Live Rogue Valley theater, closures: Oct. 16
Editor’s note: Please check with local venues for the latest updates on how they are affected by COVID-19 restrictions.
Barnstormers Theatre: The local theatre group will present “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw, directed by Amelia Caldwell. “Pygmalion” is the classic play that inspired the musical “My Fair Lady.” It tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl who seizes a chance to improve her chances in life by learning how to speak proper English under the tutelage of a phonetician, Professor Henry Higgins. Higgins accepts a bet from Colonel Pickering to pass Eliza off as a fine lady, and Eliza’s transformation begins. The relationship that forms between teacher and student is at the heart of this witty and poignant play. This production will be shown to live audiences and also via livestream. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 23-Nov. 7, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 25-Nov. 8. There will be no performance on Halloween, Saturday Oct. 31. Tickets to the live performances will be sold to groups of four people for $60. The livestream performances will take place on ShowTix4U. Tickets for the livestream performance are $15 for 1 to 2 viewers, $30 for 3 to 4 viewers, and $50 for 5 or more viewers. To purchase tickets for a live performance, see barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557. For tickets to a livestream performance, see showtix4u.com/eventdetails/40503. See barnstormersgp.com for more information and details on upcoming shows, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Collaborative Theatre Project: Paul Rudnick’s “I Hate Hamlet” will be reimagined as an Old Time Radio Broadcast on the CTP stage, located at 555 Medford Center in Medford. Live sound effects and talented voice actors bring this script alive. “I Hate Hamlet,” is a wild and wacky ghost tale. Hollywood TV star Andrew Rally has a hit series. His girlfriend and his devoted agent persuade him to travel to New York City for a chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. He rents the old brownstone apartment of the late John Barrymore, famous for his portrayal of Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane. Throw in a séance, a thunderstorm, a wacky Realtor and a fast-talking “best friend,” and what could possibly go wrong? Radio Days is a CTP production, and the ensemble is under the direction of Michael Jenkinson. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 16-31, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 18-Nov. 1. Tickets are $25. CTP’s Act Out Children’s Theatre will present a bilingual outdoor performance at the Medford Center of Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 17-25. There is no admission charge to the children’s theatre, but donations will be accepted. Seating for all shows will be socially distanced, and face masks are required. For tickets and further information, see ctpmedford.org or call 541-779-1055.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: The Ashland dinner theater, 241 Hargadine St., on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, presents a “Cabaret Series” of musical and comedy acts. Cabaret favorites Renee Hewitt and Todd Nielsen will perform “Noel & Cole: Cocktails for Two, ”a songfest featuring the wit, wisdom and romance of the songs of Noel Coward and Cole Porter, Saturdays at 1 p.m. through Oct. 24. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 16-18, Kristen Calvin will perform her popular rendition of rock legend Janis Joplin with two evening shows and a Sunday matinee. Other acts in October include Rogue Suspects Lite, Brothers Reed, Delilah Beaucoup, and the HalloQUEEN Spooktacular drag show. For details on these shows, including times, and future performances, plus tickets prices and seating information, call the box office at 541-488-2902 or visit oregoncabaret.com.
Randall Theatre Company: The theatre company has opened its new Ghostlight Playhouse in the former Howiee’s event center at 115 E. Main St., Medford. The first performance in the new space will be “Breaking Up Broadway-Style,” a concert-style revue of the greatest break-up songs from Broadway musicals. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $40 per table; each table can seat two to six people. Livestream tickets are $10 per household. Tickets can be purchased at randalltheatre.com or at the Randall Theatre Company Facebook page.
Rogue Theater Company: The Rogue Theatre Company will present a dramatic reading of Donald Margulies’ “Collected Stories” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. This performance is offered as an in-person reading along with a livestream. The play delves into the lives of a pair of writers, focusing on their friendship, ambitions, conflicts, and rivalries. Staring Renee Hewitt and Hazel James, directed by Jessica Sage, with stage directions read by Pam Ward. Tickets for the in-person performance range from $15 to $100; livestream tickets are $10, with a portion of all proceeds going to victims of the recent Almeda fire. The outdoor stage will have socially-distant seating during the in-person performance. For tickets or further information, see roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-205-9190.
Britt Music & Arts Festival: The 2020 season in Jacksonville has been canceled. See brittfest.org for further details.
Camelot Theatre: The theatre has canceled its 38th season. See camelottheatre.org for further information.
Comedy Improv Sessions: The Mighty Medford Improv-ers free improvisational comedy practice has been postponed until further notice. Email at email@example.com for further details.
Craterian Performances: The Craterian Theater at The Collier Center for the Performing Arts in Medford has postponed its traditional 2020-21 season. It will resume as soon as conditions allow. For further information, see craterian.org or call 541-779-8195.
Jacksonville Farmer’s Market: The outdoor market has been canceled for the 2020 season. See jville.market for updates.
Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers, District 4: Because of COVID-19, the local fiddlers district has canceled the remainder of its 2020 Saturday jam schedule. Organizers hope to resume the public jams early in 2021. Call 541-779-8145 or see ootfa4.org.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: The 2020 season in Ashland has been canceled. See osfashland.org for details. Also, look for O!, a new interactive and immersive digital content platform. O! can be accessed for free at osfashland.org/digital. Content available or in development includes interviews, digital storytelling, OSF archival engagements, online classes, podcasts, audio plays and more. To receive updates and release information, go to osfashland.org/digital and click on the “Join O!” button at the bottom of the page.
Rogue Valley Symphony: The Rogue Valley Symphony has canceled the remaining live performances of its previously scheduled concert season, hoping to return to the stage in September 2021. See rvsymphony.org, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-708-6400.
Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The choir has canceled all October and December 2020 concerts. The choir will decide early next year whether to hold its spring concerts. To receive free digital content, see repsingers.org. Content includes interviews with composers and singers, clips from past concerts and virtual performances and program talks by Music Director Paul French.