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It's not like we can interview characters from TV's long-running cartoon "The Simpsons." 

But... there IS a play based on Simpsons characters coming to a stage in Ashland soon. 

"Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play" is a production of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, and it brings to life--even in song!--the creepy nuclear power plant boss from the TV show. 

Ashland New Plays Festival

"Let's go watch people read scripts out loud," may not be everyone's idea of a good time, but it packs in the crowds in Ashland. 

Especially for the Ashland New Plays Festival, which returns with four new plays this week (October 18-22). 

Audiences get to hear new works, and their authors get to hear the works out loud, with audience reactions. 

Beth Kander is this year's host playwright. 

Homecoming: A Return To "Drama High"

Dec 8, 2016
National Youth Theatre

It is not unusual for a high school to put on a few plays. 

It's less usual for a high school to put on consistently good plays.  And rare indeed is the high school drama program that launches young actors toward Broadway. 

But that happened consistently, for years, at the Pennsylvania high school Michael Sokolove wrote about in his book Drama High

Sokolove actually attended the school, then went back to write about its unique claim to fame. 

Hitler Look-Alike Found On Stage

Nov 7, 2016
Southern Oregon University

Bertold Brecht left Germany shortly after Hitler came to power in 1933. 

But Brecht's dislike of Hitler waned little in self-exile, resulting in the play "The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui."  Audiences recognize a Hitler-like figure in Arturo Ui, a Chicago mobster trying to monopolize the cauliflower market.  Yes, cauliflower. 

Southern Oregon University's Department of Performing Arts brings Brecht's work to the stage in Ashland starting this week (November 10). 

OSF Spotlights Asian American Theatre

Sep 29, 2016
Consortium of Asian American Theater & Artists

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival worked for years to promote diversity, on and off the stage. 

The efforts take another step with OSF's hosting of the National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival (ConFest), October 1-9. 

There's much to see and talk about, especially in a year with notably diverse works on stage from community theatre to Broadway. 

Big Weekends And More: First Friday Arts

Mar 31, 2016
Eugene Ballet

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month. 

Ashland New Plays Festival

Ashland New Plays Festival is all about celebrating new works and new voices. 

And its quest for diversity led to this spring's first ever "Women's Invitational," featuring works and workshops from women playwrights. 

Three plays by women playwrights will be read during the event this week (March 22-27), and event chair Laura Jacqmin will co-lead a workshop on what it takes to make a coherent play. 

The Sharpening Of Solomon's Blade

Feb 4, 2016
Camelot Theatre

Our First Friday Arts coverage continues with a deeper look at one of the arts events taking stage soon.

Camelot Theatre in Talent presents Lisa Beth Allen's play "Solomon's Blade" through February. 

With a title like that, you might expect a story of a threat to cut a baby in half.  It's not that, not quite. 

But it is about a very difficult decision involving a baby, an Israeli family, and a potential Arab-Israeli parent. 

Ashland New Plays Festival

It figures that the town that is home to Oregon's premier professional theater company would also take a hand in the creation of new plays.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival does commission its own new plays. 

But the Ashland New Plays Festival is run by different people. 

In fact, its overseer is brand new this year, in the person of rookie Artistic Director Kyle Haden. 

Five days, one venue, four plays (and their playwrights), and a whole lot of music stands, because the plays are read rather than staged. 

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Ashland's "other professional theatre" is having a landmark year.  The Oregon Cabaret Theatre is under new ownership/managers, and celebrating a 30th season in business.

Artistic Director Valerie Rachelle is our featured guest on this month's First Friday segment. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month.

Join the free-for-all by calling with details about arts events in your town... 800-838-3760 around the region.

Jenny Graham

Fingersmith breathes subterfuge.  Peopled by pickpockets and con artists, its action descends a rabbit hole of nefarious plotting.  The central characters are all involved in tricking each other, and although they continually break the fourth wall to address us, we can’t rely on them to speak the truth.