I agree completely with Marsha Price Chevalier’s important recent Viewpoint on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. It’s no longer founder Angus Bowmer’s Shakespeare Festival, but rather is attempting to be the most “woke” theater in the USA. I’m all for inclusion, and the type of plays being produced there now have their place. But to displace something as wonderful as Angus’ brainchild, which was recognized and acclaimed nationwide, is such a pity.
I, too, am a former member of the acting company (1967, ’68 and ’73), when Angus was still active. I remember how enriching and magical those times were, and how enthusiastic the full-house audiences. It was a genuine celebration of Shakespeare’s genius.
Angus’ vision has morphed into something unrecognizable and incongruous. When the fall rains come to Ashland, I think they will be mixed with Angus’ tears. As Shakespeare wrote, “What a falling off was there!”