ⓘ Allen Elizabethan Theatre. The Allen Elizabethan Theatre has evolved since the founding of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival when the first performance of Twelfth ..

Allen Elizabethan Theatre

ⓘ Allen Elizabethan Theatre

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre has evolved since the founding of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival when the first performance of Twelfth Night was presented on July 2, 1935.


1. Original Elizabethan Theatre

The design for the first outdoor OSF Elizabethan Theatre was sketched by Angus L. Bowmer based on his recollection of productions at the University of Washington in which he had acted while a student. Ashland, Oregon obtained WPA funds in 1935 to build it within the 12-foot-high 3.7 m circular walls that remained in the roofless shell of the abandoned Chautauqua theatre. Bowmer extended the walls to reduce the stage width to fifty-five feet, and painted the extensions to resemble half-timbered buildings. He designed a thrust stage - one projecting toward the audience - with a balcony. Two columns helped divide the main stage into forestage, middle stage, and inner stage areas. Illustrating the improvised nature of it all, actors doubled as stage hands, stage lighting was housed in coffee cans, and string beans were planted along the walls to improve sound quality. Fifty-cent general admission seating was on benches just behind the one-dollar reserved seating on folding chairs. This theatre was torn down during World War II.


2. Second Elizabethan Theatre

The second outdoor Elizabethan Theatre was built in 1947 from plans drawn up by University of Washington drama professor John Conway. The main stage became trapezoidal, with entries added on either side, and windows added above them flanking the balcony stage. A low railing gave a finished appearance to the forestage. Chairs arranged to improve sight lines replaced bench seating. Backstage areas were added gradually and haphazardly, until the ramshackle result was ordered torn down as a fire hazard in 1958.


3. Current Allen Elizabethan Theatre

The next year saw the opening of the current outdoor theatre, whose name was changed from Elizabethan to Allen Elizabethan Theatre in October 2013. Patterned on Londons 1599 Fortune Theatre and designed by Richard L. Hay, it incorporated all the stage dimensions mentioned in the Fortune contract. The trapezoidal stage was retained but the façade was extended to three stories, resulting in a forestage, middle stage, inner below, inner above the old balcony, and a musicians gallery. The wings were provided with second-story windows. Each provides acting areas, creating many staging possibilities. A pitched, shingled roof enhances the half-timbered façade. A windowed gable was extended from the center of the roof to cover and define the middle stage. Just before each performance, an actor opens the gable window, and in keeping with Elizabethan tradition signaling a play in progress, runs a flag up the pole to the sound of a trumpet and doffs his cap to the audience.

The result is an approximate replica of the Fortune Theatre. The known but incomplete dimensions apply only to the stage. The original specifications sometimes say no more than "to be built like the Globe," for which there are no plans or details. The remotely operated lighting, on scaffolding on either side of the stage, of course did not exist in the original, and the current site rather than the original architecture determines the shape of the auditorium. Twelve hundred seats in slightly offset arcs ascend the original hillside, giving an excellent view of the stage from each seat. The old Chautauqua theatre walls, now ivy-covered, remain as the outer perimeter of the theatre.

The $7.6 million Paul Allen Pavilion was added in 1992. It houses a control room, and audience services including infrared hearing devices, blankets, pillows, and food and drink, which are allowed in the auditorium. Several hundred seats were moved to a balcony and two boxes, further improving sightlines and acoustics. Vomitoria colloquially, "voms", the traditional name for entryways for actors from under the seating area, were added and the lighting scaffolds were eliminated.

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  • its three theatres Each year, three plays are staged in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre three or four in the intimate Thomas Theatre and four
  • building in December 2004. The theatre s layout is based on that of the Rose Theatre in London, an Elizabethan theatre that staged the plays of Christopher
  • lease of the site on which the theatre was built but owned the building outright. However, the landlord, Giles Allen claimed that the building had become
  • The Theatre was an Elizabethan playhouse in Shoreditch in Curtain Road, part of the modern London Borough of Hackney just outside the City of London
  • 0.09722 Shakespeare s Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre an Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays, in the
  • One of the big changes was the new theatre house. Instead of the type of the Elizabethan era, such as the Globe Theatre round with no place for the actors
  • its name recorded well before the Norman Conquests, was bought by the Elizabethan actor and entrepreneur, Edward Alleyn, for 4, 900. Fourteen years later
  • dimensions of the Fortune but there are no plans or elevations. The Allen Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, designed
  • spaces include the large exhibition gallery, a gift shop, and an Elizabethan theatre Henry Folger s search for an architect began with an acquaintance
  • revelations were published in Talks with Elizabethans in 1945. The controversy caused by the events forced Allen to stand down as president of the Oxfordian
  • theatre Sydney Theatre Awards - for Sydney theatre Australian Script Centre Currency Press Playlab Press Full Dress Publishing Australian Elizabethan
  • Kenneth R. Muir, and Kenneth W. Muir. Elizabethan Lyrics: A Critical Anthology 1952 John Milton 1955 Elizabethan and Jacobean Prose 1550 - 1620 1956
  • London theatres including Drury Lane had large forestages protruding beyond the arch, often including the thrust stages found in the Elizabethan theatres The
  • no plays presented from 1941 - 46. Elizabethan Stage Angus Bowmer Theatre Black Swan Theatre New Theatre Varsity Theatre Tao House Danville, California
  • of musical theatre commedia dell arte, where raucous clowns improvised familiar stories, and later, opera buffa. In England, Elizabethan and Jacobean
  • the Theatre Foundation ed. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN 0 - 205 - 47360 - 1. Scott, A. C. 1955 The Kabuki Theatre of Japan. London: George Allen
  • Huntington Library. Introduction by Don C. Allen Excerpt from Palladis Tamia in George Gregory Smith s Elizabethan Critical Essays 1904 pp. 308 - 24. Excerpt
  • The Shakespeare Tavern is an Elizabethan playhouse located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Starting productions at Manuel s Tavern in Atlanta
  • Edmond O Brien as Marc Antony. The Mercury Theatre s second production was a staging of Thomas Dekker s Elizabethan comedy The Shoemaker s Holiday, which attracted
  • the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Embroidered Elizabethan Jacket: insects and early entomologists Addison Embroidery at the Vicarage
  • part owner of the Theatre In the same year, 1582, Edmund Peckham sued Giles Allen over ownership of the ground on which the Theatre stood, and their dispute
  • opera created by theatre director Rufus Norris and musician and composer Damon Albarn. Its debut performance was at the Palace Theatre Manchester in July
  • Caldwell s mother often took some of the neighbourhood kids to the Elizabethan Theatre in Richmond where they could go backstage and watch rehearsals and
  • Baltimore: Penguin. OCLC 222822680. McMillin, Scott 1987 The Elizabethan Theatre and The Book of Sir Thomas More. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University
  • and lecturer in theatre at the University of Exeter. She wrote several mysteries based on the casebooks of Dr Simon Forman, an Elizabethan doctor and astrologer
  • number of critical works on William Shakespeare, Robert Burns and the Elizabethan theatre editor of the Cambridge and Tudor editions of Shakespeare 1906
  • their way through familiar stories, and later, opera buffa. In England, Elizabethan and Jacobean plays frequently included music, with performances on organs
  • Rana. Costumes during this time were very similar to Elizabethan or English Renaissance theatre costumes. Actors dressed as lavishly as finances permitted
  • Professional Theatre 1530 - 1660. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved 6 December 2013. Loengard, Janet S., An Elizabethan Lawsuit: John

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