Plays: Friday, Aug. 15
‘Call Mr. Robeson’: British playwright, actor and singer Tayo Aluko will present his one-man play about the life of black activist Paul Robeson at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12; 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 13-14; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Painist Karl Iverson will provide accompaniment. Tickets are $20 to $30 and can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006.
Ashland Children’s Theatre: See ashlandchildrenstheatre.com or call 541-414-8676 or 541-301-4549 for information.
‘Fade to Black’: Set in 1945 on the Hollywood movie set of “Fade to Black,” there’s more drama behind the scenes than in front of the camera in Teen Mystery Theatre’s film-noir style comedy. With so many careers at stake, who will prevail? The elegant movie star, the anxious director or the formidable producer? Written and directed by Eve Smyth and Kate Sullivan, shows will be presented at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Advance tickets are $10, $5 for students, and can be purchased at Music Coop or Tree House Books in Ashland. Tickets will be $12, $6 for students, at the door.
Ashland New Plays Festival: See ashlandnewplays.org.
Theater Talk: A series of interviews with theater professionals offer intimate looks into the art of stagecraft. Alejandra Escalante will be featured on Saturday, Aug. 11, and Daniel José Molina on Monday, Sept 24, both at 7:30 p.m. at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets.
‘Dogsbreath Devereaux’: Dr. Dogsbreath Devereaux plots to wed wealthy widow Lotta Cash so he can inherit her fortune and late husband’s clinic. He promises to marry nurse Hilda Hatchet once the dastardly deed is done, but insanely jealous Hilda catches him flirting with yet another woman. Written by Billy St. John and directed by Amelia Caldwell, the show runs through Aug. 12. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors, $5 for ages 12 and younger.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances.
‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’: When Tick’s ex-wife needs an act at her remote resort, a trio of drag queens travel across the Austrlian Outback in a battered, old bus, nicknamed Priscilla. On their journey, they discover, though life isn’t always kind, they may still find more than they ever dreamed of. Based on the Oscar-winning film “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” Camelot’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical is lavishly filled with costumes and a parade of songs. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4, Thursdays through Saturday, Aug. 9-11, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 5 and 12. Tickets are $29 or $36.
‘Spotlight on The Kingston Trio’: Singer, songerwriter and guitarist Bob Haworth of The Kingston Trio fame, along with singers and guitarists John Hollis and Andrew Brock, will pay tribute to the American folk trio that released 14 albums ranking in the Top 10 of Billboard’s top albums chart between 1955 and 2001. Look for “Tom Dooley,” “Scotch & Soda,” “Greenback Dollar,” “The M.T.A.,” “They Call the Wind Maria,” “Worried Man,” “This Land is Your Land,” and more. Presila Quinby directs. The musical spotlight previews Thursday, Aug. 9, opens Friday, Aug. 10, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 26. Tickets are $20 for the preview, $29 for all other performances.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: 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 $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. A 20 percent discount is available for groups of 10 or more.
‘Avenue Q’: When college grad Princeton moves into a shabby New York City apartment, he soon discovers it’s not your ordinary neighborhood. He and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book in 2004, this musical is busting with adult humor and a catchy score — not to mention puppets. The show runs through Sept. 9. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $25 or $39.
Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts: See oregonconservatory.org or call 541-776-9118 for tickets and information.
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: A cast of kids ages 12 to 16 will present a musical adaptation of the Shakespeare classic as part of Oregon Conservatory’s Magic of Theatre summer camp for youth. This one-act version by John Jacobson and Audrey Snyder features musical styles that range from ethereal and jazzy to rap and blues. Jessica Blaszak directs. Musical direction is by Danika Locey, and choreography by Alissa Larson. Shows are set for 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Central Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave. Tickets are $10.
‘A Kid’s Life’: A cast of kids ages 7 to 12 will present this one-act musical by John Jacobson and Mac Huff about the youys and challenges of being a kid in today’s high-tech world as part of Oregon Conservatory’s Magic of Theatre summer camp. What if suddenly all that technology went away? That’s where the fun and music begin in this show. Andrew Brock directs, and music direction is by Andrea Brock. Shows are set for 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Central Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Tickets are $7.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.
‘Snow in Midsummer’: When a young woman is sentenced to death, she curses her city from beyond the grave with a catastrophic drought. Three years later, the residents of the parched, locust-plagued city are forced to face a past no one wants to remember. Playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s update of a classic Chinese drama into a modern ghost story explores the legacy of trauma, the heart of injustice and the lengths to which we go for love. Justin Audibert directs. The show previews at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, opens at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, and runs through Oct. 27 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Romeo and Juliet’: Star-crossed lovers Juliet and Romeo take the stage with lush period detail in William Shakespeare’s tragic tale. Dámasao Rodgríguez of Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland directs this story of a love for the ages — until fate and hatred turn the world against it. The show runs through Oct. 12 in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Curtain is at 8 p.m.
