Festival Week Is Here!
The winning playwrights are in the house!
The staged readings of the winning plays start Wednesday, October 22, and feature both a matinée and an evening performance of each play through Sunday, October 26, at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street in Ashland.
- Homecoming by Michael Edan, directed by Barzin Akhavan
Wednesday, October 22, 8 p.m. • Thursday, October 23, 2 p.m.
- Irreversible by Jack Karp, directed by Catherine Lynn Davis
Thursday, October 23, 8 p.m. • Saturday, October 25, 2 p.m.
- The Groyser by James Harmon Brown, directed by Kenneth Albers
Friday, October 24, 2 p.m. • Saturday, October 25, 8 p.m.
- A Little Quid Pro Quo by Bob Clyman, directed by John Stadelman
Friday, October 24, 8 p.m. • Sunday, October 26, 2 p.m.
The winning playwrights have traveled to beautiful Ashland, Oregon, to workshop their plays and see their scripts taken from the page to the stage, featuring professional actors and directors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community.
We are thrilled with the stellar talent whom Artistic Director Douglas Rowe and our four directors have lined up to grace our stage: Barzin Akhavan, Kenneth Albers, Christine Albright, Catherine E. Coulson, Catherine Lynn Davis, Tony DeBruno, Al Espinosa, Mauro Hantman, Olena Hodges, Caitlin Lushington, Dee Maaske, Holly Weber Neimark, John Pribyl, Geoffrey Riley, Monique Robinson, Douglas Rowe, Mickey Rowe, Vilma Silva, John Stadelman, Jeremy Thompson, U. Jonathan Toppo, Rachael Warren, Peter Wickliffe, and David Wood.
ANPF 2014 also includes the playwriting workshop “All Our Yesterdays” led by ANPF 2008 winner and returning host playwright EM Lewis, on Saturday morning, October 25, at the OLLI space, Room E, 655 Frances Lane in Ashland.
Tickets to the readings are available online, at the door, and through October 21 at Paddington Station (cash or check only at the door and Paddington). Read the bios of the playwrights, synopses of the plays, and cast lists.
Homecoming is underwritten by Teresa and Ted Rihn. Irreversible is underwritten by Lucretia Weems. The Groyser is underwritten by Jane and Bill Bardin. A Little Quid Pro Quo is underwritten by Norma and Fred Wright.
Douglas Rowe returns this year to show a surprising new side of an old friend when he reads Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Tom Mula on Thursday, December 4, at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland and on Monday, December 15, at Camelot Theatre in Talent. Buy tickets.
This headlong, hilarious romp through the gritty side of Victorian Christmases is a tale of redemption and remorse, the fear of loss and the joy of love, and the way we can find our own salvation in our care of others. Whether your introduction to Scrooge was from the book, the black-and-white movie with Alastair Sim, or the musical madness of Michael Caine and the Muppets, everyone is familiar with the story. But Marley is, after all, the first person mentioned in Dickens’s classic tale: “Marley was dead, to begin with.” When he finds himself in a very unsatisfactory afterlife, Marley seeks his own redemption by taking on the monumental task of redeeming that “squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, covetous old sinner” Ebenezer Scrooge. His adventures form the basis of this delightful reading by a veteran actor of stage and screen. Tickets for both performances are $15 and are on sale now.
Theatre Talk Interview Series
ANPF Theatre Talk is a series of conversations between host John Rose and prominent local actors and theatre professionals. Inspired by James Lipton’s television series Inside the Actors Studio, it focuses on the ways their lives merge with their process, skill, and inspiration to create art. The series gives audiences a unique glimpse into the art, craft, and nature of theatre and the lives of these dynamic, hardworking artists.
View photos and videos of past Theatre Talk interviews with Dan Donohue, Robynn Rodriguez, Kimberly Scott, and Al Espinosa. Check out the full-length videos of Theatre Talk interviews with Oregon Shakespeare Festival dramaturg Lue Douthit and OSF actors John Tufts, Nell Geisslinger, and Mark Bedard on our YouTube channel.