With theater season starting back up, the Rogue Valley will once again become a major destination for locals and visitors alike to spend a night out on the town and catch some world-class plays and performances. But what night out to the theater is really complete without a nice meal at
Those Who Cannot Just Do … Teach and Do: Barnstormers Theater Manager Wayd Drake Wears Many Hats, Onstage and Off
Wayd Drake runs no risk of being a teacher that is “just all talk.” For the past nine years, Drake has been a faculty instructor of Acting and Public Speaking at Rogue Community College—and what he teaches is constantly in view and in action, as he is the current Theater
Some might think members of improv groups are gluttons for punishment: to put oneself onstage in front of an audience that expects to both participate and be thoroughly entertained by thrown-together scenarios borne of unpredictable topics sounds like a tall order. However, to listen to Daniel Jokelson, one of the
It is often said that artists don’t make great business people. But Donnie Maclurcan, an affiliate professor at Southern Oregon University and the director for Cascades Hub, a business incubator housed there, doesn’t necessarily agree. In a recent phone interview with the Messenger, Maclurcan laughed when asked whether right-brained artists
Show-Stopper Oregon Shakespeare Festival opened The Happiest Song Plays Last, on July 7. The play is the third in a trilogy from playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes, about a soldier’s search for meaning after returning from war in Iraq. Though it is the third in the series, it can be
Dancing, sex, and Nazis—and kind of in that order, actually. Ahh Cabaret. Whether it was the scantily-dressed women, the dancing gorilla, or those damn rascally Nazis, the early June audience was so captivated by the performance of Cabaret that a pin drop could be heard during those pregnant theatrical pauses.