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All My Sons Plays at the Camelot Theatre


ALL MY SONS

All My Sons
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Mark Schneider
October 25 – November 12, 2017 Tickets: $18 – $34

All My Sons

All My Sons

Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Play and the Tony for Best Author, the play introduces themes that would preoccupy Miller throughout his career: the relationships between fathers and sons and the conflict between business and personal ethics. Joe Keller and Steve Deever, partners in a machine shop during World War II, turned out defective airplane parts, causing the deaths of many men. Deever was sent to prison while Keller escaped punishment and went back to business, making himself very wealthy in the ensuing years. A love affair between Keller’s son, Chris, and Ann Deever, Steve’s daughter; the bitterness of George Deever, who returns from the war to find his father in prison and his father’s partner free; and the reaction of Chris Keller to his father’s guilt escalate toward a climax of electrifying intensity.

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. We perform in the brand new state-of-the-art James M. Collier Theatre. Here is our Mission Statement:

To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

For more information and tickets go the Camelot Theatre’s website

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Atelier — Free Play Reading “A Sporting Chance” by Ron Rae 9/25/2017


Atelier Does a Free Play Reading
“A Sporting Chance” by Ron Rae

“A Sporting Chance” by Ron Rae Just your everyday slice of life in a Los Angeles bar.

Just a reminder for this Monday evening September 25, 2017. Come out into our beautiful smokeless town and join us this Monday, the 25th, 6:30pm for Ron Rae’s play at the Ashland Library’s Gresham Room.
As always admission and food is always free.

“A Sporting Chance” by Ron Rae
CAST
Will Churchill
Larkin Hastings
Sunny Anderson
Joe Suste
Britney Hreha
Kevin Rae
Tim Kelly

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Baskerville Plays at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre


Baskerville, a Sherlock Holmes Mystery Comedy

Baskerville

Baskerville

September 14 – November 5, 2017

From the highly acclaimed American playwright, Ken Ludwig (known for “Lend Me a Tenor”), comes a rapid-fire comedy spoof of Sir Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth and his most notorious case. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson break wide open the mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles before a yet another heir to the family is afflicted by the curse. Enjoy our intrepid investigators while they follow the complex web of clues, disguises, and deceit. 5 actors in total, 3 of which play 43 different characters.

About the Show Baskerville

This new comedy, premiered at the Arena (Washington D.C.) in January 2015 has been well received! Here are some reviews:

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is pure theatrical delight from start to finish. The comedy-mystery from the award-winning playwright provides nonstop action, laughs and thrills on every level.
San Diego Jewish World

Baskerville is a joy. It’s hilarious and ridiculous and incredibly well done.”
Baker Street Babes

For more information and tickets, please go the Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s website.

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Fantasticks at the Camelot Theatre


The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks
Written by Tom Jones
Music & Lyrics by Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones
Directed by Brianna Gowland
September 6 – 24, 2017, Tickets: $18 – $36

Fantasticks

The Fantasticks

A musical loosely based on the play The Romancers by Edmond Rostand, the show’s original off-Broadway production ran a total of 42 years, making it the world’s longest-running musical. It’s a captivating and simple romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. The audience uses its imagination to follow El Gallo as he creates a world of moonlight and magic, and then pain and disillusionment, until the boy and girl find their way back to one other. Matt and Luisa fall in love when their fathers build a wall and pretend to feud. But once the parents put an end to the feud and allow the children to be together, Luisa and Matt decide to go their own ways to seek out their fortunes. In the end, after learning many valuable lessons, they come together to start a newer, more mature love. The score, which includes “Try To Remember”, “They Were You” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain”, is as timeless as the story itself.

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. We perform in the brand new state-of-the-art James M. Collier Theatre. Here is our Mission Statement:

To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

For more information and to purchase tickets to this performance at the Camelot Theatre go to their website.

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Reading of “Bella Donna” a New Play by David Copelin


Free New Play Reading Produced by Atelier: Bella Donna

The July/August heatwave seems to be ending (we hope!), so enjoy the cooler weather, and join us on Monday August 28, 2017, 6:30pm for David Copelin’s newest play “Bella Donna” at the Ashland Library in the Gresham Room. This one is a winner!

Bella Donna Premise

According to popular opinion, Lucrezia Borgia was the most vicious woman of the Italian Renaissance. The tales about her are lurid, salacious, and make for great juicy gossip. But what if none of those tales is true?  This dark comedy offers a different vision

Cast
Eileen DeSandre (sometimes OSF actor and more importantly my Scrabble playing friend!), Amy Fox, Russell Lloyd, Cynthia Rogan, Tavis Williams, and Mig Windows

Details
Location: Ashland Library
Date: August 28, 2017
Time: 6:30

As always, admission and food are free.

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The Foreigner at the Camelot Theatre


The Foreigner

April 26 – May 21, 2017
The Foreigner
Starring Shirley Patton
Directed by Joanna Goff
Tickets: $18 – $34

The Foreigner

The Foreigner

Local Rogue Valley theatre legend Shirley Patton will once again grace the Camelot stage starring in The Foreigner. The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer. This time Froggy has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. Froggy must leave, so in an attempt to help his shy friend, he tells Betty (Patton), the owner of the lodge that Charlie is a foreigner that neither speaks nor understands English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should – the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate. What he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. We perform in the brand new state-of-the-art James M. Collier Theatre. Here is our Mission Statement:

To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

For more information and to purchase tickets to this performance at the Camelot Theatre go to their website.

