What an absolute honor and joy it is for Ashland to be the home of Rogue Theater Company. Few towns in the entire country can boast the artistic and acting talent that bursts from this company with every performance.
From its first production, “ ‘Night, Mother,” to its current production, “An Iliad,” this company keeps on outperforming itself, which is a tough thing to say. “Every Brilliant Thing,” “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” “Mala” — these, and others, are world-class performances. Sometimes the audience flies to its feet to applaud a production. Today I only wanted to sit and absorb the immensity of the play, yet I knew I had to find a way to thank the people who made it happen.
The stunning oversight of the company’s artistic director, Jessica Sage, brings together talent that has made this area its home for many years. When I had to exchange our tickets, Jessica handled it with a grace that is Ashland’s trademark — at no cost, of course. She even provided a lap blanket for every seat since the venue, at Grizzly Peak Winery, can get a bit chilly. All in all, it was simply an incredible experience. It was one the main reasons I made Ashland my home.
Should you have guests this year, do try to schedule their visits so you can show them the pinnacle of Ashland art at the Rogue Theater Company, and do gift yourself a ticket too.