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“One of the main themes is building a new kind of community.”Set in 1906, before Oklahoma was a state, the musical’s plot incorporates the social tension between farmers and cowboys, who have differing opinions on land use and ownership.
Those particular issues may not feel particularly resonant today.
And with the exception of November through January, it runs all year long; which has transformed Ashland, a town of 20,000, into an artsy, foodie, queer-embracing oasis in conservative rural Oregon.
For gay theater lovers, OSF’s is a destination event.
It’s a production that exudes optimism and idealism, welcoming a new day of acceptance and inclusion.
Jud Fry, the one dark and domineering character in the musical never really stands a chance in OSF’s He is toxic masculinity personified—then disinfected by this production’s particular sunshine..
For queer audience members, there are lines in Oscar Hammerstein’s original script and lyrics that take on amusing new shades of meaning when delivered among characters now portrayed as gay or lesbian: Here’s Andy’s pa, blessing his son’s marriage to Will: are the musical declarations of love.
At OSF, it feels at once beautifully classic and utterly groundbreaking when Will gives Andy his “All Or Nothing” ultimatum and when Curly and Laurey croon “People Will Say We’re In Love.”As presented by Bill Rauch and OSF, these indelible old melodies become catalysts for new ways of thinking.
He runs on a socially liberal platform and opposes government involvement in personal sexual matters.
But except for the occasional shift of a “he” to a “she” or “girl” to “boy” and vice versa, the original script and song lyrics of the songs haven’t been changed.” says Rauch, 55.
“And since then, I’ve often thought about whether it could be done with the lead roles as same-sex couples.”“To be honest though, I felt like it was idle fantasy.
Milk comes in 10th out of 32 candidates, earning 16,900 votes, winning the Castro District and other liberal neighborhoods.
He receives a lot of media attention for his passionate speeches, brave political stance, and media skills.