Rogue Valley live theater, virtual plays: May 14
Editor’s note: Because of changing COVID-19 restrictions in place in Oregon, please call businesses or check their websites to confirm all listed events.
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for showtimes, tickets and further information. Group discounts are available.
‘Arsenic and Old Lace’: This play is a hilarious comedy hit about the Brewster sisters, two seemingly innocent old ladies with Victorian charm, who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers. The antics of two of their nephews, one of whom believes that he is Theodore Roosevelt, and the other whose psychopathic ways and multiple plastic surgeries make him resemble Boris Karloff, contribute to the dynamics of this unique family. Written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Brianna Gowland. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 12-26, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, June 13-27. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines the show will be performed to a limited capacity of 28 people per performance and masks will be required while in the theatre. Tickets are $18, $60 for groups of 4. For questions or ticket purchasing assistance call the box office.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.
Camelot will announce its 39th Season (2021) on June 2. The theatre is now airing its show “Rogue Lives,” which features presentations and stories from four notable local actors, who share real stories from their extraordinary lives both on and off the stage, on Southern Oregon PBS. The first episode 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. Camelot partners again this year with the Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts (OCPA) to offer an in-person, conservatory training program for children and young adults ages 7-19. The program focuses on theatre history, play writing, acting, musical theatre, dance and stage confidence. For more information or to register a student see www.OregonConservatory.org.
Collaborative Theatre Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, on Facebook, by calling 541-779-1055. Group rates are available.
‘The African Queen’: This archived play is a radio adaptation of the 1935 C.S. Forrester novel of the same name. CTP Radio Days actors present a full-length entertainment using the tools of radio and live sound effects to create the soundscape for the on-stage actors. Directed by Daniel Sessions Stephens. On-demand streaming of the archived play will be available through Saturday, May 15. Tickets are $10 and are available online at showtix4u.com/event-details/52281. Once you access the video, you have 48 hours to complete it.
‘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. This new script, by George Brant, is a regional premiere and is directed by Todd Nielsen. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through June 5, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, May 16-June 6. Tickets are $30, $25 for students and seniors 60 and older. Masks are required in the theatre and must cover your nose and mouth. Seating is limited in accordance with all pandemic restrictions and regulations All actors and staff undergo routine testing.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: 241 Hargadine St, on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at oregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. 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 available.
‘The Great American Trailer Park’: Note: All performances of “The Great American Trailer Park” are currently sold out. The theatre is encouraging people to call the box office to be added to a wait list, in the event Jackson County drops to “moderate risk level” and allows for future performances.
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 Michael Jenkinson. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, through June 19, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, through June 20. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29. 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). 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. For questions or ticket purchasing assistance call the box office.
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. through Sunday, May16, and available for streaming through Sunday, May 23. Tickets are $10.
‘Justin’s Side’: OSF has joined in partnership with the Parent Artist Advocacy League and Blackboard Plays to present “Justin’s Side” by Eureka Lewis. The story follows a typical day at Roman Middle School, which takes a drastic turn when an incident among classmates warrants a parent/principal meeting. Directed by Ellen Valencia. Virtual performances are available Thursday though Monday, May 20-24. This film is the first to be shown as part of the four-film Black Motherhood & Parenting Film Festival. Virtual tickets and further information is avilable online at bmpfest.veeps.com. Proceeds from the festival will go toward a child care grant for a Black playwright and parent.
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 through 22, and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 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 Theater 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. through Saturday, 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.
Teen Musical Theater of Oregon: Craterian Performances’ youth theater program stages professional productions at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets and information are available at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
‘Into the Woods’: Expect the unexpected in this Grimm fairytale mashup crafted by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and directed by Stephen and Cailey McCandless. In the woods we find the Baker and his Wife trying to reverse a witch’s curse so they can have what they wish for most in life: a child. But they’re not alone in the woods and soon cross paths with Cinderella, Little Red Ridinghood, Rapunzel, Jack (of beanstalk fame) and two hapless princes all searching for their own “happily ever after.” In this sometimes haunting but always magical musical, we’re reminded to “Be Careful What We Wish For” because we might not get what we expect, and to be careful what we say because “Children Will Listen.” But in the end and best of all, we’re reminded that “No One is Alone.” Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, June 4-19, and at 3 p.m. Sundays, June 6-20. Tickets are $25. Masks must be worn in the building at all times, and all COIVD-19 safety guidelines will be enforced.
‘Children of Eden’: Award-winning theater greats, composer Stephen Schwartz and writer John Caird, present an inspiring and poignant musical straight from the book of Genesis in the Bible that explores the universal themes of family and love. In this TMTO production, the joys and sorrows of parenthood take center stage as the Old Testament stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, their families and the almighty Father play out over centuries. Due to the COVID crisis, this TMTO production was forced to close. In response, the company rallied to create a full-length “movie” version of the show following all COVID mandates current at that time. Streaming tickets are $10, and will be available to watch at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 14-16. To purchase virtual tickets see www.showtix4u.com/event-details/53024.