Tag: Tales from the Vault

Tales from the Vault: The Diary of Anne Frank

Oct 4th, 2012

The thing about history is that it repeats itself. The beauty of theatre is that it interacts with generation after generation and makes connections to current events, over and over. Recently, Lue Douthit and I were talking about this year’s exhibits for the side galleries. One will be about The Diary of Anne Frank.
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Tales from the Vault: Margery Bailey

Oct 4th, 2012

As part of her work for Wit (produced in 2000), Lue Douthit consulted the Archives. Knowing the reputation of Margery Bailey, Lue thought perhaps Dr. Bailey would be a good model for the scholarly and academic Professor E.M. Ashford, a character in the play performed by Catherine E. Coulson.



So why Margery Bailey? Who was she and why is she the only woman, among men, to grace the wall at the back of the reception desk?
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Tales from the Vault: Doctor Faustus

Oct 4th, 2012

We make connections around here, lots of them. This year we reconnect with The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, first done here in 1979. Jerry Turner directed that show and this year it is dedicated to him. Jim Edmondson acted in it and this year he directs it. Richard Hay, Todd Barton and Douglas Faerber worked on that show, as they do again this year...
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Tales from the Vault: Company Call

Oct 4th, 2012

We have had the Spring (Winter?) Company Call in the Angus Bowmer Theatre since January, 1971. That Prologue read: “From Kalamazoo, Michigan to Ashland, Oregon, the Festival’s 1971 Stage II acting company members have traveled many miles to be a part of the Ashland ‘experience.’ Twenty-seven Festival veterans and newcomers from theatre centers throughout the country have been cast in the spring repertory.” Is anyone here from Kalamazoo this year?
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Tales from the Vault: Duke Ellington

Oct 4th, 2012

With the recent production Ellington at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre and news that one Green Show will feature Ellington, it behooves me to mention that the man himself took the stage of our Elizabethan Theatre on June 5, 1966 to raise funds for the Angus Bowmer Theatre. The Revels!! launched our second quarter century and brought luminaries—and 150 reporters—to this fair city.
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