Local theater scene, Aug. 2
Ashland Children’s Theatre: See ashlandchildrenstheatre.com or call 541-414-8676 for information.
‘Dead Serious’: It’s the spring of 1943 in Los Angeles at the studio of the radio program “Dead Serious.” What happens when a murder actually takes place on the set of this popular murder mystery program? When a poorly disguised man appears at the door of private detectives Gail Bennett and Rita Miller, the story begins to unfold — revealing more questions than answers. A meddlesome tabloid reporter, a vindictive sister, a couple of thugs with issues, and you’ve got the makings of a romp through the black-and-white world of noir — but this time in living color with laughs along the way. Written and directed by Eve Smyth and produced by Kate Sullivan. Performances are set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Willow Wind Community Learning Center Barn, 1497 E. Main St., Ashland. Tickets are $10, $5 for students in advance or $12, $6 for students at the door. Tickets are available at Music Coop 268 E. Main St., and Tree House Books, 15 N. Main St., Ashland.
‘Moonlighting 2019 — Protest and Persuasion’: In these seven short plays, characters wrestle with the issues through dramatic protests, absurdist comedy and gentle or at sometimes firm persuasion. The featured plays are “Wish Granted” by Diane Nichols, a woman invites her friend to make a better choice; “People on a Plane” by Teresa Peterson, mayhem with entitled first-class passengers; “Educating Cyrus” by Archie Koenig, an artificial intelligence software gets schooled by an unhappy owner; “Origins of Species” by Mark Saunders, creationism de-bunked with a hilarious and visible fact; “True Love” by Bob Valine explores the things we do in the name of love. New monologues by Dori Appel’s “Unsolved Crimes” and Jeannine Grizzard’s “Rights” will also be performed. The “Protest and Persuasion” collection of plays is directed by Grizzard, Nichols, Peterson and Peggy Rubin. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 10, and 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland; and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Carpenter Hall on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival campus, 44 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Tickets are $15.
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.
‘Someone Save My Baby, Ruth!’: When lovely young widow Penny Candy and her baby, Ruth, are taken in by her Aunt Praline, owner of The Sweet Shoppe candy store, little does Penny know that both love and danger lie ahead.The villainous Sidney Swindle is determined to buy The Sweet Shoppe with the help of his beautiful but less-than brilliant-cohort in crime, Ada Sourball. The hilarious results include the kidnapping of Baby Ruth, an attempt to burn down The Sweet Shoppe, and a wild chase. Directed by Robert Pyle and Ruby Painter. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through Aug. 10, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 11. Tickets are $18.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.
‘Spotlight on The Mamas & The Papas’: Founded in 1965, The Mamas and the Papas were a Canadian-American folk rock vocal group that was a defining force in the music scene of the 1960s counterculture. They released a total of five studio albums and 17 singles, six of which made the Billboard Top Ten. Famous for songs like “California Dreamin’,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Monday, Monday,” and “Words of Love,” the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Camelot Theatre pays tribute to this iconic band, starring actors and vocalists Kristen Calvin, Erik Connolly, Robbie DaCosta and Mia Gaskin, and directed by Kristen Calvin & Gwen Overland. Curtain is set for 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 8- Aug. 31, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 11 through Sept. 1. Tickets are $20 to $36.
Collaborative Theatre Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office. Group rates are available.
‘Death Takes a Holiday’: Adapted from the 1924 Italian play, ‘La Morte in Vacanza’ by Alberto Casella, the play makes its regional premiere. The musical, set in summer of 1921 at the family villa of Duke and Duchess Lamberti in Northern Italy, the story follows the loneliest of souls, Death himself, who arrives at the villa disguised as a handsome young prince, and for the first time, experiences the joys and heartbreaks of life. Directed by Todd Nielsen, with musical direction by Karl Iverson. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2- 3, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Tickets are $20 to $28.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at theoregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. A 20% discount is available for groups of 10 or more.
‘Mama Mia!’: Sophie is ready to get married to her fiancée, Sky, except for one thing — she has never met her father and wants him present for the big day. She invites three men that she discovers in her mother’s diary and believes to be candidates, but when they all arrive, Sophie’s mother, Donna, becomes distressed. As Sophie, Sky, Donna, her friends, and the three potential fathers collide on the big day, emotions run high, secrets are revealed, and an old flame is rekindled. Directed by Valerie Rachelle. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays, and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.
‘As You Like It’: Exiled from the controlling confines of the court, Duke Senior and her daughter Rosalind seek refuge — and find much more — in the unconstrained Forest of Arden. Also fleeing danger at home, Orlando encounters a young man named Ganymede and seeks help in love — unaware that Ganymede is actually his heart’s desire, Rosalind, in disguise. All society’s rules of conformity are off in this exuberant theatrical journey into one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Directed Rosa Joshi. The show runs through Oct. 26 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Hairspray — The Broadway Musical’: It’s 1962, and Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad lives in a world that tells her plus-sized gals shouldn’t be dancing on television and that racial segregation is here to stay. When she wins a spot on The Corny Collins Show, Tracy becomes a star and uses her newfound fame to challenge the status quo in this wildly joyful production that celebrates radical inclusion at its heart. Christopher Liam Moore directs. The show runs through Oct. 27, in the Angus Bowmer Theater.
