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ANPF Night at Camelot features Richard Manley’s A Question of Words

ANPF 2012 and 2013 winning playwright Richard Manley. Photo by Elizabeth von Radics.

ANPF 2012 and 2013 winning playwright Richard Manley. Photo by Elizabeth von Radics.

Join ANPF and Camelot Theatre in welcoming back to the Rogue Valley ANPF winning playwright Richard Manley. A Question of Words, billed as “a ‘literate’ romantic comedy,” debuted at ANPF 2013 as a reading and is having its world-premiere full production as Camelot Theatre’s first offering in 2015.

Saturday, February 7, starting at 8 p.m. is ANPF Night at Camelot. The fully staged production, starring Barbara Henson and Roy Von Rains Jr., will be followed by a brief talkback with the New York–based playwright, moderated by ANPF Theatre Talk host John Rose, and a wine reception in the theatre lobby hosted by ANPF.

Read an exclusive interview with Manley

In A Question of Words, poet Derby Wright, ending years of self-exile after the death of his wife, quietly accepts a house-sitting invitation for a Manhattan co-op. Wanting to slip back into society at his own pace, Derby is repeatedly thwarted by an inquisitive neighbor, her pushy mother, snobby members of the co-op board, and a lawyer determined to have him thrown out for his murky past. His hopes for privacy fail miserably, but one romantic exception forces the overly intellectual Derby to recognize that, when it comes to understanding happiness, real life is very much a question of words.

A Question of Words, directed by Livia Genise, runs February 4 through March 1 at Camelot Theatre. For tickets and more information visit www.camelottheatre.org.


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The Search Is On for a New Artistic Director

After five seasons, ANPF’s intrepid artistic director, Douglas Rowe, has retired with our deepest appreciation and thanks. We are currently seeking an artistic director for ANPF 2015. The AD position is part-time, runs May through October, includes monthly meetings, and pays a modest stipend.

The AD leads the collaborative process to select four winning plays from hundreds of scripts submitted for presentation as dramatic readings during our one-week flagship festival. The AD recruits a director for each winning play and collaborates with the four directors to cast the roles, facilitates playwright/director communication, and oversees rehearsals and performances. The AD also advises the ANPF Board of Directors about fundraising events, acts as a spokesperson for the organization, assists in promoting Festival Week, coordinates communication with the Artistic Board, and serves as a liaison between ANPF and the greater theater community.

The ideal candidate is creative, collegial, collaborative, visionary, and well connected in the professional theater community in Ashland and the region. He or she must be an excellent communicator who is well versed in the theater arts and has a deep appreciation for playwrights and the creative process that produces new plays for the stage.

Interested candidates should contact James Pagliasotti for a confidential interview.


ANPF 2014's creative team: artistic director Douglas Rowe, playwrights Bob Clyman and James Harmon Brown, host playwright EM Lewis, and playwrights Jack Karp and Michael Edan. Photo by Elizabeth von Radics.

ANPF 2014 artistic director Douglas Rowe, playwrights Bob Clyman and James Harmon Brown, host playwright EM Lewis, and playwrights Jack Karp and Michael Edan. Photo by Elizabeth von Radics.

The Curtain Has Closed on ANPF 2014

ANPF 2014 was a smashing success. Read the testimonials of the winning playwrights. The staged readings of the winning plays ran October 22 to 26 and featured both matinée and evening performances.

The playwrights 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. Playwright bios and play synopses


TheatreTalkTheatre 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 DonohueRobynn 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.