Oregon Shakespeare Actors Visit WWU

Annual performance set for Oct. 20

By: Emily Forshee

Jeremy Johnson

Blaine Johnston

Walla Walla University will host a pair of actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 207 South College Avenue.  This event is free and open to the public.

The actors, Jeremy Peter Johnson and Blaine Johnston, will perform excerpts from Shakespeare and other classical and contemporary literature such as Monty Python, Irving Berlin, Sam Shepard, and Neil Simon.  Their program will include a presentation titled "Tennis Anyone?".

Johnson has been with OSF for 3 years and has played Antipholus of Syracuse in Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”, Ariel’s Shadow in “The Tempest”, and Thomas Tracy in “Tracy’s Tiger,” among many other roles.  He has also performed with the Westport Country Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, The Open Fist Theatre Company, and more. Johnson has also appeared in various television shows and films, such as “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.”  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and this is his 1st tour with the School Visit Program with OSF.

Johnston has performed in 3 seasons with OSF and has played roles such as Linus Dunlop in Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” Sebastian in “Twelfth Night,” and Koken in “Throne of Blood,” to name a few.  He has also performed with Southern Oregon University as Lorca with Bicycle Pants in “Lorca in a Green Dress,” and with other theatres. He studied at Southern Oregon University and is on his first tour with the School Visit Program with OSF.

The School Visit Program is part of the festival’s ongoing commitment to bring live theatre to students.

For more information on this event, email pamela.rodman@wallawalla.edu or call 509-527-2862.

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