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  • THEATER

    OSF presents 'The Alchemy of Gender'

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  • Lisa Wolpe — artistic director of the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company and an acclaimed Shakespearean drag king — will present her show "Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender" at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland.
    Wolpe, who appeared in 2012 at OSF as Polina in "The Seagull" and as Jason and a member of the chorus and ensemble in "Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella," returns to the festival with this solo show that shares the story of a masterful performer who rends the veil that separates genders, actors, audience and the past from the present to reveal physical and spiritual secrets of cross-gender performance and offer insight into the making of the Bard’s magic.
    “Lisa Wolpe is an amazing interpreter of Shakespeare,” says Claudia Alick, an associate producer at OSF, in a press release. “She approaches characters such as Iago and Hamlet in challenging and illuminating ways. It’s a pleasure to have this company member returning to share her masterwork.”
    Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased in advance at the OSF box office or by calling 800-219-8161. Tickets will be available online at www.osfashland.org until Sunday, Aug. 31. 
    The show is part of OSF Presents, a program designed to give festival artists an arena to share their art with the public on a larger scale than they may be able to do independently. The artists are a mix of company members, Green Show guest artists and playwrights. 
    The final OSF Presents of the 2014 season will be Luis Alfaro's "St. Jude" on Sept. 11 during the festival's CultureFest.
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