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Originally published Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 7:08 PM

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A sneak peek at Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2011 season

Can't get to Ashland this year? Next year's fare includes more Shakespeare, new works and classics such as Molière's "The Imaginary Invalid"; "To Kill a Mockingbird"; and Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."

Seattle Times theater critic

Oregon Shakespeare Festival has posted news of its 2011 lineup of classical and contemporary fare, and of commissioned future works crafted by leading authors and directors.

The season (running late February through October) will include indoor productions of Shakespeare ("Measure for Measure" and "Julius Caesar"), along with two outdoor Bard of Avon offerings ("Henry IV, Part Two" and "Love's Labor's Lost").

Additional classics: Molière's "The Imaginary Invalid"; "To Kill a Mockingbird"; and an outdoor version of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."

Also in the wings is "Ghost Light," a new play by Tony Taccone, directed by Jonathan Moscone, based on the latter's experiences dealing with the loss of his father, assassinated former San Francisco Mayor George Moscone.

The Tracy Letts drama "August: Osage County," Carlyle Brown's "The African Company Presents Richard III" and Julia Cho's "The Language Archive" round out the indoor offerings.

Looking ahead, OSF announced it received a $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for commissioning, production and public programs for a multiyear project of new American history plays, "Revolutions: The United States History Cycle."

Artists contributing to the cycle (also supported by the Edgerton Foundation) include (among others) director-playwright Frank Galati, writer-educator Kristoffer Diaz, Seattle playwright Robert Schenkkan, dramatists Lynn Nottage and Suzan Lori-Parks.

The first play in the cycle, "American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose" by Richard Montoya and Culture Clash, premieres June 29 at OSF.

Another commission: a new musical by writer-performer Stew and Heidi Rodewald, creators of the Broadway tuner "Passing Strange." New adaptations of "The Three Sisters" by Libby Appel and Alison Horsley, and "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by Alison Carey are also in the works.

More details at: www.osfashland.org.

Misha Berson: mberson@seattletimes.com

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