Where is ISF actor Sara Bruner?

Idaho Shakespeare Festival fans and followers might find themselves wondering where longtime company member and artistic associate Sara Bruner is this summer.

Well, she was — in a sense — beamed up by the mothership of Shakespeare festivals — the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

Sara is currently in director Tracy Young’s world premiere adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s sci-fi novel “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Charles Wallace (Sara Bruner), Calvin (Joe Wegner)  and Meg (Alejandra Escalante) time-travel to Camazotz and encounter the Man with Red Eyes in Tracy Young's “A Wrinkle in Time” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. OSF photo by Jenny Graham

Charles Wallace (Sara Bruner), Calvin (Joe Wegner) and Meg (Alejandra Escalante) time-travel to Camazotz and encounter the Man with Red Eyes in Tracy Young’s “A Wrinkle in Time” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
OSF photo by Jenny Graham

Tracy connected with Sara when she directed “The Taming of the Shrew” at ISF in 2011. Tracy also directed “The Imaginary Invalid” in 2012 and will be back this season for “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”

Sara moved to Ashland in February. Fellow ISF company member Eduardo Placar , who played the Master of Ceremonies in “Cabaret” in 2011, also is in the Ashland company this season.

“It is amazing here,” Bruner says. “The scope of the company is beyond my wildest dreams. I already miss Boise, but am really enjoying being a part of this company. ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ is the only show I’m doing, but an exciting addition to my contract is this thing called the Black Swan Lab, which is a subgroup of actors in the company who read and workshop new plays. Some of the pieces from the lab will end up on the stage in upcoming seasons; others may have other lives at other theaters. The lab starts in August — I can’t wait. I’m also understudying all female roles in “Two Gents” and Queen Elizabeth in “Richard III.”

Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a year-round company; most of the theater it produces is not by Shakespeare. Sara’s contract runs through November.

Here’s a review of “A Wrinkle in Time” from the Mail Tribune .

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