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Summer theater camps for kids

The Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts has another summer of Magic of Theatre summer camps lined up. The first camp, for ages 12 to 18, is all about Shakespeare. Students will not only discover and learn the language of the Bard but also perform &

Romeo and Juliet.&

Bruce Wallace Hostetler will direct. This camp is by audition only.

In the second camp, &

Treasure of the Caribbean, &

written by Seattle playwright, Karen Cody, students 6 to 12 become seventeenth-century sailors as they sing, act, dance, and swashbuckle their way across the tropical high seas. They&

ll explore the rich history of life through a stimulating blend of classic and modern literature and traditional sea chanteys and contemporary songs.

The Ruby Princess Runs Away, by local playwrights Malcolm Hillgartner and Jahanna Beecham, who will direct, is based on the best-selling children&

s book and award-winning film. The play is a fun-filled musical rich with magical creatures, rollicking comedy, and delightful songs for student actors ages 6 to 12.

OCPA&

s fourth camp is 20th Century Broadway, for students 12 to 18. This original play was written specifically for OCPA by award-winning Broadway actress Karen Cody. It will be directed by OSF&

s Caroline Shaffer. In this camp history comes alive through the magic of Broadway. While singing and dancing in the footlights, students improve their performance skills while learning how popular entertainment both shapes and is shaped by historical events.

This summer, camps will be held at St Mary&

s School in Medford. For information, call 776-9118 or see www.OregonConservatory.org.

Auditions

Two shows at OSW

Oregon Stage Works holds auditions for two upcoming shows, &

Memory of Water&

by Shelagh Stephenson and &

Under One Umbrella,&

One Umbrella by Bob Milrad on Saturday from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 185 A St.

In &

Memory of Water,&

three sisters meet on the eve of their mother&

s funeral. The show runs May 26 through June 26. The cast includes: Vi, a sexy and well-put-together mother around 40 years old; Mary, a doctor; Teresa, 30s; Catherine, the youngest sister; Mike, a doctor and Mary&

s boyfriend, in his 40s to 50s; Frank, Teresa&

s husband.

Auditioners should bring a monologue that leans to the humorous 1-2 minutes long. There will also be sides from the play to read.

&

Under One Umbrella&

is a musical book revue with book, music, lyrics by Bob Milrad, for a possible run in July and August. Unlike a traditional revue comprising unrelated sketches and songs, a &

book&

revue follows set characters. The musical is about alternative lifestyles presenting the message that we are all basically the same even though the &

packaging&

might differ. There are three couples in the cast: straight, gay and lesbian, and their relationships are depicted in snapshot scenes and songs.

The cast includes: Straight couple Joe and Ann who are married with two young children and experimenting with Ann as breadwinner and Joe as &

Mr. Mom&

; lesbian couple Liz and Jane, who are in a long-term relationship with Jane expecting a baby and several with adjustments to be made in their relationship. Also, they discover the baby is a boy and realize they must expand their world to include more men; gay couple: Brian and Tim, who are in a fairly new December-May relationship. Tim is 20 years older than Brian. They are adjusting to their differences, getting to know one another, and establishing trust.

Auditioners must be prepared to sing an up-tune and a ballad. They may use taped accompaniment, a pianist will also be available. They will also be asked to do a brief monologue, preferably comedic.

Camelot musical

Camelot Theatre Company, a semi-professional theatre in the Rogue Valley, will be holding auditions for the 1969 Tony Award Winning musical &

1776&

by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards. Auditions for &

1776&

will be at the theatre on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Actors should plan to be there the entire time. Musical auditions are from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and reading auditions will be directly following. Actors will be asked to read from the script. Interested actors need to bring sheet music for the musical audition and a picture and resume. Not all roles need to have strong voices. Needed are 21 male actors,14-60, and one female actor in the mid-20s. The roles of John and Abigail Adams, Edward Rutledge, Richard Henry Lee and Ben Franklin are already cast.

Camelot is also looking for stage managers for its upcoming productions of &

An American Daughter,&

&

1776,&

&

The Beard of Avon, &

Fahrenheit 451&

and &

Into the Woods.&

There is pay. Send a resume to Camelot Theatre Company, P.O. Box 780 Talent, OR 97540, Attn: Production Manager.

Camelot Theatre is located at 101 Talent Ave. in Talent. For information, call 535-5250 or see the Web site www.camelottheatre.org.

