Live Rogue Valley theater, livestream plays: April 23
ANPF will present a new livestream play “Berth Breach/Breech Birth,” by award-winning playwright Inda Craig-Galván, and directed by Kyle Haden, for two performances only. The play explores the world of a Black farming community in America and examines how cycles of birth, life, and death look much different to those of the African Diaspora. The story follows a veterinarian, on a house call for a pregnant mare, who discovers an entire ship filled with enslaved people inside the horse’s uterus. And one enslaved man sees her, too. Is she imagining it all? Can she get them out? And if she can, what happens to them then? Performances are set for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25. Virtual tickets are available on a sliding scale. To purchase tickets and for further details, see ashlandnewplays.org.
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. Saturday, April 24, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-479-3557 with questions.
The Medford-based Collaborative Theatre Project, located at 555 Medford Center, will present “The African Queen,” a radio adaptation of the 1935 C.S. Forrester novel of the same name. In 1914, news reaches a British missionary colony in German East Africa that Germany and England are at war. Reverend Samuel Sayer, brother to Rose Sayer, passes away due to conflict with the German army, who burn the mission to the ground, leaving his sister to embark on a perilous journey through the jungle on a dilapidated steamboat. Rose is determined to do her patriotic duty for the British war effort and avenge her brother, plotting to use the steamboat with homemade torpedoes to take out a huge German warship, the Louisa. CTP Radio Days actors will present a full-length entertainment using the tools of radio and live sound effects to create the soundscape for the on-stage actors. Vintage radio jingles are another highlight of the genre and are included in this presentation. Directed by Daniel Sessions Stephens. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 pm. Friday and Saturday, April 23-24 and 1:30 pm. Sunday, April 25. 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. For further information or to purchase tickets, see the theater’s Facebook page or visit ctpmedford.org.
The Ashland dinner theater, 241 Hargadine St., on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, presents “The Great American Trailer Park.” There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres - and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew. The musical is filled to the brim with irreverent comedy and show stopping musical numbers like “This Side of the Tracks,” “Flushed Down the Pipes,” and “Storms A Brewin.” Directed by
8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, April 29-June 19, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 1-June 20. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29. 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 with valid ID, subject to availability. Group discounts are available. 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. Upcoming performances include ”Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” July1-Sept. 5; “Poirot: Murder on the Links,” Sept. 18-Nov.7; and “Christmas, Contigo,” Nov. 18-Dec. 31.
OSF’s O! virtual portal is available for viewing with archived plays plus the promise of new online content. The archived play “Manahatta” by Mary Kathryn Nagle will stream 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
The Randall Theatre Company, located at 115 E. Main St., Medford, presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” directed by Kathy Wing with musical direction by Sean Warren and choreography by Ella Diaz. The musical comedy is based on Charles M. Schulz’s characters in the comic strip “Peanuts.” Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 7-22, and 2 p.m. Sundays, May 9-23. Reservations for in-person seating are available for $40 per table. Tables seat up to four people. Live performances can also be seen via livestream. Tickets for the livestream performance are $15 per household. To purchase tickets or for further details, see randalltheatre.com or call 541-690-8810.
The Rogue Theatre company will present the Tony Award-nominated comedy-drama by Lucas Hnath “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” directed by Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Caroline Shaffer. The play picks up 15 years after Henrik Ibsen’s Nora infamously slammed the door on her marriage and children. With razor-sharp dialogue, “A Doll’s House, Part 2” provokes questions about marriage, gender inequality, and in insightful and often hilarious ways, the meaning of liberation. Cellist Michal Palzewicz will perform before and during the show. Performances are set for 2 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 6-16, outdoors at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Seating is limited and social distancing protocols will be enforced. You don’t need to have seen the original to follow “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” Tickets start at $25. The Friday, May 7, opening benefit for Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice with wine and talkback is $35. Tickets for the preview performance, Thursday, May 6, are $20. For further information or to purchase tickets see roguetheatercompany.com, or call 541-205-9190.