Shakespeare Festival Announces 2013 'Revolutions' Theater Projects
Artists chosen to develop new works include Akhtar, Greenidge, Karam, Loomer, Zacarías
Of The Skanner News
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival continues to expand its ongoing commitment to the development and production of new work with five new commissions for the 'American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle.' Read the complete article
Race, Class and Music: Portland Center Stage’s ‘Black Pearl Sings!’
'To hear the audience sing a song from the Underground Railroad, or the auction block song, or the Kumbaya song, and to have them know where these songs came from, I think that’s quite moving'
Lisa Loving Of The Skanner News
Stunning Portland theatre fans with her incredible voice and talent, Chicago-born actress Chavez Ravine stars with Lena Kaminsky in “Black Pearl Sings!” The play by Frank Higgins tells the story of a 1930s music scholar who strikes up a relationship with an incarcerated singer, Pearl, to mine her family history. The show is a musical tour de force for Ravine, who is performing with PCS for the first time. Read the complete article
Parents Cheer Autism-Friendly 'Mary Poppins'
Calming corners and other unique theatre adaptations help kids access performance on Broadway
Mark Kennedy AP Drama Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- The afternoon performance of "Mary Poppins" was marked by loud yips, shouts and moans - and that was just fine. Read the complete article
PassinArt theater company "Bourbon at the Border" by Pearl Cleage
Lives forever changed when they became Freedom Riders during the civil rights era
The play, by the award-winning Atlanta-based writer Pearl Cleage offers an intimate story of an African-American couple whose lives were forever changed after they became Freedom Riders, during the civil rights era.
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Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare
Who legislates morality?
Oregon Shakespare Festival, Ashland, Oregon
Flavored with live music by the mariachi band Las Colibri, Rauch's vigorous, modern production of Shakespeare’s tragicomedy reveals what can happen when sex, religion and politics collide.
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The African Company Present Richard III, by Carle Brown
Oregon Shakespare Festival
In 1820s Manhattan, a homegrown company of free black actors, passionate about creating art out of their own experience, draws packed houses of blacks—and whites. Performing jobs of servitude by day, they rehearse Richard III at night. But when they dare to open at the same time as New York’s premiere theatre opens its own Richard III, there is no room for competition. Read the complete article
Morgan Freeman to Star in Play Reading on Broadway
Event gives early look at drama about California statute banning gay marriage
NEW YORK (AP) -- Anthony Edwards, Morgan Freeman, Cheyenne Jackson, Christine Lahti, Rob Reiner, Yeardley Smith and Marisa Tomei will appear in a one-night-only reading on Broadway of a play about Proposition 8. Read the complete article
Nelson Mandela Opera Comes to Johannesburg
Range of musical styles in "Mandela Trilogy" reflects South Africa's mix of cultures
DONNA BRYSON Associated Press
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A sexy dose of jazz and the refined strains of Western opera and traditional Xhosa song drive a new opera about South Africa's former president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela. Read the complete article
Seattle’s GreenStage Brings the Bard to City Parks
Shakespeare's “Antony and Cleopatra” performed through mid-August
It was one of the most famed and fated romances ever. A battle-scarred veteran and a reigning queen torn between their duty to their peoples and their passion for one another. At least that’s how Shakespeare saw it, in his play “Antony and Cleopatra.” Read the complete article
Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Summer Season Opens
Plays include Love's Labor's Lost, Pirates of Penzance, Richard III, Measure for Measure
The Skanner Staff
Trish Bradley, left, from Portland, says Julius Caesar was her favorite play during her visit to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland last week, where she saw six plays in three days. She was delighted with Love’s Labor’s Lost, and the smash hit musical, The Pirates of Penzance, a musical performed on the outdoor theater stage, and directed by OSF’s Artistic Director, Bill Rauch. Read the complete article