Local theater scene, March 15


    Eileen DeSandre and Annie Paul rehearse a scene from "Fragments," a premiere work by Jessica Sage opening at Rogue Theater Company. Photo byDasja Dolan

    Ashland Children’s Theatre: See ashlandchildrenstheatre.com or call 541-414-8676 or 541-301-4549 for information.

    ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’: In this renowned comic play, adapted by William Ritch, the world of humans and fairies collide, love is lost and found, and found again. The play is introduced with a charming prequel, ‘Fairy Revels’, set in a fairy-filled world, where sprites rehearse a play, “Romano & Asiago,” for their king and queen. Performances are set for 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at The Dance Space, 280 E. Hersey St., No. 10, Ashland. Advance tickets are $10, $5 for students and are available in Ashland at Tree House Books, 15 N. Main St., and Music Coop, 268 E. Main St. Admission at the door is $12, $6 for students.

    Barnstormers Theatre: 112 Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. See barnstormersgp.org or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.

    ‘Marvin’s Room’: Bessie is facing continuous challenges as the caregiver for a pain-ridden aunt and an ailing father, Marvin. Bessie decides she needs help, so she embarks on a humorous and courageous exploration of family. Her journey becomes heroic and one that celebrates a family’s commitment to love. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15-16; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17.

    Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250.

    ‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’: Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune, sets out to eliminate the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way in this uproarious, farcical story set in 1909. The play received 10 Tony nominations and won four. Stars Cody Pettit as Monty, Catherine Hansen as Miss Shingle, Lauren Panter as Phoebe D’Ysquith, and Paul Cosca as D’Ysquith heirs. Todd Nielsen directs, with musical direction by Don Hopkinson. Book and lyrics are by Robert L. Freedman, with music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Tickets are $20 to $28.

    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. Thursdays through Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays, through March 24. Tickets are $25, $22 for seniors and $18 for students age 17 and younger. A portion of Thursday, March 21, ticket sales will be donated to Hearts With A Mission to assist them in the addition of their new shelter and the Transitional Living Shelter.

    ‘Eve-Volution’: A compelling one-act depiction of how three generations of women are caught in a cycle of abuse, written by local playwright Cynthia Fetner Rogan, the play will be performed at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, March 17-19. Following the performance, the actors and playwright will host a discussion about the issues and ideas raised by the play, and the audience is encouraged to participate. Admission is $10 at the door.

    Crater Renaissance Academy: Crater High School’s Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are available at the door.

    Cinderella — Enchanted Edition: The Crater Campus Performing Arts Department presents “Cinderella — Enchanted Edition.” The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Based on the 1997 teleplay and adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike will soar when the slipper fits. Directed and choreographed by Matthew R. Reynolds; assistant choreographer is Shaundra Mendez, with musical direction by Shayne Flock. Performances are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors.

    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.

    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’: 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 Theater.

    ‘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 Rogue’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 Theater. Previews are offered at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, and at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6.

    Randall Theatre: 20 S. Fir St., Medford. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258. Pick-your-price tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.

    ‘A Comedy of Tenors’: The characters from Ken Ludwig’s musical Lend Me a Tenor are back — this time in Paris, on the eve of a star-studded concert where three famous tenors are scheduled to perform together. Of course, everything that can go wrong does, including clandestine love affairs, romantic misunderstandings and enormous operatic egos threatening to cancel the entire concert. Directed by Paula Waterbury. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15-16; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Tickets are $20.

    Rogue Theater Company: The Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. See roguetheatercompany.com or call 541-208-9190.

    ‘Fragments’: Set in Long Island, N.Y, in 1977, Jessica Sage’s “Fragments” explores the strained and combative relationship between mother and daughter. Further complicating matters are the intricacies of sexuality, betrayal and loss as a family unravels. Directed by Liisa Ivary. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15-16; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Tickets cost $18 general and $15 for seniors and students, and are available at Paddington Station, the Music Coop and at roguetheatercompany.com.

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