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Bill Rauch on the Staging of “All the Way” and “Great Society”


Austin Chronicle Interviews Bill Rauch

Bill Rauch, Artistic Director, of Oregon Shakespeare Festival talks about the staging of both “All the Way” and “Great Society” with Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle.  For the article go here.

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.

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Cultural Weekly Interviews Bill Rauch


Bill Rauch interviewed by “Cultural Weekly”

Interested in the direction Bill Rauch see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival going?  What plays might be in the future? Then, Culture Weekly’s interview might be a good start.

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“Backwards In High Heels” Oregon Cabaret Theatre Sept – Nov


Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents “Backwards In High Heels” Sept – Nov

Backwards in High Heels

Backwards in High Heels

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

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“All the Way” Record Breaking Sales on Broadway


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.

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Festival Noons: Oregon Shakespeare Festival


Festival Noons Provides More In-depth Insights

Festival Noons

Actors talking about Pirates of Penzance

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).

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The Happiest Song Plays Last — the final play for the 2015 Season


Happiest Song Plays Last

Happiest Song Plays Last

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.

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Kate Vogt and Picasso


Kate Vogt Introduces Fellow Actor Picasso

Oregon Shakespeare Festival has been creating a series of small ‘behind the scenes’ videos, this one about the Dog of Verona, Crab struck my fancy and my funny bone.

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.

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Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, June – Aug ’14


Ain’t Misbehavin’ June 6 – August 31

Ain't Misbehavin'

Ain’t Misbehavin’

In Ain’t Misbehavin’, the soul of 1930s Harlem is captured in this finger-snapping and toe tapping revue. Thomas “Fats” Waller was an iconic musical force, known for his exuberant personality, energetic stride-piano playing, infectious humor and jumping beat.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes his good-time joie-de-vivre as a versatile cast sings, dances and carries on to the songs he made famous: Jitterbug Waltz, This Joint Is Jumpin’, Your Feets Too Big, Spreadin’ Rhythm Around, Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now, Honeysuckle Rose and, of course, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Sassy, silly, sultry and with moments of devastating beauty.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, talented and snazzy-jazzy entertainment.  One of Ashland’s performing arts venues that have shows on Monday nights!
June 6 – August 31
Previews June 4 & 5
Performances Wednesday – Monday @ 8:00
(no show July 4)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
For more information visit Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s website

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Swami Beyondananda, April 26


Swami Beyondananda and Beyond: A Two-Man One-Man Show Comedian

Swami Beyondananda

Swami Beyondananda

St. Claire Eclectic Music Concert Series presents Swami Beyondananda

Wake up laughing, laughing awakens what’s holy. Holy moly what’s so funny about that?  Everything!

Saturday, April 26, 2014 • 8pm
Tickets: $20/advance, $22/door, $10/teens 12-17,
children under 12 are free with paying adult.
Unitarian Fellowship, 4th and C Streets, Ashland

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Oregon Cabaret Theater, the Marvelous Wonderettes April – May


More of the “Marvelous Wonderettes” at Oregon Cabaret Theater

Marvelous Wonderettes

Marvelous Wonderettes at the Oregon Cabaret Theater

It is graduation time 1958 at Springfield High in this all new chapter from the Marevelous Wonderettes series.

Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy reminisce over their final year in high school and look ahead toward their bright futures. In Act Two fast forwards ahead to 1968, where the girls are bridesmaids celebrating Missy’s marriage to Mr. Lee.

The girls really rock out with dozens of classic tunes: Dedicated To The One I Love, Sealed With A Kiss, Dancin’ In The Street, The Look of Love, You Keep Me Hangin’ On, and River Deep, Mountain High.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre hits the spot if you’re looking for fun, light and campy entertainment.  One of the few performing arts venues that have shows on Monday!
April 11- May 25
Previews April 9 & 10
Performances Thursday – Monday @ 8:00
(No evening performance May 11)
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
(No matinee performance April 20)
For more information visit their website

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