Monique McKisson, left, portrays Abby Brewster, and Becky Durango plays Martha Brewster in the Barnstormers Theatre production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” All live, in-person performances are sold out, but people can watch the show virtually on-demand. See listing below. Courtesy photo
Ashland New Plays Festival
Ashland New Plays Festival will hold the inaugural New Voices Retreat, Sunday through Saturday, Aug. 1-7. New Voices will be a weeklong virtual mentorship and workshop experience for five emerging playwrights. Each playwright will be paired with a collaborator who will assist with the development of a script in progress. The goal of the retreat is to allow the artists to fully engage with the writing process while learning from and connecting with established theatre professionals.
“It’s been an incredibly difficult year — emotionally, physically and financially,” ANPF Artistic Director Jackie Apodaca stated in a press release. “ANPF’s mission is centered on supporting and assisting playwrights. That support shouldn’t be focused solely on competition and presentation. The New Voices Retreat will extend our earnest commitment to inclusivity by uplifting underrepresented and largely unproduced talent.”
The retreat will conclude in conversations with the playwrights on ANPF’s podcast, available through ANPF’s website, ashlandnewplays.org. There also will be a live virtual panel with the emerging playwrights that will stream during ANPF’s Fall Festival, Oct. 17–24, where they will talk about their work and what it’s like to be a new writer during this unprecedented time. The playwrights selected for New Voices Retreat 2021 will be announced in late June. For more information, see ANPF’s website, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-488-7995.
Editor’s note: Because of changing COVID-19 restrictions in place in Oregon, please call businesses or check their websites to confirm all listed events.
Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for showtimes, tickets and further information. Group discounts are available.
‘Arsenic and Old Lace’: The live, in-person performances are all sold out, but you can watch this classic comedy from home with Barnstormers’ virtual Video on Demand viewing option. Rent the play and watch it between 6 p.m. Friday, June 18, and 6 p.m. Sunday, June 27. Your rental ($15) will be available for 48 hours; pre-purchase of rentals is available now. Search Barnstormers on the virtual platform ShowTix4U.com.
The Brewster sisters, two seemingly innocent old ladies with Victorian charm, populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers. The antics of two of their nephews, one of whom believes that he is Theodore Roosevelt, and the other whose psychopathic ways and multiple plastic surgeries make him resemble Boris Karloff, contribute to the dynamics of this unique family. Written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Brianna Gowland. For questions or ticket purchasing assistance call the box office or see the theatre’s website.
Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250. Group and discounted season packages are available.
2021 season: Camelot will present two musical spotlights this summer and fall, and “Elf, The Musical” for the holidays as it re-emerges from the pandemic to offer live performances for its 39th season.“Spotlight on Aretha Franklin” featuring the Rogue Suspects is scheduled to run Aug. 12 through Sept. 5, and “Spotlight on Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M,” is slated for Sept. 30 through Oct. 24. Both spotlights are billed as Camelot exclusives. “Elf, The Musical,” based on the hit 2003 movie “Elf” starring Will Ferrell, will be presented Nov. 24 through Dec. 31.
‘Motown & Soul Review’: The Rogue Suspects return to Camelot with concert performances Thursday through Sunday through June 20. All performances are at 8 p.m. except 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Due to recent changes in COVID-19 restrictions by the CDC, Oregon’s governor and local health authorities, these performances are for vaccinated individuals only and will not require masks or social distancing. Patrons must show proof of vaccination when purchasing tickets and upon entry to performances. See Camelot’s website for further information. Tickets are in-person only at the Camelot Box Office.
2021 Youth Conservatory: Camelot partners again this year with the Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts (OCPA) to offer an in-person, conservatory training program for children and young adults ages 7 to 19. The program focuses on theatre history, playwriting, acting, musical theatre, dance and stage confidence. For students ages 7 to 14, the “Magic of Theatre” program runs Monday through Friday, July 5-23, at Hedrick Middle School in Medford, concluding with two performances of “Charlotte’s Web” July 23. Students ages 13 to 19 will have a six-week in-person conservatory, Monday through Friday, June 21-Aug. 1, at Camelot Theatre in Talent. This program concludes with five performances of the Broadway musical “All Shook Up.” Registration and information is available on OregonConservatory.org.
‘All Shook Up’: The Oregon Conservatory of Performing Arts and Camelot Conservatory students will present a dynamic tribute to “The King,” Elvis Presley, in the Broadway hit “All Shook Up.” Follow one-of-a-kind Elvis moves to tunes such as “Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “All Shook Up” and more. Performances are scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 30-Aug. 1. Tickets are $20-25, and go on sale Thursday, July 1.
Collaborative Theatre Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, on Facebook, by calling 541-779-1055. Group rates are available.
‘Radiance, the Passion of Marie Curie’: The play, written By Alan Alda and directed by Susan Aversa, follows Marie Curie and her husband, Pierre, who share a Nobel Prize. When Pierre dies in an accident, Marie is plunged into depression. Paul Langevin, fleeing an unhappy marriage, gives her the strength to return to her work. But the scandal over their affair threatens to end her career, just when she might become the first person ever to receive a second Nobel Prize. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, June 24-July 17, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, June 27-July 18. Tickets are $30, or $25 for seniors and students. A preview night will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24. Tickets for the preview are $15.
