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SOF conference will be held in Ashland Oregon Sept. 24-27, 2015

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From Earl Showerman, SOF Conference Committee:

The Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship will hold its 2015 annual conference and membership meeting at the historic landmark Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland, Oregon, home of the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival. From Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27 the conference will convene daily with evening productions at the festival. Appetizers at the opening reception, two buffet lunches, and an awards banquet are included in the program. The cost of attending is:

Full conference registration: $225 for SOF members
Full conference registration: $250 for non-members
Single day registration: $65
Sunday banquet only: $40

Register for the conference online.

The goal of SOF conferences is to address specific challenges in the Shakespeare authorship debate, and in 2015 papers are being solicited that engage with the Shakespeare plays that will be featured at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the conference: Much Ado about Nothing, Pericles, and Antony and Cleopatra. The call-for-papers for the 2015 conference has been posted here.

This year’s conference will feature a number of British scholars who have been engaged very actively in the authorship debate, including Kevin Gilvary, Chairman of the De Vere Society, Alexander Waugh, President of the Shakespeare Authorship Coalition, Dr. Ros Barber and Julia Cleave, Trustees of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust, and Dr. Heward Wilkinson. In addition, Professors Roger Stritmatter, Michael Delahoyde, Don Rubin and Wally Hurst, as well as authors Mark Anderson and Katherine Chiljan, and editor James Warren have all proposed papers for what promises to be an outstanding educational and theatrical program.

One hundred tickets each for evening productions of Much Ado about Nothing (9/24), Antony and Cleopatra (9/25), and Pericles (9/26) have been reserved for our conference group. The discounted SOF Conference package of three tickets, one for each play, is $100, but will be available only on a first-come-first-serve basis. Group discounted individual play tickets may also be purchased for $40 each.  Group ticket orders for the SOF conference will close when shows sell out, which is very likely in the case of Pericles, and no later than August 20.

For information on the complete program, see Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The fall program of plays also includes Guys and Dolls, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Count of Monte Cristo, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, Sweat, The Happiest Song Plays Last, and Head Over Heels.

Discounted group rates of $139-169/night for rooms at the Ashland Springs Hotel as well as the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites will be available for conference attendees.  For reservations, call 541-488-1700 or reserve online. The Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites is located at the south end of Ashland, but has a regular shuttle service to the Ashland Springs Hotel and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival theaters downtown.

For other choices of accommodations, see the Plan Your Visit option on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival website.

For additional information on registration, Oregon Shakespeare Festival tickets, or questions regarding travel, contact Earl Showerman at earlees@charter.net.

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