Mike Jensen

Mike P. Jensen
Mike P. Jensen

I met Shakespeare scholar, Mike Jensen, and his wife, Cydne, while we were dining family-style at the exquisite new restaurant, Blue, Greek on Granite.  Jensen recently lectured at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival about OSF’s radio show, which aired between 1951 and 1984. He will be co-teaching a class on Shakespeare and Modern Culture with Geoff Ridden at Southern Oregon University this fall. This is an on-line interview.

EH: Shakespeare and popular culture, what’s the latest?

MJ: A Manga (a Japanese comic published as a paperback book) has just been released called Romeo X Juliet that sets the R&J story in a future repressive state with Juliet as a Zorro figure leading the rebellion; and I’m investigating the Japanese animated TV series that originated it.

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Presila Quinby

Presila Quinby has performed at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival,The Cabaret Theatre,and  Oregon Stage Works. At the Camelot Theater, Presila played The Widow in “Zorba”, Mama in “I Remember Mama”, Peggy Lee in ”Spotlight on Peggy Lee” and numerous other roles. A veteran of Broadway musical theatre, the attractive diminutive Presila would be perfect to portray Anna in “The King and I”.

As we sat in the shade at Ashland’s Rogue Valley Roasting Company one summer afternoon, Presila, a former ballerina, told me about her current project: choreography for Ashland Community Theatre’s new musical, “Illyria” based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”.

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