Plays: Friday, Sept. 14

    Rose Passione, left, plays Maria, and David King-Gabriel plays Tito Merilli in Collaborative Theatre Project's "Lend Me a Tenor," running through Sunday, Sept. 16. See or call 541-779-1055 for tickets. Photo by Gerry Katz

    ‘Water Made to Rise’: When three men — played by playwright, actor and director Barrett O’Brein and Oregon Shakespeare actors Rodney Gardiner and Daisuke Tsuji — are trapped in a barroom by rising waters of a never-before-seen flood, they grapple with events that led them to be washed from their homes. O’Brien’s play dramatizes climate change, distilling it into a story about people and a place. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Willow-Witt Ranch, 658 Shale City Road, Ashland. Tickets are $15. Tickets for the Armory show are available at Paddington Station, Music Coop,, or at the door. Tickets for the Willow-Witt show are available at Student tickets are $10 and available at the doors. The workshop productions are presented as benefits for Southern Oregon Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance and The Crest at Willow-Witt.

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    Theater Talk: Actor Daniel José Molina will discuss the art of stagecraft at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 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 or call 541-479-3557 for tickets. Group discounts are available.

    ‘Pride and Prejudice’: Finding a husband is not a priority for independent-minded Elizabeth Bennet, but with a matchmaking mother, four unmarried sisters and several unsuitable suitors, it’s a challenge to escape her fate. Jane Austen’s 1813 story comes to life in Jon Jory’s adaptation of the 1813 novel. Tricia Drevets directs. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15, and Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20-22; 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 16 and 23. Tickets are $15 for all performances. A pay-what-you-want show will be presented Thursday, Sept. 13.

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

    ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’: The famous Chicken Ranch in Texas is where good ol’ gals with hearts of gold retail good will (and other comforts) under the watchful eye of Miss Mona Stangley. All heck breaks loose when TV reporter Melvin P. Thorpe turns his camera and self-rightous indignation on the operation. This rollicking hootenanny features tunes “Twenty Fans Were Turning,” “Hard Candy Christmas” and more. Shawn Ramagos directs. Camelot new-comer Cyd Ropp plays proprietor Mona Stanley, Maxwell Bruhl plays muckraker Melvin P. Thorpe, and Lanny Horn plays Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 23. Tickets are $29 to $36.

    Collaborative Theater Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office.

    ‘Lend Me a Tenor’: This bedroom farce with book and lyrics by Peter Sham and music by Brad Carroll is classic Ken Ludwig ridiculousness reimagined as over-the-top musical theater. Rick Robinson of Oregon Cabaret Theatre directs. David King-Gabriel plays tenor Tito Merilli, Don Matthews is opera company director Henry Sauders, and Rose Passione is Merilli’s volatile wife, Maria. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15, and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Tickets are $28, $22 for seniors or $18 for students.

    Livia Genise Productions: Tickets available at, or by cash or check at Paddington Station in Ashland. Oregon Trail cards will be accepted at the door.

    ‘A Tribute to the Life and Music of Patsy Cline’: This musical tribute features bits of country singer Patsy Cline’s life story and lots of her unforgettable hits, including “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams of You,” “She’s Got You,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Walking After Midnight.” During her career, Cline performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and made appearances on national TV networks. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1972. Livia Genise sings Cline’s songs, with a script by Charles Cherry, arrangements by Brent Olstad and narration by David King-Gabriel. Full-band accompaniment includes keyboard player Karl Iverson, bassist Felipe Archer, fiddler Beth Martin, pedal steel player Craig Martin, drummer Steve Sutfin and steel guitarist Michael Warner. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 21-22 and 28-29, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 23 and 30, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Tickets are $20.

    Oregon Cabaret Theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at 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.

    ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’: Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meet in 1904 in a Parisian cafe, just before the scientist transforms physics with his theory of relativity and the painter sets the art world on fire with cubism. Steve Martin toys with the genius of the two men and the intersection of art and science in his playfully self-referential story. Valerie Rachelle directs. Stephen Kline plays Einstein, and Stefan Espinosa plays Picasso. The show previews Thursday, Sept. 20, opens Friday, Sept. 21, and runs through Nov. 11. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays, and select Wednesdays; and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Preview tickets are $22. All other tickets $36, with limited $22 seating.

    Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at or at 800-219-8161.

    ‘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.

    ‘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 runs through Oct. 27 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

    ‘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 or by calling 541-632-3258. Pay-what-you-want tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.

    ‘Forbidden Broadway: Greatest Hits’: Hit songs and satire fill this cabaret-style spoof of Broadway musicals by Gerard Alessandrini. Set in Randall Theatre’s black box theater, curtain is at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20-21, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 16 and 23. Look for parodies from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Annie,” “Wicked,” and more. Kathy Wing directs. Music direction is by Paul Cosca, and Brianna Gowland choreographs the show. Tickets are $22; $17 on Thursdays.

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