03 April 2011
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Versus Final Four
The picture above is the entrance to the OSF's New Theatre on Friday afternoon, 1 April, in preparation for an excellent version of Julius Caesar. When I read the play in high school and when I saw it on several occasions since then I was never all that unhappy at Caesar's assassination, but in this version I cried when it happened. Perhaps that is a function of age, I'm not sure, or perhaps because Caesar was played by a woman. Yes, that is correct, Vilma Silva, a veteran at OSF, played the part of Julius, not Julie Caesar. In any event, we cheered when we were supposed to and had a great time thinking about when and if we should change our political leaders. It was great fun talking this over with my grandchildren too.
As you can see in the picture to the left, Spring has arrived in this valley in the mountains of southern Oregon. Lots of flowering trees and shrubs. We had good weather. If you go, the Plaza Inn is a good place to stay as you can walk to the theatres and a fair number of restaurants as well. Plus they have some nice snacks late afternoon and evenings as well.