Escape Ashland supports fundraiser for Riding Beyond of Ashland
Riding Beyond is a program free to women recovering from the rigors of breast cancer treatment. Expenses for the program are covered by community fundraisers. This year’s event, “Fertilize the Future,” will raise money by offering a wheelbarrow of riches valued at over $1,000.
Raffle tickets can be purchased here:
Your gifts make a difference in the lives of many people and are tax deductible. Learn more about Riding Beyond here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw4C0fitlxI&feature=youtu.be
KOBI TV features Escape Ashland’s new outdoor puzzle hunt, Explore Ashland, on May 11, 2020
“If you’re looking for some safe social distancing fun, an Ashland business is offering something unique.”
Escape Ashland and The Escape Game of Nashville partner to offer in-home escape game “Escape From Iron Gate” to play with your family safely at home.
“I really enjoyed this game, and absolutely recommend it for families and friend groups. It was light-hearted, easy to learn, and varied. I truly liked that we weren’t just solving puzzles, or just playing Pictionary or charades. The constant flux of game modes kept things playful. This is a fully replayable game. “
—The Room Escape Artist
You and your “friends” have been wrongfully accused of a crime and don’t belong behind bars. There’s only one path to freedom in this immersive board game: a good, old-fashioned prison break!
Based on The Escape Games hit game “Prison Break”. This brings you the excitement of The Escape Game in an escape room in a box style strategy game.
Escape from Iron Gate Prison by moving through four areas of the board – the Cellblock, The Yard, The Cafeteria, The Warden’s Office, and finally to freedom!
Unlimited replays, 3-8 players, for ages 13+. Full of fun mental and physical puzzles! This party game is a fun challenge for any game night or family get-together.
Act, draw, solve your way to freedom by collecting items and striking deals.
“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.
“The Scottish Play” and the fascinating 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 Play, that 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.
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, opened September 2019 and is best suited for groups 4 to 6.
Interview with the Locals Guide: “What IS an Escape Room?”