October 21st, 2013 by Julie
OSF commissioned the play by the rising Mexican playwrite Tanya Saracho.
The action starts with three young women arriving at the convent of San Jeronimo in Mexico on the same day.They are shown to a basement storeroom by the nuns where they will stay.The girls explore the storeroom and soon come upon a locked cupboard containing a treasure trove of writings, there are many plays and poems, unfortunately Jesusa is only one of the girls who can read, she reads the plays and poems to the other two girls, Tomasita a (shy Nuhua Indian) and Manuela a (noble woman who is pregnant and sent to the convent by her family). Under the direction of Jesua the girls act out the plays and delight in the poems.
They learn that these are the writings of a famous intellectual nun that died 20 years before in the convent, her writings were banned by the church.
It will all end badly when the Mother Superior finds out what they are doing. In a time when women could not voice their opinions or have the right to be educated. These three young women fight for their rights from the church and society.
October 8th, 2013 by Julie
Exciting news at the Blue Moon, a famous actor was interviewed at our B&B. Actor Bruce Cambell best known for the movie series Evil Dead played the iconic role of Ash Williams in the films. More recently he stared as Sam Axe in the USA network series Burn Notice.
The interview at the Blue Moon took place last week in the Cottage at our B&B here in Ashland.
A film crew of three from the company Exibit A Pictures LLC used our cottage for the interview which lasted all day. It was very interesting to see them set up everything from lighting to staging the cottage. The interview will be aired on EPIX in March 2014 and could be seen at a film festival earlier.
Bruce Campbell has been acting, producing and directing movies since 1977. He was born in Royal Oak MI in 1958 and currently lives with his wife Ida Gearon in Jacksonville OR.
To read more about Bruce go to www.bruce-campbell.com
September 18th, 2013 by Julie
A world premiere play by Naomi Wallace at the Thomas Theatre.
The story begins with Adjua and Dembi, two runaway slaves eking out a living on the docks in Bristol Rhode Island in the late 18th century. The pair pull a dead body out of the water and proceed to rob him of everything he has, including his clothes.
The mysterious man is not dead, when he revives he has no idea who he is, but when he slowly starts remembering, Adjua and Dembi realize that he is part of there past and also will be part of there future.
As the play moves on we find out more about Adjua and Dembi and why they are waiting for a privateer to provide them with passage back to Africa.
The Liquid Plain does not give the audience any real closure, there are many unanswered questions.
The play is a horrifically vivid history lesson of the New England slave trade with all it’s brutality and desperate characters.
September 12th, 2013 by Julie
In Ashland Oregon, Main Street Tours offers professionally guided trips to breath taking Crater Lake National Park, one of the most beautifully pristine natural wonders of the world and well worth taking a day out on your visit to Ashland to visit the intensly blue caldera.
Crater lake was once a 12,000 ft. mountain known as Mount Mazama. About 7,000 years ago Mt. Mazama erupted and formed the caldara we see today and changed the landscape in the area forever.
Did you know…. Crater Lake is nearly 2,000 ft. deep and 5 miles across. You will learn much more about Crater Lake and the 18,000 acre National Park on your day out.
For more information and to buy tickets.. Call 541-482-9852
September 11th, 2013 by Julie
A new play by David Farr
This is a delightful retelling of the classic story of Robin Hood; it is full of slapstick humor, swashbuckling and bawdy jokes. Robin Hood is played by an athletic John Tufts.
But all is not well in Nottingham, the dastardly evil Prince John has come to double the taxes on the poor and marry a reluctant Marion.
To get away from Prince John the determined and impetuous Marion played by Kate Hurster accompanied by her trusty jester protector Pierre, decides to dress as a boy and call herself Martin of Sherwood and join the bandit Robin Hood and his merry men.
What follows is a funny and fast paced romp of good against evil, and of course in all fairy tales good eventually wins.
Get thee to the OSF’s box office to capture your tickets.
August 25th, 2013 by Julie
The play takes place just after the 2nd world war, in the opening scene you are introduced to Blanche Dubois as she arrives to stay with her younger sister Stella and her brash and vulgar husband Stanley Kowalski.
Stanley and Stella live in a tenement in a working class neighborhood of New Orleans. This does not suit Blanches refined southern sensibilities, her high handed dismissal of Stanley causes friction from the moment she arrives on their doorstep.
Slowly we learn as the play progresses why Blanche has left “Belle Reve” her large plantation home in Mississippi, to stay with her beloved pregnant sister Stella.
Like many of us we have seen the movie with Marlon Brando, but this production is stronger and more insightful: you see the shadowy depths of violence and intimacy, also the brutality and fragility of life in a New Orleans tenement.
August 8th, 2013 by Julie
Ashland has a new theatre company Theatre Convivio, the company is proud to present their first production “The Fantastics.” with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones.
The play will run Thursdays through Sundays at 8p.m. until August 18th.2013. Convivio Artistic Director Richard Heller says “ The new company plans to present works by many playwrights including Neil Simon and Arthur Miller.”
The company which was formed earlier this year are calling Bellview Grange home, it is located at 1050 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland. They are happy to be using ” a jewel-like space” for the first of many productions.
If you plan to go… tickets can be purchased at the Music Coop in Ashland or online at theatreconvivo.com. or call 541-708-1817
July 17th, 2013 by Julie
Whether you come to Ashland with your children or grandchildren.
Plan one of your days in visiting Ashland to include a trip to Science Works located on East Main Street.
A hands on museum, we and our grandchildren were fascinated with all of the different interactive exhibits to explore. We had planned to spend only an hour because the children were aged 4 and 2. We ended up sending nearly 3 hours, they would have spent even more time, but we adults were hungry and wanted to eat lunch.
It is an inspiring place full of creative fun through interactive science, my grandchildren left full of wonder and wanted to go back for more.
To find out more about ScienceWorks go to http://www.scienceworksmuseum.org/index.asp
July 17th, 2013 by Julie
Where can you see a great show 6 nights a week?
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents it’s 2013 Green Show.
This is a fabulous Free Show starting at 6:45 p.m. before the evening theater performances, every night except Monday’s and lasts for about 35 minutes. The show is fun for the whole family, and will run through October 13th.
Some of the offerings this July, August and September will include…..
Ashland Dance Works…. an elite group of local dancers ages 10 to18
Bathtub Gin Serendes… playing Jazz and Blues form the 1920′s and 30′s
Dance Kalieidascope….. a contemporary dance group
Deathrow Tull …. a funk rock band
Heiwa Taiko…. a unique hip and energitic group of grandmother drummers the oldest player is 87 years old.
For more information and complete schedule go to http://www.osfashland.org/artist-biographies/green-show/ashland-danceworks.aspx
July 10th, 2013 by Julie
Everything in the Blue Moon garden is blooming, including a Yucca cactus
It is located at the entrance to our parking lot.
I have read that after it blooms it may die
back, if you know about these plants give us some advice about what to do.
We have just planted a raised bed kitchen garden on the south side of the Cottage.
There are tomato plants and herbs to use in our breakfasts ( they are organic, no
pesticides here )We also have sown some lettuce and radish seeds, if the deer
don’t get them first we hope to serve greens on our breakfast plates