Local theater scene, March 22
Ashland Contemporary Theatre: Tickets can be purchased at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, at Paddington Station in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford, or at the door. Call 541-646-2971 for information.
‘The Good German’: Ashland Contemporary Theatre and Livia Genise Productions will present a staged reading of the play, “The Good German,” by David Wiltse. Set in World War II, in Germany, the play is an intense drama that explores prejudice, cultural identity, duty, patriotism, and the strategies we employ to survive. Directed by Genise. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Saturdays, April 6-20, and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 7-21, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. A special 4 p.m. showing will be held on Friday, April 19, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St., Ashland. Tickets are $18.
Collaborative Theatre Project:555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office. Group rates are available.
‘The Importance of Being Earnest’: In Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece of manners and wit, John Worthing, a carefree young gentleman, is the inventor of a fictitious brother, “Earnest,” whose wicked ways afford John an excuse to leave his country home from time to time and journey to London, where he stays with his close friend and confidant, Algernon Moncrieff. The plot follows two pairs of lovers during this intelligent and witty comedy. Directed by Susan Aversa-Orrego. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and $18 for students age 17 and younger.
One Eleven Theater Company: Grants Pass High School’s Performing Arts Center, 830 N.E. Ninth St. Tickets available in Grants Pass at Oregon Books and Games, 150 N.E. E St., The Daily Courier, 409 S.E. Seventh St., or online at oneeleventheatrecompany.com.
‘Newsies’: The musical tells the captivating true story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about working together and fighting for what’s right. Based on Disney’s 1992 motion picture, the stage version introduces eight brand-new songs by the original team of Alan Menken and Jack Feldman while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York,” and “Santa Fe.” Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 28-30, Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, and 2 p.m. Sundays, March 31, and April 7. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and students, $8 for children 8 and younger. All opening night, March 28, ticket sales will be donated to Josephine County’s Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization, which builds and delivers beds to children who do not have one.
Oregon Cabaret Theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at theoregoncabaret.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.
‘Beehive: The ’60s Musical’: Told from the perspective of six young women who came of age in the enigmatic ’60s, this musical looks back on a range of topics from the girls’ first dance to the challenges the U.S. faced as a nation. Look for music by Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Dusty Springfield. Lauren Blair directs. The show stars Rosharra Francis, Tamara Daly, Shae Celine, Asha Brownie-Gordon, Kristen Calvin and Carrie Lyn Brandon. Mike Wilkins, the musical director for OCT’s “Chicago,” “The All Night Strut” and “Once,” returns to lead a four-piece live band for Beehive. Choreography is by Keenon Hooks, costume design by Kristie Mattsson, scenic design by Jason Bolen, lighting design by Chris Wood and sound design by Kimberly Carbone. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and selected Mondays and Wednesdays, and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through March 31. Tickets cost $25, $36 or $39.
‘Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of the Four’: The show is a world premiere adaptation of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous novels, “The Sign of the Four,” told in the small cast, quick-change comedic style of recent theatrical hits such as “The 39 Steps” and “Baskerville.” Holmes and Watson are on an adventure that takes them from a prison in India to 221B Baker Street and on to the Thames for an onstage boat chase. Matt Koenig and Galen Schloming return to the Cabaret as Holmes and Watson, having previously played those roles in 2017’s “Baskerville.” They are joined by Galloway Stevens and Stephen Kline, as well as Cabaret newcomer Aryana Sedarati. Rick Robinson directs. The show opens Friday, April 12, and performances are set for 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays, and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through May 26. Tickets are $25, $36 or $39.
Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University: Theatre Arts Building, 491 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tickets are available at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348.
‘Silkworms’: Set in 17th-century Italy, a group of Dominican nuns resists the oppressions of their distant male superiors, leading to a potentially fatal standoff that sparks a daring rebellion. Written by Isabel Nelson and Anne Bertram and developed by Theatre Unbound of Minneapolis, which specializes in new work by and about women. Terri McMahon directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays May 16-18, and May 23-25, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for full-time students.
‘Angels in America: Millennium Approaches’: Regarded by many critics as the best American play of the last 50 years, “Millennium Approaches” is the first of two plays in Tony Kushner’s epic, “Angels in America,” an eloquent, heartfelt, theatrically thrilling, surprisingly funny examination of the AIDS crisis, fraying relationships, and the soul of America during the 1980s. Directed by Jim Edmondson. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 23 through June 1, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and $5 for full-time students.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival:15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.
‘As You Like It’: Two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, unknowingly begin interacting with each other’s family and friends, leading to a not-so-serious case of mistaken identities. This bilingual adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s zaniest comedies will feature intimate, actor-and-text focused performances with live music. Directed by Bill Rauch. The show runs through Oct. 26 in the Thomas Theater.
‘Hairspray — The Broadway Musical’: It’s 1962, and Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad lives in a world that tells her plus-sized gals shouldn’t be dancing on television and that racial segregation is here to stay. When she wins a spot on The Corny Collins Show, Tracy becomes a star and uses her newfound fame to challenge the status quo in this wildly joyful production that celebrates radical inclusion at its heart. Christopher Liam Moore directs. The show runs through Oct. 27, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.
‘Mother Road’: A powerful story about land, family and survival inspired by John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” this world-premiere drama by Southern Oregon-based playwright Octavio Solis finds hard-living William Joad meeting an unexpected relative, Martin Jodes, and reversing the Joads’ mythic journey from California back to Oklahoma. Directed by Bill Rauch. The show runs through Oct. 26.
‘Cambodian Rock Band’: This epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history 30 years after her father fled Cambodia. Featuring actor/musicians, playwright Lauren Yee brings to life the Cambodian rock scene of the ’60s and ’70s, a movement cut short by the Khmer Rouge’s brutal attempt to erase the music — and musicians — once and for all. Chay Yew directs. The show runs through Oct. 27, in the Thomas Theater.
‘Between Two Knees’: Sketch-comedy troupe the 1491s tell a fearless intergenerational story of familial love, loss and connection spanning the massacre at Wounded Knee, all of the World Wars so far and the 1973 takeover at Wounded Knee. Infused with the 1491s’ uninhibited and subversive approach to comedic storytelling, it takes a hard look at the impacts of systematic oppression after the point that textbooks typically stop teaching Native history. Also, its funny. Eric Ting directs. The show runs from Sunday, April 7, through Oct. 27, in the Thomas Theatre. Previews are offered at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, and at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6.