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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.


Theatre Convivio Love Letters poster

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Theatre Convivio presents it’s Valentine’s Day benefit production for 2014: Love Letters by A. R. Gurney.  Starring OSF Veteran Dee Maaske and, in a rare appearance, longtime television, stage and screen actor Jon Cypher.   This benefit performance runs for four shows only, over Valentine’s Day weekend.

Play description

A tender and beautiful monument to a lifetime of love and friendship between the two main characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, Love Letters is an intimate reading presented with a two-person cast.

The two main characters are seated at their writing tables, reading the notes, letters and cards which they have exchanged over the course of nearly 60 years.  The reading serves as a record of a lifetime of hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats.

A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was initially presented by the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988.  Many notable actors and actresses have have played the two main roles, including: Barbara Barrie, Philip BoscoStephen CollinsVictor GarberJulie HarrisGeorge GrizzardAnthony HealdGeorge HearnRichard KileyDana IveyWilliam HurtMarsha MasonChristopher ReeveHolland TaylorGeorge SegalChristopher WalkenJoan Van ArkTreat Williams, and Frances Sternhagen.

On October 31 that same year, a Broadway production opened at the Edison Theatre, where it ran for 96 performances. It opened with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards.  Other performers paired in the Broadway production included Lynn Redgrave and John ClarkStockard Channing and John RubinsteinJane Curtin and Edward HermannKate Nelligan and David DukesPolly Bergen and Robert VaughnTimothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovernSwoosie Kurtz and Richard ThomasElaine Stritch and Cliff RobertsonNancy Marchand and Fritz Weaver, and Robert Foxworth and Elizabeth Montgomery.

Actor bios:

Presenting Dee Maaske as Melissa Gardner

A native-born Marylander now living in Ashland, Dee Maaske has performed in professional theater all over the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She most recently appeared as the mayor’s wife in the Randall Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias.  Mid-season in 2013, Dee took over the role of Mrs. Higgins in OSF’s musical adaption of My Fair Lady.

At the conclusion of these readings, Dee will leave Ashland to begin rehearsals for Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles at the Capital Stage Company in Sacramento, California, which opens March 15th and runs thru April13th, 2014.

Dee is more than a little excited to be reading with her pal Jon Cypher and hopes this benefit performance will encourage and support the growth of regional theatres, such as Theatre Convivio here in the Rogue Valley.

Presenting Jon Cypher as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III

Born in New York City, Jon Cypher has starred in numerous movies, TV series and Broadway shows and co-starred in many more.  Memorable roles include his debut in the original 1957 production of Prince Charming, starring opposite Julie Andrews.  He played Chief of Police Fletcher Daniels in Hill Street Blues. Commanding General Marcus Craig in Major Dad and Dr. Alex Keith in As The World Turns.  His stage credits include the roles of both Dr. Carrasco and Don Quixote  in the original 1965 cast of Man of La Mancha.  Cypher also played Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon in the original production of Tennessee Williams‘s The Night of the Iguana as well as El Gallo in The Fantasticks.

Light Sensitive

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Join Theatre Convivio at the newly remodeled Bellview Grange for Light Sensitive, a charming holiday tale about three wounded souls healed by love.  Play by Jim Geoghan, starring Michael Meyer, Lia Dugal and David King-Gabriel.  Directed by Richard A. Heller.

Light Sensitive opens December 5, 2013 and runs through December 22.  Matinees Saturday and Sunday 2pm, evening shows Thursday through Saturday at 8pm.

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Call (541) 708-1817 for more information.

“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)