Dell’Arte Company brings historical musical In the Land of the Grasshopper Song to Ashland “Everything – music, physical comedy, witty dialogue– works together with impeccable timing, delivering a solid hour of entertainment.” – Arcata Eye
The Dell’Arte Company presents In the Land of the Grasshopper Song by Lauren Wilson. This two performance special engagement will be held Saturday & Sunday, November 10th, 11th at Le Cirque Centre, Ashland, Oregon. In the Land of the Grasshopper Song begins at Tickets are $15 general seating $10 pillow seats. Tickets are available at The Tree house books, music coop, Le Cirque Centre, or at the door. Call (541) 301-6804 to reserve tickets.
Based on an award-winning, true-account book, In the Land of the Grasshopper Song tells the story ofMary Ellicott Arnold and Mabel Reed, who, in 1908, set out from the East Coast to be “field matrons” for the Karuk Tribe of Northern California. They were the only white women in the Indian Country of the Klamath and Salmon rivers and left after their two years of service with profound affection and respect for the people they had lived among.
Adapted by Lauren Wilson from the book by the same name,In the Land of the Grasshopper Song records friendships and quarrels, celebrations and disasters. Arnold and Reed travelled by horseback and by foot, by dugout canoe and swinging bridge. They acted as teachers, doctors, preachers, legal advisers and mediators. They learned about love and honor, death and courage, and were forever changed by their experience.
“Grasshopper takes the audience on a journey, a journey that includes the conflict between cultures,” said Director Michael Fields, Dell’Arte’s producing artistic director. “A journey that is not always easy, but is inspiring, and always highly entertaining. It’s a production unlike most any other you will find, combining a wonderful story, the high theatricality of the Dell’Arte style, and great original songs with live music.”
Based in a former logging town on California’s north coast, the Dell’Arte Company is an artist-managed professional touring company with a long history of creating original work that is inspired by their region.This ongoing ensemble of artists has created more than 35 award-winning, original works of theatre since 1977, and has toured with acclaim to international festivals. Dell’Arte International is the United States center for the development, exploration, training, creation and performance of the physical theatre traditions and their contemporary applications.For more information on Dell’Arte, visit www.dellarte.com.
In the Land of the Grasshopper Song features Dell’Arte Company performers Dawn Falato, Tim Cunningham, Tyler Olsen and Oliver Steck along with Dell’Arte instructor/performer Jacqueline Dandeneau. Set design is by Dan Stockwell, costume design by Lynnie Horrigan, sound and music by Tim Gray.
PHOTO CREDIT: Carol Eckstein
Photo 1: Jackie Dandeneau, as Mabel Reed, and Dawn Falato, as Mary Ellicott Arnold, perform “In the Land of the Grasshopper Song.”
Photo 2: Jackie Dandeneau, Oliver Steck and Dawn Falato in “In the Land of the Grasshopper Song.”
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