In 1959, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Oregon, the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company commissioned the Grammy Award-winning radio personality Stan Freberg to write a 21-minute-long musical comedy about the beaver state. The result was a hilarious tale of two explorers in 1859 named Harry and David, their encounter with a witch, and the subsequent birth of a state which must go back into the bottle after 100 years…that is, if the citizens of 1959 can’t break the spell. Sound confusing?
Well hold on to your myrtlewood, because a team of Oregonians, including Metro President David Bragdon, Chariots of Fire conductor Harry Rabinowitz, Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini, PICA Flash Choir’s Sarah Dougher & Pat Janowski, and the writers of Livewire! have teamed up to write a new Act IV, complete with brand new songs and rollicking plot!
With sets by Scrappers and an all-star Oregonian cast backed by the 234th Army Band – Oregon National Guard and Pink Martini, Oregon! Oregon! 2009 will debut at the Oregon State Fair, followed by performances in Bend, and Jacksonville. The final performance—in Portland—will be co-presented by PICA at The Oregon Zoo for one night only!
The creation of Oregon! Oregon! 2009 : A Sesquicentennial Fable in IV Acts is made possible in part by The Kinsman Foundation, The Wessinger Foundation, Stoel Rives LLP, Hotel Lucia, and Hotel deLuxe in celebration of Oregon’s 150th Birthday.
Total Running time: 120 minutes, including an opening set by the 234th Army Band and a closing set by Pink Martini. Those who purchased tickets for the Memorial Coliseum event via credit card at the Rose Quarter Box Office, ComcastTIX.com, or by phone will automatically receive a refund. Ticket holders who purchased tickets at Safeway/TicketsWest outlets can receive refunds at the place of purchase. Tickets purchased by cash at the Rose Quarter Box Office can receive a refund at the box office. For any further questions about tickets, please contact the Rose Quarter Box Office at 503.797.9619.