Designer creates spaces for people to have experiences

Craig Hudson
Craig Hudson

Craig Hudson designed the sets and lights for Oregon Cabaret Theatre’s stunning production of “Cabaret.” Hudson founded OCT when he took a peek into an old pink church at First & Hargadine Streets in Ashland. He transformed it into a lush theatrical venue complete with dark green walls, polished wood balconies, and dominated by a spectacular crystal chandelier.

Hudson divides his time between Ashland, where he is the resident set designer at OCT, and his exquisite bed and breakfast in Mexico City called The Red Tree House. He is now in the midst of building a dazzling supper club (to open soon) just below the Cabaret Theatre: The Hearsay Restaurant, Lounge & Garden, where we met one afternoon. Continue reading Designer creates spaces for people to have experiences

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Readings of new plays by local playwrights featured

“Moonlighting 2015: A Change is Coming …;” – new short plays by local playwrights – will be presented in Ashland Contemporary Theatre’s series of dramatic readings which opens this Friday afternoon, July 17, at Grizzly Peak Winery followed by performances on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, at the Ashland Community Center.

Transformation (personal, social, and political) is a recurring theme throughout the series. Many of the plays reflect life’s dramatic turning points laced with wry humor. Continue reading Readings of new plays by local playwrights featured

Bruce Young

Bruce Young
Bruce Young

Bruce A. Young plays Lefty, the loveable urban street person, in “The Happiest Song Plays Last,” currently playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Last season, he played Gonzalo in “The Tempest.” Throughout his acting career, Young has been involved in creating remarkable and innovative theater. We visited over lunch at the Standing Stone Brewing Company in Ashland.

EH: When did you first become interested in acting?

BY: When I was in grade school, I was walking by a community theater, the stage doors were open. They were rehearsing and painting outside. I wandered in with big eyes, and said, “Can I help?” It was such a great little community theater, they were very inclusive. Continue reading Bruce Young