From all of us at the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, we want to thank everyone who helped to make this season a success! We had our largest audience yet, with many patrons experiencing theater for the first time! We look forward to seeing you all next year.
This summer, OSTF presented As You Like it by William Shakespeare; Come Back, Little Sheba by William Inge; and The Secret Garden, adapted for the stage by Thomas W. Olson, based on the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
For the full 2014 program, click here.
by William Shakespeare
June 27, 2014 through August 1, 2014
Recommended for ages 6 and up!*
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players..."
Escape to the Forest of Arden, a pastoral refuge where romance, wit and gender-bending high jinx rule. The plot of this much beloved comedy follows our heroine, Rosalind, who flees from the corrupt court to the country, disguised as a young man, to reunite with her banished father. There she encounters, Orlando, whom she must teach the true meaning of love before revealing her female identity. This family-friendly adaptation will include wrestling, clowning and a live band. It promises to be the bash of the summer!
by William Inge
July 5, 2014 through August 2, 2014
Because of adult themes, this show is recommended for ages 12 and up!*
"If you can't forget the past, you stay in it and never get out."
This powerful drama is a lovingly honest, sometimes humorous, portrait of a middle-aged couple, Lola and Doc, and their everyday struggle with past regrets, unfulfilled dreams and sobriety. Now an American classic, it was the first Broadway hit by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Picnic, Bus Stop, and Splendor in the Grass.
Story by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Adapted for the Stage by Thomas W. Olson
July 11, 2014 through August 2, 2014
Recommended for audiences of all ages, 5 to 95!*
"Where you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow."
Based upon the 1910 children’s classic, this is the story of the contrary young orphan, Mary Lennox, who is sent to live with her Uncle Craven in the forbidding Misselthwaite Manor. There she finds a secret garden where she and her sickly cousin Colin gradually discover the healing power of Nature. This adaptation was originally commissioned and performed by the renowned Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis.
*(Out of respect for other patrons, babies and toddlers are not admitted)