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Many OSF plays canceled because of COVID-19 outbreak

Several plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival have been canceled this week because of breakthrough COVID-19 cases and exposures. Jackson County is currently experiencing a high level of community transmission of the coronavirus, according to the CDC, which recommends people wear a mask indoors in public.

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OSF announces next year’s season: ‘Reimagining, revitalizing, reinvigorating’

Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced its 2023 season Thursday, including “Rent,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “Twelfth Night.” Play-goers will see a signature mix of new plays and musicals from OSF, as well as reinvented classics and immersive technology projects that embody what Artistic Director Nataki Garrett envisions for the future of the 87-year-old organization.

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Review: August Wilson comes alive at OSF

Playwright August Wilson died in 2005. But he seems very much alive as portrayed by Steven Anthony Jones in “How I Learned What I Learned” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. In an incredibly involving performance, Jones makes it easy to forget that it’s not Wilson on the stage of the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

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Shakespeare scholar to host three weekend workshops

A series of six workshops about three plays by William Shakespeare are being offered with Barry Kraft, a long-time actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and noted Shakespearean scholar. Sessions will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting June 4.

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Review: ‘In the Heights’ musical dazzles

It’s not necessary to travel to New York City to see a Broadway-quality musical — just head to Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland to see Lin Manuel-Miranda’s “In the Heights,” an energetic, dazzlingly choreographed and incredibly produced musical that won four Tony Awards in 2008, including best musical.

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SOU awards its highest honor to former Guanajuato governor and his wife

Southern Oregon University President Rick Bailey presented SOU’s highest honor on Monday in Guanajuato to two prominent supporters of the university exchange program between SOU and the University of Guanajuato. An SOU delegation and about 200 guests representing wide segments of the Guanajuato community looked on as the awards were presented to Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, holder of two master’s degrees earned at SOU before he embarked on a distinguished political career in Mexico, and his wife, Francis “Faffie” Romero Siekman, a prime mover behind a scholarship program supporting student exchanges.

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Ashland Fire & Rescue warns of intensified wildfire seasons

Ashland Fire & Rescue has warned of more intense fire seasons in years to come as local impacts of climate change become more apparent. Division Chief Chris Chambers told the City Council Tuesday, Aug. 2, that coming fire seasons could see an increase in acres burned of between 200 and 400 percent.

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Birds’-Eye View: An Ashland-based bird conservation organization

Birds’-Eye View: Ashland-based nonprofit Klamath Bird Observatory keeps on eye on bird life in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California. Since birds are a key indicator species and migratory paths from much of the Western Hemisphere pass through this area, KBO data helps inform natural resource management on a broad scale.

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One Hiroshima survivor nurtures seedling sprouted from another survivor

The 77th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, was marked in Ashland for the 38th year on Saturday. A capacity crowd gathered at Thalden Pavilion, site of an eternal World Peace Flame, to hear remarks and celebrate the planting of a gingko tree sprouted from seeds from a tree that survived the Hiroshima inferno.

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