Siskiyou Center: Shakespeare, Women and Song
If you want an immersive program to learn more about Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s spring plays and meet those who actually make it happen, check out Siskiyou Center’s program April 19–24.
Theatre Instructor: Barzin Akhavan
Topics that will be covered:
- What’s the connection between Shakespeare and modern musical theater and how they overlap?
- Find out how a musical theater performer uses a score with language, not notes, to tell a story. Learn how an actor uses the musicality of Shakespeare’s words to make the language clear for the audience.
- Discover some of the unconventional female characters who are on stage at Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season, and how they contribute to the overall production.
- Delve into the world premiere production of the absorbing tale of Fingersmith, aptly described by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as “a wild ride of a Victorian crime thriller!”
Siskiyou Center Program includes pre– and post-show discussions with an Oregon Shakespeare Festival professional artist who will introduce characters and background information for each performance, and provide guest instructors to help you get the most out of your theater experience.
Click HERE to see a day-by-day schedule complete with class times, meals, and theater performances.
Program Fee Includes:
- Tickets to 3 performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
- Ticket to 1 performance at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre
- 13 lectures/discussions with theater professionals and Shakespeare scholars
- 13 meals (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners—2 dinners “on your own”)
- Final dinner at a wonderful restaurant in Ashland
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors and Designers Receive 2014 Falstaff Awards
Today PlayShakespeare.com announced the nominees and winners for their 2014 Falstaff Awards. Around the world, the Falstaff Awards recognize extraordinary and notable achievements in the categories of Best Play, Best Director, Best Performance by a Male or Female Actor, among other performance and technical categories.
Not surprisingly, a number of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s actors and designers received the 2014 Falstaff Award, and more were nominated in various categories.
For Kate T. Vogt‘s comic and notable role as Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, she was awarded Best Female Supporting Performance. Many were delighted in how she tried her best to upstage Crab ably played by Picasso, the now famous Great Pyrenees dog.
In the technical categories: Daniel Ostling won Best Scenic Design and Alexander V. Nichols, was the winner of Best Lighting Design, (both for their effective and elegant work on The Tempest) and U. Jonathan Toppo won in Best Choreography or Fight Direction (for Richard III, it’s safe to assume that the award was for fight direction not for dance).
For the complete list of Falstaff Award nominees and winners you may visit PlayShakespeare.com’s website.
Identity of Shakespeare Mysterious Mr. WH Possibly Revealed
Many have debated to whom were the sonnets written by Shakespeare really dedicated? The only hint was the enigmatic Mr. WH.
Geoffrey Caveney, an American Shakespeare scholar, seems to have come up with a very plausible answer. Read here and come to your own conclusion!
The play ‘The Great Society’ a finalist for an Edward M. Kennedy Prize
‘The Great Society’ is a finalist for 2015 Edward M. Kennedy Prize in the drama inspired by American history category.
Every year, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize is given via Columbia University to a new play or musical. Excerpted from he Prize’s mission statement “…enlists theater’s power to explore the past of the United States, to participate meaningfully in the great issues of our day through the public conversation, grounded in historical understanding, that is essential to the functioning of a democracy.”
Few plays qualify more completely than Oregon Shakespeare Festival‘s “Great Society”
The Prize will be announced on or after February 22, 2015, the anniversary of Senator Kennedy’s birth. The winning play will receive an award of $100,000, and will be honored in a ceremony at Columbia later this spring.
Stay tuned, I get the feeling the “Great Society” will once again be in the news.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre does “It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play” Nov – Dec
Five actors, supported by clever sound effects and a piano present the classic holiday drama in a fresh and engaging way that makes us discover it anew.
As a New York Times review said: “Dear devoted fans of a certain 1946 Frank Capra holiday movie: Relax. This live radio play production has done absolutely no harm to the original. In fact, it has added another layer of nostalgia…it’s easy for the audience to get caught up in the fun of creating reality from imagination and obvious artifice.”
Step back in time to the golden age of radio and become the studio audience for this delightfully inventive re-telling of George Bailey’s heart-warming story.
November 21 – December 31
Previews November 19 & 20
Performances nightly @ 8:00 except:
Nov 24, 27; Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 24, 25
Saturday and Sunday Brunch matinees at 1:00
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, talented and campy entertainment. Ashland’s only performing arts venue that has shows on Monday nights!
For more information visit their website
Austin Chronicle Interviews Bill Rauch
In two years, Robert Schenkkan’s play about Lyndon B. Johnson’s ascension to presidency in All the Way premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; it then moved to Broadway with Bryan Cranston starring; where it broke box-office records and won a slew of awards, including two Tonys; and was picked up by HBO for a film version. Now in 2014 the sequel, The Great Society, premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Both plays will be in rep in Seattle Rep in the fall/winter season of 2014/2015.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents “Backwards In High Heels” Sept – Nov
A striking show about Rogue Valley’s very own former resident Ginger Rogers who famously said that she did everything Fred Astaire did but “backwards and in high heels”.
Best known for her partnership with Fred Astaire, Ginger had a successful Hollywood career including dramatic roles as well. The show follows her from her teen years in vaudeville to her Oscar win for 1940 film Kittly Foyle.
Backwards In High Heels combines cherished standards with new original songs, a compelling play, and many stunning dance sequences to tell Ginger’s fascinating story.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, and talented entertainment. One of Ashland’s performing arts venues that have shows on Monday nights!
September 12 – November 9
Previews September 10 & 11
Performances Thursday – Monday @ 8:00
(No performance on October 31)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
For more information visit their website
Box Office Success for “All the Way” on Broadway
For anyone who has seen “All the Way” the news that the play is breaking record sales should not be surprising.
“All the Way,” the Tony Award-winning drama starring Bryan Cranston as U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, broke a box office record when it grossed over $1.4 million in a week, more than any new straight play in Broadway history.
The play by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (go here for an interview with Schenkkan about “All the Way”) shattered the record for eight performances during the week ending June 22. He also the playwright for “The Handler” and “By the Waters of Babylon”
“All the Way” was commissioned and premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and then at the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts before opening on Broadway.