Twelfth Night!

Twelfth Night!
January 6, 2017

“On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me

Twelve Drummers Drumming!”

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“If music be the food of love, play on!”
-Duke Orsino Twelfth Night Act I, scene I by William Shakespeare

Nevermind the religion…
Twelfth Night on January 6th has always been the date we use to mark the end of the winter Holiday Season. Also, it’s the name of a Shakespeare play that we like. And if they’re going to sell Christmas for 3 months beforehand, we should get to appreciate and celebrate the entire Twelve Days of Christmas! This year (2017) Twelfth Night (January 6th) falls on a Friday, so we get to extend the holiday for one more weekend, even though we’re expecting a monster storm to hit hard in Los Angeles Saturday through Monday.

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Originally a Catholic holiday, the Feast of the Epiphany, the actual Elizabethan festival of Twelfth Night became a day of revelry. Servants dressed as their masters, men dressed as women and women as men. The festive ritual and role reversal was based on the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia. It involved the antics of a Lord of Misrule, who before leaving his temporary position of authority, would call for entertainment, songs and mummery: comedic plays performed by costumed amateur actors (traditionally all male) at feasts and functions in exchange for money and/or food.

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“Some are born great, some achieve greatness,
and some have greatness thrown upon them.”
– Feste, the Clown

Shakespeare’s comedic play “Twelfth Night, or What You Will” was written to be performed as a Twelfth Night entertainment. The earliest known performance took place at Middle Temple Hall on Candlemas night, February 2, 1602, the formal end of Christmastide in England. It may have been staged a year earlier in a private performance for Elizabeth I before the Court at Whitehall Palace on Twelfth Night, January 6th, 1601.

The influence of English folk tradition can be found in the play, particularly in Feste the clown’s songs and dialogue. Many elements are reversed in the tradition of Twelfth Night: a woman dressing as a man, and a servant imagining that he can become a nobleman. Shakespeare also chose to fictionalized Illyria, an ancient region in southern Europe on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, as the romantic setting for the story.

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Twelfth Night or What You Will” by William Shakespeare

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The Wisdom of Feste the Clown:jester-with-puppet

“Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those 
that are fools, let them use their talents.”

“Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage”

“Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, 
it shines every where.”

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.”

“There is no darkness but ignorance.”

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Feste’s Song (at the conclusion of Act V):

“When that I was and a little tiny boy, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
A foolish thing was but a toy, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
But when I came to man’s estate, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
’Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
But when I came, alas! to wive, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
By swaggering could I never thrive, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
But when I came unto my beds, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
With toss-pots still had drunken heads, 
    For the rain it raineth every day. 
A great while ago the world begun, 
    With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, 
But that’s all one, our play is done, 
    And we’ll strive to please you every day.”
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So, is it really unlucky to leave Christmas decorations hanging after Twelfth Night?

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Twelfth Night 2016

 

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…And a Partridge in a Pear Tree!


GOOD SHABBOS! Shabbat Shalom!
Happy Twelfth Night! Let’s Feast!

“Old Christmas is past, Twelfth Night is the last,
And we bid you adieu, great joy to the new!”

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On The Menu: NY Steak, sautéed onions, roasted red potatoes, steamed broccoli & carrots, bread & butter and an iced espresso. Later for dessert, 2 chocolate covered custard filled donuts and an espresso.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Spring 2016

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Spring 2016 – Ashland, Oregon

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best things about visiting Ashland!

We love the OSF and whenever we’re in town we try to see as many of the shows currently playing as we can (time & money permitting). They produce eleven plays in three theaters each season: Shakespeare and “the classics”, adaptations, musicals and new “world premiere” plays which run in reparatory February-November.

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Festival Welcome Center’s Clock on Main Street in Ashland Oregon

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Pioneer St and Main St in Ashland Oregon

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Bronze Relief Statue at Pioneer St and Main St in Ashland Oregon

The campus is located at Main Street and Pioneer in downtown Ashland and there are 3 theaters (the large outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre, the large Angus Bowmer Theatre and the smaller Thomas Theatre), the box office, the Tudor Gift Shoppe, the Founders Room and patio, rehearsal rooms and administration offices. They offer guided tours, pre and post show talks, and other special events. During the summer and early fall months there are FREE Green Show performances before the evening shows (weather permitting).

