place in the world. With a cast of familiar OSF actors, Nicholas C. Avila directs an exploration of the good, the bad and the gray areas of human nature.


By Theresa Rebeck

"The greatest part ever written . . . the greatest actress ever born"

The year is 1897, and French actress Sarah Bernhardt—a giant of the stage, with a level of celebrity the world has never before seen—is determined to play one of Shakespeare’s most coveted roles: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Director Dawn Monique Williams transforms the Allen Elizabethan Theatre into a Belle Epoch playhouse for Theresa Rebeck’s fact-meets-fiction story of a larger-than-life personality. Bernhardt/Hamlet is a profound and profoundly funny comedy about a woman who unabashedly shattered society’s expectations and glass ceilings on her way to becoming a legend.

Black Odyssey

By Marcus Gardley

"Still waters run deep"

The gods have made a chess game of Ulysses Lincoln’s life, ripping the soldier from his young family and forcing him to face his past as he endeavors to return home to Oakland. Thumping with a vibrant pulse of music, black odyssey reimagines and reclaims Homer’s ancient story for our times with playwright Marcus Gardley’s imagination-igniting poetic style. A play that literally speaks to the skies will come to thrilling life in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre, as director Monty Cole leads us on a poignant and epic journey of personal, cultural and national history, through the ravages of Hurricane Katrina and war in Afghanistan, and from Heaven to Earth.


By Dominique Morisseau

“A far-from-civil legacy”

Sara, an enslaved woman who wants to fight for the Union in the Civil War, plots an increasingly dangerous path to freedom. Sandra, a brilliant modern-day political science professor, is forced to navigate acts of hostility and the undermining of her authority at work. Leaping back and forth between the parallel struggles of two Black women living 160 years apart, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud) takes an unflinching and illuminating look at the complicated and ongoing legacies of institutional racism and gender bias in today’s America. This thought-provoking, dynamically engaging, world-premiere American Revolutions co-commission with Penumbra Theatre is directed by OSF Artistic Director Nataki Garrett.

Development of Confederates was supported by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

The Copper Children

By Karen Zacarías 

A new American Revolutions play from the writer of Destiny of Desire

Based on the true history of “orphan trains” that transported immigrant children (mostly Irish) to homes in the West, this world-premiere play explores the events that led to the sensational (and now-forgotten) "Trial of the Century" custody case that stirred the nation into a frenzied debate about children, law, race, class and religion. Directed by Shariffa Ali, The Copper Children takes a sharp look at the collision of good intentions and despicable behavior, blending humor, tragedy, joy and unsentimental social commentary.

Development of The Copper Children was supported by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

Find out more about the plays and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at

When you participate in Theatre in Ashland, you will enroll in the following course:

English 135: From Page to Performance

In this course 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)


In order to participate, you must enroll in the following course:

English 135 (1 unit of non-transfer credit).

If you have already taken English 135, you must register for the class through the Extended Learning Center: Write a separate check payable to Pasadena City College (note on memo line: Extended Learning Center).


You can choose between the following lodging options:

  • Double occupancy and shared bath:  price TBD
  • Single occupancy with shared bath, double occupancy with private bath, and single occupancy with private bath are also available. Please contact Professor Ogden or Professor Kuroki about pricing and options.  


Your Program fee includes:

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


Register and pay early! The payment deadline for the Summer 2020 program is May 2020.

To register and pay, make your check or money order payable to PCC Ashland Fund. Mail your payment to Kirsten Ogden, English Division C245, Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106-2003.

Kirsten Ogden teaches English composition, literature, and creative writing at Pasadena City College. 

Mikage Kuroki teaches English composition and literature at Pasadena City College. 

For more information, please contact:

Kirsten Ogden

(626) 585-3193 or

Mikage Kuroki

(626) 585-3372 or