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Taking Our Life – A Play by Shoshana Alexander, Carpenter Hall, Ashland
November 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - November 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm$15 - $20
A fully-staged reading of a play by Shoshana Alexander
Music by Elias Alexander and Bob Jackson Miner
During the past fifty years, increasing temperatures and severe weather patterns have broken records as the Earth responds to human impact. Simultaneously, during the same period the global rates of suicide have more than doubled. Are ecocide and suicide connected? Taking Our Life poses this question through the stories of three characters who bring the audience face to face with our human capacity to end our own lives, individually and as a species on the Earth.
Taking Our Life weaves together my own story of losing my sister to suicide with that of Chad, a military veteran living on the streets of a major city, calling into a suicide hotline staffed by Lily, a Native American who in the past also came to that edge. “Newscast videos” posted by Chad provide a commentary on their two stories and reveal images of the planet, from destruction to images of hope. An Angel/Spirit Person, as Watcher, grows increasingly involved with the fate of these lives. Music and song throughout carry the upward arc.
Barret O’Brien, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, is Chad. LaVonne Andrews (Tlingit, Raven Clan), from LA, stage and screen credits, is Lily. Elias Alexander, multi-instrumentalist and actor, is the Angel/Spirit Person. Their roles are interwoven with my monologues. Caroline Shaffer, actor and director from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will direct this staged reading of Taking Our Life.
Friday Nov. 17th, 7:00 pm – Benefit for WinterSping
Saturday Nov. 18th, 7:00 pm
Sunday Nov. 19th, 2:00 pm
15 S Pioneer Street, above the OSF Box Office.
Tickets $15 in advance at The Music Coop. $20 at the door.