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OSU one-act play festival runs June 2-5

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s annual Spring One-Act Festival returns June 2-5 with six student-directed one-act plays.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 2-4, and 2 p.m. June 5, in the Withycombe Hall Lab Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. 

This year’s festival includes an eclectic selection of one-act plays:

  • “Cake Top Follies,” by John Twomey, features two bridesmaids hashing out their differences after the wedding reception. The director is Kelsea Vierra.
  • “Dark King Kills Unicorn,” by Reina Hardy, is a swashbuckling fable about the nature of love and sacrifice. The director is Reed Morris.
  • “Funeral Tea,” by Pat Wilson, is a wry comedy about a group of funeral crashers. It is directed by Sedona Garcia.
  • “The Goon,” by Pete Malicki, is a comic exposé about the lives of a super-villain’s loyal henchmen. It is directed by Brian Greer.
  • “The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From,” by Christopher Durang, is a funny exploration of misunderstandings about sex. It is directed by Emily Peters.
  • “Knockers,” by Chris Sheppard and Jeff Grove, comically explores themes of religion, privacy, and sexuality. The director is P.J. Harris.

Tickets for the 2016 One-Act Festival are $8; $6 for seniors; $5 for students/youth; or $4 for OSU students. Tickets will be sold online starting at 9 a.m. on May 30 at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ.

For additional information or disability access requests, contact the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or visit http://bit.ly/1jdKUgy.

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Environmental writer, photographer Elizabeth Rush to read at OSU May 27

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Environmental writer and photographer Elizabeth Rush will give a free public reading at Oregon State University on Friday, May 27.

The event will at 7:30 p.m. in the Valley Library rotunda on the OSU campus, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Rush is the author of many books including the recently released “Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar.” Her work chronicles communities being irrevocably changed by late capitalist industrialization and has appeared in Granta, Orion, The New Republic, Le Monde Diplomatique, Frieze and other publications.

She is the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Bates College (2015-2017) and the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship. Rush received her bachelor’s degree in English from Reed College and her master of fine arts in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University.

Her current book project, “When the Seas Rise,” is an on-the-ground investigation of five North American coastal communities adapting to climate change. Instead of predicting the negative effects of climate change, the book focuses on the lived experiences, both past and present, of those already dealing with the results of a warming planet.

Rush is the spring writer-in-residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. These residencies are part of the long-term ecological reflections program sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Nature, Ideas and the Written Word, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, with aims to encourage writing and thinking that is finely attuned to place and to the deep continuity of natural and human processes.

The reading is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project and the 2015-2016 Visiting Writers Series, supported by the MFA Program in Creative Writing in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film.

The mission of the Spring Creek Project is to bring together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophical analysis, and the creative, expressive power of the written word, to find new ways to understand and re-imagine our relationship to the natural world.

The Visiting Writers Series brings writers to Oregon State University. This program is made possible by support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

Rep. Peter DeFazio to present annual OSU McCall Lecture June 1

CORVALLIS, Ore. – U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio will deliver the annual Gov. Tom McCall Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, June 1, at Oregon State University.

His lecture, “The Future of Our Representative Democracy,” will discuss the challenges facing U.S. democracy from a variety of negative factors, including gerrymandering; special interest money; partisan polarization; voter apathy; and voter disenfranchisement. He will also discuss ways in which citizens can take action to safeguard the democracy and strengthen political institutions. 

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Construction and Engineering Hall in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St. It is free and open to the public, and presented by the OSU College of Liberal Arts and the School of Public Policy.

DeFazio, of Springfield, represents Oregon’s 4th District in Congress. He was first elected in 1986 and is now the longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Oregon’s history. 

The OSU lectureship in public affairs is named after Tom McCall, who was Oregon’s governor from 1967-75. Past lecturers have included several Oregon governors; Washington Post columnists David Broder and William Raspberry; political analyst Floyd McKay; Dennis Dimick of National Geographic magazine; and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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David Bernell, 541-737-6281, david.bernell@oregonstate.edu

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Poet Jennifer Richter to read from her latest work May 20 at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author and Oregon State University faculty member Jennifer Richter will read from her new poetry collection at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at OSU.

The reading will be held in the rotunda at the Valley Library, 201 S.W. Waldo Place, Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public. 

Richter, who teaches in OSU’s Creative Writing program, will read from “No Acute Distress,” her latest poetry collection. The book, published March 1, was chosen as a Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Editor’s selection.

Mary Szybist, a winner of the National Book Award for Poetry, called “No Acute Distress” a powerful and enthralling book of poems detailing “how difficult it can be not only to survive physical and emotional trauma, but to preserve ourselves through it for those we love.”

Richter’s first book, “Threshold,” has been a national bestseller and was named a 2011 Oregon Book Award finalist.  Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey chose “Threshold” as winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.

Richter was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship in Poetry by Stanford University, where she taught in the creative writing program for four years. She earned her MFA at Penn State University.

Each year the Literary Northwest Series brings Pacific Northwest writers to Oregon State University. This program is made possible by generous support from the OSU Libraries and Press, the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, the College of Liberal Arts, Kathy Brisker and Tim Steele, and Grass Roots Books and Music.

