Veteran Shakespeare actor Josiah (JP) Phillips will join with poet Chris Ransick for an afternoon of culture at The Red Roof in Gleneden Beach this Sunday, Nov. 25.
The pair will bring the Gleneden Beach coffee house and wine bar to life with a program of poetry and a scene from “Hamlet.”
As a child, Josiah Phillips read the Bible to his grandmother. Teachers at Roosevelt High School encouraged him to develop his love of Shakespeare and poetry, which led to his desire to become an actor. After acting with the Portland Civic Theater and Portland Shakespeare Company, Phillips moved to San Francisco in 1973 and toured the United States with the New Shakespeare Company of San Francisco. In 1987 he began a 22-year career with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, playing in a number of August Wilson’s plays. During his long acting career he has played many of Shakespeare’s characters including Othello, Claudius, Prospero, Oberon, Friar Lawrence and both Dukes in As You Like It. He has a special place in his heart for Polonius.
Phillips lives in Sheridan and is married to Monica Setziol-Phillips.
Chris Ransick was born and raised in upstate New York, where he roamed the woods, swam in the creeks, and played a lot of pond hockey. After leaving New York as a teenager, he spent the next decade living in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and California, pursuing undergraduate and master’s degrees in both journalism and creative writing. Along the way, he studied with Gary Snyder, Stan Rice, Sandra McPherson, Ed Hoagland and Bill Kittredge, learning the craft of language across a range of genres. He went on to work variously as a newspaper reporter, editor, college professor, consultant and anthologist.
Ransick has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction since 1980. His first collection of poetry, “Never Summer: Poems from Thin Air,” won a Colorado Book Award for Poetry in 2003. Other poetry collections include “Lost Songs and Last Chances,” “Asleep Beneath the Hill of Dreams” and “Language for the Living and the Dead.”
Ransick moved to the central coast of Oregon in 2016, where he lives with his wife, Shannon Skaife. He is currently completing work on a new book of poetry, “Mummer Prisoner Scavenger Thief.”
The afternoon’s entertainment will start at 3 pm at The Red Roof, 7040 Gleneden Beach Loop. Admission is free but donations are suggested.
For more information, call 541-614-4528.