Tag: Tales from the Vault

Tales from the Vault: The Diary of Anne Frank

Oct 4th, 2012

The thing about history is that it repeats itself. The beauty of theatre is that it interacts with generation after generation and makes connections to current events, over and over. Recently, Lue Douthit and I were talking about this year’s exhibits for the side galleries. One will be about The Diary of Anne Frank.
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Tales from the Vault: B. Iden Payne

Oct 4th, 2012

B. Iden Payne first inspired Angus Bowmer as a student at the University of Washington in 1930. In 1956 and 1961, Payne came to Ashland to both act and direct. In the intervening years, what Bowmer learned from Payne in Seattle lingered.


He gained an understanding of the meaning of words for the Elizabethan audience, a modern editor’s script must be read with knowledge of the earliest printed versions of the plays and with a firm rejection of all those stage and scene directions from 18th and 19th century productions...
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Tales from the Vault: Closing Night

Oct 4th, 2012

As the season draws to a close and the weather is cooler, it is certainly apparent why our outdoor season would not or could not be extended.



The tradition to close the outdoor theatre with the words of Prospero from Act IV actually began in 1952 when H. Paul Kiss had the role in The Tempest which concluded the season. A Medford Mail Tribune story on August 31, 1952 says “Thus the festival ends, and will lie sleeping until another group of actors returns to work to awaken it next June.”
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Tales from the Vault: Exhibit Center

Oct 4th, 2012

The Exhibit Center began in the Swedenburg House on the SOU campus with a grant from the American Revolution Bi-Centennial Commission of Oregon in the amount of $3,000. It opened on June 14, 1975. Kay Atwood and Skip Hubbard developed the project there and returned five years later when it arrived “on campus” in the old bank building, now known as the Administration Building. It reopened on February 27, 1981...
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Tales from the Vault: Musicals

Oct 4th, 2012

The inclusion of a musical in the 2001 season has sparked conversations regarding the history of musicals at the Festival. Though it is true that many of our productions have included lots of music—which you will note in Doug’s current exhibit in the side gallery of the Bowmer Theatre—the first true musicals at OSF were initiated by necessity and pure good fortune.
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