Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The OSF School Visit Program Comes to WWU

By: Hilary Nieland

The OSF's outdoor Elizabethan stage. Photo by Jenny Graham.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is coming to Walla Walla University during their 42nd annual School Visit Program. Two actors from the Festival, Jonathan Dyrud and Jason Sanford, will be visiting WWU on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in Village Hall. They will perform selections from both classic and contemporary works by Shakespeare, the British comedy group Monty Python, and others.

Dyrud, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Southern Oregon University, has spent four seasons with the OSF and this will be his second year participating in the School Visit Program. Sanford received his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and his master of fine arts degree from University of Washington and has won the Charles Lampkin Award for Acting. This is his first year participating in the School Visit Program.

The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1935 and is one of the oldest professional nonprofit theaters in the United States. The festival seeks to “reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory.”

The OSF visit is open  and free to the community. For more information about the event at WWU, call the English Department at (509) 527-2862 or email Pamela.rodman@wallawalla.edu.

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