The Odyssey (2017): Daniel T. Parker (Cyclops). Also pictured: Buzz Fraser.

February 24th marks the opening of the 2017 season for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The festival has annually produced plays since 1935 and is hailed as the best festival to see Shakespearean plays alongside modern interpretations.

This season includes;

“The 2017 season represents our ever-growing passion and dedication to represent voices and stories that reflect the cultural richness, and at times the painful legacy, of our country.” says Artistic Director Bill Raunch.

Highlights include a play from Randy Reinholz called Off The Rails, which marks the first time in history to have a play adapted from a Native American writer. UniSon is a new work based on the poetry of August Wilson. “One of American theatre”™s most thrilling new playwrights”, Jiehae Park, brings us Hannah and the Dread Gazebo. Shakespeare in Love is having it”™s U.S. premier to festival audiences. Classic stories like Homer”™s The Odyssey and Disney”™s Beauty and the Beast are making their OSF debut. The 2017 season is opening with Julius Caesar, considered one of Shakespeare”™s most heartfelt and penetrating tragedies. Mojada is also opening at the top of the season, which the Los Angeles Times has praised, saying the play “casts a beguiling narrative spell while finding opportunities for biting cultural commentary” while “freely mixing comedy with drama.”

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