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Live Rogue Valley theater, streaming plays: May 6

Devin Bahr, far left, Chloe Boyan and Aleeyah Enriquez star in SOU Theatre's production, "Hearts Like Fists." See listing below. Photo By Kim Budd

Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250. Group and discounted season packages are available. Box Office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements.

‘Spotlight on Roy Orbison’: Orbison was one of the Million Dollar singers for Sun Records based in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Despite his sales, charts, and accolades, Orbison is most remembered today as an improbable rock star who put his heart on his sleeve and moved people with his music. Camelot Theatre will bring Orbinson’s greatest hits to the stage including “Only the Lonely,” “It’s Over,” “Blue Bayou,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Crying,” “In Dreams,” and more. Erik Connolly stars as Orbinson, directed by Karl Iverson. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 8. Tickets are $20-$38. See website for special performances.

Crater Performing Arts: Crater High School’s Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are available online at sites.google.com/district6.org/craterpac, or at the door one hour prior to the show.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: Crater High School’s Performing Arts program will present “Bard in the Yard,” which will include performances of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” curated picnics, face painting, games, music and more, at the Bard Pavillion outside of the Crater Performing Arts Center from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, May 14-22; performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will take place at 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. each day. The renowned comedic play finds the world of humans intersecting with the realm of magic. The lovely Hermia is forcibly engaged to Demetrius, but she truly cares for Lysander. Hermia’s friend, Helena, is in love with Demetrius, and while their romantic entanglements abound in the woods, the fairy rulers Titania and Oberon begin toying with various lovers and each other. Meanwhile, a band of misfit actors, including Nick Bottom, are rehearsing the play of “Pyramus and Thisbe” to be performed at the wedding of the Athenian royalty, when the fairy, Puck, causes the rehearsal to go awry. Picnic blankets will be available for purchase or rental, but you may bring your own. Tickets are $10; $8 for students, seniors, and veterans. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information find Crater Performing Arts Center on Facebook.

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. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements. Student rush tickets are $15 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain with valid ID, subject to availability. Group discounts available.

‘In the Heights’: Before “Hamilton,” Broadway wunderkind Lin-Manuel Miranda created “In the Heights,” the 2008 Tony Award Best Musical winner. The musical takes place in a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which ones you leave behind. Bodega owner Usnavi is dating Vanessa, who works in a beauty salon. He dreams of opening a bar in his home country, the Dominican Republic. Nina loves Benny, a shy young man who has worked for Nina’s parents for years, but her father opposes their union because he wants Nina to finish her education at Stanford University. She doesn’t want her father to bankrupt himself paying for the expensive school, but her father is prepared to sell his car-service business. The show features big, show-stopping musical numbers like “96,000,” “Blackout,” and “In the Heights.” Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 19. Were it movie, “In the Heights” would be rated PG-13 for coarse language, adult situations, and alcohol use. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29.

Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: Theatre Arts Building, Black Box Theatre and Main Stage Theatre, 491 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are available at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348. For further information, including COVID-19 restrictions see oca.sou.edu.

‘Hearts Like Fists’: A scintillating slice of comic-book rom-com noir, “Hearts Like Fists,” features a trio of nurses who double as badass crime-fighters at night. They have managed to save The City from noxious villains such as Volcano Moe and Little Orphan Drillnose. But now they face a new and more formidable foe — Dr. X, a homicidal mad scientist who, deranged by unrequited love, targets happily sleeping couples. Dr. X’s lab-coated counterpart, Peter, has had his heart broken so many times that he devotes himself to devising an unbreakable artificial one. Into his life walks Lisa, a clueless heartbreaker who is paid to stay away from construction sites, where distracted oglers have been known to fall to their deaths. Can the lovelorn Peter find happiness with a femme fatale? Can the Crimefighters stop Dr. X — perhaps by recruiting the surprisingly pugilistic Lisa? Directed by David McCandless, in SOU’s Black Box Theatre. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 12-21, and Tuesday, May 17, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for SOU alumni and free for current students.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: Star-crossed lovers and hapless thespians alike venture into the woods, little suspecting they are also straying into Fairyland, where magical transformations and hijinks await. SOU Theater students will present a wild, free-wheeling, contemporary re-telling of this Shakespearean comedy. Directed by Jackie Apodaca. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 19-28, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for SOU alumni and free for current students.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements. Group discounts available.

