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UNISON is a musical by UNIVERSES Theater (Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, Steven Sapp, William Ruiz), originally inspired by the poetry of August Wilson among others; commissioned and premiering at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival a.k.a. OSF (2017).
UniSon was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) and premieres at OSF in April 2017. Robert O'Hara, directs; at the helm of his design team which consists of: Choreographer, Byron Easley; Scenic Designer, Christopher Acebo; Lighting Designer, Alex Jainchill; Video Designer, Kaitlyn Pietras; Composers, UNIVERSES with Broken Chord and Toshi Reagon. Dramaturgy by Joan Herrington.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Ashland is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. It lies along Interstate 5 approximately 16 miles (26 km) north of the California border and near the south end of the Rogue Valley. The city's population was 20,078 at the 2010 census and was estimated to be 21,281 as of 2019.
The Stratford Festival is a theatre festival which runs from April to October in the city of Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Founded by local journalist Tom Patterson in 1952, the festival was formerly known as the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, the Shakespeare Festival and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The festival was one of the first arts festivals in Canada and continues to be one of its most prominent. It is recognized worldwide for its productions of Shakespearean plays.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is a regional repertory theatre in Ashland, Oregon, United States, founded in 1935 by Angus L. Bowmer. From late February through October each year, the Festival now offers 800 to 850 matinee and evening performances of a wide range of classic and contemporary plays not limited to Shakespeare to a total annual audience of nearly 400,000. The Festival welcomed its millionth visitor in 1971, its 10-millionth in 2001, and its 20-millionth visitor in 2015. At any given time between five and eleven plays are offered in daily rotation six days a week in its three theatres.
Robert Wilson is an American experimental theater stage director and playwright who has been described by The New York Times as "[America]'s – or even the world's – foremost vanguard 'theater artist.'" He has also worked as a choreographer, performer, painter, sculptor, video artist, and sound and lighting designer.
Humana Festival of New American Plays is an internationally renowned festival that celebrates the contemporary American playwright. Produced annually in Louisville, Kentucky by Actors Theatre of Louisville, this festival showcases new theatrical works and draws producers, critics, playwrights, and theatre lovers from around the world. The festival was founded in 1976 by Jon Jory, who was Producing Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville from 1969 to 2000. Since 1979 The Humana Festival has been sponsored by the Humana Foundation which is the philanthropic arm of Humana.
Production history of plays performed by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, as of May 2020.
Larry Carpenter is an American theatre and television director and producer. In the theatre, he has worked as an Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, a Managing Director and General Manager in both the New York and Regional arenas. He also works as a theatre director and is known primarily for large projects, working on musicals and classical plays equally. In television, he works as a director for New York daytime dramas. He has served as Executive Vice President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national labor union for professional stage directors and choreographers. He is also a member of the Director's Guild of America PAC.
Melly Still is a British stage director, designer and choreographer.
As You Like It is a William Shakespeare-themed studio album released by Canadian band Barenaked Ladies on June 3, 2005. The album was recorded for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of 2005. This CD was only made available at the festival and is now out of print.
Universes is a New York-based American ensemble company of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse poetry, theater, jazz, hip hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros to create what has been described as moving, challenging and entertaining theatrical works. The group, with four core members, breaks traditional theatrical bounds to create its own brand of theater.
Steven Sapp co-founded The POINT Community Development Corporation in 1993 and Universes in 1995, both in collaboration with Mildred Ruiz-Sapp.
William Ruiz is a playwright, poet, and actor from the Bronx. Born and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, William is a core member of Universes.
Mildred Ruiz-Sapp is an American actress. Born and raised on New York's Lower East Side, she co-founded THE POINT Community Development Corporation in 1993 and Universes (1996), both in collaboration with Steven Sapp.
Maria-Christina Oliveras is an American television, stage and film actor, singer and voice-over artist. She has performed extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally, and in various films and episodics, and is known for her versatility and transformational character work in a number of world premieres. She is of Filipino and Puerto Rican descent.
The POINT Community Development Corporation is a non-profit community development corporation dedicated to youth development, culture, and the economic revitalization of the Hunts Point neighborhood of the South Bronx, from which it takes its name. The mission of The POINT CDC is to encourage the arts, local enterprise, responsible ecology, and self-investment in the Hunts Point community. The organization was founded in 1993 by Steven Sapp, Maria Torres, Paul Lipson, and Mildred Ruiz-Sapp.
Timothy Bond is the Head of the Professional Actor Training Program and professor at the University of Washington School of Drama.
Dámaso Rodríguez a Cuban American director who is the second Artistic Director of Artists Repertory Theatre, the longest-running professional theatre in Portland, OR. Before joining Artists Repertory Theatre, he was Artistic Director of Furious Theatre Company in Los Angeles, CA. He also served as the Associate Artistic Director under Sheldon Epps at the Pasadena Playhouse. He is one of four leaders of color leading a LORT theatre in the United States today.
Shona Tucker is an American actress and director. Beginning in the 1990s, she had roles in several television shows including Law & Order and New York Undercover. She has appeared in regional theater, including at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Off-Broadway at The Public Theater and elsewhere, in films such as 2016's King Cobra, and on Broadway in original cast of 2018's To Kill a Mockingbird. She has taught drama at Vassar College since 2008.
Jessica Wallenfels is an American actress, choreographer, movement and theatre director, and graphic designer, notable for her early cult roles in Twin Peaks and the movie Dogfight, along with her later work as a choreographer, director, and stage actress.