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.
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.
There are a few new restaurants in Ashland Oregon that you may like to try next time you are in our lovely mountain town!
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.
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.
Jean-Pierre and I close our Inn during November until early February every year to travel around the US and Europe. During our off time we get to visit small hotels and B&Bs, it's a great way for us to see how other Inns operate. We really enjoy our time away and have a wonderful three months of traveling and meeting with family and friends around the world. But we love coming home to Ashland Oregon, we always feel energized and excited to start a new season at the Blue Moon. We especially look forward to seeing returning guests and meeting new folks who find their way to our Inn. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is in full swing as I write this, we have already seen four plays so far this season, there are so many exciting and unusual plays to enjoy this year, and like you we can't wait to see every one of them. The plays we have seen so far have been fabulous. They are a new play Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, which was absolutely magical. And two Shakespeare history plays;Henry IV part one and Julius Caesar, both highly creative and inspiring, and last but not least Shakespeare in Love, a romantic, fanciful and brilliant romp with exquisitely beautiful costumes. We enjoyed all these outstanding plays immensely. We are looking forward to sharing enthusiastic conversations with you about this extraordinary 2017 season.
For tickets go to: www.osfashland.org