June 25th, 2014 by Julie
May 15th, 2014 by Julie
“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
May 6th, 2014 by Julie
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
May 2nd, 2014 by Julie
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
October 21st, 2013 by Julie
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.
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 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.
July 17th, 2013 by Julie
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
March 27th, 2013 by Julie
I have always loved this story of a working class girl Eliza Doolittle who meets an upper class Professor Henry Higgins outside a Theatre where she is selling flowers. With the help of the wonderful music of Lerner and Loewe we are transported to early 1900’s London.
In this production there are all of the songs that we love and are familiar with. Rachael Warren as Eliza has a beautiful voice and Jonathan Haugen as Henry Higgins has great comic timing and a much better voice than Rex Harrison in the film version. I especially loved Ken Robinson as Freddy Eynsford-Hill he was a real hoot.
The musical is a sheer delight, it had me hooked at the very beginning. I came out of the Theatre singing ” I could have danced all night ” and as the next line of the song goes I would have begged for more. Three hours was not enough for me I did wish for more.
March 14th, 2013 by Julie
It’s a fresh, fun romp full of slap stick humor and foot tapping music.
Run, don’t walk to the box office to get your ticket’s you won’t be disappointed.