Posts Tagged ‘Theatre’

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 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

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

“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.

Gil’s Growler Station now open in Ashland Oregon

July 21st, 2015 by Julie

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Gil’s Growler Station is now open in Ashland Oregon.

There is a new place in town to sample more than 23 craft beers here in Ashland Oregon.  Gil’s Growler Station ( A growler is a large jug that contains about a half gallon of beer) has opened next to Ruby’s Restaurant on Pioneer Street. They are both owned by the same couple who started Ruby’s four years ago.  Christian Senf and Aura Streett thought that opening a casual, fun and friendly place to have a drink and some food was just what was needed in Ashland.

Those of you who have stopped for lunch at Ruby’s know that the food is really good with locally grown organic produce. You can also have some of the same menu items at Gil’s Growler, tasty nacho’s, roasted chicken and lots of different delicious sandwiches.

Gil’s also serves Wine, Hard Cider, Mead and Kombucha ( which is a fermented tea.)

Stop by and check it out.

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