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Volunteer judges are needed to assist the eighth annual National Christian Forensics and Communications Association speech and debate tournament, occurring from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29, at Cascade Christian High School, 855 Chevy Way.

The tournament will play host to more than 150 students from four states competing in 11 speech categories and two debate styles.

No experience is necessary. Judging involves a three-hour commitment, including an orientation. Food and refreshments will be served.

Register online at www.ncfca.org. For information, call 541-778-7215 or email tikaweeks@gmail.com.

The Dramatists Guild will sponsor a talk early next month in Ashland about authenticity in the American theater.

The talk will feature Lue Douthit, literary manager of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Francesca Piantadosi Sanders, regional representative of the Dramatists Guild.

"While William Shakespeare 'authentically' penned Othello about a Moor (which he was clearly not), today there are different sensibilities about who can 'represent' whom," a guild release states. "For example, if you're a man, should you be able to write a play where the significant themes and characters are female? Or to take it a step further, what is a female theme? Can a straight woman write accurately about a man in 14th-century China? If not, why not? If so, why? And who decides?"

The talk will begin at noon Saturday, April 5, in Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, across from Lithia Park in Ashland. Admission is free, and the talk is open to all.

Participants are asked to reserve a spot by emailing Sanders at fsanders@dramatistsguild.com.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will present a play reading of Sophocles' "Ajax" at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Thomas Theatre. The reading is directed by Tom Ridgely, 2014 Phil Killian Directing Fellow.

More than 2,400 years old, "Ajax" is the earliest surviving play by one of the greatest dramatists of ancient Greece.

" 'Ajax' is one of the first and most powerful documents we have of the effects of war on the soldier's psyche," Ridgely said in a press release. "With startling candor and insight, Sophocles strips combat of its heroism and glamour and reveals it as an omnivorous beast that consumes both victor and vanquished."

The reading combines major translations from three different centuries — the 19th, 20th and 21st, Ridgely said.

The cast includes Omoze Idehenre as Athena, Ron Menzel as Odysseus, Danforth Comins as Ajax, Brent Hinkley as Chorus, Jennie Greenberry as Techmessa, Benjamin Pelteson as Messenger, Mark Bedard as Teucer, Robert Vincent Frank as Menelaus and David Kelly as Agamemnon.

Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for OSF members and $8 for youth (6-17). Find tickets and information at http://www.osfashland.org/productions/2014-activities-and-events/reading.aspx.

The four-month Phil Killian Directing Fellowship was developed for early career directors interested in large-scale classical theater and Shakespeare in particular.

Compiled from staff reports

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