Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare Play’

Merry Christmas from the Blue Moon Inn

December 25th, 2015 by Julie

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Christmas greetings from the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon.
This is the season for memories, of Christmases past, of our children hoping to get their longed for gift under the tree, now for many of us it’s our grandchildren who rush to the tree on Christmas morning hoping their favorite present will be waiting for them. I have always loved this time of year.
Jean-Pierre and Julie wish all of you a very happy holiday season.

 

Hearsay Restaurant Ashland Oregon

December 3rd, 2015 by Julie

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Hearsay is a new restaurant in Ashland Oregon that we love.The ambiance is lovely,
Jean-Pierre and I had dinner last week at “Hearsay ” on First Street.  Our meal was fabulous, tasty soup to start and then a juicy steak and for dessert a deconstructed Baklava… absolutely divine!
Well worth putting Hearsay on your list of favorite restaurants. There is much more than good food at Hearsay.
It wouldn’t be a Monday evening at Hearsay without the amazing Alan Berman!   Alan’s cabaret theater work in San Francisco let to solo engagements at the once famous Purple Onion. This exposure brought the opportunity to sing and tour with vocal groups, The Cables and later, The Other Three, working on the Playboy Club circuit and other show clubs around the country. His 3-year stint with “Cornucopia”, a jazz-rock group featuring original tunes brought more focus on the keyboard. Alan eventually settled in Monterey, CA where he found mentors in piano and voice, and played regularly with inspiring jazz musicians. The Monterey/Carmel area eventually provided him a musical livelihood without travel. In 2005 Alan and his wife Harriet moved to Ashland. Join everyone there from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for a night of wonderful classic jazz piano tunes. Also other guest artists come to Hearsay to entertain you, there is music most evenings of the week.
Sometimes Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors join everyone after the play is over and also entertain patrons of this exciting new space.

 

 

 

Making Cookies with Joey

October 30th, 2015 by Julie

Julie and Joey making cookies at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon.
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Making Cookies with my grandson Joey is a real treat. When the glorious days of  summer are winding down and we can feel Autumn in the air, the exciting energy of Summer is giving way to the relaxing coziness of Fall. We still have some wonderfully warm days and serving breakfast outside on our deck at the Blue Moon when the mornings are balmy.
 It’s really lovely when family comes to visit. Our daughter Aimee and her two sons Joey and Owen came up recently from California. Joey and I made Snickerdoodle cookies together at the Inn for tea that afternoon, he’s a good little baker!

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

October 25th, 2015 by Julie

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the best and well known festivals in America and around the world as we found out… guests at our Inn come from many states and many countries around the world.

Next years 2016 season looks even more exciting than this years 2015 season, we can’t wait to see what treats are in store for us.

As Bill Rauch says, “2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death—the last major Shakespearean milestone many of us will experience in our lifetimes. In celebration of our core identity as a Shakespeare theatre, we are proud to be presenting five plays by our namesake author, one from each genre (comedy, tragedy, history and romance) plus our single most overdue Shakespeare title. With TIMON OF ATHENS next season, OSF will have produced the entire 37-play canon a staggering four times, and our current Canon in a Decade project means that we hope to have completed the canon a fifth time by 2024. As I anticipate all five Shakespeare plays in 2016, I am particularly excited about THE WINTER’S TALE in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre, seen through an Asian and Asian-American cultural lens.

“At the same time, our commitment to new work remains a vital part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 21st century. With world-premiere adaptations of Charles Dickens and Gilbert and Sullivan alongside a thrilling new American Revolutions drama and the premiere of a lyrical fable from a rising Latina playwright, we will continue to contribute to the American canon of new plays that will go on to be produced by theaters nationwide. Finally, our 2016 season includes an astonishingly fresh take on the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese refugees in the U.S., and a rare large-scale revival of the much-beloved musical THE WIZ.

“The 2016 season reaffirms our identity as a language-based, classical theater even as it continues to expand the boundaries of the types of artistic adventures that we will offer our ever-curious and passionate audiences.”

We are so lucky in Ashland to have such a wonderful acting company right here in rural Southern Oregon.

For tickets and information go to osfashland.org

“The 39 Steps” opening soon Oregon Cabaret Theatre

September 12th, 2015 by Julie

“The 39 Steps” opening soon at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The play will open on September 10th 2015. It promises to be a lively show with an onstage plane crash also a chase on top of a moving train, sounds very exciting.

