Guest Speaker for Penn Club of Portland

On Monday, I had the privilege of being the guest of the Penn Club of Portland.  We met at the historic University Club in downtown Portland.  The building reminded me of much of the architecture at dear old Penn.  I attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1995-1999 and even though I continue to pay my undergrad student loans, I am #grateful for all that opportunities my Penn education has provided.

I met John Vosmek, a long time OSF Supporter and the President of the Penn Club of Portland (www.pennclubofportland.com) and his wife Lucy in Ashland last season.  John had served as the Portland contact for the Penn Glee Club which was on their Pacific NW Tour.  As three very proud Quakers, John and Lucy expressed their interest in having me come up to Portland and speak to alumni about my experiences as a professional actor and about OSF.  

John Vosmek mentioned in an email "I can't think of any of our programs that was better received than today's."  I'm excited to see these new friends when they come to Ashland for the 2014 season, and am looking forward to the opportunity of coming back to Portland and visiting with my fellow Quaker alums soon.

Many congratulations to Tom Shea for winning a pair of tickets to the OSF 2014 Season.

Another Openin', Another Show!!!

Last night we kick ball changed the OSF 2014 Season!  The audience was raucous and rambunctious.  Mark Bedard had several profound Groucho moments, including the most heartfelt and genuine shaming of a patron who decided to open up a candy wrapper in the middle of the most dramatic scene in the play.  David Ivers, our brilliant director and captain of the ship, shared during the opening night toast about the need for laughter.  With all the current news about the Ukraine, Sochi, Thailand, Venezuela, Syria . . . it is important to remember that there is always a time for laughter.  It is the best medicine.  So if you are in the mood for some laughter, joy, celebration, Irving Berlin Showtunes . . . come visit us at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for The Cocoanuts.  We have 120 more shows to share with you!!!

All photos taken by the brilliant OSF Photographer: Jenny Graham

The Cocoanuts: Preview

The Cocoanuts: Preview

After two months of rehearsals, the cast of The Cocoanuts is ready to share this Marx Brothers' comedy with an audience.  The past two months have been filled with laughter and generosity in the rehearsal room.  We are ready to now share it with a packed house.   In this production, I play Robert Jamison, a wannabe architect who is the only employee of Mr. Hammer (the Groucho Marx character played brilliantly by Mark Bedard), at the Cocoanuts Hotel.   What differentiates this production from other Marx Brothers' musicals is not only a gorgeous Irving Berlin score arranged by musical director Gregg Coffin, but a storyline that has the Marx Brothers wreaking havoc, while trying to bring two young lovers together.  It is a show with tons of laughs and oodles of heart.  I am blessed to be in this production and am excited I get to do it over 120 times.