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Camelot Theatre’s ’Rogue Lives’ series debuts on local PBS

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Show creator Jane Ballback will host "Rogue Lives — Real People, Real Stories" on Southern Oregon PBS. Photo courtesy Camelot Theatre.

After 13 months shuttered by the pandemic, and narrowly skirting destruction by the Almeda fire, Camelot Theatre in Talent springs back onto the entertainment scene with the premiere of “Rogue Lives” on Southern Oregon PBS.

Created and hosted by Jane Ballback, who produced the TEDxAshland event at Camelot in 2018, the show features presentations and stories from four notable local actors, who share real stories from their extraordinary lives both on and off the stage.

Originally planned as a live audience presentation at the Camelot Theatre, the program was later reimagined and recorded for broadcast on SO PBS after COVID-19 restrictions prevented large gatherings.

“Rogue Lives gave us a chance awaken the theater from its rest to produce this series, which is truly community entertainment — combining community television and community theater with incredible community talent and stories,” Dann Hauser, executive director for Camelot Theatre, stated in a press release April 30.

The four-part series features nationally recognized actress Kate Mulligan, Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor and professor Tyrone Kenneth Wilson, actor Douglas Rowe, who starred in TV programs such as “M*A*S*H” and “Star Trek,” among others, and Broadway star and OSF actress Michelle “Maisey” Mais.

The first episode, with Mulligan, aired on Thursday, May 6. Each of the remaining episodes will air on SO PBS at 8 p.m. every Thursday through May 27. SO PBS will repeat the individual episodes again at 6 p.m. the following Sundays, May 9-30, and a compilation program of all four episodes is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, June 3.