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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Play Reading: The Government Inspector, 3/24/12


 

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Nikolai Gogol

Oregon Shakespeare Festival‘s play reading: “The Government Inspector” by Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Oded Gross

Saturday, March 24 at 10:00 am in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Angus Bowmer Theatre
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Tickets: $9; members $8; youths (6–17) $7.

Reading directed by the Phil Killian Fellow in Directing, Nelson T. Eusebio, III

In Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector, 
a simple case of mistaken identity catapults the unemployed Khlestakov 
from desperate straits to new fortune and questionable power. In a new 
adaptation with influences from Monty Python and Brazil, Oded Gross 
styles Gogol’s iconic 19th century satire with a fresh Great Recession 
take.

Gross’s adaptation is being developed for a world premiere 
co-production by The Theatre @ Boston Court and Furious Theatre Company, 
Pasadena, California, to be directed by Stefan Novinski in the Summer 
of 2012.

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March 22nd, 2012

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Hip-Hop Poetry Open Mic at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 4/9/12


April 9 at the Black Swan Theater: the Redant Souljah Crew – DJ Omari, Bed Baden, and I am Low.

Get down like Shakespeare, flip language and be a rhyme master”

In order to explore the intersection of nexthetics (the term for hip-hop and spoken word aesthetics created at 2003 Ford Foundation Future Aesthetics conference) and classical theatre the Oregon Shakespeare Festival brings together expert practitioners and connects with community based performers. We hold educational lectures and workshops, program nexthetics based performers in the Green Show, and sponsor spoken word events.

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March 14th, 2012

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Ellen Reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seagull 2012


Oregon Shakespeare Festival “Seagull” is a thought-provoking, moving play: in all aspects a superb production.

Unlike quite a few of my guests, I almost never pre-read a script or research the play before viewing it. However, in this case, for this play, my interest and enjoyment of this play would have been improved with a little preparation.
For me, more contextual knowledge would have increased my engagement while viewing this play. Read More

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March 13th, 2012

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Ashland Contemporary Theater presents “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf, 3/24/12 & 3/25/12


Ashland Contemporary Theater

Virginia Woolf by Beresford (1902)

Ashland Contemporary Theater presents “A Room of One’s Own” by Virginia Woolf.

Location: Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland

When: Saturday, March 24, 12 at 8pm and Sunday, March 25, 12 at 3pm.

As a fundraiser for the Ashland Contemporary Theater, Artistic Director, Jeannine Grizzard, reprises the one-woman show she has toured throughout the Southeast for seven years.

The play reveals the character and ideas of Virginia Woolf through her 1928 address to the women’s colleges of Cambridge. Her inspirational talk explores the nature of the artist and the conditions required to create genius. (Named fourth most important non-fiction of the 20th Century by Modern Library.)

Advance tickets are $15, and for a $20 donation at the door.  Tickets are on sale at Paddington Station and Grocery Outlet in Medford.  You can make a reservation at 541 646‑2971.

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March 12th, 2012

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Ellen Reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival “White Snake“, 2012


Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The White Snake. Concept and Illustrations by Owen Jones and Partners, Ltd. Photography by Jenny Graham.

White Snake, adapted by Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is a fairytale portrayed with lavish beauty and clever illusion.

An ancient tale with classic messages, enacted beautifully with a blend of puppetry, light, ingenious prop use, acrobatic dance and live music. Both tragic and comedic, the tale will speak to many about loyalty, jealousy and most of all, loving enduring acceptance of others despite their demons.

The run time is shorter than most plays, thus you will be transported into the fairytale with no interruptions, i.e., no intermission!

If it’s not obvious by now, I really liked this performance. My only regret is that White Snake will not be played for the full season. It closes July 8th. Only those who come early in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s season will be rewarded with this delightful performance.

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March 1st, 2012

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SOU Theater: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 3/1 thru 3/11/12


A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Hoping to elope, imperiled lovers Hermia and Lysander flee to the forest of Athens, pursued by Hermia’s jilted fiancé Demetrius and his pining ex-girlfriend Helena. Hi-jinks ensue when the four cross paths with feuding fairy royalty, a mischievous sprite named Puck, and a troupe of overmatched amateur thespians, (mis)led by a vainglorious ass named Bottom.

Director: David McCandless

For more details www.sou.edu/theatre/raccoon.html in Ashland Oregon theater

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February 1st, 2012

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SOU Theater: Raccoon Earns His Stripes, 2/24 thru 3/11/12


Raccoon Earns His Stripes by Brent Florendo

For the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest, winter is the time for stories. Brent Florendo’s highly interactive play brings to the stage the ancient folklore of the Wasco tribe of the Columbia River Basin and Cascade mountains as told to him by his mother, Alice. Raccoon finds that everything in his world is alive and its inhabitants help him learn about their inherent interdependence with humor, song and dance.

Director: Chris Sackett

For more details www.sou.edu/theatre/raccoon.html in Ashland Oregon theater

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January 24th, 2012

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Camelot Theater: All the King’s Men 2/1 thru 2/26/12


All the King’s Men

Camelot Theater

February 1 – 26, 2012 by Robert Penn Warren

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Set in Louisiana in the 1930’s, this powerful play examines the life of opportunist Willie Stark, a character based on Governor Huey Long, one of America’s most extraordinary politicians. The smart and manipulative Willie Stark is elected governor with the support of the lower social classes, tough-talking assistant Sadie Burke, newspaper reporter Jack Burden, Jack’s elegant fiancée Anne and her idealistic brother Dr. Adam Stanton. The play confronts the question, does absolute power corrupt absolutely?

For more information on the Camelot Theater

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January 17th, 2012

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Taking Steps” at SOU Theater


Southern Oregon University Theater – Nov 4–14, 2011
Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn

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October 4th, 2011

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The Scarlet Pimpernel” 11/30 thru 12/31/11 at the Camelot Theater


The Scarlet Pimpernel” Book and lyrics by Nan Knighton, music by Frank Wildhorn, based on the novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy at the Camelot Theatre Nov 3 – Dec 31, 2011.
Celebrate the holiday season with this action/adventure musical about the French Revolution and the battle for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. A love story that is funny as well as inspiring, moving and passionate. At the peak of the French Revolution, a beautiful French actress falls in love with an English lord after a whirlwind courtship. The actress’ former lover, a revolutionary official, is furious. On the night she is to leave for England and marriage, he blackmails her into giving him secret information. When the groom hears of his bride’s responsibility for the deaths of many, he persuades his compatriots to join him in a “private war” against the French regime. They call themselves The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel and work to save as many innocent lives as they can.
For more information: Camelot Theater

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October 4th, 2011

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