Tales from the Vault: Mark Antony

Posted on Oct 4th, 2012 in OSF Archives

In 1960, the Oregon Shakespearean Festival Association produced the play The Taming of the Shrew, the hotel down the street at 1st & Main opened a newly renovated, newly named Mark Antony Hotel, and there was a close presidential election.

In 2000, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival produced the play The Taming of the Shrew, the hotel down the street at 1st & Main opened a newly renovated, newly named Ashland Springs Hotel, and there was a close presidential election.

In addition, in 1939, costumed company members from the Oregon Shakespearean Festival paid a visit to the hotel down the street, then named the Lithia Hotel, as part of their whirlwind tour through town prior to heading off to San Francisco’s Treasure Island where the Oregon Shakespearean Festival Association produced the play, (you guessed it!) The Taming of the Shrew, at the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition.

As you can tell, the OSF and the hotel down the street have long been local landmarks. Besides planning opening parties and encouraging our patrons to dine there, Angus Bowmer once staged a production of Ibsen’s Ghosts in the hotel ballroom and Bill Patton and his secretary maintained offices on the mezzanine level. But that’s another tale.

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait for that newly renovated hotel down the street to open—and stay open—if for no other reason than the idea that if they renovate again, they will determine one of the plays we’ll have to produce that season.

Written originally for
The Company Call, November/December 2000, by Kit Leary.

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