Two Theater Veterans and Icons
Dmae Roberts talks with Allen Nause, artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre and Paul Nicholson, executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Both men are theatre icons contributing decades to their theatre companies. Nause is retiring from Artists Rep after the 2013 season and this is Nicholson's final season at OSF. We'll hear about this year's season of plays and talk about their artistic legacies.
(Featured left: (L-R)Beth Harper,Richard Emore, Jason Glick, Val Landrum, Danielle Purdy credit: Owen Carey)
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Allen Nause is directing Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, winner of the 2009 Obie award. This sharp, funny and insightful play chronicles five people who take an adult creative drama class at a small-town community center. In six weeks they play theater games and do exercises that lead them to discover truths about themselves.
Allen Nause has been Artists Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director since 1988. He has performed in many plays at Artists Rep including: Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune, Breaking The Code, Art, The Drawer Boy, Death Of A Salesman, Blackbird, Vanya and most recentlyNo Man’s Land.
Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker and directed by Allen Nause. The play features Beth Harper, Richard Elmore, Jason Glick, Val Landrum, and Danielle Purdy.
The show runs through March 11 Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm, Wednesday matinee at 11am on Feb. 29 at Artists Repertory Theatre - Alder Stage (16thand Alder St.) For more info call 503.241.1278 or visit www.artistsrep.org.
And then in the second part of the show the Tony Award–winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 preview performances begin February 17, opening a season dedicated to Executive Director Paul Nicholson, who is retiring at the end of the season after 33 years at OSF. Nicholson became executive director in November 1995. He joined the Festival in 1980, serving as general manager for 16 years.
The season opens February 24 with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and runs through November 4.
The timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet comes once again to OSF’s stage. The star-crossed lovers and their feuding families are set in the late 1840s Alta California—a period of California history rich with the culture of the Spanish-speaking Californios.
Other shows opening soon include:
The White Snake adapted from the ancient Chinese fable by Mary Zimmerman. In this beloved Chinese legend, a snake spirit disguised as a beautiful woman falls in love with a young scholar. White Snake keeps her true identity secret from him, but a disapprov ing monk persists in unmasking her. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman, this is sure to be a not-to-be-missed production.
Seagull (February 23-June 22) by Anton Chekhov and adapted by Libby AppeOSF’s Artistic Director Emerita Libby Appel continues her life-long passion and relationship with Chekhov and both adapts and directs this humorous, heartbreaking and achingly human story set in 19th century Russia.
Animal Crackers(February 19 – November 4) Book by George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind; Music and lyrics by Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby. Allison Narver directs this raucous 1930s vaudevillian musical farce made famous by the Marx Brothers—and yes, it will be funny!
Shakespeare offerings later this season include Troilus and Cressida, the final episode in the saga of Prince Hal in Henry V and As You Like It and a world premiere adaptation The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa, based on Shakespeare’s play.
The fourth show to open in the Angus Bowmer Theatre will be the three-ring tour de force, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, adapted by Bill Rauch and Tracy Young from the plays by Euripides, Shakespeare and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The final show to open in the Bowmer is a world premiere play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, All the Way. Part of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, the play looks at the tumultuous first year of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency.
For tickets or more info call the OSF Box Office at 541-482-4331 or 800-219-8161 or visit the KBOO website and on 90.7FM live at 11am on Tuesdays