Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare Play’

Summer in Ashland Oregon

August 7th, 2016 by Julie

ashland oreegon townAshland Oregon has so much to offer the thousands of visitors who come to Ashland every year. Ashland is 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.

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

Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents Great Expectations

July 20th, 2016 by Julie

 GREAT EXPECTATIONS AT THE OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival brings Charles Dickens characters to life in the Bowmer Theatre.
How do you turn a 59 chapter novel by the master story teller Charles Dickens into a stage play with dozens of characters, Linda Alper and director Penny Metropulos have managed to bring Pip, Magwitch, Estella and the enigmatic Miss Havisham to life on the stage at the Bowmer Threatre.
Pip (played as a boy by Bodhi Johnson and as a grown man by Benjamin Bonenfant ) is a poor orphan who lives with his crazy and mean older sister (Erica Sullivan) and her kindly husband Mr Joe ( played by Al Espinosa) One night when walking through a grave yard he is accosted by a frightening escaped convict Magwitch ( Derrick Lee Weedon), Pip steals some food from his sister to give to Magwitch, and this is where the story of Pip begins…
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Pip is invited to the strange home of the reclusive  Miss Havisham, ( Judith-Marie Bergan) while there he meets for the first time a very spoiled but pretty young girl Estella ( Nemuna Ceesay) who is the ward  of Miss Havisham.
Pip yearns to get a good education and become a gentleman.  He learns that an anonymous benefactor  has given him an mysterious inheritance, his great expectation. He thinks that his benefactor is Miss Havisham .. but is she?
As the years go by he gets a fine education at a boarding school and becomes a gentleman. He still visits Miss Havisham and the hardhearted Estella who hardly gives him the time of day, but he still holds out hope that she will love him as he loves her.
Great Expectations is a very complicated story which is helped along by narrators throughout the play, we were glad of these narrators who keep you on track with the plot and back story.
The play is a coming of age story of the sadness and terror of Pips life as a poor boy to his great expectation as a young man and the lessons he learns along the way. What will happen to Pip in the end, will he become the gentleman he desires and marry Estella.. You will have to see this powerfully entertaining play to find out!

Vegetable and goat cheese frittata

July 16th, 2016 by Julie

 Vegetable and goat cheese frittata 
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Ingredients
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream
  • 3 oz. ham, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 lb. asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk together eggs, cream, ham, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
    2. Melt butter in an 10-inch oven-proof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and sauté until crisp-tender, 2 to 4 minutes. Add radishes, scallions, and garlic and sauté until scallions are just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.
    1. Reduce heat to medium. Pour egg mixture over vegetables and cook until eggs begin to set around the edges, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with goat cheese. Bake until set, 15 to 17 minutes. Serve immediately.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

June 8th, 2016 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

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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

Chocolate Crinkles

June 5th, 2016 by Julie

                                                     CHOCOLATE CRINKLES
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These wonderful Chocolate Crinkle cookies are a favorite afternoon treat at the Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast in Ashland Oregon.
Ingredients
  1. 1¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  2. ¾cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)
  3. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  4. ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  6. 1 cup light brown sugar
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions 
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  1. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
  2. Form the dough into balls (each equal to 1 level tablespoon). Roll the balls in the confectioners’ sugar and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookies are firm and the tops crack, 13 to 15 minutes.
  3. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Enjoy!

Yeoman of the Guard

May 12th, 2016 by Julie

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Yeoman of the Guard in the intimate Thomas Theatre Ashland Oregon is such fun.  For OSF there is a new seating arrangement where audience members are seated on benches right on the stage floor.
The actors and the action of the play takes place around these audience members, and they have to move around the stage when they are in the way of the plot.
The plot: Fairfax ( Jeremy Peter Johnson) is due to be executed the next morning on a “Bum Rap” as he calls it. In the prison his cousin Warden Carruthers(K.T. Vogt) as his only living relative will inherit all his worldly goods, but he has no intention of letting her get her hands on a penny.
Major Meryll(Joseph Anthony Foronda) and his daughter Phoebe( Britney Simpson) hatch a plan to save Fairfax from the hangman’s noose by disguising him a Merylls son ( who happens to be dead) While on the loose he meets a traveling singer Elsie( Kate Hurster)and quickly decides to marry her so that she will inherit everything.
Director Sean Graney takes a classic Gilbert and Sullivan play and turns it on i’ts head with hilarious results.
The music is a foot tapping mix of Bluegrass, Appalachian and Folk and the actors sing and dance all while playing a verity of instruments. The whole show is a goofball tongue-in-cheek cowboy jamboree. You’ll have a rip-roaring good time!

The River Bride… magical fairy tale of true love and loss!

May 6th, 2016 by Julie

 THE RIVER BRIDE
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The River Bride… a magical fairy tale of true love and loss!
This play is brilliantly written by Marisela Trevino Orta, is partly based on a fable about river dolphins in the Amazon River.
It’s the tale of  two beautiful sisters, the younger  Belmira  (Jamie Ann Romero) wants to escape their small village, she is about to marry Duante (Carlo Alban) whom she does not love, but he does promise that he will take her away to the big city, and her older sister Helena (Nancy Rodriguez) who has always been secretly in love with Duante.
A mysterious stranger is pulled from the river, he causes long simmering friction between the two sisters. Who is this stranger? Belmira wonders could he be her ticket to the outside world that she longs to join.
The moral of the play as Belmira finds out  ” Be careful what you wish for! “
This play is a spellbinding and enchanted dark love story that is delightful pleasure to watch. We loved it from beginning to end.
For tickets go to osfashland.org

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

April 6th, 2016 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016 Eleven fascinating plays.
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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is pleased to present eleven fascinating plays this 2016 season.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is celebrating this milestone by producing five of Shakespeare’s most interesting plays. But of course there are eleven plays produced at OSF every season, and this year is no exception, there is a wide verity of fabulous new plays and re-imagining of wonderful works such as Great Expectations and Yeoman of the Guard.
We have seen three fabulous plays so  far, Twelfth Night (gorgeous) The Yeomen of the Guard (ground breaking) and The River Bride (dreamy)
Tonight we will be in the Bowmer Theatre for Great Expectations… can’t wait to see it!
For tickets osfashland.org
So much to look forward to. Don’t wait!  get your tickets soon……see you there!
Twelfth Night
  by William Shakespeare
Great Expectations
 by Charles Dickens
 The River Bride
by Marisela Tevino Orta
 Roe
by Lisa Loomer
Timon of Athens
by William Shakespeare
The Yeomen of the Guard
by Gilbert and Sullivan
Vietgone
by Qui Nguyen
Richard 11
by William Shakespeare
Hamlet
by William Shakespeare
The Wiz
 by William F. Brown
The Winter’s Tale
by William Shakespeare
For tickets go to osfashland.org

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.

 

 

 

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