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Sat, Sep. 16th, 2006, 11:30 am
puckhiggins: Big news!

Recent announcement of the National Endowment of the Arts Awards for "Arts on Radio and Television" includes one for a documentary about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

When quality art-appreciation projects are given the support they need to 1) get made and 2) be found. In the more recent announcment of the National Endowment of the Arts Awards, there was one that stood out for the Shakespeare follower:

Oregon Public Broadcasting; Portland, OR; $25,000. To support the production of a documentary film about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Directed by Jon Else and produced by Bonni Cohen, Shakespeare's Wings will be a two-hour, behind-the-scenes cinema verite program intended for national broadcast on PBS.

Founded over 60 years ago, the Oregeon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is a theatre company most worthy of such attention, and through the broadcast of such a feature, it can only help further not only the efforts of OSF, but Shakespearean companies/groups throughout the country - big and small.

The Bard's poetry and drama will certainly live on forever, but though staged, these works still need to be seen. In the new documentary, the success of OSF will surely be explored. At last count, the company was presenting more than 780 performances a year for approximately 360,000 patrons!