Summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

Spend six nights in Ashland, Oregon and experience theatre first-hand at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Attend six different plays, engage in cast discussions and get a first-hand view of the relationship of the printed text to the stage performance.

Students and Community Members are welcome! Student Scholarships are available!

Join us for Summer 2024!

Dates : June 22 - June 29, 2024

Our 2024 Play Selection: Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Lizard Boy, Virgins/Villains, Jane Eyre, and Born With Teeth

Experience: Professional actors and theater personnel will introduce us to the plays and lead our class discussions as we study the relationship of the printed text to the stage performance! Plenty of free-time scheduled to enjoy tourist attractions in Ashland, Oregon! 

During our 2024 program you will attend the following 6 plays.


By William Shakespeare

In this powerful exploration of fate, an unexpected prophecy sends Scottish general Macbeth on a feverish and murderous quest to become king. With startlingly beautiful language, Shakespeare’s revered tragedy reveals the underbelly of ambition in a world steeped in power mongering, war, and magic. This muscular, modern production—an ensemble-based showcase for OSF’s acting company—is directed by former OSF Associate Artistic Director Evren Odcikin (unseen, 2022) and plays all season in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare

Romance, wit, and mistaken identities fuel this new staging of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy of tricks! Don Pedro’s army has just returned home victorious after the war. Love is in the air, even as two of history’s most tumultuous couples—Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero—volley hilarious quips and damning accusations back and forth. Will the truth win in this mischievous game of love? Find out in this dazzling, music-filled production directed by Miriam A. Laube, who brings her 17 seasons of OSF experience to this Shakespeare favorite, lighting up the Allen Elizabethan Theatre all summer.

Lizard Boy

By Justin Huertas

Trevor has become a myth in his hometown: a lonesome outsider whose skin turned green and scaly after a childhood encounter with a dragon. Now he leaves his house only once a year, on Monsterfest, the anniversary of the incident—and that’s tonight. Out on a first date with a new crush, Cary, he meets a fellow dragon survivor who fears the dragons have returned and begs Trevor to help fight them. Can Trevor accept who he is and save his city … and his first date? This funny, quirky, heartbreaking musical, winner of six San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards and fresh from its 2023 Off-Broadway run, will delight audiences in our intimate Thomas Theatre.


By Robin Goodrin Nordly

In this witty, insightful, and revealing one-woman show, actress Robin Goodrin Nordli draws from her experiences of performing in 61 productions of 30 plays by William Shakespeare. From the innocent virgins of her past to the vindictive villains of her present, Robin explores her own life through the prism of her relationship with Shakespeare’s women.

Jane Eyre

Adapted by Elizabeth Williamson from the novel by Charlotte Brontë

One of the most beloved heroines in literary history shines bright in this production that infuses a classic Gothic Romance with the sound and feel of Southern Gothic. Orphaned as a child and raised by cruel relatives and cold schoolmasters, Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as an adult: working as a governess on a remote estate. But as she slowly falls in love with her moody employer, she discovers that he—and his home—are surrounded by dark secrets. With only her resilience and wits to guide her, how will Jane save her chance for happiness? Elizabeth Williamson’s fresh adaptation is directed by Dawn Monique Williams, who helmed our lush 2023 staging of Twelfth Night.

Born With Teeth

By Liz Duffy Adams

William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe are two of the greatest writers of their time. If only they’d stop bickering long enough to pick up a quill. In this razor-sharp imagined encounter by Liz Duffy Adams, the two men go head-to-head, fighting, flirting, and festering in the back room of a pub while attempting to collaborate on a play cycle. Set against the backdrop of an aging ruler, an oppressive police state, and constant threat of spies, Born with Teeth is a high-stakes dramatization of history that remarkably mirrors the present day. Don’t miss this sharp, sexy, dark comedy coming to life on the Angus Bowmer stage.

Find out more about the plays and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at

When you participate in Theatre in Ashland, you will enroll in the following course:

English 135: From Page to Performance

In this course we view the relationship of the printed text to the stage performance of a variety of plays seen in Ashland. 1 unit non-transfer credit (Credit/no credit grading)


In order to participate, you must enroll in the following course:

English 135 (1 unit of non-transfer credit).

If you have already taken English 135, you must register for the class through the Extended Learning Center: Write a separate check payable to Pasadena City College (note on memo line: Extended Learning Center).


You can choose between the following lodging options:

  • Double occupancy and shared bath:  price TBD
  • Single occupancy with shared bath, double occupancy with private bath, and single occupancy with private bath are also available. Please contact Professor Davis or Professor Kuroki about pricing and options.  


Your Program fee includes:

  • Accommodations
  • All theatre tickets (5 plays)
  • Discussions with actors and directors
  • Lectures by theatre company members
  • It does not include class enrollment fee, meals, transportation, or parking.


Register and pay early! The payment deadline for the Summer 2024 program is still TBD.

To register and pay, make your check or money order payable to PCC Ashland Fund. Mail your payment to Mikage Kuroki, English Division C245, Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106-2003.

John Davis teaches English composition and literature, at Pasadena City College. 

Mikage Kuroki teaches English composition and literature at Pasadena City College. 

For more information, please contact:

John Davis

(626) 585-7652 or

Mikage Kuroki

(626) 585-3372 or