‘Mother Road’: A powerful story about land, family and survival inspired by John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” this world-premiere drama by Southern Oregon-based playwright Octavio Solis finds hard-living William Joad meeting an unexpected relative, Martin Jodes, and reversing the Joads’ mythic journey from California back to Oklahoma. Directed by Bill Rauch. The show runs through Oct. 26 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Cambodian Rock Band’: This epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history 30 years after her father fled Cambodia. Featuring actor/musicians, playwright Lauren Yee brings to life the Cambodian rock scene of the ’60s and ’70s, a movement cut short by the Khmer Rouge’s brutal attempt to erase the music — and musicians — once and for all. Chay Yew directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theater.
‘Between Two Knees’: Sketch-comedy troupe the 1491s tell a fearless intergenerational story of familial love, loss and connection spanning the massacre at Wounded Knee, all of the World Wars so far and the 1973 takeover at Wounded Knee. Infused with the 1491s’ uninhibited and subversive approach to comedic storytelling, it takes a hard look at the impacts of systematic oppression after the point that textbooks typically stop teaching Native history. Also, its funny. Eric Ting directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theater.
‘Macbeth’: Spurred by prophesy and consumed by ambition, Macbeth murders the Scottish king and claims the throne. Fueled by guilt and paranoia, the new king and his wife embark on an increasingly bloody campaign to hold onto power. Shakespeare’s evocative tragedy plumbs the depths of human psychology and the pitfalls of unchecked ambition. José Luis Valenzuela directs. The “Scottish play” runs through Oct. 11 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘Alice in Wonderland’: Join Alice down the rabbit hole as she discovers the magic of Wonderland. This adaptation by Eva Le Gallienne and Florida Friebus honors the beloved and iconic text while introducing us to an Alice that will delight present-day audiences of all generations. Directed by Sara Bruner. The show runs through Oct. 12 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘All’s Well That Ends Well’: When Helena cures an ailing king, he rewards her with the mate of her choosing. She only has eyes for Bertram, but the young man does not return her love. What will become of clever Helena as she navigates this complex comedy of courtships, class, mistaken identities, pain, loss, war and love? A humorous, inventive and edgy production of Shakespeare’s nuanced love story. Tracy Young directs. The show runs through Oct. 13 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘La Comedia of Errors’: Two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, unknowingly begin interacting with each other’s family and friends, leading to a not-so-serious case of mistaken identities. This bilingual adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s zaniest comedies will feature intimate, actor-and-text focused performances with live music. Directed by Bill Rauch. The show runs through Oct. 26 in the Thomas Theater.
‘Indecent’: This spirited and revolutionary love story celebrates Yiddish language and literature, charting the real-life controversy of Sholem Asch’s play “The God of Vengeance” and the Jewish artists who faced persecution after its Broadway debut in 1932. This collage of theatre, music, dance and poetry is a heart-stirring affirmation of the impact of art in a time of chaos. Directed by Shana Cooper. “Indecent” was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, and by Yale Repertory Theatre. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘How to Catch Creation’: Spanning more than 40 years, this is a story of love, longing, having your heart broken and simply existing. Playwright Chistina Anderson explores the act of creation — of life, of family, of art — through the experiences of a black, queer, feminist writer whose life is changed in the 1960s when her girlfriend tells her some unexpected news. Decades later, the implications of that moment still echo in the lives of four artists in the Bay Area who find their lives unexpectedly intertwined. Nataki Garrett directs. The show runs through Oct. 26 in the Thomas Theatre.
Randall Theatre: 20 S. Fir St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258. Pick-your-price tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.
‘Man of La Mancha’: Miguel de Cervantes, a failing playwright, poet and tax collector, is thrown into a dungeon in Seville to await trial by the Inquisition for an offense against the Church, where he is dragged before a court of his fellow prisoners, who plan to confiscate his few possessions — including the uncompleted manuscript of a novel, “Don Quixote.” Cervantes, seeking to save the manuscript, proposes his defense in the form of a play. Cervantes and his manservant don make-up and costumes, transforming themselves into Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. They then play out the story with the prisoners taking the roles of other characters. Based on “The Adventures of Don Quixote” by de Cervantes. Directed by Toni Holley. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Aug. 10, and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 11. Regular reserve tickets are $22. Dinner-and-show packages are available from $28 to $60.
Teen Musical Theater of Oregon: Craterian Performances’ youth theater program stages professional productions at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets and information are available at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
‘My Son Pinocchio Jr.’: Dreams come true when TMTO presents Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” Toymaker Geppetto takes center stage in this beloved tale of a wooden puppet brought to life by the toymaker’s longing to be a father. Voyage with Geppetto as he travels in time with the Blue Fairy and follows Pinocchio in his struggles with Stromboli and the Roustabouts. Featuring classic songs such as “When You Wish Upon A Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” this enchanted musical reminds audiences of the power of unconditional love. Performances are set for 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 10 and 17. Tickets are $24, $12 for ages 22 and younger.