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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.

New Restaurants in Ashland Oregon

There are a few new restaurants in Ashland Oregon that you may like to try next time you are in our lovely mountain town!

On the plaza. They are a new tapas restaurant with a delightful menu of small plates and tasty bites with an extensive wine selection. They are serving lunch and dinner every day except Mondays.
Hiro Ramen
On 1st Street, This is a great place for Ramen and Rice bowls, also appetisers and Kimbop!
Give this one a try!
Opened recently on Main Street opposite the Varsity Theatre. They serve modern Mexican cuisine, from fish to beef and vegetarian too. Also wonderful ceviche and Mexican brownies. Plus the largest variety of tequila you will find anywhere!
Last but not least Lorella is not technically a new restaurant, it used to be called Scarpetta
but changed it's name at the beginning of the year. They serve fresh organic local farm to table ingredients in new and inventive ways.

"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.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays, so much to love!

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

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312 Helman Street
Ashland, Oregon 97520


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


312 Helman Street
Ashland, Oregon 97520


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

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