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 “theatre 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 theatre, 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 theatre 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 Ameila 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 theatre 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 p.m. and will be 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
Discount Passes to all four talks are $32 and will go on sale through our website beginning April 18. ANPF members and readers will receive early access to sales. Tickets for individual conversations are $10 and are sold at the door with cash or check only, subject to availability.