I first saw the classic 1935 thriller by Alfred Hitchcock many years ago, I remember how intense it was, this version however will be just as thrilling but with lots of comedy too.

It is about a man Richard Hanney played by John Stadelman  who is bored and goes to a play while there he witnesses a murder. There is a mysterious woman in black played by Katie Beck.39 steps Justin Waggle and Stephen Kline round out the cast playing multiple roles.

This is a fast paced whodunit about spies and murder with dashing heroes and classy dames, gosh I can’t wait until opening night….

Hearsay opening soon in Ashland Oregon

September 5th, 2015 by Julie

 

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Hearsay‘ a new restaurant lounge and garden opening soon below the former “old Pink church” building at 241 Hargadine Street Ashland that houses the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. The space  used to be the now closed restaurant Dragonfly.

Owner and designer of ‘Hearsay’ Craig Hudson is now in the midst of building the new unique and dazzling restaurant, his vision for this new place is a 1930’s style supper club with a classy and elegant yet casual atmosphere,  live music and fabulous food. A great place to have lunch or dinner but also an after Theatre venue for drinks and music, there will be a grand piano in the bar area so expect some lively evenings of music and song.

Executive Chef for ‘Hearsay’ Dylan Carson has been in Seattle for the past 13 years graduating from the Seattle Culinary Academy, then honing his skills at the respected Tin Table restaurant in Seattle as Executive Sous Chef.  Dylan is an innovative chef passionate about food, he loves using high quality local ingredients to create unusual and delicious Northwest cuisine, it will be unlike anything else in the Rogue Valley.

‘Hearsay’ will be opening soon, stay tuned to my blog for more information…

Oregon Shakespeare Festival new play ” Sweat “

August 24th, 2015 by Julie

 

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Welcome to ‘Sweat’  a World Premier play by Lynn Nottage now playing at the Bowmer Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

The play set between 2000 and 2008 in Reading Pennsylvania, one of the poorest cities in America.  It’s a sad story of what happens when good paying factory jobs go away and the devastating financial consequences that unemployment brings.

We meet three woman factory workers:  Tracey ( Terry McMahon) Cynthia (Kimberly Scott)  and Jessie ( K.T Vogt) in the local tavern after work, gossiping and laughing about everyday things with the bar tender Stan ( Jack Willis). You notice they are drinking excessively, especially Jessie who’s life has been taken over by alcohol and seems to be drunk most of the time, also working at the bar is Oscar an natural born American from the Dominican Republic, he would really love a good job at the factory but has no skills.

Cynthia and Tracey have sons who are friends,  both have good jobs at the plant, while Tracey’s son Jason (Stephen Michael Spencer ) is happy to work at the plant for the rest of his working life Cynthia’s son Chris ( Tramell Tillman) is saving his money to go to college.

At the beginning of the play they are all working shifts at the plant with good money and benefits but their middle class lives are about to change as management wants the union to agree to longer working hours and loss of some vital benefits. Tracey, Cynthia and their sons vote NO. What happens next is the management lock out the workers from the plant and bring in an unskilled workforce, Oscar from the tavern is happy to be one of the unskilled workers to get a job.

Cynthia and Tracey who thought they had good paying jobs until they retired suddenly find themselves without work and their American Dream shattered.

Things will change dramatically for Jason and Chris because of one indecent of anger, rage and racial tension, one late night at the Tavern.

This play is very powerful, you feel their desperation, hopelessness and profound sadness as they struggle to find any minimum wage jobs they can get.  They long to return to the way things were but unfortunately will never be again.

 

Love “Head Over Heels” a new musical

August 5th, 2015 by Julie

Detail_2015_HOH_746x420 Oregon Shakespeare Festival ” Head Over Heels”
On a hot evening last week Jean-Pierre and I joined more than 1000 other excited playgoers to see  ” Head Over Heels” at the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
This is a world premier play taken from a 16th century poem “Arcadia” by Sir Phillip Sidney.  Adapted for the stage by Jeff Whitty, directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar with music and lyrics by the Go Go’s.
This seems like a very unlikely mashup of a 1580’s poem and music from the 1980’s group The Go Go’s….. yes it seems strange but it really works.
 
