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.
Festival Noons Provides More In-depth Insights
From June 17 through August 31, Oregon Shakespeare Festival offers Festival Noons. Learn more about the plays, about the people who create, direct, act at the Festival.
- Wednesdays and Fridays, lectures by visiting scholars, directors, actors, technicians etc.
- Thursdays, Preface Plus provides an in-depth analysis of one of the plays.
- Saturdays, workshops, forums or lecture/demonstrations.
- Tuesdays and Saturdays, Free Park Talks.
For more details on each day, and for the Festival Noons schedule: June and July schedule. August’s schedule will be coming soon, same webpage!
Tickets are available online or at the Box Office.
Prices are $12 for adults, $10 for members, $8 for youth (ages 6-17).
The Happiest Song Plays Last is the Final Show Announced for the 2015 Season
Bill Rauch, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s artistic director, announced on June 12th that The Happiest Song Plays Last, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes will open in the Thomas Theatre in early July 2015. Shishir Kurup will be directing. Kurup is directing the this year’s production of Water by the Spoonful, which is the second play in the Elliot Trilogy by Hudes.
Rauch had announced 10 of the 2015 season plays in early March 2014. At that time he was still searching for the ‘right’ play to round off the third show to open in the Thomas Theater. The Happiest Song Plays Last will begin previews July 7 and run through November 1.
Kate Vogt Introduces Fellow Actor Picasso
In this video, Kate Vogt and Picasso talk about performing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the role of Crab done by Picasso and their relationship. O.K., O.K. … Kate does the talking and Picasso does the drooling. Picasso is the only male performer in the play.