fb pixel

Log In

Reset Password

OSF presents annual benefit for HIV/AIDS

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is inviting the public to its 32nd annual Daedalus Project, a benefit for HIV/AIDS organizations.

The 2019 Daedalus Project includes activities on Sunday and Monday, culminating in a play reading of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and the Daedalus Variety Show.

Both are likely to sell out, organizers said.

“Daedalus is one of the most heartfelt traditions we have at OSF,” said Mandy Younger, OSF stage manager and Daedalus producer. “For the last 32 years, we are able to take a moment and honor those that we have lost and help support those who are living, breathing and fighting this horrible disease. I feel so immensely honored to be able to participate in these rich decades-long traditions with incredibly talented theater artists.”

For the second consecutive year, the event includes the game tournament Dungeons & Dragons & Daedalus. Players will compete against each other in the fantasy tabletop game from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday with a break at 4 p.m. at the Hay-Patton Rehearsal Center, 200-298 Enders Alley on the OSF campus.

Base tickets for adults cost $15 and base tickets for youths ages 8-17 cost $12. When buying tickets, players can add on special currency called “Mithril Pieces” that they can use to buy extra dice rolls, raffle tickets and other items during the tournament.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call the OSF Box Office at 1-800-219-8161 or register online.

Monday events kick off at 11 a.m. with the Daedalus Bake Sale in the Angus Bowmer Theatre, the Daedalus Arts and Treasures Sale in the Thomas Theatre and the Daedalus Info Faire, with tables set up by HIV/AIDS organizations and IATSE Local 154.

The OSF campus is located at 15 S. Pioneer St., in downtown Ashland.

The Daedalus Arts and Treasures Sale runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and includes costumes, props, meals with actors and the return of the Daedalus Quilt, which features all the plays of the 2018 season.

The outdoor Green Show stage in the OSF courtyard will feature performances by OSF company and community members from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.

A play reading of the rock theater hit “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” starts at 2 p.m. Monday in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Tickets cost $35.

The play will star OSF actor Eddie Lopez. He will be joined by fellow OSF actor Amy Lizardo and a band made up of Jane Lui, Dan Sherrill, Moses Villarama and Abraham Kim.

The Daedalus Variety Show, which returns to the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre this year, is the main event each year and starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, with acts ranging from comedic musical numbers to witnessing led by Kimberley Jean Barry. Tickets are $45.

OSF Artistic Associate James Edmondson had the idea for an HIV/AIDS fundraiser 30 years ago. Since its launch, the Daedalus Project has raised over $1.8 million for local, regional, national and international HIV/AIDS organizations.

Artistic Director Emeritus Jerry Turner named the event the Daedalus Project after the story of Daedalus from Greek mythology. Daedalus and his son, Icarus, were imprisoned in a labyrinth by King Minos, and by crafting wings from wax and feathers, Daedalus created a way out of the maze.

Tickets to the play reading and variety show are available online or by calling the OSF Box Office.

Daedalus fundraising T-shirts can also be purchased online through Custom Ink.

[This article was corrected to reflect the correct days for events.]

OSF file photo by Jenny GrahamThe wings of Daedalus art piece.