I keep hearing good things about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. the not-for-profit professional theatre celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Despite the title, the festival is not limited to the works of Shakespeare, although all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays have been performed multiple times over the years. Instead, OSF offers innovative works and a range of opportunities for the public to become involved in theatre at all levels. It even sponsors what looks like a fascinating two-week Shakespeare at Sea program that sails from Southampton to Spain and Portugal.
One of the festival’s current productions is getting some v nice reviews. Jeff Whitty, who won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Avenue Q, has taken Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th century prose poem The Arcadia, and mashed it up with the music of…The Go-Go’s. The result is called Head Over Heels.
Here’s the trailer, but be forewarned about the terrible audio:
(To make up for the lousy audio, and because I’m in love with music from the 80s here’s the Go-Go’s “Head Over Heels” video.)
Here’s the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s trailer for the full 2015 season, which will give you an idea of the of the festival’s range.
Head Over Heels runs through 10 October 2015.