'Lost at Sea,' local live theater, virtual plays: March 12
Ashland New Plays Festival: ‘Lonesomes’
ANPF will present an encore of the new play, “Lonesomes,” by Octavio Solis and directed by ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca, via on-demand streaming from Tuesday, March 16, through Sunday, March 21. Written in and for isolation, “Lonesomes” includes companion pieces “Conrado.” In part one, “Conrado,” Armando Durán plays a man dogged by his past sins, looking for companionship or maybe salvation. In part two, we meet Pornhub worker Jesse, who goes by the name of Paisley Blue. Played by Isabel Pask, Jesse is looking for someone to make her feel wanted, or at least not so alone. These intimate, lyrical portraits of two people, separated by more than lockdowns and travel restrictions, show them grappling with the past and what it means for their future. Please note the play includes mature themes and may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Each performance will conclude with a conversation with the playwright and director about creating and connecting during a global pandemic. Virtual tickets are available on a donation basis. See ashlandnewplays.org/season.
Barnstormers Theatre: ‘Postmortem’
Barnstormers Theatre will present “Postmortem” by Ken Ludwig, directed by Steven Sabel. Set in the early 1920s, famous actor William Gillette, best known for being the first man to portray Sherlock Holmes on the theatrical stage, invites some of the actors from his Broadway production to spend the weekend at his home in Connecticut. Soon it becomes apparent that there is a murder to be solved, and suspense increases as they characters work to find who among them is the cold-blooded killer. The production will be shown via livestream and to limited live audiences, unless COVID-19 restrictions prevent in-person viewing. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 10-24, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, April 11-25. Tickets are $15 for up to two viewers, $30 for 3-4 viewers, and $50 for 5 or more viewers. The livestream performances will take place on ShowTix4U. Viewers should be advised that there are gunshots in this production. “Postmortem” is recommended for ages 13 and up. See barnstormersgp.com for more information and details on upcoming shows, or email at email@example.com or call 541-479-3557 with questions.
Collaborative Theatre Project: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’
The Medford-based Collaborative Theatre Project , located at 555 Medford Center, will present” Around The World in 80 Days,” an adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1872 adventure novel of the same name by Mark Brown and directed by Michael Jenkinson. This adventure-packed show begins in 1872 London, and follows Phileas Fogg, a rich British gentleman living a mysterious and solitary life. A wager at the Reform Club, of which Fogg is a member, leads to his declaration that it is possible to travel around the world in 80 days. A large bet is placed, and Fogg begins his journey. Meanwhile, Detective Fix notices the unusual activity of Fogg and decides, without any real evidence, that Fogg fits the description of a bank robber he is searching for, and Fix decides to secretively follow Fogg. The hilarity grows along the planned route visiting Suez, Bombay, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San Francisco and New York City before Fogg (and Fix) return to London. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 pm. Fridays and Saturdays, March 19 through April 3 and 1:30 pm. Sundays, March 21 through April 4. All patrons must be masked for the duration of the show, and social distancing protocols will be enforced. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased by calling the CTP Box Office at 541-779-1055. No online ticketing is available for this production. See the theatre’s Facebook page or visit ctpmedford.org.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: ‘The Spitfire Grill’
The Ashland dinner theater, 241 Hargadine St., on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, presents “The Spitfire Grill,” a new take on the hit musical, with the cast playing their own instruments as an onstage orchestra. In the show, Percy, a parolee just released from prison, arrives in a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill, the only eatery in a struggling town. It is for sale, but there are no takers, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars, and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Directed by Valerie Rachelle. Performances are set for 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesday nights, beginning Friday, Feb. 26, through Sunday, April 18. Tickets are $43 or $39. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $15 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. COVID-19 safety measures include masks being worn at all times when not eating, temperature checks at the door, tables 6 feet apart and 12 feet from performers, and limited capacity (maximum of 42 patrons to adhere to Jackson County’s “high risk” status). To purchase tickets or for additional information, call the Oregon Cabaret Theatre box office at 541-488-2902 or see oregoncabaret.com.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
OSF launched its revamped O! virtual portal March 1 with archived plays available for viewing plus the promise of new online content. The archived play “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare will be offered for streaming through Saturday, March 27. “Manahatta” by Mary Kathryn Nagle will stream March 29 through April 24, followed by “Snow in Midsummer” by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, streaming May 3 -29. Live performances are anticipated in the late summer and fall. See osfashland.org for details. O!, OSF’s interactive and immersive digital content platform, can be accessed for free at osfashland.org/digital. Some content will be accessed for a fee. Other content available or in development includes interviews, digital storytelling, 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.
Randall Theatre: ‘Traveling Through Broadway’
The Randall Theatre Company, located at 115 E. Main St., Medford, will present “Traveling Through Broadway,” a musical revue featuring a blend of favorite and lesser-known Broadway tunes. Directed by Brianna Gowland and starring Kristen Calvin Gordon, Brianna Gowland, Naomi Medley and Jessi Shieman. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 20, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, March 14-21. Tickets are $40 per table. Tables seat up to four guests. Livestream tickets are $15 per household. For further details and to purchase tickets, see randalltheatre.com or call 541-690-8810. For information about upcoming performances and the opening of the Ghostlight Playhouse restaurant, visit the Randall Theatre page on Facebook.