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Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents " Off The Rails"


Off the Rails is a world premier production written by playwright Randy Reinholz and brilliantly directed by Bill Rauch.

The play takes much of it's story and even some dialogue from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, the play is an interesting concept and a creative way of using a Shakespeare play and his words to tell this story of how native Americans were so cruelly treated. Native children were taken force-ably from their parents and sent to terrible "boarding schools" who indoctrinated the children with a Christian white education, the goal was to annihilate their culture and native traditions and customs. Many of these children never saw their families again and some died of mistreatment, starvation and disease.
The play takes place in Genoa Nebraska at the Industrial School in the late 1880's, the story follows Madam Overload, (Lakota businesswoman and brothel owner) and the men and woman who work at her brothel, the Mayor General Gatt and superintendent Captain Angelo who keeps law and order at the school in a ruthless way. And a beautiful Pawnee teacher Isabel who comes to town to save her brother.
There are many stellar performances especially Sheila Tousey as Madam Overload, General Gatt played byDavid Kelly and native Pawnee teacher in training Isabel, played by Lily Gladstone.
This is an intense play about how indigenous people suffered at the hands of the American Government. It is a haunting heartbreaking story of courage, survival and resistance. Thank goodness there are light and funny moments during the play also some wonderful songs and native dancing, all in all this is a sad but also uplifting tale that will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye!

For Tickets: osfashland.org

Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents The Odyssey

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents a new adaptation of Homer's The Odyssey and it's truly spellbinding. Director Mary Zimmerman brings the ancient story to life on the Allen Elizabeth outdoor stage with wisdom, beauty and humor. There are exceptional performances by all of the cast members, especially Chistopher Donahue as Odysseus,Christiana Clark as the goddess Athena and Danforth Comins as Antinous and Poseidon.

The audience is completely memorized by the adventures of the hero Odysseus who is lost at sea and does not return home to Ithaca after fighting in the decade long Trojan war. His wife Penelope and son Telemachus wait for him to return fearing he is lost forever. While he is gone Penelope is plagued by a pack of suitors. She promises to marry one of them Lord Antinous as soon as she completes a shroud, each night she unpicks the shroud that she has woven that day so she can keep putting him off. Penelope never looses faith that her husband will eventually return and rescue her from her torment.

For seven long years Odysseus is trapped on a remote island by Calypso,who offers him love and immortality but he yearns to return home to Ithaca.

Odysseus builds a boat and finally escapes from Calypso.
He then begins his fantastical journey home. On his epic venture he sails from island to island through stormy turbulent seas. On his way he encounters monsters and gods, one of whom an angry Poseidon, tries to thwart his efforts to return home. Odysseus is clever and tenacious and after a long and arduous journey he finally returns to Ithaca only to find that he has more problems to solve.
The Odyssey is an enthralling tale of courage and love and the struggle to survive against all odds.

"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.

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Ashland, Oregon 97520

Phone

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


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