Before the play really starts the marvelous and wildly funny John Tufts as ” The Fool” Philanax comes onto the stage, he engages with us the audience, checking the script and telling us all about the mythical world of Arcadia, and of the wonderful characters we are about to see, then the story begins!
The Elizabethan poem by Sir Phillip is about romance and the meaning of love in all forms,
and so is this play,  settle into your seat and enjoy the ride.
 The King of Arcadia Basillius ( Michael Sharon)and his Queen Gynecia ( the always amazing Mirium Laube)  love each other but have fallen temporarily out of love. Their eldest daughter Pamela ( Bonnie Mulligan)has many suitors but loves none, their younger daughter played by Tala Ashe and the local Shepard boy played by Dylan Paul as Philoclea and Musidorus are an absolutely adorable couple very much in love but unable to be together.
As the play goes on the story gets more and more complicated and brilliantly silly with mistaken identities, lots of romantic surprises and wildly funny non stop jokes that will have you constantly laughing.
The fabulous songs from the Go Go’s and the story intertwine beautifully together with gorgeous costumes, a terrific live orchestra and an exuberant cast belting out the wonderfully familiar foot tapping songs.
It’s an over the top non stop party and well worth the trip to Ashland just to see this play.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2015 Much Ado About Nothing

June 12th, 2015 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2015 Much Ado About Nothing

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There is a lot to enjoy in Oregon Shakespeare’s 2015 production of Much Ado about Nothing. Shakespeare has created an imaginary world to delight us and for the next three hours it does just that.   Directed beautifully by Lileana Bain-Cruz,  she moves us along on a journey full of comedy, tragedy, triumphs, infidelity and of course love!

At the beginning of the play the stage is full of roses cascading down over the actors, we see Don Peadro and his men arrive in the make believe kingdom of Messina back from the war, among them are Claudio ( Carlo Alban) and Benedick (Danforth Cummins), the mates are ready for some fun and R&R.

The naive and  jealous Claudio quickly falls in love with his hosts daughter Hero ( and just as quickly falls out of love with her when her virtue is spoiled by Don Pedro’s evil sister.)

Benadick meets the lovely Beatrice ( Christiana Clark ) they really are in love with each other but would never admit it, he is stubborn and pig headed and she is equally so. There is a lot of witty banter going on between them until they finally come to the conclusion that they actually are in love!

There are very funny comic interludes where Dogberry  (Rex Young)  and his inept band of men enter the stage. Dogberry is goofy and hilarious as he zips around on his Segway dropping Malaprop’s as he goes, constantly followed by his enthusiastic mother.

Spend a wonderful evening at the Bowmer Theatre. This play is a must see, it’s Shakespeare at his best. A joy to watch, full of high energy, charming likable characters and sparkling wit.

For tickets go to osfashland.org

Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Fingersmith

May 19th, 2015 by Julie

 The 2015 Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Fingersmith. The play is a brilliantly perfect adaptation of Sarah Waters best selling Victorian mystery. It is Alexa Junge an Emmy nominated play-write who has taken the book to the OSF stage beautifully. Director Bill Rauch brings the characters to life with imaginative staging and subtle direction.

This is an extremely complex story about two orphans, one  Maud Lilly ( played by Erica Sullivan) is an heiress living in a country house with a rich uncle.  The other Sue Trinder (played by Sara Bruner) who was raised by  “baby farmer” Mrs Sucksby (played by Kate Mulligan). Sue was taught to become a fingersmith ( slang for a pick-pocket ) She lives with Mrs Sucksby  and her band of thieves in the slums of London. Their lives could not be more different …..
or so you think!

 Some fascinating facts about life in Victorian England, women of all walks of life had very few choices and a rigid class structure to deal with. They could not vote, own property or get an education in many cases.

From the women of lower part of society in the slums, to the privileged women who lived luxury, most were at the mercy of the men in their lives.

This is the backdrop for Fingersmith, Sue meets charming scoundrel and con man (Gentleman) Richard Rivers ( Elijah Alexander) who needs Sue’s help him in a scam to marry and steal from the wealthy Maud, but all is not what it seems!

Over the next three hours with two intermissions you will be amazed at what happens:  There is a surprising love story and lots of double crosses, it’s full of plot twists and turns, fascinating characters and getting rave reviews from the audience and critics alike.  The first intermission ends on a cliff hanger with audible gasps from the audience.

And so it goes… there will be many gasps of surprise along the way. Enjoy the ride, but don’t give away the plot to your friends!

To get your tickets go to osfashland.org

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