If four weeks of Ohio Chautauqua leave you eager for the next summer of great performances, a visit to Ashland can extend your Chautauqua experience one more week. Ashland Chautauqua Committee chair Deleasa Randall-Griffiths explains how it all began. “The planning committee hosted the Ohio Chautauqua for three years and from that experience, began creating their own unique themes and hiring scholars from across the nation. The community-supported series of workshops and performances are now an Ashland tradition.”
Every year Ashland Chautauqua takes place following the Ohio Chautauqua tour – this year performances are July 14 – 18. Ashland Chautauqua’s 2015 theme is “200 Years of Progress” and will feature a range of historical characters. In honor ofAshland’s Bicentennial this year, we will re-stage our local World War II history performance At Home & Abroad, which will be directed by Sue Amstutz. In addition, this year’s cast includes Debra Conner as Civil War surgeon Dr. Mary Walker, Bill Young as President Woodrow Wilson, Deleasa Randall-Griffiths as women’s suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt and John Anderson as local author and conservationist Louis Bromfield.
Each scholar/actor will appear in a major performance in character on stage at the Myers Band Shell at Brookside Park. In addition, each will present a daytime youth workshop and an adult lecture during their week-long residency in Ashland County.
Ashland Chautauqua coordinator Deleasa Randall-Griffiths says that, “Chautauqua has developed a strong audience in and around Ashland County due to the support from Ohio Humanities and their production of the annual Ohio Chautauqua. With strong community support, Ashland Chautauqua continues the tradition in 2015.”