Unconventional Art - Unconventional Spaces
AUSTIN COPELAND - MINDF*****!!!
Be prepared to be Mindf*****!!! Adao
Mantor shows you how powerful your mind can be. With a mix of comedy, illusion, and human psychology, you will be amazed at just how much magic you can accomplish as you and he explores intuition, suggestion, influence, and decision-making in a one-of-a-kind crazy fest. (Rated 18 and up.)
With a lucky number of 69, Adao Mantor (Austin Copeland) has been entertaining the human mind since he was 11. With a funny demeanor and a love for cats, he has performed everywhere from birthday parties to local talent show and open mics. He lives in Medford, Oregon, and can be reached on Facebook at Adao Mantor.
AURELIA GRIERSON- ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME MARGARET
When Margaret Simon moves from New York City to Farbrook New Jersey, her whole life turns upside down. From friends to boys to periods, the whole world seems to spin on around her as she searches for meaning, identity and her place in the world. Based on the controversial novel by Judy Blume, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” examines the inner lives of young women, and the ups and downs of coming of age.
Aurelia Grierson was born and raised in Ashland, Oregon. They were an active participant in both the Ashland Middle School and Ashland High School drama departments. Upon graduating they spent two years at Fordham University in New York City. From there they transferred to the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Since returning home to Ashland and starting SOU, they have played Martha in The Secret Garden, Musician in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Beatrice/Venus/Elizabeth in Shakespeare’s Other Women, Colleen in Mr. Burns and Agnes in She Kills Monsters. This past summer, they made their directorial debut with Horse Girls. They couldn’t be more excited to share their second project with The Oregon Fringe Festival!
GRACE KENT - RECLAIMING THE TEASE
Reclaiming the Tease is a Cabaret style show featuring independent artists performing acts and routines in the form of burlesque, drag, aerial dancing, and live singing from the Dulcet acapella group and much more. The show encourages full self-expression, body positivity and sexual freedom all revolving around strip teasing and movement. It is a night to see our young community as an empowered and empowering force through cabaret style performances. The performance does involve strip teasing, nudity and sexual content and well as a whole lot more fun for our viewing audience. In partnering with Fringe we are very excited to bring something new and unique to the campus.
Grace Kent is a senior in the Theater Department at SOU. She has been performing theater since she was nine and appeared in Sing Awakening and The Rover on campus. She has been practicing strip teases in her bedroom since the age of 18; in September 2016 she performed burlesque routine on the public stage and has been struck by the art of the tease ever since. She is an experienced aerialist of four years and experiments with fire dancing and sewing costumes in her spare time. Burlesque is her favorite form of performance because it represents the perfect blend of art, feminism and movement for her full self-expression.
MONICA MAGEE- THE FEMALE SINGULARITY
The Female Singularity is a collaboration of some of SOU's finest costume designers, drag artists, and burlesque performers to create a collection of magical performances. From the tenacity and spirit of queer and feminist activism comes a cast of characters larger than life, yet deeply rooted in the elements of nature. With a world so lost, it is time to re-enchant our lives to create art to bring change, to bring art. As the Spanish proverb goes, life lived in fear is a life half-lived. It is time we found the courage to fight for ours.
Monica Magee is an SOU graduate with a BA in theatre. Her focus is in costuming, and she recieved the KCACTF Certificate of Merit in Costume Design for Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play. She recently started drag as Justin Thyme, debuting at "Ms. Daizy's Little Shop of Horrors" last fall. A lifelong interest in dance, fashion, feminism and queer activism has led to creating The Female Singularity, in the hope that other young artists will be inspired to discover the power of the feminine within.
CAROLINA STEVENS - AS THE SKY COMES CRASHING DOWN
As the Sky Comes Crashing Down, a one-act play written and directed by Carolina Stevens, explores the dangerous grey area around sexual assault, particularly when it occurs between queer women. In the middle of the night during a violent thunderstorm, college girl Beth (Lauren Davis) appears on her friend Maeve’s (Annie Murrell) doorstep and tells her that she has just been sexually assaulted by her high school best friend, Jan (Kennedy Cartwright). Over the course of the play, the three women must grapple with the consequences of that night and the secrets that come uncovered.
Writer/Director Carolina Stevens is a senior at SOU pursuing her B.A. in Theatre Arts. She has worked with community and professional theatres on four continents as a director, stage manager, actor, singer, and playwright. Her first 10-minute play, Buck, was a winner of the 2017 Majestic Eight Statewide 10-Minute Play Competition and received a staged reading at the Majestic Theatre in Eugene.
MARTHA THATCHER - CYCLONE
“Cyclone” is a one-act play written by Martha Thatcher, directed by Nolan Sanchez (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Dog Sees God). Presented as a workshop-style staged reading, “Cyclone” follows the story of friends Catalina and Jarvis as they sit in the waiting room of an empty hospital in the wee hours of the morning, waiting to hear if their best friend has survived a catastrophic car crash. As they sit and wait, present day fades away and they find themselves in the land of memory—A place where anything is possible, even second chances. A new and developing work, “Cyclone” examines the “What if?” at the start and end of every relationship, and the disastrous consequences of emotional negligence and presupposition.
Martha Thatcher is a West Coast based actor, originally from Los Angeles, California. She was most recently seen by Ashland audiences in Oregon Center for the Arts’ production of “She Kills Monsters,” by Qui Nguyen in the role of Tilly Evans, for which she earned a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Nomination, and in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”/ “Dog Sees God,” directed by Nolan Sanchez, in the roles of Sally Brown and CB’s Sister. Previous notable roles include Rose Lennox in “The Secret Garden” (KCACTF Irene Ryan Nomination), Sympathy the Learned in “The Arabian Nights” (KCACTF Irene Ryan Nomination), “Angels for Change,” featuring Pat Benatar, and “Dollywood Singer” on ABC’s “The Middle.” Ms. Thatcher is an artist in residence at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture in Malibu, California and was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Susan Carter Acting Scholarship, by competitive audition. She can next be seen in Oregon Center for the Art’s production of “Dear Brutus,” in the role of Lady Caroline Laney.