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“The Occupant” at 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 Nevelson and an unnamed interviewer, exploring her early life as the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, her failed marriage, and her eventual career and death. Reality and illusion intermingle, leaving the audience to question what is real and what is a false recollection. 

This staged reading will star longtime Ashland actress Brandy Carson as Nevelson. Carson has a long history of film and theatre experience, and has appeared at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Camelot Theatre, and countless other venues over the years. The reading will be directed by Brady Rubin (who directed Convivio’s production of “A Doll House” in 2016 and will direct their upcoming production of “An Inspector Calls.”) Rubin specifically chose Carson for the role of Nevelson, believing that she has a voice that will truly capture the spirit of this vivacious, inspirational, and talented woman. Theatre Convivio’s Artistic Director, Richard Heller, will be playing the role of the interviewer and is producing. 

 “The Occupant” will be coming to Ashland’s Bellview Grange (1050 Siskiyou Boulevard) on March 12th and 13th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or on Theatre Convivio’s website at

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