Young guitar talent lights up the stage at SOU

— — Ana Vidovic performs Friday at the SOU recital — Hall.

Croatian Ana Vidovic has been coaxing music out of her instrument since the age of five

Guitarist Ana Vidovic performs in a solo concert at the SOU Music Building Recital Hall on Mountain Avenue, Friday, at 8 p.m.

Vidovic comes from the small town of Karlovac near Zagreb, Croatia. She started playing guitar at the age of five, and by seven had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied with Professor Istvan Romer. Ana&

s reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, M.D., with Manuel Barrueco, from which she graduated in May 2003.

Vidovic is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. Though barely 23 years of age, she has already won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions all over the world. Those include first prizes in the Albert Augustine International Competition in Bath, England, the Fernando Sor competition in Rome, Italy and the Francisco Tarrega competition in Benicasim, Spain.

Equally impressive is the fact that she has already recorded five CDs, one of them for the Naxos label, and that she has already concertized in some twenty countries throughout the world. She has performed in cities such as London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Dallas and St. Louis.

In her native Croatia she has performed with the Zagreb Soloists and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and with Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television, as well as having been featured in three television documentaries by the eminent Croatian film director Petar Krelja.

In the American Record Guide, Steven Rings observed, "Ana Vidovic's playing is extraterrestrial. The Bach's Prelude to the E-major Partita is not only the fastest I've ever heard; it's also one of the cleanest and most perfectly shaped, astonishingly lithe, elegant and tasteful."

Stephen Griesgraber, in the Guitar Review, said, "It is difficult to know where to begin when discussing the enormous talents of Ana Vidovic. Her dynamic range, beauty of sound, precision of articulation and virtuosity are such that listening becomes more of an absolute musical experience."

And a reviewer for La Guitare Classique declared, "It's truly a delight to discover Vidovic's talent... A fluid virtuosity which serves purely the expression! Supple phrasing, a particularly solid technique, totally at ease. It's all there, energy, intelligence, finesse ... Striking!"

For more information about Vidovic, visit her Web site at: AnaVidovic.com. For more information about Jefferson Classical Guitar Society, call at 552-9515 or visit the JCGS Web site at www.JeffersonGuitar.org. For more information about the concerts, go to the "Events" link on the site.

Tickets are $15 general, $12 seniors, and $5 students. Children under 12 years of age are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at CD or Not CD, 343 E. Main St. in Ashland or at Central Arts Supply, 101 N. Central, in Medford. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. For more information, call 552-9515.

Around Town

ACT presents &

145;True West&

Ashland Community Theatre is presenting &

True West&

by Sam Shepard as its next Sunday night playreading at Nuwandart Gallery.

&

True West&

is a comedy about two brothers, bookish, passive-aggressive Austin and crude, desert-rat Lee. Sibling rivalry peaks when Austin's screenwriting career is usurped when Lee meets Austin's producer and decides that he can write just as well as his brother, especially if he can manipulate Austin to do all the work.

True West continues Sunday nights, March 26 and April 2 at 7 p.m. The Nuwandart Gallery is located at 258 A Street across from Ashland Hardware.

Toots and The Maytals

— — Toots Hibbert leads the Maytals Saturday at the — Historic Ashland Armory.

Toots and the Maytals perform at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Saturday at 8:30 p.m. with opening act The Southland.

Toots Hibbert is one of the great voices of Jamaica; a legend whose career spans every development in Jamaican music, from ska through rock-steady to reggae. The Historic Ashland Armory at 208 Oak Street in Ashland is the place to be on Saturday, March 25 to see this legendary performer. Tickets are $25, on sale at www.renegadeshows.com, Ticketswest.com and Ticketswest.com outlets and at local ticket outlets.

The Southland will open with emotively sung melodies and lyrics bearing a sophisticated corrosiveness, with grooves that locate an interactive playground between computer beats and human feel.

Toots and the Maytals have helped to chart the course of Jamaican music with unrivaled delivery and dynamism, setting new standards of excellence, and becoming the most enduring of all Jamaica's groups.

The group&

s latest album, &

True Love,&

finds Toots and the Maytals revisiting some of the band&

s most classic works with a host of musical friends onboard &

150; Keith Richards, Shaggy and Rahzel, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, No Doubt, Marcia Griffiths, Ken Boothe, Ryan Adams, Bootsy Collins and the Roots, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Terry Hall and the Skatalites and Trey Anastasio.

