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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.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Redesigns Brick Courtyard.


Dramatic changes are taking place on the uneven aging sloping brick courtyard that we all know between the three main theaters of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon.

When it's finished in late spring there will be more seating and a larger grassy area but most importantly the sloping bricks will be replaced by a more friendly terraced design. It will greatly improve the Green Show experience. Starting in June Theatre goers and locals alike enjoy a large variety of live Green Show performances. The outdoor stage welcomes performers from around the country and the world, there are dancers, singers, acrobats and music of all kinds. No tickets, no money and no age limit, this free show welcomes everyone to a 45 minute show 6 evenings a week starting at 6.45 pm. The newly designed space will have more seating and provide better access for everyone.
See you on the New Bricks!

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Address

312 Helman Street
Ashland, Oregon 97520

Phone

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


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