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.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ June 6 – August 31
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
Swami Beyondananda and Beyond: A Two-Man One-Man Show Comedian
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
More of the “Marvelous Wonderettes” at 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
The Tempest, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
I really liked the Tempest. Like many Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s patrons, having seen the play a number of times, I was not sure how well I would like this version. After seeing the Tempest, I liked it much more than I thought I would, and I’m glad OSF is doing it.
The staging and production was inventive and expressive without getting in the way of the storytelling. The Tempest has a strong cast and it was well directed.
It will please many people; and interestingly enough it will satisfy both ‘camps’. Those who insist Shakespeare plays must be done ‘traditionally’ [read: in “men in tights” ala Sir Laurence Olivier] and those who like a modern spare production. The setting is on a magical island and on that island many strange and mystifying things happen and logically those stranded on it for years have lost their ‘traditional’ Elizabethan garb. But the newly arrived shipwrecked characters are in fancy noblemen clothes.
But I think most will very much admire the way the entire production is pulled together. The beautiful buto dancers who silently move through the story, making things happen, assisting Ariel fly, etc. The love scenes are charming, and the comedy is not over-the-top silly.
The Tempest is in the Bowmer, and will run throughout the season.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre “Double Trouble”
Set in Hollywood in the early 1940s, the show features Jimmy & Bobby Martin, a pair of song-writing brothers summoned to a major movie studio and given the golden opportunity to write a song for the movies…on the double. Their efforts are interrupted by wacky characters including the boorish studio boss, an ancient sound engineer, an effete director, a sleazy agent and a buxom, scheming screen siren – all played by the same two singing, dancing, piano-playing actors in a rambunctious musical tour-de-farce written by Bob and Jim Walton.
The Oregon Cabaret Theatre is a favorite musical venue for both visitors and locals alike. If you’re in the mood for a tuneful campy romp, go to the Cabaret for dining and entertainment. Open on Monday nights.
February 7 – March 30
Previews February 5 & 6
Performances Thursday – Sunday @ 8:00
Sunday Brunch matinees @ 1:00
Oregon Shakespeare Festival opening night is nearly upon us!
Already? YES, indeed! Attend any and all of the 2014 opening Shakespeare Festival plays and celebrate Valentine’s Day with drama, music and wit.
Friday, February 14th, the Tempest Directed by Tony Taccone, Prospero played by Denis Arndt.
February 15th, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window Directed by Juliette Carrillo, written by Lorraine Hansberry (her ‘other’ more well known play is Raisin in the Sun)
February 16th opens the much awaited Marx Brother’s adaptation of The Cocoanuts Directed by David Ivers, Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, Book by Georges S. Kaufman and adapted by OSF’s very own Mark Bedard.
Radio Golf, by August Wilson
To support Penumbra Theatre Company, OSF is producing a play reading of “Radio Golf”. The reading is directed by Penumbra’s artistic director Lou Bellamy. Bellamy recently joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the 2013 season, and directed August Wilson’s Two Trains Running.
Penumbra was founded by Lou Bellamy in 1976, it is one of the nation’s largest and most significant African-American theater companies.
June 24, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Bowmer
by Pierre Corneille, adapted by Tony Kushner at the Center Square Theatre
Award winning playwright Tony Kushner creates “The Illusion” lush layers of illusion in this tale of a father seeking the help of a magician in his search for his long-banished son. Based loosely on L’Illusion Comique written by Pierre Corneille in 1636, the play is filled with conjured visions, unlikely transformations and unexpected twists of time and fate.
For performance days and more details go to SOU theater department