Evalyn Hansen (Evalyn Stanley) Dramatic Arts, class of ’68, has published her book BACKSTAGE with Evalyn Hansen, available at bookstores and on Amazon. The book is a collection of over 300 interviews with prominent performing artists, writers, directors and educators gathered over 12-year period in Ashland, Oregon. What began as a theater column in the Ashland Daily Tidings to encourage and promote the arts revealed Ashland’s remarkable history as the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as insights into the artistic processes of highly productive and creative people.
Navigate Like a Viking
The name “Vikings” conjures a romantic image: massive, oared longships astride the sea, crewed by bloodthirsty, bearded Norwegians in horned helmets, intent on rape and rapine. But in addition to being fierce warriors, it turns out that Vikings were navigational experts with great technological prowess. Their ships were fast, able to endure ocean crossings as […]
Making Believe: Actor Robert Sicular’s Devotion to Berkeley, the Bard, and The Bay
Born and raised in Berkeley, Robert Sicular feels sorry for people who didn’t grow up here. He even loved his time in high school, which he remembers as full of opportunities–not just in academics, but in sports and music and the arts. When he went there, Berkeley High School’s commitment to drama was clear—there was […]
Celebrating Children’s Literature Legend, Beverly Cleary
It was a quiet morning at Sather Gate Book Shop in Berkeley during World War II. Beverly Cleary, who was working at the shop, idly picked up a children’s book. “‘Bow-wow. I like the green grass,’ said the puppy,” she read, as she later recalled in a memoir. “How ridiculous,” she thought. “No puppy I had known talked like that.”