Theater: DIGITAL & LIVE SEASON 2021 (Oregon Shakespeare)

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by Nia Liat on March 29, 2021

in Theater-Regional,Virtual

OSF’s combined Digital and Live Season for 2021 features classics and new works streaming from the OSF archives, imaginative and illuminating new works presented on OSF’s digital platform, O!, and a Fall 2021 live season on OSF’s campus in Ashland, Oregon, extending into January for the first time with OSF’s first winter special. Naturally, all live performances will be subject to health department guidelines and government restrictions on large gatherings.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainties associated with it, OSF will hold off announcing specific dates and ticket sales for onstage productions until there is more clarity around reopening, gathering, and social distancing guidelines. All onstage events are subject to change.

OSF 2021 STREAMING OSF FAVORITES ON O!

Three shows are on sale now, and more titles will be announced soon.

Julius Caesar (2017) is one of three shows streaming on OSF’s O! platform this spring.
Pictured: Jordan Barbour with Amy Kim Waschke and ensemble. Photo by Jenny Graham. 

JULIUS CAESAR
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Shana Cooper
This muscular 2017 production features the signature physical storytelling of director Shana Cooper and choreographer Erika Chong Shuch. Shakespeare’s political thriller shows what happens to powerbrokers—honorable and not—when their motives and means lead to unexpected consequences they cannot control (streaming March 1 through 27, 2021).

Julius Caesar (2017) is one of three shows streaming on OSF’s O! platform this spring.
Pictured: Stephen Michael Spencer with ensemble. Photo by Jenny Graham. 
Manahatta (2018) is one of three shows streaming on OSF’s O! platform this spring.
PicturedSteven Flores and Tanis Parenteau. Photo by Jenny Graham. 

MANAHATTA
By Mary Kathryn Nagle
Directed by Laurie Woolery
2021 Season Announcement 3
This 2018 world premiere by celebrated playwright, activist, and attorney Mary Kathryn Nagle illuminates the tragic consequences of commercial exploits, including the removal of the Lenape people and the attempted eradication of their culture that gave rise to the America we know today. This brilliant production, directed by Laurie Woolery, defiantly demonstrates that the Lenape are still here (streaming March 29 through April 24, 2021).

Manahatta (2018) is one of three shows streaming on OSF’s O! platform this spring.
Pictured: Sheila Tousey and Rainbow Dickerson. Photo by Jenny Graham. 
Snow in Midsummer (2018) is one of three shows streaming on OSF’s O! platform this spring.
Pictured: Ensemble. Photo by Jenny Graham. 

SNOW IN MIDSUMMER
By Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Based on the classical Chinese drama The Injustice to Dou Yi That Moved Heaven and Earth by Guan Hanqing
Directed by Justin Audibert
This 2018 U.S. premiere production interweaves two stories—of a young woman who curses her city from beyond the grave, and of a wealthy businesswoman who must face the parched, locust-plagued city. This modern ghost story beautifully reimagines a classic myth and explores the legacy of trauma, the heart of injustice, and the lengths to which we go for love (streaming May 3 through May 29).

Snow in Midsummer (2018) is one of three shows streaming on OSF’s O! platform this spring.
Pictured: Jessica Ko, Will Dao, Amy Kim Waschke, Moses Villarama, James Ryen, Olivia Pham.
Photo by Jenny Graham. 

OSF ON STAGE

AUGUST WILSON’S HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED
Directed by Tim Bond
Featuring Steven Anthony Jones
Dates TBD
Originally performed by Wilson himself, How I Learned What I Learned is a heartfelt theatrical memoir charting one man’s journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a Black artist in America. West Coast Premiere

UNSEEN
By Mona Mansour
Directed by Evren Odcikin
Dates TBD
Mia, an American conflict photographer, wakes up at the site of a massacre in Syria, not sure how she got there. With her Turkish girlfriend Derya and her Californian mother Jane, Mia must slowly and painfully piece together the details of her past to find out what happened. An amazing showcase for three actresses, unseen asks what it would mean for our souls—personally and as a nation—if we were to see the impact of our actions.

CONFEDERATES (World Premiere)
By Dominique Morisseau
2021 Season Announcement 4
Directed by Nataki Garrett
co-commission with Penumbra Theatre
Dates TBD
Sara, an enslaved woman turned Union spy, and Sandra, a brilliant professor in a modern-day private university, are facing similar struggles, though they live over a century apart. This play leaps through time to trace the identities of these two Black American women and explore the reins that racial and gender bias still hold on American systems today.

IT’S CHRISTMAS, CAROL!
By Mark Bedard, Brent Hinkley, and John Tufts
DATES TBD
OSF’S FIRST-EVER WINTER SEASON PRODUCTION
On Christmas Eve, three ghosts take miserly theatre producer Carol Scroogenhouse through time and space to reckon with how she’s abandoned artistry for hollow commerciality. Whisked to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, her cousin Fred’s swinging party, and a pandemic Zombie future, will Carol find her soul with the help of these apparitions? From the twisted minds of your favorite OSF clowns, this
showcase of the OSF Acting Company promises to be a silly and uplifting way to mark the holidays and celebrate OSF’s return to live performance.

STREAMING NEW WORK ON O!

Led by our best artists, OSF’s artmaking continues to expand into the digital sphere. These virtual productions, concerts, films, readings, and a brand-new commissioning initiative continue to blossom on the O!

THE CYMBELINE PROJECT
By William Shakespeare
Conceived by Nataki Garrett
Created and directed by Scarlett Kim
This rarely performed exploration of power and jealousy comes to life in a multi-episode digital production by award-winning immersive artist Scarlett Kim. Released over two years with a collage-like visual approach, Kim’s vision mines Shakespeare’s text to explore the deceit and the violence of the play within today’s aesthetic and political realities.

YOU GO GIRL! (working title)
A new short film directed by Shariffa Ali
Written by Zoey Martinson
O! Resident Artist Shariffa Ali (Ash Land, The Copper Children at OSF) brings her second short film to OSF’s digital platform. In You Go Girl!, a Black stand-up comedian finds herself in the beautiful forests of Southern Oregon to distribute the ashes of her late mother. Can this city woman overcome her fear of stillness, and in the process take control of her own healing?

“19” MICRO-COMMISSIONS

OSF has invited artists from a wide range of disciplines to create a short piece of digital art in response to themes drawn from the acronym of C.O.V.I.D.: Community, Offering, Vitality, Identity, Determination. These digital art commissions will start to bear fruit through 2021 on O! Artists commissioned for “19” include Christina Anderson; Scenic G/Gabriel Barrera; Kit Yan and Melissa Yi; Erika Chong Shuch, Rowena Richie, and Ryan Tacata.

THE VISUAL SOVEREIGNTY PROJECT

Curated by Chava Florendo
Recognizing that Indigenous people have a story to tell, “for us, by us, now us,” this new digital series asks Indigenous artists to visually express their sovereignty — tribal and personal. The Visual Sovereignty Project will capture a small cross-section of the diversity of Indigenous people in the way they choose to share their gifts with the world.

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