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"Unison" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Ashland Oregon


The world premier musical written by Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp and William Ruiz is now playing in the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival until October 28th 2017. This original play was inspired by the poems and memoirs of beloved poet and play write August Wilson, it is provoking and exciting and absolutely enthralling.

The Plot:
The poet dies, his apprentice inherits all that he owns. Among these possessions is a large chest, the poet charges the apprentice to destroy all of it's contents, but she is curious and opens the chest. With this act unleashing the "Seven Terrors" these "Terrors" are the people and events that have tormented the poet throughout his life. The poet has to wrestle his demons before he can go into the after life. One by one these "Terrors" tell their story.
The seamstress, the tormented butcher, the aging boxer, the black smith, the hunter, the soldier and "Mama".
The play is absolutely riveting, each shocking story is told with such passion and poignancy by each actor. It is truly mesmerizing.
It is a high energy original masterpiece filled with glorious poetry, memorable foot tapping music and innovative dance.
We came away from the Theatre with the feeling that we had experienced something extremely unique and highly creative. The play challenges you to open your mind to something wholly original and you'll be glad you did!

Oregon Shakespeare Festival : Mojada Medea in Los Angeles


Mojada is a modern day story of Medea, her "husband" Jason and their son Acan (played by a fabulous local boy Jahnangel Jimenez). The family together with their longtime housekeeper Tita (Vivis) endure a horrific and harrowing journey from Mexico to reach Los Angeles, seeking a better life. Jason is very ambitious and after a period of working as a day laborer Jason finds a job with a wealthy local builder Armida ( Vilma Silva) herself an immigrant who has done well in the poor neighborhood of Boyle Heights. He spends more and more time away from home working while Medea struggles as a seamstress doing piece work. Sabina Zuniga Varela is mesmerizing as Medea who finds the transition to American life difficult. Jason ( played by Lakin Valdez) tries hard to comfort his wife but is driven to be successful in this new land.

Director Juliette Carillo does a marvelous job of creating the real tension between Medea and Jason. Play-write Luis Alfaro's masterful and thought provoking adaption of the Greek story of Medea tugs at your heartstrings as Medea becomes more and more desperate and Jason betrays her in the most awful way. Medea makes her final devastating and heart braking decision, in the horrific climax of the play.

Where are they now? Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Ashland Oregon


We at the blue Moon have been wondering where some of our favorite actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival were this year, we missed their names on the billboard.

Mark Bedard and John Tufts who you we are sure you remember them appearing together in "Cocoanuts" and "Animal Crackers" they are now playing in "Pride and Prejudice" at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York until September.
One of our favorite actors Michael Winters whom we loved in "All the Way" and" King Lear" has been appearing at the Taproot Theatre in Seattle. We miss them all and hope to see them in Ashland again very soon.

Julius Caesar at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival




Julius Caesar at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is an absolutely brilliant production.

Shakespeare's words come to life through vivid portrayals of the characters by the whole cast. It's a play about how absolute power corrupts. Caesar is an overly ambitious leader and wants to be adored, he thinks that he alone can rule Rome.
His controversial leadership puts the whole society of Rome in jeopardy. Caesar makes many enemies, whom he thinks are his friends. Even when he is warned "Beware the Ides of March" he will not heed the warning because he thinks he is invincible.
These intense issues in Shakespeare's play are very relevant in our modern world.
The success of the show is due to the unique vision of director Shana Cooper who's lively and bold interpretation of Shakespeare words have the whole audience on the edge of their seats. Shana and choreographer Erika Chong Shuch have created beautifully stylized and striking battle scenes full of intense modern dance movements, this is a very original way of interpreting how gruesome battle is.
This is a must see play and one of the best productions we have seen at OSF.

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312 Helman Street
Ashland, Oregon 97520

Phone

(541) 482-9228
(800) 460-5453


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