Rogue Valley theater scene: Aug. 23
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.
‘The Lost Boy’: Despite finding fame as a writer, James M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan,” is dissatisfied with his work and his life. He returns to his hometown in Scotland to visit his mother, who still blames him for the long-ago death of his older brother in a skating pond. Haunted by the tragic accident and his mother’s harsh words, James slowly begins to confront his family’s tragic past with the help of an unexpected friendship and his own gift for storytelling. This wonderful retelling of the birth of “Peter Pan” will warm the hearts of audiences everywhere who remember the magic and mystery of “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.” Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 6-14, and Thursdays through Saturdays, Sept 19-21; and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 8-22. Tickets are $18. A preview night will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Tickets for the preview are $5, and on Thursday, Sept. 12, tickets are pick-your-price at the door.
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 through Aug. 31, and 2 p.m. Sundays 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.
‘Dancing At Lughnasa’: Irish dramatist Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa,” set in Ireland’s County Donegal in August 1936, is a memory play told from the point of view of Michael Evans. He recounts the summer spent in his aunts’ cottage when he was 7 years old. The play follows the five Mundy sisters, whose story is the heart of Lughnasa, and depicts a world that will soon be torn apart. In spite of the fears for the future, the play is infused with love and passion and joy. The play has won the Olivier Award for Best Play, the Tony Award for Best Play, as well as a Drama Desk Award nomination. Rick Robinson, managing director of Oregon Cabaret Theatre, directs. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Aug. 22 through Sept.14, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 25 through Sept. 15. Tickets are $18 to $25. A preview night will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Admission to the preview is $15. On Friday, Aug. 23, an opening night gala will be held. The opening night includes pre-show welcome with light snacks and drinks as part of the ticket price.
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.
‘Sweeney Todd’: Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece tells the story of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, who returns to 19th-century London seeking vengeance on the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, whose fortunes rise when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up. With both music and lyrics by Sondheim, Sweeney Todd contains more than 20 musical numbers, including “Johanna,” “A Little Priest,” “The Worst Pies in London,” and “City on Fire.” Directed and choreographed by Michael Jenkinson. Performances are set for at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and select Monday and Wednesday nights, Aug. 30 through Nov. 9, and at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 31 through Nov. 10, and an evening performance on Sunday, Sept. 1. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29. A $29 preview night will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29. Please note this musical contains graphic scenes of violence and murder.
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” will be performed through Aug. 25 at the Mountain Avenue Theater at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland, and will then be moved to the OSF campus to run until Oct. 11.
‘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 will be performed through Aug. 25 at the Mountain Avenue Theater at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland, and will then be moved to the OSF campus to run until Oct. 12.
‘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 will be performed through Aug. 25 at the Mountain Avenue Theater at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland, and will then be moved to the OSF campus to run until Oct. 13.
‘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.