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Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016

October 25th, 2015 by Julie

Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2016


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.

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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.


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.

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The Musical of Musicals at the Oregon Cabaret

April 18th, 2015 by Julie





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The newest musical production at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre is ” The Musical of Musicals. ”  It’s a comic satire of the most loved musicals of our time. A compilation of 5 mini musicals including The Lion King, West Side Story and Les Miserables among others.

As always the cast Andrea Hilbrant, Phillip David Black, Laura Derocher and Tony Carter are amazing and a sheer delight for the eyes and ears as they take us through the music of Rogers and Hammerstein Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb.


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This is a true dinner theater, chef Scot Frankenberger delivers gourmet food from steaks, duck and fish to small plates to share and of course dessert is not to be missed, especially everyone’s favorite Chocolate Dick Hay Pie. Enjoy the show from your table, entrees are served before the performance and dessert is served during the intermission.

The show is hilariously funny with cleaver witty writing and a cast that gives their all.

The show goes from April 18th. until May 17th.

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A Taste of Ashland

April 10th, 2015 by Julie

A Taste of Ashland

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A Taste of Ashland will this year commence on Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and April 26th 2015. The annual event will go from Noon to 4 pm each day. Tickets for the whole weekend are $60 per person or for Saturday only $50 and Sunday $40.

A Taste of Ashland is one of the premier events and one of the most important fund raisers for The Ashland Gallery Association, money raised will support art and artists in the region. The Taste of Ashland weekend showcases the best of local art, food and wine. Foodies and Art lovers will follow the event map to over 20 art galleries and at each gallery they will be treated with amazing art works and also delicious food from some of Ashlands’ best restaurants and delectable wines from local boutique wineries even perhaps some music to serenade you through the day.

It will be an easy stroll from one Gallery to the next but if you need a little help along the way,there is an complimentary shuttle bus to take you in comfort to each venue.

While in Ashland for the weekend, there are lots of things to do in the evening, catch a play at one of the theatres at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or a dinner theatre treat at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.  Music of all kinds can be heard at the many of Ashlands’ restaurants and bars.

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It’s all about the Art !!!

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“Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

March 26th, 2015 by Julie

” Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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Pericles by William Shakespeare is a play not often performed these days, in Shakespeare lifetime it was wildly popular, but over the years it has fallen out of favor with audiences.
The play is a swashbuckling adventure fairy tale with rich characters of pirates, wicked Queens and bawdy brothel keepers.
 It is a story of birth, death, resurrection and love.
 It’s both romantic, comic and tragic, a veritable roller coaster ride in which Pericles the Prince of Tyre ( played superbly  by Wayne T. Carr ) takes you, the audience with him on a journey to find his destiny. Along the way he finds and marries then loses his Princess and his daughter at sea. He faces ambition, hatred and loss. With many implausible events and complicated twists and turns to the plot.
In a very compelling scene, Pericles is drowning at sea, it really feels like you are being tossed as he is by the stormy  rolling waves.
   The director Joseph Haj has done wonderful job of producing a mesmerizing and dynamic spectacle. It is a visually and musically stunning  play with lush original music and songs and luminous staging.
We both loved this play, it grabbed us from the beginning. The play is immensely moving. At times it is very sad, also hilariously funny and like all good fairy tales, has a happy ending.
 A play definitely  not to be missed.
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Talking with Author of “The Great Society” Robert Schenkkan and Director Bill Rauch

July 4th, 2014 by Julie

Recently we joined an audience of OSF volunteers at the Music Hall on the campus of Southern Oregon University for an evening with Bill Rauch, Robert Schenkkanand Tom Bryant. They talked about the Broadway production of  “All the Way” and the new sequel to All the Way, Robert Schenkkan’s new work “The Great Society”.

bill schenkken and Bill RauchThis play will be just as powerful and tumultuous as All the Way. In The Great Society, we start from LBJ’s landslide victory in 1965 until 1968. We see how Lyndon Johnson has to come to grips with the increasingly unpopular Vietnam War, and how he is able to push through great legislation such as the Voting Rights Act and Medicare.

Jack Willis again reprises his role as LBJ,  and Kenajaun Bentley as Dr. Martin Luther King. The cast is still in rehearsals, guided by Bill Rauch as Director and Robert Schenkkan, they are getting ready for the world premier opening on July 23rd.

We are so excited to see The Great Society, to revisit the 1960’s and to remember what Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King fought for that made our country a better place

.Another snippet fresh off the presses… Robert Schenkkan told us that he is in negotiations with a movie company to make a film of All the Way!!  We will look forward to seeing it in the future at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland.

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!!!

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

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.

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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…

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