New play will honor Women&

s History Month

&

Apertures,&

a new play by Lyda Woods, is an entrant in the Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams Contest sponsored by the National Women&

s History Project. The play will show at the Mobius Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

In this one-hour show, the two female characters are both developing their artistic vision. The show is actually two multiple-character, solo performance pieces hooked together by theme.

In the first half of the show, the Photographer is speaking about her work at an art exhibit. She is cautious of the word, &

why&

because in addressing it, she moves away from the visceral, emotional torque that drives the &

click&

in her head. So instead, she takes us into the moments leading up to each photograph, to get the audience to experience the click with her. And in the end, these five photographs overlay to create a portrait of the woman behind the camera.

In the second half of the show, the Mystery Writer is struggling with characters that want to take over her writing, vague ghosts from her past that demand attention, and her imagination that is like the white knight in Alice in Wonderland, charging off in all directions at once. She is visited by a Russian spy, a Mendocino wrangler, a persistent dwarf, and a gigantic hand.

Victoria Stewart plays the Photographer, and Samar Dawisha plays the Mystery Writer.

&

Both actresses are adept at the demands of solo performance and have been key creative partners in my murder mystery productions through The Gumshoe Gourmet, LLC,&

Woods said. &

The essence of solo-performance is the belief that one actor can be anything or anyone, man, woman, animal, insect, you name it. Solo-performance is built on the power of imagination, on the actor&

s ability to tell a story.&

Woods said her inspirations are the &

Church of Stop Shopping&

by Bill Talen, &

Blown Sideways by Life&

by Claudia Shear, &

Rush Limbaugh in Night School&

by Charlie Varon, and anything by Anne Deveare Smith, or Samuel Beckett, the grandfather of performance art.&

The Pomegranate Group&

s annual exhibit is now on A Street

Six artists will show new work at Studio A.B. in the Sixth Annual Exhibit of the Pomegranate Group, a gathering of women artists who study the figure, through March.

The artists, Ann DiSalvo, Denise Souza Finney, Jennifer Longshore, Diana Hartel, Phyllis Trowbridge and Margie Mee use a variety of media in their exploration of the female form, from charcoal and pastel to ink, watercolor and oils.

Each artist pursues a career in art on her own path, joining the others each week to draw and paint the figure as practice. Finney paints in her Garden Studio, developing expressionist imagery from these joint sessions. Diana Hartel explores landscapes, figures, and abstract works while creating large-scale multi-media art projects with a social conscience. Jennifer Longshore is an art history professor. Phyllis Trowbridge roams the Rogue Valley, painting the mountains and rivers, and teaches painting workshops. Margie Mee paints worlds of her description and welds large, whimsical sculptures. Ann DiSalvo works mainly in dry media, illustrating, taking commissions, making portraits, landscapes on location and a variety of fine art when not editing and teaching drawing.

The Pomegranate Group, celebrating their 11th year, invites the public to view their work throughout March at Studio A.B, 621 A St. Studio A.B is open most days or call for an appointment, 482-2253.

Abel-Kerns couple performs opera classics Sunday

Husband and wife team Brian and Madeline Abel-Kerns, will present a joint recital sponsored by the Music Committee of the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ashland, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Sunday at 7 p.m.

Tenor Brian and soprano Madeline will perform works by Puccini, Verdi, Kerns, Leoncavallo, Tosti, and others. This is the 20th concert in the Fellowship&

s Petrof series.

Madeline Abel-Kerns has been living and working primarily in New York City for the past five years. Her many singing credits include &

Tosca&

with Contiamo Opera Theater, Brünnhilde in &

Die Walküre&

with the Wagner Theater Program, and the Marschallin in concert settings of Der Rosenkavalier. While adjunct faculty at Southern Oregon University, she expanded and taught the Opera Workshop Program in addition to teaching private students, both at the college and in the community at large.

