Flash Mob celebrates Shakespeare’s birth
A flash-mob performance of Shakespearian prose Saturday helped some Ashland theatergoers celebrate the Bard of Avon’s birthday.
Delivered by about 30 insiders of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a spontaneous recital of the poet-playwright’s famous monologue “SevenAges of Man,” rang through the brick courtyard in front of the Angus Bowmer Theater at noon.
“I have no idea who is going to show up,” said organizer Claudia Alick, an hour before the scheduled, but semi-secretive, gathering.”We were just thinking that we should do something for his birthday, and I thought, well, let’s just send out this little seed of an idea, and see what happens.”
Alick, an OSF producer, sent out an internal email to all of the festival employees, with directions for the flash mob, and a copy of the script; leaving the rest up to word of mouth.
“I just love secrets, and I love theater and, of course, I love Shakespeare … Ashland has a very wonderful spirit. I hope they will do it again, because here is the only place it would happen.”