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Posted May 1, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Livia Genise, former artistic director of Talent’s Camelot Theatre Company, is now directing the musical “Chess” for Ashland Contemporary Theatre. It opens in September. Genise, a veteran actor of Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater and Hollywood, first came to Ashland in the 1980s. She raised her children and earned a degree in music from Southern Oregon University before she took on the directorship of Camelot Theatre. During her 10-year tenure at...

Updated May 1, 2016 at 4:20 PM

There was a palpable sense of anticipation in the halls of the Angus Bowmer Theatre this Thursday last, as patrons were forced to enter the performance space en masse and within minutes of the curtain coming up. If not a deliberate move, it was a...

Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 2:26 PM

With the world premiere of Lisa Loomer's "Roe" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I took some time to talk with Artistic Director Bill Rauch about the play, as well as its place within the American Revolutions series — a procession...

Posted Apr 17, 2016 at 11:01 PM

Valerie Rachelle is now in her second year as artistic director of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Her husband, Rick Robinson, the managing director of OCT, is also a playwright and film director. Rachelle, who received her MA in directing from...

Updated Apr 10, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Given the propensity of any well-established repertory theatre company to play it safe, a seasoned patron of the arts might approach Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of "Vietgone" by Qui Nguyen with any number of assumptions. One such...

Posted Mar 31, 2016 at 11:01 PM

In the interest of hearing from one of the most important talents in the theater community in Southern Oregon, I took some time this past week to do a little Q&A with Livia Genise on the eve of her retirement as artistic director of Camelot...

Updated Mar 28, 2016 at 3:22 PM

With its electric combination of humor, sexuality, saltiness and tenderness — along with ninja fights for good measure — "Vietgone" is the story of playwright Qui Nguyen's parents' 1975 escape from war-torn Saigon to a relocation...

Updated Mar 25, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Amelia Sorensen vividly remembers watching Rex Putnam High School perform “The Diviners” at the Thespian State Festival in Salem last year. The Ashland High School senior was so impressed by the depression-era tragedy about a...

Updated Mar 25, 2016 at 9:44 AM

When a designer comes to Gabriel Barrera with new ideas for a play's scenery, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's scenic artist doesn't back down from the challenge. "I never think, 'We can't do that.' I think, 'We can do that. We just have...

Posted Mar 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

There's more than one way to express heartache, romantic notions and the ups and downs of human relationships. Music, art, poetry and prose are powerful tools for these expressions. Acrobatic Conundrum — a Seattle-based, contemporary...

Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 2:14 PM

Mark Rothko has long been a luminary name at the upper echelons of the international art world. Considered one of the major names of the postwar Abstract Expressionist movement (although he himself eschewed any such allegiance) his so-called...

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