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Brandy Carson to Star in a Staged Reading of “The Occupant!”

We hope you will join us for a staged reading of Edward Albee’s 2001 hit play, “The Occupant,” based on the life of famous American sculptor and “living work of art” Louise Nevelson. During her life, Nevelson was famous for her striking 3-D, monochromatic
sculptures, often made out of found materials and discarded furniture. At her death in 1988, she left behind a large legacy of original artwork that had been featured at exhibits all over the world. Legend has it that due to her fame and prominence in the art world, Nevelson requested her name be removed from the door of her hospital room, replaced with the word “Occupant” to avoid
unwanted visitors.

Albee’s play imagines an interview between a deceased Nevelson and an unnamed interviewer, exploring her struggle to find herself as an artist, to “occupy” her life through her early life as the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, her unhappy marriage into a prominent New York family, to her eventual success and death. Reality and illusion intermingle, leaving the audience to question what is real and what is a false recollection.

Brandy Carson
Pictured: Brandy Carson on a trip to Colorado. Carson will be starring as Louise Nevelson in “The Occupant” this March.

This staged reading will star longtime Ashland actress Brandy Carson as Nevelson. Carson has a long history of film and theatre experience, and has appeared at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Camelot Theatre, and countless other venues over the years.

The reading will be directed by Brady Rubin (who directed Convivio’s production of “A Doll House” in 2016
and will direct their upcoming production of “An Inspector Calls.”) Rubin specifically chose Carson for the role of Nevelson, knowing that Carson’s presence and voice truly capture the spirit of this vivacious, inspirational, and talented woman. Theatre Convivio’s Artistic Director, Richard Heller, will be playing the role of the interviewer and is producing.

“The Occupant” will be coming to Ashland’s Bellview Grange (1050 Siskiyou Boulevard) on March 12 th and 13 th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Convivio Returns with “An Inspector Calls”

The year is 1912. The place, Brumley; a town in Great Britain. On a pleasant evening in April, the Birlings are celebrating the engagement of their daughter, Sheila, to the wealthy gentleman Gerald Croft, when the unthinkable happens.

An Inspector Calls…

He introduces himself as Inspector Goole, and he’s there to ask them about the family’s involvement in the recent death of a lower class woman. But is he a real inspector? Who is this dead woman? How responsible is this family for her sudden and untimely death?

This exciting drama by J.B. Priestley first premiered in 1945 in the Soviet Union, and has been shocking audiences around the world ever since then. This spring, it’s coming to Ashland’s own Bellview Grange in the last three weekends in April.

Our production will star Theatre Convivio Artistic Director Richard A. Heller as Inspector Goole, and will be directed by Brady Rubin. Stay tuned for updates as this exciting production of this riveting play moves forward!

Theatre Convivio partners with local company
Theatre Convivio has partnered with Remmyr’s Body Bliss Products LLC. Remmyr’s is a locally owned company, co-created by Remedy Hovermale and daughter, Myranda, which makes all-natural soap products. Remmyr’s will be selling their products during intermission at all A Doll House productions. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go directly to Theatre Convivio.
A special thank you to Remedy Hovermale, Myranda Hovermale, and Remmyr’s Body Bliss Products LLC for offering this service.

A Doll House

A Doll House – Small (7)

Theatre Convivio’s next production of A Doll House, in conjunction with Women’s History Month, opens March 10th and runs through March 26th.
In a Doll House, we find Nora Helmer, living in an idyllic world, from society’s standpoint. With a doting husband with an advancing career, three beautiful children, and a comfortable home, her life seems to be every woman’s dream. But secrets from her past threaten to shatter her happy little world and force her to see some hard truths about the society in which she inhabits.
The show is directed by Brady Rubin and stars Christina ‘Saia’ Blakeslee as Nora Helmer and Richard Heller as Torvald Helmer, with an all-star cast of John Richardson, Lia Rose Dugal, Ann Haynes, Michael Hovermale, and Lala Jahn Peterson.

A Doll House opens in March, Women’s History Month, with 7:30 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday matinees at 1:30 pm and evening shows at 7:30 pm. Sunday evening shows at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12.50  general admission, $10  for seniors and students with ids, and $7.50 for group rate of ten or more persons. $5 preview night on Wednesday, March 9th.

Contact Theatre Convivio’s box office at (541)415-0394 to purchase tickets or click on  A Doll House

Tickets can also be purchased in advance at:
Music Coop
Paddington Station
Discounted tickets can be purchased at the door before the show or by calling Theatre Convivio’s Box Office.


“Two Sams” West Coast Tour!‏


Cellist Samantha Kushnick

Ashland, OR

Thursday, October 3

At the Bellview Grange – 1050 Tolman Creek Rd
7:30 pm – Suggested $7 and up

“My friend Sam Vogt and I are hitting the road this fall! He’ll be playing guitar, banjo and mandolin on my tunes as we make our way along the west coast. We’re stoked to be playing house shows at the homes of some of our favorite people. We’ll also be making an appearance at a historic mansion (!) and at a farm in one of the most gorgeous places on earth, among other lovely venues.”

You can hear a few tracks from the new record at
Hope to see you on our journey!

Sami (and Sam)

Theatre Convivio is proud to be partnering with the Bellview Grange in a complete stage remodel!

Soon to appear on the new stage:

THE FANTASTICKS – opening August 1.

The Players:
Cory Davison – Mortimer
David Dials – Henry
Richard Heller – El Gallo
Jordan Lawhorn – Matt
Peter Quince – Hucklebee
Iris Young – Luisa
Douglas Young – Bellomy
Lisa Worfel – the Mute

Please join musical director Chris Bingham, choreographer Vanessa Nowitski, set & light designer Gabriel Ash and director Richard Heller in this joyful presentation of a musical theatre classic!