The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will host its annual Juneteenth Celebration on Monday, June 18. The 2018 theme is “Activate: A Roll Call & Response” -- an invitation to explore how emancipation, equity, diversity and inclusion improve our communities. The day’s activities include a variety show, a play reading, a tribute to G. Valmont Thomas and a roundtable discussion. All events are free or pay what you can, though donations will be accepted for the Juneteenth Scholarship Fund and future Juneteenth celebrations.
This year’s Juneteenth celebration starts on Monday, June 18, with a number of events commemorating the holiday. The day kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with a roundtable discussion entitled “Black Joy and Pain: Why be an Ally?,” presented by the OSF Leadership Alliance and led by Kamilah Long, OSF director of capital campaigns and leadership alliances.
The afternoon continues at 1:00 p.m. with a pay-what-you-can reading of Kevin Douglas’ play "PLANTATION!," directed by Christiana Clark, in the Black Swan Theatre. A post-show discussion will be led by Robert Goodwin, OSF associate director of education and engagement.
Seating for the reading and the roundtable discussion will be limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
The public is encouraged to visit The Black Swan Lobby before and after the play reading for an exhibit honoring the life and legacy of dearly departed OSF actor and Ashland community member, G. Valmont Thomas, to whom OSF’s 2018 season is dedicated. The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The day will culminate at 5 p.m. in the main event, a Variety Show on OSF’s Courtyard Stage. The approximately hour-long program of original spoken word, dance, music, visual art and theatre excerpts was co-created by a group of OSF company members under the leadership of Christiana Clark, Juneteenth creative director and OSF actor.
The Juneteenth Celebration will continue on Tuesday, June 19, at the Ashland Public Library; events and times are to be announced.