Theatre Talk 2019 Illuminates the Art of Theater
We had a wonderful 2019 ANPF Theatre Talk summer salon series. Our guests shared engaging stories about life, art, inspiration and topics in between. Thank you to Jessica Ko, Octavio Solis, Amy Kim Waschke, and Erica Sullivan for making our 8th Theatre Talk season so enjoyable and memorable!
We’ll be returning in 2020 for another Theatre Talk line-up. Stay tuned! Our guest list and advance Discount Passes are usually announced and released in the spring.
All talks begin at 7:30 pm and will be held at OSF’s Carpenter Hall, 44 S Pioneer Street, in Ashland. Tickets are $10 at the door (cash or check) or you can save when you buy online and bundle the talks. The Discount Passes include all four talks for $32.
Theatre Talk focuses on the ways guests’ lives merge with their process, skill and inspiration to create art, giving audiences insight and understanding into their work. Come find out how a simple conversation can illuminate and enhance your appreciation of theater!
A message from Theatre Talk host John Rose:
We’re very excited that in this, the eighth year of Ashland New Plays Festival’s Theatre Talk, we’ll be in the heart of Ashland’s “theater district” at Carpenter Hall for the first time, presenting as formidable a group of guests as we’ve ever had. I’m particularly looking forward to the rare opportunity to talk with a playwright about the complete creative process of theater, from the beginnings of a story, to words on the page, and culminating in a fully-formed stage production.
That playwright is Octavio Solis, one of the most important and original voices in American theater today. His Mother Road is currently having its world premiere here at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and we’re greatly looking forward to discussing not only the origin and genesis of this work, but discovering the intentions of the playwright and the personal significance and meaning of the themes he explores within it.
Further, we’ll be discussing the acting process of character development, performance and storytelling as practiced by three of the most talented actors ever to grace OSF’s stages:
Jessica Ko is a relative newcomer to OSF, but in two seasons she has delivered a tour de force of multiple characters in both 2017’s Hannah and the Dread Gazebo and last year’s Henry V, as well as the lead role of Dou Yi in the extraordinary Snow in Midsummer. This year she is starring as Rosalind in Rosa Joshi’s production of As You Like It.
In her four seasons at OSF, Amy Kim Waschke has demonstrated an exceptional artistic range as an actor, from roles such as Emilia in Othello and Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, to Huang and Thu in Vietgone and the title role in Mary Zimmerman’s White Snake. This year she promises to astonish us once again as Lady M in the Scottish Play.
No less formidable is the range of our fourth guest, Erica Sullivan, who in her four seasons in Ashland has assayed roles as widely diverse as Rosalind in As You Like It, Maud Lilly in Fingersmith, Mavis in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, and Julia in the all-female The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This year she returns to As You Like It in the pivotal role of Jaques. She is also featured in several of ANPF’s Play4Keeps audio recordings, including Butterflies and Margarine, In Ways Both Frivolous and Deep, The Worst Mother in the World, and the forthcoming The Exceptionals.
I am thrilled this season to be speaking with such an enormously talented group of theater artists. I hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a fascinating and riveting series of conversations.
All Theatre Talk conversations begin at 7:30 pm and are held at Carpenter Hall, 44 S Pioneer Street, in Ashland. The series runs June through September:
- Jessica Ko on Monday, June 3
- Octavio Solis on Monday, July 8
- Amy Kim Waschke on Monday, August 12
- Erica Sullivan on Monday, September 23