Ashland Innkeepers Partner with Escape Ashland to offer 20% Savings on Mondays 

Chanticleer Bed n Breakfast,The Bard’s Inn, Shrew’s House, Abigail’s Inn, Second Street Cottages, The Commons, and The Stratford Inn are partnering with Escape Ashland to offer 20% off Mondays. The innkeepers recognized that many of their guests are looking for additional activities on “dark days” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and are offering their guests a chance to play “The Audition,” “The Ramblin’ Rogue Saloon” or our newest room, “The Scottish Play” at 20% off regular prices. Please contact your innkeeper for the promo code. 

 

“Brews and Clues” – Caldera Brewing featured at the Ramblin’ Rogue Saloon

The Ramblin’ Rogue may be the refuge of some scoundrels on the run from the law, but we do have some discriminating guests who prefer locally-crafted brews.  Ashland’s award-winning Caldera Brewing has been producing unique, and in 2005 Caldera became the first craft brewery on the West Coast to brew and can its own beer, helping to start a canning revolution. Escape Ashland is happy to feature a few of their most-widely recognized brews, including their 2017 North American Beer Gold Medal winner Ashland Amber, bronze recipient IPA and their gold winning root beer.  Caldera root beer is handcrafted in the brewery using Ashland mountain water, pure cane sugar, and quality root beer extracts to create one of the lowest sugar root beers on the market today.

 

Interview with the Locals Guide “Just What is an Escape Room?”

The Scottish Play NEW – Escape Room

 

 

“The Scottish Play” and the History of the Curse of MacBeth

For people in theater, William Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ holds a long legend of curses and bad luck. A coven of witches is said to have cursed the play for eternity in revenge for Shakespeare’s inclusion of these spoken spells, with ingredients such as an adder’s forked tongue, the eye of newt and a frog’s toe. King James I, who commissioned the first English version of the Bible in 1604, banned the play for five years. .From its opening night in 1611, many people have been superstitious of the play. Because of this, actors believe they should not say the namacbeth’ in a theater unless they are rehearsing or performing the play. While we are still safe to talk about the play in classrooms, many people believe that mentioning ‘Macbeth’ by name will lead to poor productions, injuries, and just overall bad luck. In the theater, people will only refer to ‘Macbeth’ as the Scottish Playthat play, or the Glamis Comedy

Over history, there have been a number of tragic events associated with the performance of MacBeth. On its opening night, the young boy who was to play Lady Macbeth developed a fever and died suddenly. Shakespeare had to take over his role. History says that King James was not happy with the bloodshed in ‘Macbeth’ so the play was not performed again in England until 1703, a century later. On the night of its first performance in a hundred years, England had one of its worst storms in history.

Although smaller curses continued, real daggers being used instead of fake or even crowds attacking the actors, the next large curse moment occurred in 1849 at the Astor Place Opera House. A protest being held outside the Opera House escalated to a riot where twenty-three people died and hundreds were injured.

In the twentieth century, the Curse of Macbeth continued. During productions, sets fell down, fires broke out, an actress playing Lady Macbeth died suddenly, an actor playing Macbeth suddenly could not speak when on stage, actors were in car accidents on the way to the theater, an actress playing Lady Macbeth fell off the stage, actors were stabbed by real swords, and one proprietor and actor even had a heart attack.

In 1953, famous actor Charlton Heston was even a victim of the curse. On his opening night, the castle was to be set on fire as part of  the production. A wind blew and the fire spread towards the audience. Heston suffered burns on his legs. Alec Baldwin, while playing MacBeth, accidentally injured the actor playing Macduff with his sword, cutting open his hand.

Instances of actors being injured or productions gone awry continue through today. As recent as 2013, actor Kenneth Branagh injured another actor in an opening fight scene. For all of these well-documented stories, there are many smaller theaters performing ‘Macbeth’ who also claim they have been a victim of the Curse.

During creation of “The Scottish Play,” at Escape Ashland we have had just a few mishaps:  a fall from a ladder led to injuries of our lead contractor but she recovered in just a few short weeks. We hope that our ritual of leaving the scene whenever “MacBeth” is mentioned, as well as cursing and spitting, have cleansed us of the curse.  At least we hope.

 “The Scottish Play,” designed and created in collaboration with Oregon Shakespeare Festival production artisans, will open for bookings early September 2019. 

.