 

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Calendar Girls at the Camelot Theatre


“Calendar Girls”

At the Camelot Theater ‘Calendar Girls’ —  February 8 – 26, 2017

Written by Tim Firth
Directed by Gwen Overland

Tickets: $18 – $34

Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls, play, based on the screenplay of the same name, is actually based on a true story in the small town of Knapely, Yorkshire, England. A member of the local Women’s Institute, Annie Clarke recently lost her husband to cancer. She was inspired by her husband’s speech to the local Women’s Institute, in which he said, “the flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire”, and “the last phase of the women of Yorkshire is always the most glorious.” Annie’s best friend Chris Harper decides to make a calendar with twelve local nude middle-age women to raise funds for the wing of leukemia treatment in the local hospital. The calendar becomes wildly and globally successful — with some unintended consequences.

About Camelot Theatre

Camelot Theatre Company is located in Talent, Oregon in the beautiful Rogue Valley, just a few miles north of Ashland. In just a few minutes drive from excellent lodging in Ashland OR, the Chanticleer Inn B&B.

The Camelot has a wonderful new state-of-the-art building, the James M. Collier Theatre. Here is the Mission Statement:

To be of service to the Rogue Valley, Oregon, by producing high-quality affordable plays, musicals and musical events while providing a supportive environment for professional and amateur theatre artists and technicians and inspiring and training adults, teens and children in the theatre arts.

You can read a short history of the theatre company if you click here.

For more information and to purchase tickets to this performance at the Camelot Theatre go to their website.

 

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Noises Off at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre


Oregon Cabaret Theatre: Noises Off

Noises Off

Oregon Cabaret Theatre Presents: “Noises Off”

February 9 – April 9, 2017

Critic Frank Rich claimed:
Noises Off is, was, and probably always will be
the funniest play written in my lifetime.”

A classic door-slamming backstage comedy Noises Off reveals behind the scenes of the mounting of a new farce, Nothing On. It’s a story told in three acts with a rotating set, providing us looks both onstage and off as the ill-fated new farce careens from catastrophic dress rehearsals to historically hilarious failures during its run.

The idea for the farce came when playwright Michael Frayn was standing in the wings watching a performance of The Two of Us, a farce that he had written for Lynn Redgrave. Frayn noticed the show was funnier from backstage than from the audience’s perspective. This inspired him to write a farce from behind the scenes.

For more information and tickets go to Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s website.

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What August Wilson Means Now


New York Times Critics on August Wilson

What August Wilson Mean Now” a New York Times article, critics Ben Brantley and Wesley Morris talk about August Wilson’s use of language and representation. This article is well worth the read.

Because of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Wilson’s plays, I have been introduce to, and have come to love, August Wilson. I wish OSF would do his entire canon. It’s my personal goal to see all 10 plays that chronicle African-American lives in the Hill District of Pittsburgh — one play for each decade of the 20th century.

This 2017 season, OSF will produce Unison. With Wilson’s poetry, UNIVERSES, uses multimedia, poetry, dance, and music to weave a mythically current story of a dying poet. This poet leaves a box to apprentice with instructions to destroy it. Like Pandora of old, the apprentice opens the box; and releases the terrors that tormented his master.
OSF says: “This world premiere fuses poetry, theatre, dance, and music to explore the reconstruction of collective memory, bringing Wilson’s words to a new century and a new generation“.
I venture to guess that the powerful language he employs in his plays will also be present in his poetry.

Portrait of August Wilson

August Wilson

 

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Ashland New Plays Festival Reads Edward III


Edward III, a New Play Reading

In March 2017, Ashland New Plays Festival, partnering with OSF, will produce a new play reading of Shakespeare’s Edward III. The play’s language will not be in King James’ English, but will instead be translated to modern English. As part of their “Play On!” project, OSF commissioned the renowned playwright Octavio Solis to translate Shakespeare’s Edward III play. This play will be one of the first to be presented among the 39 plays in OSF’s project.

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Location: SOU Music Recital Hall
Time: 8:00pm

Octavio Solis, Playwright and Translator of Edward III

Octavio Solis, Playwright and Translator of Edward III

About the Ashland New Plays Festival

For a number of years, I have attended the Ashland New Plays Festival. Of late, I have increasingly been impressed with the quality of work from Ashland New Plays Festival. With their new Artistic Director Kyle Haden, they have expanded from just a 5-day new play reading festival in October to much more. Starting in the Spring of 2017 there will be a number of events, including the reading of a new play Edward III. 

Ashland New Plays Festival’s mission is to assist playwrights in the development of new works through public readings and offers an educational forum to the community through discussions and workshops. Many of the new plays selected go on to being produced by notable regional theaters, such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Last fall, Kyle Haden was interviewed by the Daily Tidings, go here for the article.

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