O! digital: 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, including streaming plays.

Live Productions:

‘Once on This Island’: Once on a golden and verdant Caribbean island, a little girl is rescued from a disastrous storm by four gods — Asaka, Mother of the Earth; Agwé, god of Water; Erzulie, goddess of Love; and Papa Ge, demon of Death. So starts the myth told in this breathtaking story of Black joy and sorrow, the aftermath of colonization and isolation, and the triumph of love against all forces. Told with Caribbean rhythms and instruments, this Tony Award-winning musical is a testament that a beautiful story simply told has the power to inspire and heal all. Directed by Lili-Anne Brown. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs through Oct. 30 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘unseen’: Mia, an American conflict photographer, wakes up at the site of a massacre in Syria, not sure how she got there. With her Turkish girlfriend, Derya, and her Californian mother, Jane, Mia must slowly piece together the details of her past to find out what happened. Mona Mansour’s beautifully human and surprisingly humorous play asks what it would mean for our souls — personally and as a nation — if we were to truly see the impact of our actions. Directed by Evren Odcikin. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs through July 31 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘How I Learned What I Learned’: Originally performed by August Wilson himself, “How I Learned What I Learned” is a heartfelt theatrical memoir charting one man’s journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a Black artist in America. Directed by Tim Bond. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs through July 30 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

Randall Theatre: Ghostlight Playhouse, 115 E. Main St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-690-8810. Pick-your-price tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements.

‘Gaga for Gershwin’: Musical worlds collide in this musical tribute to George and Ira Gershwin along with Lady Gaga as part of Randall Theatre Company’s “Broadway or Bust” series of concert-style revues. Musical highlights include some of George and Ira Gershwin’s most popular tunes alongside some of Lady Gaga’s biggest hits, along with Gaga’s nod to the music of the Gershwins and the swing-era duets she recorded with Tony Bennett. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 8. A livestream of the production will also be available. In-person tickets are $20, livestream tickets are $15 per household.

Rogue Theater Company: See roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-205-9190 for showtimes, tickets and further information. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements.

‘Chapatti’: Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal lovers. When forlorn Dan and his dog, Chapatti, cross paths with the amiable Betty with 19 cats, an unexpected spark kindles. This play is a warm and gentle story about two people rediscovering the importance of human companionship. Directed by Robynn Rodriguez. Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, May 5-15, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Tickets are $30. A special preview performance will be offered Thursday, May 5; preview tickets are $25. On Friday, May 6, RTC’s official opening will benefit Friends of the Animal Shelter; the performance will be followed by a talkback with the actors and director and wine. Opening benefit tickets are $40.

Rogue Valley Shakespeare Company: See roguevalleyshakespeare.com or email at rvshakespeare@gmail.com for showtimes, tickets and further information. See website for current COVID-19 requirements.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: The Rogue Valley Shakespeare Company will bring Shakespeare to the park with“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the lawn at the Harry & David Shelter at Reinhart Volunteer Park, 1690 S.W. Webster Road, Grants Pass. The inaugural event will feature a classical production of the Bard’s most famous comedy featuring frolicking winged fairies, hilarious rustic mechanicals, and enchanted lovers traipsing about beneath the stars. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 3-17, and Thursday, June 16. Lawn seating spaces, which accommodate up to four guests are $60; bring your own blankets, towels, and/or low-backed lounge chairs (back height limit of 24 inches). Limited table seating is also available with a table for four for $80. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. Picnics of your own food and beverage are encouraged. There will be some minor concession items available for purchase at select performances. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.