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Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland Oregon

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre is a large outdoor “open-air” amphitheater in the style of the Globe Theatre from Shakespeare’s era, except it’s built out of modern materials and has high-tech lighting and sound.

Shows don’t open in the outdoor theatre until summer, and even then there’s a “rain or shine” policy for most performances. We’ve sat through outdoor shows in the rain and cold, where we were under the balcony and the rain was blowing in sideways and hitting us in the face, and other shows where it was “hot as hell” and there was no breeze blowing at all. Most times it’s a great experience and the weather isn’t a factor, but other times it’s been very uncomfortable, so now you’ve been warned.

TIP: Dress in layers and prepare for the weather and other conditions you may experience when seeing shows in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre!

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Allen Elizabethan Theatre’s Outdoor Stage

NOTE: This stage pic is from a previous trip and Blog. Last fall when we visited there were large wildfires burning in the area around Ashland and the Rogue Valley. A number of outdoor performances were cancelled because of heavy smoke (health, air quality and visibility issues were determined each night prior to the performance and the audience was warned that conditions might cause cancellation).

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Box Office

The Box Office is housed on the first floor of a building next to the Thomas Theatre on Pioneer Street. The OSF is completely “special needs” friendly and fully accessible.

 

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OSF Tickets for “Twelfth Night” & “The Yeoman of the Guard”

Tickets for the two shows (Twelfth Night Wednesday Matinee and Yeoman of The Guard on Thursday Evening) were available for pickup at Will Call in the Box Office.

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OSF’s Spring 2016 Playbill- “Twelfth Night” on the cover

Wednesday Matinee of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” done 1930’s Hollywood style in the Angus Bowmer Theatre

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Wednesday Matinee of “Twelfth Night” in the Bowmer Theatre

 

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Wednesday Matinee of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in the Bowmer Theatre

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Wednesday Matinee of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” in the Bowmer Theatre

 

We had a ticket to the Thursday Evening performance of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard” done Country “Corn Pone” in the Thomas Theatre at 8pm and we were told to arrive early for the “pre-show” at 7:30pm. There was audience interaction with the characters before and during the show, and some of the best and funniest moments were the unscripted improvisation with the people sitting on the stage.

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Friday Night Performance of “The Yeoman of the Guard” in the Thomas Theatre

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Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Yeoman of the Guard” in the Thomas Theatre

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The “Bill of Fare” at the OSF’s Concession Stands

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“The Yeoman of the Guard” pre-show in the Thomas Theatre

There was no intermission. It was a relatively short show and it ended about 9:45pm.

Be sure to visit the Plaza at night for the “after theatre” experience. Most of the restaurants, breweries and bars stay open late and cater to both locals and the tourists in town. Weekends and some weeknights there is live music performed at some of the local venues.

NOTE: Be aware! The “transient” population tends to congregate in the area at night, but they are mostly harmless and usually don’t bother other people except to ask for money.

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Our Friday afternoon activities were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances so instead we drove over to the OSF Box Office and switched our “comp” ticket to the Friday matinee of “Great Expectations”. We parked the car in the 4 hour lot and went to the show.

Friday Matinee of the World Premiere adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” in the Angus Bowmer Theatre

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Friday Matinee of “Great Expectations” in the Bowmer Theatre

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Friday Matinee World Premier of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations”

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The Angus Bowmer Theatre in Ashland Oregon

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The Angus Bowmer Theatre in Ashland Oregon

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Friday Matinee World Premier of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations”

 

The other shows playing “Viet Gone” and “The River Bride” both had great reviews.

Visit the OSF’s Festival Welcome Center for information and view the beautiful costumes from last season’s shows up close! The Volunteer Staff also have good tips about the town of Ashland.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Welcome Center

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During the Summer and early Fall months the OSF has FREE Green Shows before the evening performances (weather permitting) “on the bricks” in the OSF plaza between the theaters.  The OSF invites visiting artists of all types to perform “On The Bricks” on the Plaza stage:

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Dirty Cello Perform at the OSF’s Green Show (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

NOTE: This Green Show pic is from a previous trip and Blog. The Stage and Brick Plaza (as well as the Path to the Downtown Plaza) are currently undergoing extensive renovation.

And of course visit the Tudor Gift Shoppe for all your OSF souvenirs!

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William Shakespeare’s Bust is Available in the Tudor Gift Shoppe

 

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