Current Season

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

September 30 – October 15, 2016

By Tom Stoppard, Director: Susan Coromel 

Performances 

  • Evenings 
  • Thursday–Saturday 
  • 7:30 p.m. 
  • Matinees 
  • Oct. 2, 9, & 15 2 p.m. 

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end. 

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 

Overture (Music Inspired by Shakespeare)

Overture

November 6, 2016

  • Willamette University Symphony Orchestra 
  • Music Director: Héctor Agüero 
  • Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, 3 p.m. 
  • Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center 

Music Inspired by Shakespeare

In a real treat for the senses, this extraordinary program by Professor Héctor Agüero offers a taste of the numerous musical works that Shakespeare’s oeuvre has inspired throughout the centuries. This concert promises an enchantment to the ears, from the joyous to the sublime and everything in between. 

Perception/Reality

Perception/Reality

November 11 – 19, 2016

Artistic Director: Jessi Fouts

Music Inspired by Shakespeare

  • Willamette University Symphony Orchestra 
  • Music Director: Héctor Agüero 
  • Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, 3 p.m. 
  • Hudson Hall, Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center 

In a real treat for the senses, this extraordinary program by Professor Héctor Agüero offers a taste of the numerous musical works that Shakespeare’s oeuvre has inspired throughout the centuries. This concert promises an enchantment to the ears, from the joyous to the sublime and everything in between. 

Shakespeare’s Will

Shakespeare’s Will

December 2 – 3, 2016

  • By Vern Thiessen 
  • A production of NACL Theatre Featuring Tannis Kowalchuk 
  • Director: Mimi McGurl 

In this lively, song-filled exploration, Tannis Kowalchuk performs the role of Anne Hathaway, William Shakespeare’s wife. The play begins on the afternoon of Shakespeare’s funeral. Before reading her husband’s will, Anne revisits her life as mother, wife, and woman in 17th century Stratford-upon-Avon. Basing the narrative upon the sparse information known about the Bard’s wife, playwright Vern Thiessen has written a sensitive and humorous text in verse, taking great delight imagining and inventing the robust, earthy, and intelligent character of Anne Hathaway. 

Shakespeare’s Will

Lear’s Daughters

February 17 – 25, 2017

By the members of the Women’s Theatre Group from an idea by Elaine Feinstein Guest Director: Elizabeth Rothan 

Performances

  • Evenings 
  • Thursday–Saturday 
  • 7:30 p.m. 
  • Matinees Feb. 19 & 25 2 p.m. 

Originally devised in 1987 by the Women’s Theatre Group in collaboration with Elaine Feinstein, Lear’s Daughters tells the story of what happened to King Lear’s three girls, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia, before they made their entrances in Shakespeare’s classic play. The daughters, isolated from their busy parents, find themselves under the care of a nanny who brings sustenance in the form of storytelling. This provocative play explores innocence turned to tragic cynicism. It is a playful but serious modern parable for our time. 

Shakespeare’s Will

Twelfth Night

March 9 – 12, 2017

By Joel Feigin, Director: Allison Swensen-Mitchell, Co-produced with the Department of Music

Performances

  • Evenings
  • Thursday–Saturday
  • 7 p.m.
  • Matinee
  • Sunday, March 12
  • 3 p.m.

American composer Joel Feigin’s operatic interpretation of Twelfth Night balances soaring solos with plaintive folksongs, love duets with comic ensembles, all capturing the enchanted, lively spirit of Shakespeare’s comedy. Twelfth Night promises to be a unique and transcendent theatrical experience. 

Macbeth

Macbeth

April 14 – 29, 2017

By William Shakespeare, Director: Jonathan Cole 

Performances

  • Evenings
  • Thursday–Saturday
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Matinee
  • April 16, 23 & 29 
  • 2 p.m.

This play — Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy — is brutally quick, and is at once elemental and mercurial. It tells the story of a passionate couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, whose overwhelming will to power moves them to obliterate all obstacles, transgressing boundaries of fealty, family, and fundamental human kindness. Come experience the meteoric rise and tragic fall of one of theatre literature’s original power couples.