Archive for the ‘Shakespeare Festival’ Category

“Cocoanuts” now playing in the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon

July 15th, 2014 by Julie

CocoanutsCocoanuts is now playing in the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon through November 2nd 2014.

Mark Bedard who is again absolutely brilliant, as the zany, crazy Groucho Marx.

Cocoanuts is a jazz age gem and a wildly funny romp full of sun, sand, superb fun and shtick. Groucho as Mr Hammer, the owner of a failing hotel in Florida the “Cocoanuts Beach Hotel”.

Groucho tries to peddle some worthless real estate in a get-rich-quick scheme by taking advantage of one his guests in the hotel a wealthy society widow Mrs. Potter, superbly played by K.T Vogt….. comic mayhem and uproarious fun ensue as Groucho tries to relieve Mrs. Potter of her money.

At one point there is a land auction in which the audience is invited to bid, the evening we saw the play, the audience went crazy and bid millions of dollars in ever increasing excitement.

Of course there are Groucho’s more than willing sidekicks.. Zeppo ( who is the hotel clerk ) deftly played by Eduardo Placer and Chico and Harpo played hilariously by John Tufts and Brent Hinkley.

Cocoanuts castThis is musical comedy at it’s best with wonderful songs and lyrics by Irving Berlin, including “Always” and “Lucky Boy”.

Cocoanuts is a madcap musical full of mayhem, mischievousness,silliness and spontaneous improvisations, anything can happen, and it usually does, no two performances are alike.The audience is definitely part of the whole experience. The cast are having a great time, always looking for the next ad lib. It’s a sheer joy… you come away from the theatre, singing the songs and chuckling to yourself for days afterwards!

 

Summer in Ashland Oregon

July 10th, 2014 by Julie

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer visitors, it’s a small town bursting with sophistication but also wacky and wonderful too, it’s a friendly place, where everyone has time to chat!!

 Ashland is home to the Tony Award Winning and world famous “Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” the jewel in the crown of our town.  With it’s three iconic and beloved Theatres all in the center of downtown Ashland.

It’s not only a great Get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but as you arrive in Ashland you take a deep breath ready for renewal, restoration and the healing power of our glorious and famous small town.

 There are so many things to do when you come to visit Ashland, it’s an art lovers dream, has lots of music events,  fabulous dining, boutique wineries, river rafting, birding, hiking trails and Lithia Park which is on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”.

Harvey’s Restaurant, a New Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

June 25th, 2014 by Julie

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Harvey’s Place a new restaurant in downtown Ashland.
As the Ella Fitzgerald song goes “ At last my love has come along…  Well, not love exactly, but we have waited a long time for the space that housed the former Chateaulin Restaurant to be occupied again.
After looking so sad for so long it’s great to have an exciting new restaurant in downtown Ashland. Harvey’s Place is open for business, and we think it’s a wonderful addition to all the other fabulous restaurants in town. Very good food, friendly service and great bar. Harvey’s Place will be open after the plays for a late night snack and drink, see you there!

Water by the Spoonful at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland Oregon

May 15th, 2014 by Julie

water by the spoonful“Water by the Spoonful”  a 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Quiara Alegria Hudes and directed by Shishir Kurup.

The scene….. Six years after Elliot is wounded in Iraq.  An aspiring actor Elliot ( played by Daniel Jose Molina) has to make ends meet by working at a sandwich shop, that he really hates. He’s dealing with the pain of his wounds and the pain of his childhood with a mother who was in the grip of addiction and was incapable of caring for him.

The play delves into the lives of addicts on a cyber chat room, who are dealing with drug addiction and recovery. We meet ” Haikumom” ( the moderator )  ”Orangutan”  ( a girl wondering if she should find her birth mother ) and “Chutes&Ladders”  ( an African American man in his 50′s ) Their lives intersect in surprising ways as the play goes on.

Elliot and his older cousin Yaz ( who is going through a divorce)  are dealing with their gravely ill beloved Aunt, who raised Elliot when his mother abandoned him.

Elliot finds out that Haikumom is his mother Odessa, he has to face the trauma of of his childhood. Elliot and his mother are haunted by the past.

The play is full of unforgettable characters in the virtual world and the physical world, also the harrowing consequences of drug addiction. This story in many ways is inspiring with complex relationships and even love

A not to be missed play!!!

.For tickets go to https://www.osfashland.org/experience-osf/current-season/buy-tickets.aspx

 

Bryan Cranston nominated for a Tony Award for “All the Way”

May 6th, 2014 by Julie

 

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The award winning play commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival  ” All the Way “ by Robert Schenkkan and directed by Bill Rauch.   Had it’s world premiere here in Ashland in July of 2012.

It was a huge success at the OSF that year.  Since then Bill Rauch ( OSF artistic director)  has taken the play to Broadway in New York.

Last week the the play was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor… Bryan Cranston   (best known for his title role in Breaking Bad)  and also nominated for Best Play.  The Tony awards will be handed out on June 8th. at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Bill Rauch says ” I couldn’t be more proud and grateful, it’ a home grown play. We developed it, and I’m so proud of our actors and the other artists and our audience.”

“The Great Society” Schenkkan’s  follow up to ‘All the Way” will open at the Bowmer Theatre in Ashland on July 27th.  Jack Willis will again reprise the role of Lyndon Johnson.

To get tickets go to www.osfashland.org

 

 

 

Ashland Oregon the Gem of the North West

May 2nd, 2014 by Julie

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Ashland Oregon is a jewel box town set in the bucolic mountains of southern Oregon.

This lively and beautiful town is the hub for the arts including a world class award winning Theater company also galleries, music and much more…

For more information about Ashland go to www.ashlandchamber.com

The Tenth Muse a new play at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

October 21st, 2013 by Julie

tenth museOSF 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.

The Liquid Plain at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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.

The Heart of Robin Hood at the OSF in Ashland

September 11th, 2013 by Julie

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                     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.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s ” Green Show “

July 17th, 2013 by Julie

Ashland_danceworks-160x130Where 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

 

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