(photo, above: "Arriving at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, on a June evening" by John Evans. Althought the link is down right now, normally it can viewed in larger format, and purchased, at this site, where you'll also find a delightful photo essay on Ashland.
UPDATE at end of season: This was my lifetime Hamlet. Here's my last post on it: http://mypersonalblogccm.blogspot.com/2010/09/americas-true-national-theater-hamlet.html
UPDATE 4/26 - well, I saw it last night. It really is a fabulous production of Hamlet. Not to be missed if you have any interest in the play at all. Here's a review that says it all - I agree with all of this! - http://ozdachs.livejournal.com/195703.html I didn't fall in love with this production at first, but maybe it was because I was sitting next to an annoying person who kept dozing off and snoring, and also I was really too far back to see all the facial expressions well. Even so, I was mightily impressed with this version, which seems totally new and fresh. I intend to see this one again at least once, and spring for a better ticket next time! It'll be worth it.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival beckons...
Soviet version (poster at left) that I'd seen only once, at the AFI theater in DC, back in the Seventies, but still remembered; I'd liked it for its political interpretation of the play. I'd especially liked that Ophelia was portrayed as a puppet of the state (with wonderful puppet music by Shostakovich to underscore the point). It all made a great deal of sense to me at the time, and that Ophelia was the only one I'd ever really believed. (It still makes sense to me as a feminist interpretation.)
And here are Titania and Oberon, in that production. Fairies rock!