‘The Book of Will’: In this play, it has been three years since Shakespeare’s death, and his closest friends miss him dearly. After hearing a badly botched version of “Hamlet” at a nearby theater, they realize Shakespeare’s words are starting to fade into obscurity. So, they set out to compile as many of his manuscripts as possible, going head-to-head against a shady publisher, a drunken poet, shrinking resources and their own mortality. Written By Lauren Gunderson and directed by Rick Robinson. Performance are scheduled Aug. 12 through Sept. 5, and times to be announced.
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. Student rush tickets are $15 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain with valid ID, subject to availability. Group discounts available.
‘The Great American Trailer Park’: Note: All performances of “The Great American Trailer Park” are sold out. The theater is encouraging people to call the box office to be added to a wait list, in the event Jackson County drops to “moderate risk level” and allows for future performances.
There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres — and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew. The musical is filled to the brim with irreverent comedy and show stopping musical numbers like “This Side of the Tracks,” “Flushed Down the Pipes,” and “Storms A Brewin.” Directed by Michael Jenkinson. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, through June 19, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, through June 20. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29. COVID-19 safety measures include masks being worn at all times when not eating, temperature checks at the door, tables 6 feet apart and 12 feet from performers, and limited capacity (maximum of 42 patrons to adhere to Jackson County’s “high risk” status). For questions or ticket purchasing assistance call the box office.
‘Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story’: Buddy Holly’s brief life is immortalized in this dynamic and heart-rending stage show. Set between 1956 and 1959, “Buddy” traces Buddy’s early rise to fame with the Crickets to the night when the music died. Featuring hit Buddy Holly songs like “That’ll be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace,” this musical celebrates the lives lost on that fateful night and the lasting impact they had on Rock N’ Roll. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Mondays and select Wednesdays, July 1-Sept. 4, and 1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 5. Were it a movie, “Buddy” would be rated PG, with mild, coarse language and some adult themes. Tickets are $43, $39 or $29. COVID-19 safety measures include masks being worn at all times when not eating, temperature checks at the door, tables 6 feet apart and 12 feet from performers, and limited capacity. Upcoming performances include “Poirot: Murder on the Links,” Sept. 18-Nov.7; and “Christmas, Contigo,” Nov. 18-Dec. 31.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161. Group discounts available. 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. Other content available or in development includes interviews, digital storytelling, online classes, podcasts, audio plays and more.
‘The Comedy of Errors’: The archived play “The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare will be available for streaming Tuesday through Saturday through June 26. Antipholus and his servant, Dromio, go looking for family they lost years ago. Traveling from the rural South, they journey to the big city and find themselves in the heart of the Harlem Renaissance. And, surprise: suddenly there are two identical Antipholi and two identical Dromios, which has everybody in town (including significant others) seeing double. To make matters worse, another family member is about to be executed for breaking local law. Laughs fly in this jazz-filled, visually delightful production as the clock ticks in Shakespeare’s farce about the craziest family reunion ever. Directed by Kent Gash and choreographed by Byron Easley. Tickets are $15.
Wednesday Concerts: OSF will present outdoor concerts on the big Elizabethan stage at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, July 21-Oct. 6. Kicking off the concert season will be the Bay Area’s Urban Jazz Dance Company, which will perform two nights, July 21-22. Other bookings so far include Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Phoenix and Four Directions, Hollis Peach, Brother Angus, Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre, Chic Street Man, The Singer and The Songwriter, Dancing Spirit Drum, and Flamenco Pacifico. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at osfashland.org or by calling the OSF box office at 800-219-8161. Masks are required.
‘Fannie’: Cheryl L. West’s “Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer,” is a musical play inspired by the life of the civil rights activist, and tells the story of the Mississippi-born civil and voting rights activist (1917-1977), painting a portrait of courage, humor, and grit. The play provides a first-person account of Hamer’s remarkable life, alternating between autobiography and song, just as Hamer herself incorporated art into her activism. The play stars two luminaries of the American stage — E. Faye Butler, who will portray Hamer July 1 through Aug. 28, and Greta Oglesby who will take over the role Sept. 1-Oct. 9. An onstage band will provide backup music for the one-woman show. Performances are scheduled to run at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 1-Oct. 9. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased at osfashland.org or by calling the OSF box office at 800-219-8161. Masks are required.
‘It’s Christmas, Carol!’: Written by Mark Bedard, Brent Hinkley, and John Tufts, the story follows three ghosts who take the miserly Carol Scroogenhouse through time and space to reckon with how she’s abandoned love and artistry for capitalism. Performance dates and times will be announced later.
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.
‘Into the Woods’: Expect the unexpected in this Grimm fairytale mashup crafted by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, and directed by Stephen and Cailey McCandless. In the woods, we find the Baker and his Wife trying to reverse a witch’s curse so they can have what they wish for most in life: a child. But they’re not alone in the woods and soon cross paths with Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack (of beanstalk fame) and two hapless princes all searching for their own “happily ever after.” In this sometimes haunting but always magical musical, we’re reminded to “Be Careful What We Wish For” because we might not get what we expect, and to be careful what we say because “Children Will Listen.” But in the end and best of all, we’re reminded that “No One is Alone.” Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through June 19, and at 3 p.m. Sundays, June 6-20. Tickets are $25. Masks must be worn in the building at all times, and all COIVD-19 safety guidelines will be enforced.