Brian M. Kerns is a singer, composer, conductor and music director. Some of his favorite opera roles include Don José in &

Carmen,&

Samson, Otello, and Loge in &

Rheingold&

; and such operetta roles as Donillo in &

Merry Widow&

and Eisenstein in &

Fledermaus.&

Oratorio performances as a tenor soloist include Handel&

s &

Messiah,&

the Verdi &

Requiem,&

Puccini&

s &

Messe di Gloria,&

and Bach&

s &

Singet auf dem Gott.&

Over the years, Kerns served as artistic director, music director, conductor, composer and arranger for Cantiamo Opera Theatre, Camelot Theatre Company, the Medford Arts Commission, Opera to Broadway Productions, The Deutsche-Amerikanische Chor and the Bahamas National Youth Choir, among others.

This concert is a benefit for the Music Fund of the Fellowship. Admission is $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors and students.

Tickets are available at the door. For additional information call the church office at 482-4755, or Don Black, 535-6629.

At The Mobius

Thursday, 7:30 p.m., free

Devotional Chanting with Andy Bayliss

Bayliss leads Sanskrit and Sufi devotional chant with his harmonium. Chant can be like a soft lullaby to soothe ourselves, or it can summon our deepest passion to merge with the Godhead. Chanting is a way to share our love and support with others. Bring your sincerity, dignity, and your heart's true song. Love donation.

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., free,

$3-5 donation suggested

Sisters of the Moon

New Moon Women&

s gathering

Celebrate the alignment of the Earth, Sun and Moon, on this day of the solar eclipse. Eclipses catalyze our destiny's deeper calling. We must tap ever deeper resources to keep up with the winds of change. Together we are the "great work" unfolding ... Craft your best self!

Friday, 8:30 p.m. doors,

9:30 p.m. show, $10

New Monsoon

World rhythms and rock bravado

San Francisco rockers New Monsoon have been storming across the nation, with their exhilarating marriage of world rhythms and rock bravado. New Monsoon's vibrant percussion and acoustic and electric instruments come together in an irresistible blend of sophisticated songcraft, inventive musical exploration and down home rock-n-roll. Latin, Brazilian and Indian percussion, drum set, didgeridoo, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, bass and keyboards,are all incorporated in New Monsoon's original compositions, each one an experience of musical textures, rhythms, ideas and moods. At any given performance, the audience enjoys a synthesis of genres, everything from bluegrass to reggae, to funk and rock 'n' roll.

The music's Latin and Indian vibe, with progressive use of melody and rhythm woven into the mix, gets people up and dancing. New Monsoon's live energy is unparalleled and the sound flows relentlessly upbeat, all the while maintaining an irresistible groove. A New Monsoon concert is about pushing the positive, and connecting with the audience and music, bringing live music fans back for more and more.

The Mobius is at 281 Fourth St. For information call 488-8894 or see the Web site www.themobius.com.

Guitar champion to perform in Medford

— — Steven King performs Friday at Medford&

s Craterian — Ginger Rogers Theater.

Steven King, National Guitar Champion will appear in concert at Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater in Medford Friday at 8 p.m.

King, one of the world's great masters, will display his exquisite acoustic fingerstyle guitar, played as most listeners have likely never heard anyone play. His Eclectic repertoire includes many Big Band Era swing tunes, Gershwin, Porter, Mancini, Manhattan Transfer, Beatles, Beach Boys, Bossa Nova, Samba, bebop jazz, and compellingly beautiful original music including some guitar, some guitar with flute, played by Connie King, and even a few captivating vocals with harmony by Steven and Connie, whose voices have been described as blending like Simon and Garfunkle. King will also offer a few advanced guitar playing tips quickly with players in the audience.

&

From 1968-1982 I wrote 33 articles for &

145;Guitar Player.&

I have more than 8,800 jazz guitar recordings and nearly 2000 jazz guitar videos. I feel qualified in saying Steven King is the greatest solo guitarist I&

ve ever seen or heard!!"

&

Music Professor and

columnist for Guitar Player Magazine Robert Yellin

"... Steven King knocked us silly with solo acoustic/electric nylon-string renditions of the Benny Goodman staple 'Sing, Sing, Sing' and Dave Brubeck's odd-meter workout 'Blue Rondo A La Turk'..."

&

Guitar Player Magazine

"And I thought Joe Pass had chops. Now, along comes King, transforming his lone guitar into an even fuller ensemble capable of playing more complicated arrangements. Listening to these songs, it's hard to believe a guy can achieve such division of brain waves. You'll swear there's a bassist, rhythm guitarist, and lead fretman on hand. He has no apparent peers."

