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“The Occupant” at Ashland’s Bellview Grange

“The Occupant” will be coming to Ashland’s Bellview Grange

“The Occupant” Comes to Theatre Convivio, Starring Rogue Valley Legend Brandy Carson

Theatre Convivio, a small but mighty Ashland-based theatre company, is planning a staged reading of Edward Albee’s 2001 play, “The Occupant,” based on the life of famous American sculptor and “living work of art” Louise Nevelson.

During her life, Nevelson was famous for her striking 3-D, monochromatic sculptures, often made out of found materials and discarded furniture. She passed away in 1988 of poor health, leaving behind a large legacy of original artwork that had been featured at exhibits all over the world. Legend has it that due to her fame and prominence in the art world, Nevelson requested her name be removed from the door of her hospital room, replaced with the word “Occupant” to avoid unwanted visitors.

Albee’s play imagines an interview between a deceased

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Ashland New Plays Festival opens its 2018 season March 25th

Production photo from The Luckiest People world premiere at Curious Theatre Company, photo by Michael Ensminger

Production photo from The Luckiest People world premiere at Curious Theatre Company, photo by Michael Ensminger

Ashland New Plays Festival will open its 2018 season by staging a dramatic reading of a family drama, Your Best One, on Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Oregon University’s Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available now at www.ashlandnewplays.org.

The play by Meridith Friedman will feature actors Rex Young, James Edmondson, Paul Michael Garcia and Kate Berry. The four are well-known to Ashland audiences and previously appeared in Friedman’s play The Luckiest People at ANPF’s 2015 Fall Festival. They will reprise their original roles and Paul Mason Barnes will direct. “I love, love, love Ashland,” said Friedman, who lives in Los Angeles and writes for television. “ANPF has terrific, smart, insightful patrons, and I’m looking forward to finding out their feedback on the play.”

Your Best One and Friedman’s 2015

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Ashland New Plays Festival announces 2018 season

The Luckiest People cast at ANPF 2015, ANPF archives

Celebrating Past Winners and Welcoming the New: Ashland New Plays Festival announces its 2018 season

Ashland New Plays Festival is pleased to announce its 27th season of staged play readings showcasing new theatrical works, along with a program of talks with theater professionals.

ANPF’s flagship annual Fall Festival Oct. 17-21 will unveil four new plays in staged readings by casts of professional actors. The plays will be selected from 400 entries currently being read by local volunteer readers, with the final decisions to be made in June by ANPF artistic director Kyle Haden. They will be performed at Ashland’s Unitarian Center.

In carrying out its mission to support new works for the stage, ANPF is “working to develop underrepresented voices in theater, including women and playwrights of color,” said Haden. The 2018 season opens Sunday, March 25, with a staged reading of Meridith Friedman’s Your

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Contemporary Translation of Edward III by Ashland New Plays Festival

Understanding Shakespeare through a Modern Verse Translation:

A contemporary playwright translates Edward III for today’s audiences, to be performed as a dramatic reading March 27 in Ashland, Oregon

By Kara Q Lewis

Afternoon light filters over the laptop of playwright Octavio Solis, who focuses on the screen, puzzling out ways to decipher a difficult verse from William Shakespeare’s play Edward III. After getting sick two weeks earlier, Solis began working from bed. His wife teases him about not using his brand new writing studio. He works intensely and relentlessly: “I get obsessive about it,” he says, “I work on it ‘til 1 or 2 in the morning and then it’s the first thing I do when I wake up.” He continues:

“I’ve enjoyed every second of it. It taps into the part of my brain that likes puzzles. I’m decoding something really intricate and

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NOW THIS, a Play by Scott Kaiser

ANPF to Present NOW THIS, a Play by Scott Kaiser

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ANPF to Present NOW THIS, a Play by Scott Kaiser

Ashland, Ore. — Ashland New Plays Festival (ANPF) will present a dramatic reading of Scott Kaiser’s play NOW THIS on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street in Ashland.

Kaiser, the Director of Company Development now in his 26th season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), will join a cast of 14 superb actors in this story about the tragic consequences of American consumerism.

Featured with Kaiser will be ANPF artistic director Kyle Haden and a number of actors playing this season at OSF, including Daniel Duque-Estrada, Armando McClain, Dylan Paul, Jamie Ann Romero and Triney Sandoval among the talented cast. Sara Becker will direct.

NOW THIS was developed by Kaiser at OSF’s Black Swan

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February Events from Columbia Center for the Arts

Will you be in Hood River this month? Be sure to reserve some time for these February art events from our neighbors up North!

Still Life: A Moment in Time Feb. 7th – Mar. 2nd This month’s gallery show, Still Life: A Moment in Time, celebrates the rich history of still life painting through contemporary artwork.Learn More…

 

The Nook Gallery presents: Sue Krigsberg Feb. 7th – Mar. 2nd This month’s Nook Gallery artist is acrylic artists, Sue Krigsberg. Learn More…

 

School’s Out-Art’s In Exploring Glass Art Wednesdays & Fridays in February Kids explore glass etching, pointillism, cutting glass, and frit painting in a fun and lively atmosphere. Learn More… 

Sense of Place Lecture Series presents: Randy Kiyokawa Feb. 5th Randy Kiyokawa, One Family of Farmers’ Struggles to succeed in the Hood River Valley.

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CAST Theatre production of: ‘ART’ Feb. 13th-15th,

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The Legend of Old Befana

Bryan Ibach and Corrie Gant, onstage during a performance of "The Legend of Old Befana" t the Sawdust Theatre in Coquille, Oregon

Classic folklore meets contemporary storytelling in “The Legend of Old Befana,” a traditional Italian story come to life in a musical celebration of the holidays.

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RCC students performing updated “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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Theater art students at Rogue Community College will present a version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that has been adapted to modern-day language. Performances are scheduled 3-4:15 p.m. June 6 and 11 in the Rogue Auditorium, RCC Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Hwy.

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