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Susan Rodgers, 541-737-1658, susan.rodgers@oregonstate.edu

OSU Opera Workshop to present production of Aubert’s ‘The Blue Forest’ May 13-14

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Opera workshop will perform Louis Aubert’s opera “The Blue Forest” at 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 14 on the OSU campus in Corvallis.

Composed at the turn of the 20th Century during a golden age of artistic symbolism, “The Blue Forest” is a whimsical fairytale opera set to a libretto by Jacques Cheneviere, who drew inspiration from the fairy tales of Charles Perrault. The three-act opera includes material from the popular tales “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Hop-o’-my-Thumb,” and “Sleeping Beauty.”

Marc Callahan, a visiting assistant professor at OSU and a world-traveling opera performer/director is directing the production. “The Blue Forest” also features video and sound production by OSU music instructor Mike Gamble and extensive artwork from OSU art instructor Andrew Myers.

Marrying art and science, the cross-disciplinary production also draws from the body of scientific and technological knowledge and abilities at OSU. From the use of the brilliant blue pigment created by OSU chemist Mas Subramian and his research team, to “forest creations” by Sara Robinson, assistant professor in the OSU College of Forestry, a scientific approach is present throughout this multimedia-rich production.

“The Blue Forest” is the first major performing arts production to use the OSU’s new Learning Innovation Center, a $65 million 130,000-square foot multi-disciplinary building designed for students from all academic areas at OSU.

The performance will be held in a classroom in the round, Room 100, in the LInC building, 165 S.W. Sackett Place, Corvallis.

General admission tickets are $10 advance or $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at http://www.tickettomato.com. OSU students free with valid ID. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

Foreign policy conference to feature Corvallis lecture, Portland panel discussion

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Harvard University historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Fredrik Logevall will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Oregon State University.

Logevall, the author of “Embers of War,” is the keynote speaker for “Rethinking Grand Strategy,” an international conference on American foreign policy strategy hosted by OSU. More than 20 renowned scholars of the U.S. role in the world will present papers, discuss and debate the historical development of the United States’ foreign policy and how this history might inform contemporary policies and also present challenges.

Logevall’s lecture, “American Grand Strategy: How Grand Has it Been? Does it Matter?” will be held in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union on the OSU campus. It is free and open to the public and a book-signing will follow.

Additional panel discussions and presentations will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 and May 14 in the Memorial Union Journey Room on the OSU campus in Corvallis. All panels are free and open to the public; on-site registration is required. A full schedule of events is available online: http://bit.ly/1TteLnC.

The conference concludes Monday, May 16, with a panel discussion, “Immigration and American Politics,” at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., in Portland. The discussion, co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council, will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists are: Elizabeth Borgwardt, an associate professor of history at Washington University, St. Louis; Christopher McKnight Nichols, an assistant professor of history and director of Citizenship and Crisis Initiative at OSU; and Daniel J. Tichenor, the Philip H. Knight Chair of Political Science and senior scholar at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon.

C-SPAN’s American History TV also is expected to record several panels for later broadcast. Organizers also hope to compile a book from the work presented at the event.

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Christopher McKnight Nichols, 541-737-8910, Christopher.nichols@oregonstate.edu

Auditions for OSU’s summer Bard in the Quad production to be held May 15-16

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Open auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s popular summer event, Bard in the Quad, will take place at 6 p.m. May 15 and 16 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. Call-backs may be held May 17 if needed.

Bard in the Quad, an annual production featuring Shakespeare plays in a casual, outdoor summer atmosphere, will return for its 11th season with a production of the romantic comedy, “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

In the play, the King of Navarre and his three friends attempt to swear off love and affection in exchange for lives of study and denial, but their resolve is quickly tested when a beautiful princess and her ladies-in-waiting come to court. The tale explores the conventions of courtship, oaths, and human desire.

A full-text version of the script is available online at http://shakespeare.mit.edu/lll/full.html. Those auditioning should read the script beforehand and be prepared to perform cold readings and movement exercises. Auditions are open to all students, staff, faculty and community members.

Rehearsals will begin with a read-through on May 28. Regular rehearsals will start June 19 and be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Technical/dress rehearsals are July 30-Aug. 3.

Performances run August 4-8 and August 11-14. All actors must be available for all of technical rehearsals and performances and to strike the set immediately following the closing performance.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Helman, Elizabeth.helman@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Wind Ensemble to perform world premiere of ‘Heart of a Forest’ by artist Paul D. Miller

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Wind Ensemble will perform the world premiere of Paul D. Miller’s “Heart of a Forest” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street, Corvallis.

Miller, a composer, multimedia artist and author who also goes by the stage name D.J. Spooky, composed the work after four artist residencies in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. He said that the piece is inspired by Thoreau and “the collision of data, sound and new ways to think about the absence of origins.”

“No one owns the forest and the sounds that it inspires,” Miller said. “It’s all a mirror of what is possible in our hyper interconnected world. Like the roots of trees underneath the forest. It is all connected, and we all contribute to the elements that make it evolve.”

