Rogue Valley live theater, livestream plays: May 7
Editor’s note: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown moved Jackson County back to “high risk” status May 4, which will allow indoor dining and events, with some restrictions. Please call businesses or check their websites to confirm all listed events.
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.
‘Into the Breeches’: It’s 1942, and all the men have shipped off to war. The Oberon Community Theatre is struggling to stay alive, and something must be done. Maggie, the wife of the director-turned-soldier comes up with a plan. She decides to produce Shakespeare’s “Henriad” with women instead, assembling an increasingly unexpected team united in desire, if not actual theatre experience. This play is a hilarious, touching and inspiring story of community, the power of theatre and friendships. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 13-June 5, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, May 16-June 6. Tickets are $30, $25 for students and seniors 60 and older. COVID-19 protocols will be in place.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161. Group discounts available. OSF’s interactive and immersive digital content platform, O!, 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.
‘Snow in Midsummer’: The archived play “Snow in Midsummer” by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig will be available for streaming Monday through Saturday, through May 29. The production interweaves two stories — of a young woman who curses her city from beyond the grave, and of a wealthy businesswoman who must face the parched, locust-plagued city. This modern ghost story reimagines a classic myth and explores the legacy of trauma, the heart of injustice, and the lengths to which we go for love. Tickets are $15.
‘Black Feminist Video Game’: A new production of “Black Feminist Video Game” by Darrel Alejandro Holnes blends tech and artistic innovation to deliver a groundbreaking online theatrical experience. The story centers on Jonas, a biracial teenager with autism. Jonas broadcasts all aspects of his life online, including a disastrous first date with his crush, Nicole. Desperate to regain her affections, he dusts off a long-ignored gift from his mother — a classic 2D “Black feminist video game”— hopeful that the game will grant him the key to winning Nicole back. But Jonas soon discovers that, with only the Game Master and his friend Sabine to guide him, he must confront his own misperceptions of the women in his (real) life, or risk losing not only the game but also his first chance at love. Live virtual performances will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, May 11-16, and available for streaming Monday through Sunday, May 17-23. Tickets are $10.
Live Performances: Live performances are anticipated in the late summer and fall. Upcoming productions include “How I Learned What I Learned,” by August Wilson; “Unseen,” by Mona Mansour; “Confederates,” by Dominique Morisseau; “It’s Christmas, Carol!” by Mark Bedard, Brent Hinkley, and John Tufts; plus the return of the Green Show featuring live concerts, dance, and community performances.
Randall Theatre Company: 115 E. Main St., Medford. See randalltheatre.com or call 541-690-8810 for showtimes, tickets and further information. Group discounts are available.
‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’: The musical comedy, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” is based on Charles M. Schulz’s characters in the comic strip “Peanuts,” and directed by Kathy Wing with musical direction by Sean Warren and choreography by Ella Diaz. 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. In the event of local pandemic restrictions still being in place and not allowing in-person viewing, the theatre will proceed with live streamed performances. Best Seat Club subscribers will be able to watch at home for no additional charge.
Rogue Theater Company: See roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-205-9190 for showtimes, tickets and further information.
‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’: 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, through May 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. Tickets for the Friday, May 7, opening benefit for Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice with wine and talkback are $35.