Study theatre in Ashland, Oregon

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

Join us for Summer 2019!

Dates : June 25 - July 1, 2019

Our 2019 Play Selection: All’s Well that Ends Well, Macbeth, La Comedia of Errors, Cambodian Rock Band, Hairspray

Experience: Professional actors will introduce us to the plays and lead our class discussions as we study the relationship of the printed text to the stage performance.

During our 2019 program you will attend the following 5 plays.

All's Well that Ends Well

By William Shakespeare

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none

When Helena cures an ailing king, he rewards her with the mate of her choosing. She only has eyes for Bertram, but the young man does not return her love. What will become of clever Helena as she navigates this complex comedy of courtships, class, mistaken identities, pain, loss, war and love With original compositions and movement, Tracy Young (A Wrinkle in Time, The Imaginary Invalid, The Servant of Two Masters) directs this humorous, inventive and edgy production of Shakespeare’s nuanced love story. Cast includes Royer Bockus (Helena), Vilma Silva (Countess Rossillion) and Lauren Modica (Widow).


By William Shakespeare

Fair is foul, and foul is fair

Spurred by prophecy and consumed by ambition, Macbeth murders the Scottish king and claims the throne. Fueled by guilt and paranoia, the new king and his wife embark on an increasingly bloody campaign to hold onto power. José Luis Valenzuela (Destiny of Desire) directs “the Scottish play,” in which the impulse to destroy rather than change grips the Macbeths, wreaking havoc on their minds and on everyone
in their way. Renowned for making the epic feel operatic, Valenzuela’s intriguing and ritualistic take on Shakespeare’s evocative tragedy plumbs the depths of human psychology and the pitfalls of unchecked ambition and violence. Cast includes Danforth Comins (Macbeth), Amy Kim Waschke (Lady Macbeth) and Al Espinosa (Banquo).

La Comedia of Errors

By William Shakespeare

Let's go hand in hand, mano en mano

Two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, unwittingly begin interacting with each other’s family and friends, leading to a not - so - serious case of misplaced identities. This bilingual (Spanish and English) adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s zaniest comedies springs from a collaboration between veteran OSF dramaturg Lydia G. Garcia and OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch, and from the twin sources of inspiration for OSF’s mission to reveal our collective humanity: Shakespeare's work and the cultural richness of the United States. Created with a laser focus on the actors and text — and with the flexibility to be performed on multiple stages with costumes, props and live music, without the need for theatrical lighting or pre - recorded sound — La Comedia of Errors is a unique, intimate, poignant experience that emphasizes the human connectivity at the heart of the ancient art form that is live theatre. Commissioned as part of the Play on! Shakespeare translation program and set in Southern Oregon, the play shares its cast and director with the world premiere of Octavio Solis’s Mother Road and will be a fun - filled ride for speakers of English or Spanish, and a particular treat for those who speak both!

Cambodian Rock Band

By Lauren Yee

A musical journey 30 years in the making

This epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history thirty years after her father fled Cambodia. Featuring actor/musicians who perform a mix of contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies live, playwright Lauren Yee brings to vivid life the Cambodian rock scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s, a movement cut short by the Khmer Rouge's brutal attempt to erase the music (and musicians) once and for all. This story is about survivors, the resilient bond of family and the enduring power of music. Directed by Chay Yew (Hannah and the Dread Gazebo).


Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Music by Marc Shaiman, Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, Directed by Christopher Liam Moore

You can't stop the beat!

It’s 1962, and Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad lives in a world that tells her plus-sized gals shouldn’t be dancing on television and that racial segregation is here to stay. When she wins a spot on The Corny Collins Show, Tracy becomes a star and teams up with her friends Penny, Seaweed, Motormouth Maybelle and hunky Link Larkin to use her newfound fame to challenge the status quo. Director Christopher Liam Moore (The Book of Will, Shakespeare in Love) honors John Waters’ original subversive vision for the story in a wildly joyful production that celebrates radical inclusion at its heart.

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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:  $500 per person
  • Single occupancy with shared bath, double occupancy with private bath, and single occupancy with private bath are also available. Please contact Professor Kaz or Professor Davis about pricing and options.  

Scholarships are available for students. Contact the English Division for information.

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 2019 program is May 15, 2019.

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

Kristin Kaz teaches English composition at Pasadena City College. 

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

For more information, please contact:

John Q. Davis

(626) 585-7652 or

Kristin Kaz

(626) 585-7153 or