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A Company of Wayward Saints

Saturday, October 18th, 2008 by Max Kiss

AHS Theatre presents a fall comedy

A Company of Wayward Saints

by George Herman

Directed by G.Valmont Thomas

November 6 - 16

Preview Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 16 at 2 p.m.

General Admission: $10

Tickets available at the AHS Main Office, Paddington Station, Tree House Books, Music Coop, and www.showtix4U.com

Reserved Tickets: $15, available at www.showtix4U.com.

Special Preview Price: $5 on Wednesday, November 5th.

To kick off their season celebrating 15 years of partnership with OSF and 10 years in the new Mountain Avenue Theatre, AHS Theatre is presenting a fall comedy - A Company of Wayward Saints by George Herman, running from November 6th to the 16th at the Mountain Avenue Theatre in Ashland. This was the first show produced in partnership with OSF 15 years ago. In the "old" Mountain Avenue Theatre, a capacity audience of 170 cheered this wonderful show. Ever since then, AHS Theatre and OSF have enjoyed a successful partnership The Production This production is directed by OSF actor G. Valmont Thomas; he is assisted by AHS senior Maggie Witt. Jamie Peck, an OSF actor, designed and built the masks for the production. Max Kiss is the stage manager and Chris Keasbey and Anna Barth are the assistant stage managers. The 2008 AHS cast features Charlie Bass, Aubrey Bauer, Daniel Burt, Emma Harding, Helen Marcus, Isabella Pribyl, Jeffrey Star, Uriel Wolfe-Blank, Zoe Heald, Phoebe Knowles, and Drew Woods. Cast understudies are Rosalie Alspach and Ryan Mills. The production includes two songs with lyrics by George Herman and music by G. Valmont Thomas. The musically talented cast of 13 uses 9 instruments among them to perform the songs.

(Kirk Boyd directed the the 1993 production that featured Wade McCollum, Sean Thommen, Michael Breathwaite, Nicole Lewis, Adam Hogan, Rachael Burnson, Darci Van Duzer, Clare Vukovich O'Sheeran, Matthew Smith. Crystal Giacomini stage managed and was assisted by Emily Westerman.)

The Play Welcome to La Compagnie de Santi Ostinati, a classic improvisational troupe who perform with masks, comedy, drama and song. These Renaissance-style performers arrive on the scene almost 400 years after the peak of Commedia dell'Arte popularity. Times are tough, squabbling actors and actresses are at each others' throats, and the troupe is broke. Their last hope lies in the hands of a wealthy nobleman who promises to pay for their return home, on the condition that they can improvise an entire show of his design - to his satisfaction.

The Duke asks them to create a seemingly impossible show: The History of Man. Along the way, they enact wayward adventures such as the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, the assassination of Julius Caesar, and the return of Odysseus, before portraying the story of Everyman - Birth, Adolescence, Marriage, and Death. It is a fine mosaic of life redeemed by humor and human understanding.

A Winner of the McKnight Foundation Humanities Award, A Company of Wayward Saints has been a popular college offering. Arthur Ballet wrote “It has something to say and says it extremely well… [it is] darned good theatre." The Hollywood Reporter praised the show, saying "The first part is amusing slapstick entertainment. The second makes a point about how pride and arrogance destroy collective efforts."

Contact: AHS Theatre, 201 South Mountain Avenue, Ashland Oregon 97520 ahstheatre.net 482-8771

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