An Ashland playwright has written a play called "Far From the Zoo," featuring vignettes on pets and the people who love them, to help raise money for local shelters.

An Ashland playwright has written a play called "Far From the Zoo," featuring vignettes on pets and the people who love them, to help raise money for local shelters.

Ashland playwright Dori Appel conceived the project and a theater group called Theatre Artists for Animals to express gratitude for local shelters and volunteers, and to spotlight the needs of homeless animals, she says.

The play will be performed in theaters in Medford, Grants Pass and Ashland. Proceeds from the shows will benefit the Southern Oregon Humane Society, Friends of the Animal Shelter and Committed Alliance to Strays. The Grants Pass performances will benefit the Rogue Valley Humane Society and Shelter Friends.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 28-29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Randall Theatre, 10 Third St., Medford; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Barnstormers Theatre, 112 N.E. Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass; and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Bellview Grange Hall, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland.

Tickets are $20 general, $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets.com or at the theater doors.

For more information or to volunteer with Theatre Artists for Animals, call Susan Russell at 541-218-8684.