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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!

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

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

Johnny Cash ” Ring of Fire”

April 12th, 2016 by Julie

 Wonderful music of Johnny Cash!
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Spend a wonderful evening at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre with the music of Johnny Cash.
More than two dozen classic hits-including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune-performed by a multi-talented cast of Phillip David Black, Sean Wolf Galuszha, Cat Greenfield, John Leistner and Brian Russell Carey. They paint a musical portrait of “The Man in Black” that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to the unique American legend. If you love the music of Johnny Cash this is definitely the show for you!
The show runs through to April 17th 2016.
For tickets go to oregoncabaret.com

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

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.

 

 

 

Blue Moon Bed and Breakfast Ashland Oregon 2016

November 23rd, 2015 by Julie

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Autumn is such a  lovely time of year. Astoundingly rich colors of brilliant gold and sunlit yellows greet you as explore our unique town of Ashland Oregon.
November is the time when many of you will be planning your trips to Ashland for 2016 so, please remember to book early at the Blue Moon to insure that your favorite room will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Did you know……  Spring is a good time to come to Ashland, there are lots of events … such as the Independent Film Festival and the Taste of Ashland.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival tickets are less expensive in spring and so are our rooms at the Blue Moon.  Whenever  you decide to visit Ashland, we at the Blue Moon are always excited to see each and every one of you; we appreciate your loyalty and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Ultimate Cinnamon Roll Cake

November 5th, 2015 by Julie

Ultimate Cinnamon Roll Cake
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I made this cake for tea, it’s a tender, rich and delectable cake with tons of cinnamon and a deliciously gooey glaze, truly scrumptious!
Our guests absolutely loved it, one piece left for me, I savored every bite.
 
Ingredients:
 1 stick butter, softened
 1½ cups sugar plus ¼ cup, divided
 ½ cup greek yogurt
 2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
 3 eggs
 1½ cups flour
 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
 2 teaspoons cinnamon
 2½ cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×5 loaf pan with baking spray.
 In a stand mixer beat the sugar (not including the ¼ cup) and butter together for 2-3 minutes or until noticeably lighter in color and fluffy.
Add in the eggs, yogurt, milk and vanilla and mix until well combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
 Using the last ¼ cup of sugar, add the 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to it. Add in half of the batter, then half the cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.
Add another half of what you have left (so a quarter of all the batter you started with) and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar over that layer.
 Add the rest of the batter. Bake for 60 minutes or until your tester comes out clean. Cool cake completely before adding the icing.
 Mix the powdered sugar and milk (just enough to have a thick but pourable consistency, like honey. Reserve ¼ cup of it and add the ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to it. Pour the regular icing over the cake. Add the cinnamon frosting to a small ziploc bag. Cut a tiny bit off the edge and pipe a zigzag line on the top of the cake.

“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…

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