Loosely based on the concept of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” the work, composed for wind ensemble and turntables, explores a post-minimalist soundscape in which Miller draws from his immersive experience of visiting the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest during each of the four seasons of the year. Neo-classical in nature, the audience will be treated to a work that features the familiar and the modern.

Miller’s work has appeared at the Venice Biennial for Architecture, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Whitney Biennial and others. Miller spent 2012-2013 as the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has collaborated with a diverse array of popular musicians, including Yoko Ono, Chuck D and Thurston Moore. Rising to fame through his hip-hop turntablist persona “DJ Spooky,” Miller is a global artist who has engaged in creative projects on all seven continents.

The project is collaboration between the Oregon State University School of Arts and Communication, the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word and the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble. Funding was provided by the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights program and the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station.

The OSU Wind Symphony, under the direction of Dana Biggs, will open the concert with Alfred Reed’s “Hound of Spring,” “Elegy for a Young American” by Ronald Lo Presti, Chorale and Alleluia by Howard Hanson, an excerpt from Frank Ticheli’s Second Symphony and Vientos y Tangos by Michael Gandolfi.

The OSU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Christopher Chapman, will also perform Percy Grainger’s popular “Lincolnshire Posy,” “Daybreak Crossing” by David Biedenbender and a transcription of John Adams’ fiercely rhythmic “Short Ride in a Fast Machine.”

Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. OSU students with ID and youth in grades K-12 will be admitted free. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply, allowing purchase of up to two tickets for $5 each at the door with a SNAP card. Advance tickets are also available online at www.tickettomato.com.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, zachary.person@oregonstate.edu

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OSU Theatre to present ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ in May

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre will present Tom Stoppard’s existential comedy, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” May 12-14 and May 20-22 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis.

The production continues OSU Theatre’s yearlong celebration of William Shakespeare. Stoppard’s hilariously wise and surreal take on Hamlet re-imagines the classic tragedy from the perspective of two minor characters.

Unsure of why and how they have been brought to the castle of Elsinore, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern attempt to navigate their way through a dangerous high-stakes game of deception, madness, murder, and revenge. Originally premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1966, this absurdist comedy challenges audience perceptions of life, death, reality, and free-will.

 “This play is incredibly rich and complex. I love how it blends physical comedy with philosophical discourse and endearing characters,” said Director Elizabeth Helman, an OSU Theatre faculty member. “There’s something for everyone.”

The cast features OSU students Daniel Barber (The Player), Sedona Garcia (Gertrude), Forest Heintz (Tragedian), Jesse Johnson (Tragedian), Jackson Lango (Hamlet), Jay McNair (Ambassador), Reed Morris (Guildenstern), Nate Pereira (Horatio), Risa Perez (Tumbler), Lauren Smith (Ophelia), and Kyle Stockdall (Tragedian). Community members Matt Holland (Tragedian), Robert Iltis (Polonius), Brad Stone (Alfred), Rick Wallace (Claudius), and Joseph Workman (Rosencrantz) also join the cast.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. May 12-14 and May 20-21 and at 2 p.m. May 22. Tickets are $12 General Admission, $10 Senior, $8 Youth/Student, and $5 OSU Student. Tickets are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784. Online ticket sales begin at 9 a.m. May 2 and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/1wgmTkJ. Contact the box office for disability accommodations or group ticket sales.

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Artist Ben Buswell to speak at OSU, exhibit work at Fairbanks Gallery

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Ben Buswell, an award-winning sculptor and multimedia artist, will speak and exhibit work at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Buswell will exhibit embellished photographs, mixed media drawings, sculpture and acrylic on canvas in the Fairbanks Gallery on the OSU campus in Corvallis May 2 through May 25.

On Wednesday, May 4, he will give a talk in Fairbanks Gallery at 5 p.m. A reception will be held prior to the talk at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Buswell also will speak in art classes and critique student work that day.

Buswell, a native of Dallas, Oregon, received a bachelor of fine arts from OSU in 2001. He went on to study at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he earned a master’s degree in 2004 and a master’s in fine art in 2005.

His work is temporal in nature, spanning a variety of media, from ceramics to incised photographs, using processes such as doubling and repetitive mark-making.

“I am always touching the world in an effort to build an intuitive sense of how materials communicate through their presence,” Buswell said in an artist’s statement about his work.

“I have a firm belief that we exist only through our bodies, that we are wholly physical things. So material and sculptural presence, as surrogates for this idea, are embedded in the way I think about content. My work is the interaction of the spaces between things: more specifically the space between us. I am looking for the space right before the story is told, the place where we agree to listen.”

Buswell has received a Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts, supported by the Ford Family Foundation. His work appears in numerous public and private collections and has also been supported by grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Oregon Arts Commission. He lives and works in Portland and is represented by Upfor Gallery.

The Fairbanks Gallery, 220 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to campus to interact with students so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar.

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Michael Boonstra, 541.737.5017, michael.boonstra@oregonstate.edu 

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