&

Dick Sutro, L.A. Times jazz critic and author of &

Jazz for Dummies&

"Guitarist does wonders with Beatle songs .... We've heard our share of Beatle covers, including guitar-oriented ones, but we have to say, in all honesty, that King's guitar work on these songs is some of the most beautiful we've ever heard. No song is repeated over the six CDs..."

&

Steve Marinucci, Abbey Road Beatles News

King was the 1994 first place winner of the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival&

s annual National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas. His show is a refreshing musical experience for all ages, with an eclectic selection of music, humor, and even a few advanced guitar playing

tips for the players in the audience. For information see King&

s Web site www.guitarbyStevenKing.com.

Tickets are $16-29. For ticket information call 779-3000 or see the Web site www.craterian.org.

Two commissions, two new plays highlight OSF&

S 2007 season

Artistic Director Libby Appel&

s final season offers rich mix of classic and contemporary

— —

The Clown (Mark Peterson) is flanked by his twin — paramours, Dorcas (Michelle Beck, left) and Mopsa (Kjerstine Anderson, — right) in &

A Winter&

s Tale&

at OSF.

Photo by David Cooper

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Libby Appel announced the 2007 season today at OSF&

s board meeting. Appel noted that choosing her final season was &

exciting, challenging and poignant,&

and while she had to leave out several plays that she would have loved to do, she believes she has come up with a &

wonderful list for all three theatres. I&

m always filled with anticipation as we develop plans for the new season,&

she continued, &

but 2007 has the added thrill of &

145;great expectations&

as we celebrate our 72 nd year and my final season as artistic director.&

Included on the list are two commissions: a new adaptation by Appel of Chekhov&

s The Cherry Orchard (from a literal translation by Allison Horsley, literary manager at the La Jolla Playhouse) which she will direct, and Tracy&

s Tiger, a chamber musical adapted from a novel by William Saroyan by OSF Associate Artistic Director Penny Metropulos (see director biographical information below), OSF actor Linda Alper, former OSF Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy Douglas Langworthy and composer Sterling Tinsley. Tracy&

s Tiger, like the 2005 production of Robert Schenkkan&

s By the Waters of Babylon, was commissioned for the OSF company. The play has a cast of 10 actors, with three to four musicians and will be directed by Metropulos in the New Theatre.

All three plays in the New Theatre next season are contemporary, cutting-edge work. David Lindsay-Abaire&

s Rabbit Hole, a drama about a couple dealing with an agonizing loss, premiered earlier this year to great acclaim at the Manhattan Theatre Club where it continues to run. It will open at the top of the season. Lindsay-Abaire&

s quirky comedy, Fuddy Meers, produced at OSF in 2001 and directed by OSF Associate Artist James Edmondson, was hugely popular. Mr. Edmondson will also direct Rabbit Hole.

Opening in July in the New Theatre will be Lisa Loomer&

s Distracted, one mother&

s wild journey to figure out if her son has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), what it is and what to do about it. Distracted will premiere in early 2007 at the Mark Taper Forum, where Loomer&

s plays The Waiting Room, Expecting Isabel and Living Out also premiered.

Appel describes the plays staged in the Angus Bowmer Theatre next season as &

classic&

in nature-all of enduring excellence. At the top of the season will be William Shakespeare&

s As You Like It, directed by J.R. Sullivan, who directed OSF&

s 2005 production of Room Service. From Tom Stoppard, author of the overwhelming hit, Rough Crossing, will be his rollicking comedy, On the Razzle, directed by guest artist Laird Williamson. The third play to open will be the world premiere adaptation of The Cherry Orchard. August Wilson&

s Gem of the Ocean, the ninth, and penultimate, play of his canon, will open in April. Directed by Associate Artistic Director Timothy Bond, the cast will feature Greta Oglesby in the role of Aunt Ester (cast as Ma Rainey in 2005 and Paulina in The Winter&

s Tale in 2006). The final show to open will be Molière&

s Tartuffe, last produced at OSF in 1978, this comic tale of hypocrisy and deception will be directed by guest artist Peter Amster.

A blockbuster outdoor season of some of William Shakespeare&

s most popular plays will be produced on the Elizabethan Stage. Guest artist Bill Rauch will direct the ever-favorite Romeo and Juliet; Kate Buckley, a newcomer to OSF, will direct The Taming of the Shrew; and Appel will return to the Elizabethan one last time to direct The Tempest.

