‘A One-of-a-Kind Dream Series’
“ASHLAND…A STATE OF MIND” picks up where the highly popular CBS mid-90’s series “Northern Exposure” left off. AshLand’ was written to also utilize the immensely diverse local talents, the loveably quirky and humane residents & the astounding natural beauty of the exceptional Rogue River Valley (Ashland, Oregon area).
This weekly dreamy drama series with entrancing qualities- features Prof. Dwayne Goforth, a recently displaced ex-Ivy League mythology teacher from the East Coast- and a stunning but wholesome Oregonian-bred blonde ‘dreamstress’ :
Alison Fields (Alison of Ashland) who quietly possesses ‘occasionally’ functioning psychic abilities-but makes up for it with ‘a good heart’… Some elements may be akin to the previous hit CBS shows, “Joan of Arcadia” and “Medium”- but here with a way ‘quirkier comedic edge’…
The show also features Alison’s more darkly beautiful and manipulative cousin,
Alexia Falls– representing Alison’s ‘shadow-side’– she is a ‘part-time thespian’ & ‘full-time seductress’ of every new arrival in town & at times every unavailable one too for that matter.
Amongst the vibrant backdrop of Ashland, Alison & Alexia initially compete for the attention of the latest arrival to their unique community- one Professor Dwayne W.Goforth (whose irascible nature may stir memories of the popular character Dr. Joel Fleischman (his distant cousin from “Northern Exposure”).
ASHLAND ~ PREMISE:
In the aftermath of Ivy League budget-cuts, dot com crashes, big-city pressures & a recent divorce, Professor Dwayne Goforth drives cross-country to ‘Ashland‘, Oregon in the mythical pursuit of ‘the perfect small town & the supposed simpler life‘!
Little does he know what awaits him! : Alison Fields, the town’s beautifully bohemian ‘dreamstress’ – her bewitchingly theatrical cousin Alexia Falls- & a host of unique characters in a land of wonders…
Tagline: “Northern Exposure with Magic”
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Professor Dwayne Goforth is a somewhat neurotically challenged former big-city dweller from Boston’s Wellesley Univeristy and a buttoned-down academic Professor of Mythology (loosely based on some of the earlier aspects of the famed mythologist Joseph Campbell who coined the now world-famed phrase “Follow Your Bliss!’
* Dwayne Goforth’s & Alison Field‘s volatile, ongoing together & apart and ‘learning to love relationship’- will at times parallel the exciting real-life relationship & eventual marriage of Joseph Campbell & Jean Erdman, the former ballerina who became Campbell’s muse & later, his much more ‘socially inclined’ wife!
ASHLAND’s MAIN CHARACTERS
PROF. DWAYNE GOFORTH: Neurotically challenged & wired from Boston’s big-city-post 9/11 franticness, but trying to improve- the 30’ish ex-Wellesley College mythology professor also recently divorced- is now looking for the supposedly simpler small-town laid-back lifestyle.
ALISON FIELDS: a wholesome & naturally blonde, happy & healthy Oregon-bred bohomeian‘dreamstress’… Alison represents a ‘renaissance woman of the arts’- but also tries out some of her ‘intuitive’ psychic & healing abilities with sometimes comic effects- while also part-time tending an historical town pub. She becomes Dwayne Goforth’s tour-guide, muse, & eventual love-interest.
ALEXIA FALLS: is Alison’s equally beautiful, smart and manipulative cousin-rival. Representing Alison’s darker ‘theatrical shadow-side’, she is a part-time thespian, costume-designer, & full-time seductress of any new arrival in town.
RUTAY LALO:in her early 60’s, is Ashland’s first ‘semi-official healer’, who arrived upon the local scene many moons ago. Dr. Rutay is a lively outrageous mix of Creole, Native-American & ‘New-Age ‘free-thinker-healer’. Rutay juggles new-fangled concepts such as iridology & ear-coning with oddly brilliant bits of home-spun wisdom.
MAYOR BRENT DULWOOD: in his mid-50’s, he is presently elected the new Mayor of Ashland by default when the previous hippie-mayor Bruce Baba Freeman, seemingly just disappeared one day. He also serves as Alexia’s perennial sometimes boyfriend. From a former lumber-dynasty family- he is now finally forced into ‘a new era of actual thinking’ & so he struggles to retain a semblance of control over a town of uniquely challenging constituents.