Cover artwork of the Season in review 2020/21: A group of friends open a time capsule labelled 2020.
Oregon Season in Review 2020/21
  • Oregon Banner for Season in Review 2020/21
    Artwork by Bekka Lindstrom, Drawings by Ian Sklarsky
  • Lonesomes by Octavio Solis artists
    Lonesomes by Octavio Solis artists. From top left, clockwise: Director and ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca, Isabel Pask, playwright Octavio Solis, and Armando Durán. Image by Kara Q. Lewis for Ashland New Plays Festival.
  • Lonesomes Performance still: Isabel as Jesse.
    Lonesomes by Octavio Solis. Performance still: Isabel as Jesse.
  • Talkback of Lonesomes
    From top left, clockwise: Lonesomes director and ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca, Isabel Pask, Armando Durán, and playwright Octavio Solis during talkback following the first live Zoom performance on February 27, 2021. Image by Kara Q. Lewis.
  • Lonesomes Performance still: Armando as Conrad.
    Lonesomes by Octavio Solis. Performance still: Armando as Conrad.
  • Lonesomes Playbill cover.
    Lonesomes by Octavio Solis. Playbill cover.

In the year that was the Big Pivot, Oregon dramatists have created brave, bold new work. This feature will highlight just a few examples of Oregon-based dramatists and some of the Oregon venues that featured them. It will also speak to the myriad ways we found to tell stories, in what was a challenging year for our communities. Police brutality and protests shook the night on our city streets. Wildfires raged, blotting the sun, making the air unbreathable for weeks. Yet in this hard time, artists found new capacity to connect with each other and with audiences.

Here are a few highlights.

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Rachael Carnes
Rachael Carnes

(She/Her/Hers) is an award-winning playwright who has productions across the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Asia, publications in lots of nice literary journals, and recent invitations to the Inge Theatre Festival, the Midwestern Dramatists Center, the Mid-America Theater Conference, the American Association for Theatre in Higher Education New Play Development Series, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, as well as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Playwriting Intensive. She and her family live in Oregon.