OSF currently has four productions running in repertory: William Shakespeare&

s The Winter&

s Tale, Oscar Wilde&

s The Importance of Being Earnest, Goodrich and Hackett&

s The Diary of Anne Frank (newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman) and Bridget Carpenter&

s UP. For more information about the 2006 season and ticket availability, go to www.osfashland.org. For tickets, visit us online or call (541) 482-4331.

The directors

Appel has directed at the Festival for 14 seasons and became Artistic Director in 1995. Her most recent directing credits include The Winter&

s Tale, Bus Stop, Richard III, Henry VI, Part One, Henry VI, Parts Two Three, Richard II, Macbeth, Henry V, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya. She has directed at numerous regional theatres, among them Indiana Repertory Theatre where she was artistic director from 1992-1996. She served as dean and artistic director of the School of Theatre at the California Institute of the Arts and head of the acting program at California State University at Long Beach.

Peter Amster has directed at the Festival for six seasons and his recent credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night, The Royal Family, Present Laughter, Idiot&

s Delight and Enter the Guardsman. Mr. Amster has directed at numerous theatres and opera companies throughout the country. He has taught at Northwestern University, CalArts, Louisiana State University and Roosevelt University, where he was the director of the musical theatre and opera programs.

Timothy Bond came to OSF in 1996 as Associate Artistic Director. His recent directing credits include Intimate Apparel, Ma Rainey&

s Black Bottom, Topdog/Underdog, The Piano Lesson and Who&

s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Prior to coming to OSF he was Artistic Director of the Seattle Group Theatre from 1991-1996, where he directed more than 20 productions. He also served as Artistic Director of the Paul Robeson Theatre in Seattle. In 2003 he was awarded the Lorraine Hansberry Visiting Professorship at University of Wisconsin in Madison. He continues to direct at numerous other regional theaters in the country.

Kate Buckley is a founding member and resident text coach at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. From 2001 to the present she has been artistic director of Next Theatre in Chicago. She has directed at numerous theatres throughout the country including The Goodman Theatre, Writer&

s Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Kansas City Repertory, American Players Theatre, and others.

James Edmondson, OSF Associate Artist, has acted and directed at the Festival since 1973. His recent directing credits include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, King Lear, Wild Oats, Fuddy Meers and Rough Crossing. His numerous roles at OSF have included Lear in King Lear, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, George in Of Mice and Men, Mephostophilis in The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, and Leontes in The Winter&

s Tale. In addition, he directs and acts at regional theaters throughout the country.

Penny Metropulos has been at OSF for 14 seasons as both actor (three years) and director, and in 1996 she became one of two Associate Artistic Directors. She has directed 18 productions at OSF, among them The Philanderer, Humble Boy, Lorca in a Green Dress, The Tempest, The Night of the Iguana, The Good Person of Szechuan , The Three Musketeers and Death of a Salesman. She has recently directed at Arena Stage and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

Bill Rauch was recently appointed the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama at UC Irvine. He founded Cornerstone Theatre in Los Angeles, where he was the Artistic Director for 20 years, directing more than 40 of the company&

s productions, many of them collaborations with diverse communities across the nation. He has directed four productions at OSF including the 2005 season&

s world premiere of Robert Schenkkan&

s By the Waters of Babylon. He has received numerous awards, including the Leadership for a Changing World Award.

J.R. Sullivan returns to OSF for his second season, having directed Room Service in 2005. He has directed at numerous theatres throughout the country, including Studio Theatre, American Players Theatre, Pearl Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and Utah Shakespearean Festival, where he is the Associate Artistic Director. He was formerly Producing Artistic Director of the New American Theater in Rockford, Illinois, a company he founded in 1972. He has worked internationally directing; as a teacher, actor and director, he has taught at The Second City in Chicago. He has performed more than 200 times in his own adaptation of works of the journalist and screenwriter Ben Hecht, A Child of the Century.

Laird Williamson has been with the Festival for 12 seasons-five acting and seven directing. In 2006 he will direct Cyrano de Bergerac. Other directing credits at OSF include Much Ado about Nothing, Julius Caesar, Life Is a Dream, Pericles, Room Service, Love&

s Labor&

s Lost, The Alchemist, Henry V, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Titus Andronicus. He has extensive directing credits at American Conservatory Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Old Globe Theatre, PCPA Theaterfest, among others.

*all photos submitted except where otherwise indicated