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Annual trip to Ashland, Oregon, for a week of Shakespeare plays.

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Contact: Dr. John Mercer

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Important Dates/Deadlines

Trip dates: August 5-12, 2015




March 31, 2015 -- $300.00 deposit due (fully refundable if you cancel by May 31st)
April 30, 2015 -- additional $300.00 due (fully refundable if you cancel  by May 31st)
May 31, 2015 -- additional $300 due ($50 cancellation penalty after this date)
June 30, 2015 -- final $699.00 due ($499 for first 12 students) -- non-refundable after this date!
August 1, 2015
 -- mandatory pre-trip class session, NSU-BA campus!

August 5, 2015 -- leaving, on a jet plane . . . 
August 12, 2015 -- return to Oklahoma :-(


You may make payments in any of the following ways:

(1)   Go to a Business Office cashier on any NSU campus.  Pay by cash, check, or money order only; credit and debit cards are not accepted.  Make your check payable to NSU, and in the memo line write “Oregon trip” followed by your NSU identification number.

(2)   At the “GoNSU” link on the NSU Web site, pay by e-check, credit card, or debit card.  All transactions with cards other than the Higher One card will be assessed a 2.75% fee.  To avoid transaction fees, pay by check.

(3)   Mail a check to Business Affairs (Attn.: Antonio Broom), NSU-BA, 3100 E. New Orleans St., Broken Arrow, OK 74014.  Make your check payable to NSU, and in the memo line write “Oregon trip” followed by your NSU identification number.


Come Join Us!

2015 Study Away: Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

(Ashland Oregon)


Now in its eighth (8th) year, the "Study Away: Shakespeare" trip is an event not to be missed.  Come join your group leader and course instructor, Dr. John Mercer, for a week of Shakespearean fun that you will never forget (and get college credit to boot).

Sponsor:  Northeastern State University's College of Libreal Arts & Department of Languages and Literature.

Term: Fall Intersession 2015 (between Summer and Fall terms).

Dates: Required pre-trip class session, August 1, 2015   (NSU-BA campus).  Trip to Oregon: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, through Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

Place: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Cascade Mountains and the Rogue Valley.

Purpose: Study plays by Shakespeare and modern playwrights through exciting stage productions.  Earn 3 hours undergraduate credit in English, Theatre, or Humanities, or 3 hours graduate credit in English.

 The Plays:

  • Much Ado About Nothing -- Shakespeare's beloved comedy with sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick.
  • Antony and Cleopatra -- Shakespeare's exotic tragedy of the conflict between Rome and Egypt.
  • Pericles -- Shakespeare's late romance with a prince, pirates, shipwreck, incest -- and resurrection.
  • Guys and Dolls -- Frank Loesser's sparkling musical comedy about a gambler who loves a missionary.
  • Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land -- Stan Lai's contemporary masterpiece that brilliantly intertwines an ancient Chinese fairy tale with a story of lost love during the Chinese Communist revolution of 1949.
  • Sweat -- world premiere of Lunn Nottage's play about the devastating effects of industrial decline on U.S. workers in the 1990s; her electrifying play Ruined was a highlight of the 2010 seasaon at OSF.
  • Head Over Heels -- a zany modern adaptation of Sir Philip Sidney's pastoral romance Arcadia that integrates songs of the Go Go's from the 1980s.

Instructional Activities:  

  • Participate in discussions with your peers before and after you see each play.
  • Take a backstage tour of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's three beautiful theaters.
  • Participate in question-and-answer sessions with Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors.

Trip Costs: $1,599.00 (or $1,399.00 for the first 12 students paying the deposit and taking the course for credit) includes:

  • Round-trip airfare between Tulsa and Medford, Oregon (deduct $759.00 from trip cost if you wish to arrange your own tranportation to Oregon).
  • Ground transportation by van in Oregon, including day trip to Crater Lake National Park (deduct $145.00 from trip cost if you wish to provide all your own ground transportation in Oregon).
  • This year we will be staying in McLoughlin Hall, a new suite-style dormitory on the campus of Southern Oregon University. All rooms have air conditioning and single beds and are arranged in suites with a shared living room and kitchenette. Please carefully study the configuration of the three (3) different types of rooms at
    • If you wish to stay in a single room with a shared bathroom (with another person staying in a single room) and with a shared living room and kitchenette with three (3) other people staying in single rooms, add $140 to base price.
    • If you wish to stay by yourself in a super-single room with a private bathroom and with a shared living room and kitchenette with one (1) other person staying in a single room, add $350 to base price.   
  • Tickets to all seven (7) plays, backstage tour, and two (2) discussions with actors.
  • You may buy a meal ticket for 6 breakfasts in the new Hawk Dining Commons, next door to McLoughlin Hall.  Breakfast is served from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m.  If you are a breakfast eater, the quality and quantity of the food make the $7.50 per breakfast the best food value you will find on this trip. (The breakfast food and environment have improved considerably over what we previously experienced in the Cascade Dining Commons.)  If you choose not to eat breakfast in the cafeteria, you can buy food at a grocery store very near our dorm or go to a nearby Starbucks.  As far as I know, no restaurants that serve breakfast are near our dorm.   Add $45 per person to the base price of the trip (6 breakfasts @ $7.50 = $45). 
  • All students enrolling in “Study Away: Shakespeare” in Fall Intersession 2015 for three (3) hours of undergraduate or graduate credit will receive a $100 discount off the price of the trip.  The first 12 students to sign up and pay the trip deposit of $300 will receive an additional $100 discount.


Payments (payable to NSU Business Office cashier after you submit Study Away form to group leader):

  • $300.00 deposit due March 31, 2015 (fully refundable if you cancel by May 31, 2015).
  • $300.00 due April 30, 2015 (fully refundable if you cancel by May 31, 2015).
  • $300.00 due May 31, 2015 ($50.00 cancellation penalty after this date).
  • $475.00 + additional charges for room upgrades due by June 30, 2015 (nonrefundable after this date).

Tuition: Students may enroll for 3 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit.  Tuition and fees are in addition to cost of trip.  A limited number of non-students may go without enrolling for academic credit.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Several partial scholarships are available.  Ask for details.

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