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2014 Shakespeare Festival Opens — February 14


Oregon Shakespeare Festival opening night is nearly upon us!

Already? YES, indeed! Attend any and all of the 2014 opening Shakespeare Festival plays and celebrate Valentine’s Day with drama, music and wit.

Friday, February 14th, the Tempest Directed by Tony Taccone, Prospero played by Denis Arndt.

February 15th, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window Directed by Juliette Carrillo, written by Lorraine Hansberry (her ‘other’ more well known play is Raisin in the Sun

February 16th opens the much awaited Marx Brother’s adaptation of The Cocoanuts Directed by David Ivers, Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, Book by Georges S. Kaufman and adapted by OSF’s very own Mark Bedard.

 

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February 9th, 2014

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Play Reading of “Radio Golf” 6/24 Monday 7:00pm


Radio Golf, by August Wilson

To support Penumbra Theatre Company, OSF is producing a play reading of “Radio Golf”. The reading is directed by Penumbra’s artistic director Lou Bellamy.  Bellamy recently joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the 2013 season, and directed August Wilson’s Two Trains Running.

Penumbra was founded by Lou Bellamy in 1976, it is one of the nation’s largest and most significant African-American theater companies.

June 24, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Bowmer

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June 23rd, 2013

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The Illusion” SOU Theater, May-June


The Illusion

by Pierre Corneille, adapted by Tony Kushner  at the Center Square Theatre

Award winning playwright Tony Kushner creates “The Illusion”  lush layers of illusion in this tale of a father seeking the help of a magician in his search for his long-banished son. Based loosely on L’Illusion Comique written by Pierre Corneille in 1636, the play is filled with conjured visions, unlikely transformations and unexpected twists of time and fate.

For performance days and more details go to SOU theater department

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April 25th, 2013

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Avenue Q” at SOU Theater May — June


Avenue Q
Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty at the Center Stage Theatre

The 2004 winner of Tony’s triple crown of Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Avenue Q is a coming-of-age comedy where the real world defines the facts of life. Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers move over as eleven wacky puppets and three humans enact this zany, all too real, insightful extravaganza. Intended for mature audiences.

For performance days and more details go to SOU theater department

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April 25th, 2013

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Happy [traditional] Birthday, William!


Old Willy's Birthday

Old Willy’s Birthday

Dear William,

Happy birthday!

From your admirers at the Chanticleer Inn: Ellen Kristel, Desiree, and Chelsea

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April 24th, 2013

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Ashland New Plays Festival, Quietus, new play reading


Ashland New Plays Festival presents …

 

Ashland New Plays Festival, Quietus

Ashland New Plays Festival, Quietus

A new play Quietus by Richard Manley, read/performed on Monday April 15, ’13, Unitarian Church 87 4th St. Ashland.

From perspectives of three characters: a medical researcher, an entrepreneur, and a bio-ethicist, the play explores the ability, and ramifications therein, to keep a body functioning after brain death.

Ashland New Plays Festival tickets are $15 for general admission. Call 541 488‑7995, or purchase tickets at Paddington Station or the Music Coop.  For more information go to their website.

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April 10th, 2013

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Invisible Threads” at SOU Theater, Feb-Mar


Invisible Threads
by David McCandless at SOU Center Stage Theatre

In Invisible Threads, a mysterious woman asks some down-at-heel actors and their clueless stage manager to apply their theatrical skills to a real-life crisis. At her urging, they enter the lives of a family beset by illness and emotional problems, in the guises of a Dixie-bred maid, an Oxford-educated tutor and a New Age guru. A skeptical scientist follows, threatening to expose them as frauds. Complications ensue when the actors – or is it their characters? – become emotionally entangled with the family and with each other.

For performance days and more details go to SOU theater department

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February 14th, 2013

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The Cyrano Project” SOU Theater Feb-Mar


The Cyrano Project

adapted by Jo Roet from the Edmond Rostand play with additional material by Hilary Tate
Center Square Theatre

This classic tale comes to life in an informal format complete with sword play, comic relationships, expressions of compassion and heroic love. In Paris, in the year 1640, a brilliant poet and swordsman named Cyrano de Bergerac finds himself deeply in love with his beautiful, intellectual cousin Roxane. Despite Cyrano’s brilliance and charisma, a shockingly large nose afflicts his appearance, and he considers himself too ugly even to risk telling Roxane his feelings.

For performance days and more details go to SOU theater department

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February 14th, 2013

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival set to open for 2013 season!


Oregon Shakespeare Festival Preview Feb 15!

Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens Feb 15th with Taming of the Shrew — the Shrew must go on!  [Sorry had to do that…]

Directed by David Ivers, this year’s version is set around beach boardwalks to rock n’ roll tunes.

Petruchio (played by Ted Deasy) is a rockabilly musician, who must win Kate’s love.  Kate is played by Nell Giesslinger.  Many who have been coming to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for a few years have been charmed by her performances and will want to see just what she’ll make of this juicy and feisty role.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival will find a way to make it engaging. For more information, go to OSF’s website

 

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January 28th, 2013

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Ashland Contemporary Theater, “Pompadour”


Ashland Contemporary Theater premiers Pompadour — a new play by Molly Best Tinsley

Pompadour at Ashland Contemporary Theater

Pompadour” at Ashland Contemporary Theater

Pompadour” plays three weekends starting January 19th, produced by Ashland Contemporary Theater, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way.

Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, from Jan. 19  thru  Feb. 3.
Tickets: Regular admission: $15  Senior/student, $12.

Tickets can be bought at Paddington Station in Ashland, and Grocery Outlet in Medford, as well as online on the ACT website, by credit card thru Paypal.

Ashland Contemporary Theater presents the play as though you were a guest at the tiny private theater in Versailles — which means seating is limited.  ADVANCE PURCHASE is recommended.

Voltaire called Mme Pompadour a “soul born sincere,” “with good sense,” and “justice in her heart.”

Tinsley’s play begins at the end, when Pompadour has had a potentially fatal confrontation with the King’s latest young lover.  As she clings to life in her chambers at Versailles, she begins to make sense of her own. Read More

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January 6th, 2013

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