Live Rogue Valley theater, streaming plays: Sept. 30
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Ashland New Plays Festival: For tickets and more information, see ashlandnewplays.org or call 541-488-7995. See website or call for current COVID-19 requirements.
Fall Festival: Ashland New Plays Festival, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, will present staged readings of five new plays: Clarence Coo’s “Chapters of a Floating Life;” Victor Lesniewski’s “The Hunt for Benedetto Montone;” Lisa Langford’s “The Breakfast at the Bookstore;” Novid Parsi’s “Remains and Returns;” and Jonathan Spector’s “Best Available.” Discussions with the playwrights and casts will follow each performance. Performances are set for Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 18–23, with evening and matinée showings at Southern Oregon University’s Main Stage Theatre, 491 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are $25, $15 for students and low-income; festival packages also available. For tickets and further detaisl, including the full Fall Festival schedule, see ashlandnewplays.org.
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.
‘Catch Me If You Can’: Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, “Catch Me If You Can” is a high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination, and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty, he pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes. Directed by Todd Nielsen and Jonathan Pratt Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 30. 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.
‘Macbeth’: “Something wicked this way comes,” when CTP actors bring Shakespeare’s drama of greed and ambition to the stage, featuring the doomed king whose destruction will come from within as much as without. Staring Russell Lloyd and Kaitie Warner. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6-30. A special showing will be given at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. A reduced price preview will be offered on Oct. 6. Regular tickets are $35; $28 for seniors and students.
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.
‘Sherlock Holmes and the Final Problem’: Sherlock Holmes’ skills are put to the test when he goes head-to-head with his intellectual equal, criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty. After repeated attempts on his life, Holmes is rejoined by his recently married friend Dr. Watson and the two attempt to thwart the Professor’s plans on a continent-spanning theatrical adventure that takes audiences from the safety of Holmes’ flat at 221B Baker Street to the heights of Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland. With five actors playing all of the roles in the show, “Sherlock” is a comic, theatrical take on a thriller. The show features a gunfight in a forest, a fight on top of a moving train with eight different characters, and, of course, the iconic confrontation at the top of Reichenbach Falls. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Nov. 6. Were it movie, “Sherlock Holmes” would be rated PG, for onstage violence, discussion of murder, some adult situations, and very mild language. 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.
OSF ‘Onwards’ Gala: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will hold its annual weekend gala, “OSF Onwards, ” Friday through Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. This year the gala will be a hybrid, offering both in-person and virtual events. Ticketed guests will be given an all-access pass to a rich offering of activities designed for meaningful engagement, ranging from an intimate coffee chat delving into behind-the-scenes gems, to collective song rituals and dance parties, to theatre performances both on OSF’s three physical stages in Ashland and on the O! Digital Stage. Led by hosts and OSF actors, William Hodgeson and Meme García, in-person and virtual attendees can be immersed into the kaleidoscopic world of OSF. A cornerstone of the celebration weekend will be the premiere of OSF’s episodic digital series, “The Cymbeline Project,” which brings to life Shakespeare’s infamous “problem play” through 10 digital episodes, each led by an iconoclastic slate of guest artists, that range in form from collage to puppetry to VR. This year’s artistic honoree will be Ty Defoe. Proceeds from this event support OSF programs and initiatives. For further details, tickets, and a full schedule of events, see osfashland.org or call 541-482-2111.
‘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. The show runs through Oct. 30 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Tickets are $35 to $75.
‘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. The show runs through Oct. 15, in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Tickets are $35 to $75.
‘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. The show runs through Oct. 14 in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Tickets are $35 to $75.
‘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. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Tickets are $35 to $75.
‘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. The show runs through Oct. 29 in the Thomas Theatre. Tickets are $35 to $75.
‘It’s Christmas, Carol!’: On Christmas Eve, three ghosts take miserly businesswoman Carol Scroogenhouse through time and space to reckon with how she’s abandoned humanity for hollow capitalism. Whisked to a Shakespearean theatre, a prehistoric holiday celebration, and a Zombie future, will Carol find her soul with the help of these apparitions? The play is a zany, hilarious, song-filled twist on Dickens classic story, the holidays and Shakespeare, with a dose of the Marx Brothers, fractured carols and more. Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh. The show runs Nov. 23 through Jan. 1, 2023, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Tickets are $35 to $75.
Rogue Theater Company: See roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-205-9190 for showtimes, tickets and further information.
‘Every Brilliant Thing’: At age seven, the Narrator, played by David Kelly, begins a list of everything brilliant thing worth living for to give to his ailing mother. He leaves the list on his mom’s pillow. He knows she has read it, because she’s corrected his spelling, then the list takes on a life of its own in funny and heartwarming ways. At its core, “Every Brilliant Thing” is about human connection, exploring the lengths we go for those we love. Directed by Caroline Shaffer. Performances are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 10, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Tickets are $30. For tickets, including special performances such as a reduced rate preview performance and opening benefit for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), see the theater company’s website.
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.
‘Cinderella’: TMTO brings the new Broadway adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” a celebrated and timeless musical to the Craterian stage. This contemporary take on the classic tale features the show’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside an up-to-date, hilarious and romantic score by Tony Award-nominee Douglas Carter Beane. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 10-18. Tickets are $25, $15 for ages 22 and younger.