Friendship Circle

Ashland 2019

Date: October 21 - 25, 2019

JCC, Sonoma County's Friendship Circle in partnership with the JCCSF present 
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Monday, Oct. 21 – Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 (5 Days/4 Nights!)  
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For the Ashland 2019 Application Click here 
Tour Terms and Conditions - please read


Enjoy Great Seats for these Plays 

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare. Directed by Rosa Joshi

Love is merely a madness

IDirector Rosa Joshi (who helmed 2018’s widely praised Henry V) delves into the search for true love in a wondrous world of wit, transformation, and imagination. Exiled from the controlling confines of the court, Duke Senior and her daughter Rosalind seek refuge — and find much more — in the unconstrained Forest of Arden. Also fleeing danger at home, Orlando encounters a young man named Ganymede and seeks help in love — unaware that Ganymede is actually his heart’s desire, Rosalind, in disguise. “All the world’s a stage” and all society’s rules of conformity are off in this exuberant theatrical journey into one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies

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Mother Road
By Octavio Solis. Directed by Bill Rauch

An epic tale for the 21st century

Inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, this world-premiere drama by Southern Oregon–based playwright Octavio Solis finds hardworking and hard-living William Joad with no blood kin to inherit the family farm. No one, that is, until he finds an unexpected relation: Martín Jodes—a young Mexican-American man descended from Steinbeck’s protagonist Tom Joad. Directed by Bill Rauch in his last season as artistic director, this powerful story about land, family and survival inventively reverses the Joads’ mythic journey from California back to Oklahoma.

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By Paula Vogel, directed by Shana Cooper
Original Broadway Production, Conceived & Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Score + Original Music by Lisa Gutkin & Aaron Halva, American Revolutions


The true story of a groundbreaking and scandalous Yiddish play!

Reminding us of the joint power and legacy of art and culture, this American Revolutions commission by Paula Vogel returns home after acclaimed and award-winning productions across the country, including a Tony-winning run on Broadway. A spirited and revolutionary love story that celebrates Yiddish language and literature, Indecent charts the real-life controversy surrounding Sholem Asch’s play God of Vengeance and the Jewish artists who faced persecution when bringing it to Broadway in 1932. Directed by Shana Cooper, this collage of theater, music, dance and poetry is a heart-stirring affirmation of the impact of art in a time of chaos.

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Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman , Based on the New Line Cinema film
Written and Directed by John Waters, Directed by Christopher Liam Moore


You can't stop the beat!

It’s 1962, and Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad lives in a world that tells her plus-sized gals shouldn’t be dancing on television and that racial segregation is here to stay. When she wins a spot on The Corny Collins Show, Tracy becomes a star and teams up with her friends Penny, Seaweed, Motormouth Maybelle and hunky Link Larkin to use her newfound fame to challenge the status quo. Director Christopher Liam Moore (The Book of Will, Shakespeare in Love) honors John Waters’ original subversive vision for the story in a wildly joyful production that celebrates radical inclusion at its heart.

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Sweeney Todd, Oregon Cabaret Theater!
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Tony Award Winner

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street!

Begin your Cabaret experience with a meal prepared by head chef, Chris McSevney. After dinner we’ll enjoy the show! Stephen Sondheim’s gothic, Tony Award-winning masterpiece tells the story of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance on the lecherous judge who framed him and
ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, whose fortunes rise when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up.

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Optional Play at an Addional Price: Between Two Knees
By the 1491s, Directed by Eric Ting, American Revolutions
Note: requires advance registration ($96) and may not be available after initial registration.

It's OK to laugh

In this American Revolutions commission, sketch-comedy troupe the 1491s tell an intergenerational story of familial love, loss, and connection that spans the massacre at Wounded Knee, forced reeducation via Indian boarding schools, all of the World Wars so far, the Civil Rights Movement, the terror that was Lawrence Welk, Vietnam and the 1973 takeover at Wounded Knee. Directed by California Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Eric Ting and infused with the 1491s’ boldly uninhibited, fearless and subversive approach to comedic storytelling, this world-premiere production takes a hard look at the impacts of systematic oppression after the point that textbooks typically stop teaching Native history. Also, it’s funny.

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 Hightlights of this Trip:

   • Four nights at The Plaza Inn & Suites at Ashland Creek
       breakfast included!
   • NEW THIS YEAR: Dinner and Show at the Oregon Cabaret
   • Four Plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (plus an optional 
       fifth play! See Extras below for details)
   • Four Pre-Show Lectures, one before each play
   • Private Meet-the-Actor Discussion
   • Guided Backstage Tour of the theaters
   • Meals Included: Welcome Dinner, Cabaret Dinner,Two “On-the-Road” 
        Lunches, Four Breakfasts & light snacks on the way to/from Ashland
   • Round-trip from Santa Rosa by private coach plus transfers before & 
        after each play
   • Two Trip Escorts: Jalena Mays, JCC Sonoma County and 
       Shiva Schulz, JCCSF
   • Farewell Toast!


$1,695   Friendship Circle Member* 
$1,850   Public*
$450      Single Supplement

*Room Description: Deluxe w/2 Queens
*Price is per person, based on double-occupancy. Payments may be spread out over three installments. Please see “payment” below for details.

Enhance Your Trip 
Add these options for the 

additional cost indicated 



$60    Ticket to "Between Two Knees"  Oregon Shakespeare Festival
$50    Day Excursion to Dancin Winery for lunch and wine tasting followed by shopping and exploring Historic Jacksonville
$40    Optional Group Dinner


What does the Tour Terms and Conditions talk about?
Tour cost does not include trip insurance. Trip insurance is highly recommended. Topics included in the Ts&Cs include: 

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Adults of all backgrounds and faiths are welcome to join this enriching cultural trip.

Reservations: Trip participation is limited. Reservations will be taken in the order received. Interested travelers are encouraged to reserve as soon as possible to insure space on this exciting cultural journey!

Room Share: Please let us know, at the time of reservation, if you are a “single” who would like to be matched up with a roommate to share a double occupancy room…we will do our best.

Payment: A non-refundable deposit of $350 per person is required upon reservation to guarantee a spot on the tour. Payment #2 of $500 is due by June 20, 2019. The final payment/balance is due on September 5, 2019. Check preferred. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

Accessibility: While a few accessible theater seats (re: with no stairs) have been requested, they cannot be guaranteed.

Itinerary: Final itinerary is subject to change.

Luggage: Limit of one suitcase per guest.

Trip Insurance: Trip Insurance is highly recommended. You are encouraged to research your options and choose whichever vendor you prefer

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For more information please contact: Jalena Mays, Friendship Circle Program Director JCC Sonoma County 707-528-1476 or
Tour Terms and Conditions