Live Rogue Valley theater, streaming plays: July 22
Ashland Contemporary Theatre: Tickets can be purchased at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, or at the door (cash or check only). Call 541-646-2971 for information.
‘Fahrenheit 451’: Livia Genise Productions, in partnership with Ashland Contemporary Theatre, will present a staged reading of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451,” a world literature classic set in a bleak, dystopian future. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities — the printed book (along with those houses in which they are hidden). Montag never questions his actions, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred. But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and a present where one see the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, July 22-31. Tickets are $20.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250. Group and discounted season packages, as well as special rate performances are available. Box Office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements.
‘Spotlight on Joni Mitchell’: Among the singer-songwriters who emerged in the 1960s, none were as adventurous, incisive, or influential as Joni Mitchell. Her melodious tunes support her poetic and often very personal lyrics to make her one of the most authentic artists of her time. As a performer, she is widely hailed for her unique style of playing guitar. Mitchell’s unflinching struggle for her own artistic independence has made her a role model for many other musicians. She first became famous for penning “Both Sides Now”, a song that helped launch the career of Judy Collins. Her first album appeared in 1968, which featured her voice and her acoustic guitar with virtually no other accompaniment on most songs. This performance features her hit songs including “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Both Sides Now,” “Chelsea Morning,” “Free Man in Paris,” and more. Julia Holden-Hunkins stars as Mitchell, directed by Karl Iverson. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 4-28. Tickets are $20-$38.
Collaborative Theatre Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, on Facebook, or by calling the Box Office at 541-779-1055. Group rates are available. See website or call Box Office for current COVID-19 requirements.
‘Don Quixote’: The story of the idealistic Don Quixote and pragmatic Sancho Panza comes to life in a bilingual theatrical production with the excitement, bawdy humor and the deeply moving humanity of the masterpiece intact. Follow the characters throughout the arid plains of La Mancha as they battle giants, rescue princesses and attack armies. Based on the novels of Miquel de Cervantes, adapted by Anne Ludlum and David Quicksall. The play will also feature live classical Spanish guitar music from 17th century performed by local musician Grant Ruiz. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m. Sundays, July 10-31. Tickets are $35, $28 for students and seniors. Masks are required while in the theatre.
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.
‘The Full Monty’: While spying on their wives at a “Girls’ Night Out,” a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo see how much the women enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work, and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash — a strip show of their own. Based on the cult hit film of the same name, “The Full Monty,” a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays June 30-Sept. 4. Were it movie, “The Full Monty” would be rated R for coarse language, adult situations , nudity, and alcohol use. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161. Masks are required for all performances. 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.
‘Dr. G’s Bingo Extravaganza’: A social bingo event that evolves into a fantastical world of performance, “Dr. G’s Bingo Extravaganza” invites attendees to meet new friends, compete for spectacular prizes, and pay tribute to a remarkable local elder — Dr. Geneva Craig, a civil rights leader, frontline nurse, and action movie lover with a penchant for Vegas glitz. OSF will convert Carpenter Hall into a temporary bingo hall, Wednesday through Sunday, July 20-24, with walls adorned with ornaments created by AfroScoutz, a Black youth group in Southern Oregon organized by BASE. Special guests from the community will join as bingo callers and surprise performers. In tandem with the in-person performance in Carpenter Hall, you can access an interactive website Dr. G’s Fan Club. The site takes the form of an infinitely scrolling Christmas tree with ornaments by Afroscoutz members that open up to a webpage containing special Dr. G trivia and special messages from local community members. It can be accessed through OSF’s ticketing platform. Dr. Craig is a registered nurse who holds a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Walden. She volunteers with AARP Oregon and for three years chaired its Diversity Advisory Committee. Born in Selma, Ala., she marched with MLK in the Selma-to-Montogomery marches.
‘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.
‘The Tempest’: For 12 years, banished Prospero has been living on a mystical island and using magic to subjugate its native inhabitants. With vengeance weighing heavily on his mind, he conjures a storm to bring ashore a passing ship carrying his enemies, who find themselves at the mercy of his supernatural machinations. This classic Shakespeare play explores the good, the bad, and the gray areas of human nature. Directed by Nicholas C. Avila. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs June 1-Oct. 15, in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘Revenge Song —A Vampire Cowboys Creation’: Buckle up for a musical story about Julie d’Aubigny — a queer 17th-century rule-breaking, sword fighting, opera-singing transgressor of boundaries. It’ll be loud, it’ll be rowdy and hilarious! Qui Nguyen (OSF’s “Vietgone” and Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon”) sets this irreverent take on French history somewhere between the realms of superheroes and comic books and asks what it means to bust through your prescribed roles into who you truly are. Music by Shane Rettig, with lyrics by Qui Nguyen and Robert Ross Parker. Directed by Robert Ross Parker. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs through Oct. 14 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
‘King John’: A corrupt monarch faces an unruly court and fights to hold onto the crown at all costs through political intrigue and warmongering. “King John” features a cast of 12 female and non-gender-binary performers — speaking directly to our current fractured political moment and bringing new meaning to Shakespeare’s powerful play about power itself. Directed by Rosa Joshi. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs Aug. 17-Oct. 28, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Confederates’: An enslaved woman turned Union spy and a brilliant professor in a modern-day private university are facing similar struggles, though they live over a century apart. This play by MacArthur genius award-winner Dominique Morisseau leaps through time to trace the identities of two brilliant Black women and explores the reins that racial and gender bias still hold on American systems today. Directed by Nataki Garrett; an American Revolutions Commission West Coast Premiere. Tickets are $35 to $75. The show runs Aug. 23-Oct. 29, in the Thomas 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.
‘Waiting Star’: Randal Theatre presents “Waiting Star,” a medieval romp with Shakespeare’s favorite rogue, Falstaff. It’s Falstaff at his notorious best as he tries to win favor with the King while keeping his seat at the local tavern, while Falstaff’s mysterious daughter may bring down’ the crown in this romantic, musical comedy. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 5-21. Tickets are $20; a livestream of the performance is available for $15.
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. See website or call box office for current COVID-19 requirements.
‘Beauty and the Beast’: The Academy Award-winning film comes to life on stage in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, July 29-Aug. 7. Tickets are $25, $15 for ages 22 and younger.