All the King’s Men
February 1 – 26, 2012 by Robert Penn Warren
Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Set in Louisiana in the 1930’s, this powerful play examines the life of opportunist Willie Stark, a character based on Governor Huey Long, one of America’s most extraordinary politicians. The smart and manipulative Willie Stark is elected governor with the support of the lower social classes, tough-talking assistant Sadie Burke, newspaper reporter Jack Burden, Jack’s elegant fiancée Anne and her idealistic brother Dr. Adam Stanton. The play confronts the question, does absolute power corrupt absolutely?
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“The Scarlet Pimpernel” Book and lyrics by Nan Knighton, music by Frank Wildhorn, based on the novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy at the Camelot Theatre Nov 3 – Dec 31, 2011.
Celebrate the holiday season with this action/adventure musical about the French Revolution and the battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. A love story that is funny as well as inspiring, moving and passionate. At the peak of the French Revolution, a beautiful French actress falls in love with an English lord after a whirlwind courtship. The actress’ former lover, a revolutionary official, is furious. On the night she is to leave for England and marriage, he blackmails her into giving him secret information. When the groom hears of his bride’s responsibility for the deaths of many, he persuades his compatriots to join him in a “private war” against the French regime. They call themselves The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and work to save as many innocent lives as they can.
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Festival Week Is Right Around the Corner
ANPF 2011 begins Wednesday, October 19, and closes Sunday, October 23. EM Lewis is returning as our host playwright. See the schedule for festival week.
Congratulations to this year’s winning playwrights: Gary Dontzig of New Mexico for Couples; Steven Haworth of New York for Fernando; Thomas W. Stephens of Washington, DC, for Countdown to the Happy Day; and Carol Verburg of San Francisco for Spin, or Twilight of the Bohemians. Read their bios and synopses of the winning plays.
All performances are at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street.
The readings are directed by Claudia Alick, Brain Demar Jones, Lenny Neimark, Caroline Shaffer, and John Stadelman. Cast members include Mark Barsekian, Brandy Carson, Benajah Cobb, Ted Deasy, Gina Daniels, Michael Elich, Jim Garcia, Rodney Gardiner, Cristofer Jean, David Kelly, Miriam Laube, Christopher Livingston, Holly Weber Neimark, Terri McMahon, Douglas Rowe, Kimberly Scott, Dayvin Turchiano, Ellie von Radics, and Rex Young.
Tickets for ANPF 2011 Are on Sale Now!
Dr. Laura Hoskins is building a world-class Climate Research Lab at Fleming Institute. But when she breaks off a brief romantic involvement with junior researcher Jake Zamosa, his impulsive retaliation threatens their careers. Can the consequences of Jake’s actions be contained, or will they spread beyond the lab and add fuel to the wider debate over global climate change?
Directed by Greg Younger Cast: Will Churchill, Gwenne Wilcox, Casey Faubion, David Gabriel, Tim Kelly, and Alyssa Leigh Smith.
Sunday, October 9, 8:00 pm Monday, October 10, 8:00 pm
ScienceWorks Theatre, 1500 East Main St., Ashland
$10.00 requested donation at door
For more information about the Playwright Actor Atelier, visit: http://playwrightsatelier.org
For more information about ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, visit: http://scienceworksmuseum.org
The newest name in local theater is Next Stage, the Craterian’s exciting new acting company. Under the leadership of Stephen McCandless, executive director of the Craterian; Doug Warner, former producing director of Camelot Theatre; Peter Alzado, former artistic director of Oregon Stage Works; and Kate Sullivan, local actress and co-founder of Ashland Children’s Theatre.
Next Stage will focus on producing small cast plays that tell great stories, but that don’t typically require elaborate staging.
The company is committed to making professional theater as accessible as possible for the entire community, and all seats for the four plays in the inaugural 2011–2012 season will be just $10! So, spread the word, bring your friends, and come to the Craterian for the premiere performance of Talley’s Folly!
“Talley’s Folly (Sept. 8–10),” “The Decorator (Jan. 5–7),” “The Wild Guys” (March 22–31) and “Molly Sweeney” (May 31-June 2) — this season at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater.
“I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road” Book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer and music by Nancy Ford at the Camelot Theatre October 5 – November 6
When a 40-year-old song writer wants to make a comeback, the conflict is between what she wants and what her manager wants. She’s eager to include feminist material in her act; he wants her to go back to the syrupy sweet, non-controversial formula that made her so successful: a real woman vs. a Barbie Doll.
“Clearly the most imaginative and melodic score heard in New York all season.” – Soho Weekly News
“Brash, funny, very agreeable…it touches a special emotional chord for all times.” – New York Post
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Sweeney Todd, June 22 – July 24, 2011 at the Camelot Theatre in Talent.
Book by Hugh Wheeler, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Based on a version of Sweeney Todd by Christopher Bond
This rare musical thriller is a suspenseful and heart pounding masterpiece of murderous barbarism and culinary crime. Sweeney Todd is the infamous take of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. As the barber’s thirst for blood expands to include his unfortunate customers, the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs has Londoners lining up in droves for a taste of her mysterious new meat pie recipe! Sophisticated and macabre, Sweeney Todd mixes intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor. You’ll be laughing hysterically one moment and gasping in surprise the next.