‘The Book of Will’: When close friends and fellow actors realize that the lines of the dead William Shakespeare are disappearing into time, they plan a definitive book of his original plays. To make one, they’ll have to battle an unscrupulous publisher, a boozy poet laureate and their own mortality in playwright Lauren Gunderson’s funny love letter to theater and the printed word. Christopher Liam Moore directs. The show runs through Oct. 13 in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Curtain is at 8 p.m.
‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’: The Princess of France and her ladies have chosen an awkward time to visit Navarre in William Shakespeare’s linguistically nimble, music-filled comedy. King Ferdinand and his friends have dedicated themselves to three years of study, contemplation and chastity. Undeterred, the ladies camp outside the gates, and it isn’t long before nature takes its course. Amanda Dehnert directs. The show runs through Oct. 14 in the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre. Curtain is at 8 p.m.
‘Henry V’: Actor Daniel Jose Molina completes his immersive three-play transformation from reckless party-boy Prince Hal to the shrewd and ruthless young leader King Henry V. The new king audaciously lays claim to the French throne, courts a princess with whom he does not share a language and takes his place on history’s stage in a series of battles still commemorated in England today. Rosa Joshi of Seattle makes her directorial debut at OSF. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.
‘Manahatta’: Securities trader Jane Snake is torn between worlds. Her return to Wall Street brings her to Manahatta (“Island of Many Hills” in Lenape), the homeland of her Native American ancestors who were violently forced to evacuate in the 1600s. Meanwhile, her family in Oklahoma struggles to save their language, their culture and their over-mortgaged home. OSF presents the premiere of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s look at the tragic consequences of commercial exploits. Playwright Nagle also is a partner at Pipestem Law, a firm specializing in sovereignty of Native tribes and people, and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Laurie Woolery directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.
‘Oklahoma!’: It’s a beautiful morning whenever Curly sees Laurey, but Laurey’s not so sure about Curly. And Will loves Ado Andy, but Andy loves ... well, everyone. Meanwhile, in the 1906 Oklahoma Territory, farmers and ranchers lock horns in a battle over water rights and fences. This musical — with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein — brims with show-stopping songs and heartfelt storytelling. Director Bill Rauch breaks new ground with same-sex lead couples and other LGBTQ+ casting that affirms the identity spectrum in an insightful celebration of love in its many forms. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘The Way the Mountain Moved’: When four men set out in the 1850s to survey a route for a new continental railroad, they cross paths with lost pioneers, cautious Native Americans, and an African-American Mormon couple unsure whether to befriend, fight or flee the newcomers. Whose dreams will prevail? This play by Idris Goodwin joins other OSF American Revolutions commissions that explore key moments of change in U.S. history. May Adrales directs. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Thomas Theatre.
‘Othello’: Those who praised Moorish general Othello’s military successes now reject his marriage to Venetian Desdemona. The newlyweds are determined to overcome all obstacles, but Othello’s assignment to a new location draws them into the demonic web of his lieutenant Iago in Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy. Bill Rauch directs. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Sense and Sensibility’: When Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are tossed out of their home by a selfish half-brother, marriage prospects become bleak, and when love — or what looks like love — comes calling for the girls, they are whirled into a tangle of gossip, scandal and unexpected fortune. Kate Hamill’s adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen is directed by Hana S. Sharif. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
Randall Theatre, Medford: 10 E. Third St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258. Pay-what-you-want tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.
‘Pippin’: The responsibility of leading the Holy Roman Empire leaves Prince Pippin lost and confused, so he sets out in search of fulfillment. When a young widow and her child come into his life, he discovers happiness lies not in the extraordinary but in the ordinary moments of the day, in Randall Theatre’s production of the musical “Pippin.” Robin Downward directs. Lauren Panter plays Pippin. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4, and Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 9-11. A matinee is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Tickets are $22 for reserved seats, $17 for reserved seats on Thursdays.
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.
‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’: This wacky, joyful, tuneful, feel-good romp, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, retells the Biblical story of Joseph, whose powers as a dreamer — symbolized by his coat of many colors — cause his jealous brothers to sell him into slavery. From this unpromising start, Joseph becomes the Pharaoh’s right-hand man. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4, Thursday and Friday, Aug. 9-10, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Tickets are $25, $15 for ages 22 and younger.