The mission of Western Oregon University’s Valley Shakespeare Company is to present quality outdoor Shakespeare, free of charge, on the Leinwand outdoor stage on the campus of Western Oregon University with a cast and crew of WOU students and faculty, community members and guest professionals.
Our aspiration is to use these shows to build and strengthen the relationship between the performing arts at WOU and the greater Willamette Valley and Salem community. Offering “Free Shakespeare in the Park” will contribute to these efforts, encouraging students, families and community members, young and old, to join in the festivities and celebrate the performing arts with a cost-effective and culturally rich evening of theatre on the campus of Western Oregon University.
Upcoming Show for Summer 2020
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Hilarious shenanigans, gender-bending disguises, ill-fated desires. The conflict is all too close to home in one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, where stumbling romance and misunderstanding are in full bloom. Separated from her twin brother after a shipwreck in Illyria, Viola disguises herself as a man to work in the local household of Duke Orsino. The closer they become, the more Viola gets acquainted with Orsino’s crush, the beautiful noblewoman Olivia. Much to their dismay (and to your delight), the trio is inevitably thrust into a love triangle of mistaken identity and wanton foolishness. Valley Shakespeare Company will be resetting this classic tale of love and misunderstanding during the early days of prohibition in the Coney Island Boardwalk of Atlantic City.
Overflowing with quick wit and titillating trysts, this standout play by The Bard is sure to please with its captivating characters and one of his most dynamic heroines.
Auditions will be held in the beginning of April 2020 for various roles.