Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare Play’

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

robin hood

                     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.

Taming of the Shrew at the Bowmer Theatre in Ashland

March 14th, 2013 by Julie

taming of the shrewThis thoroughly modern version of Shakespeare’s comedy “ The Taming of the Shrew ” is a sheer delight. I loved every minute of it, with it’s contemporary references and Rockabilly band.

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.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Iowa

July 6th, 2012 by Julie

Alison Carey, unleashes a shamelessly witty twist on Shakespeare’s original play. Think of Shakespeare meets “Beach Blanket Babylon”  this production is a classic farce, the Oregon Shakespeare company is doing something totally and absolutely silly and amazing—– it actually works. Falstaff is failed presidential candidate Sen. John Falstaff, having lost the Iowa caucuses, he is hopelessly in dept. He tries to seduce two wealthy wives of the town, both married, one to a man, one to a woman, hoping to dip into their purses, but the ladies set out to teach him a lesson. His misbehavior is about to receive it’s final comeuppance. I really enjoyed this play; with an outrageous plot and comical characters, Shakespeare’s words and todays language, it is hilariously funny and kept me awake and laughing, even though I went into the theatre feeling a little tired after a long day.

Catch a play at the Shakespeare festival while staying at Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast

June 12th, 2012 by Trina Packard

Elizabethan TheaterBlue Moon Bed and Breakfast is close to The Arts of Ashland, OR. Visit the Angus Bowmer Theatre to indulge in pure entertainment. Enjoy a play involving a jealous wife, murder mystery, love, magic and the interweaving of several stories. Please see dates and times below.

Adapted by Bill Rauch and Tracy Young
From the plays by Euripides, Shakespeare,
and Rodgers & Hammerstein

Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella
April 18 — November 3 | Angus Bowmer Theatre
Directed by Bill Rauch and Tracy Young

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