Plays in local theaters: April 21, 2011

ASHLAND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: "End Days," a comedy by Deborah Zoe Laufer, will open Friday, April 29, and run through May 22 at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Laufer's play explores physics, religion and young love. Evalyn Hansen directs. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays, April 29-30 and May 2, May 6-7 and 9, May 13-14 and 16, and Friday and Saturday, May 20-21. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Sundays, May 1, 8, 15 and 22. Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors and students, and are available at Paddington Station in Ashland, Grocery Outlet in Medford and Reservations can be made by calling 541-646-2971.

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL: "Haroun and the Sea of Stories," by Tim Supple and David Tushingham, will preview Wednesday, May 4, open Thursday, May 5, and run through Sunday, May 15, in the high school's Mountain Avenue Theatre, 201 S. Mountain Ave. Jamie Peck directs. It is an adventure story based on a children's book by Salmon Rushdie. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, May 4-7, Thursday through Saturday, May 12-14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15. Reserved seating is $15 and available only at General seating is $10, $5 for students and seniors, and tickets are available at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop in Ashland or at Call 541-482-8771 or see for more information.

ATELIER STAGE 2: The theater company will present "Mr. Brightside and the Bonfire Nights," a new play by Ashland playwright Bert Axel Anderson, at 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, May 9 and 11, at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The cast is led by Southern Oregon University Theatre Arts student Shayne Lancaster, along with Jon Cypher and Rochelle Savitt. In supporting roles are Jimmy Dix, Cat Gould, Richard Heller, Tim Kelly, David Rowley and Jessie Scales. Janet Rodkey directs. Tickets cost $15, $5 for students with identification. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Mediation Works of Southern Oregon. Call 541-708-0420 or see

CAMELOT THEATRE COMPANY: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and one hour before performances. For tickets, call 541-535-5250 or see Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per seat. Student rush tickets cost $10 and are available five minutes before show time.

CRIMES OF THE HEART: This warmhearted, zany drama about three sisters living in Mississippi who are betrayed by their passions was the winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The show previews Thursday, April 21, opens Friday, April 22, and runs through May 22. A pay-what-you-can performance will be offered Wednesday, April 27. Director's Night, with a post-show reception, will be Friday, April 29. Curtain is at 8 p.m., 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $10 for the preview; regular evening performances are $20, $18 for students and seniors. All matinee tickets cost $20.

OREGON CABARET THEATRE: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. For tickets, visit the box office, see or call 541-488-2902. Gourmet dinner is available at 6:30 p.m. for evening shows, and brunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Bistro seating is available on the main floor and the balcony for $16. Ticket prices do not include food or beverage.

HOLMES & WATSON SAVE THE EMPIRE: A musical mystery by Ashland writers Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner runs through June 5. The story sets Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in their Baker Street flat, trapped by archvillain Moriarty's deadly riddle. The two have only until midnight to use their deductive powers to solve the puzzle. Amid mystery and blackmail are songs such as "I Always Has an Eye for the Ladies," "Clueless," "Mum's the Word," "The Connoisseur of Crime," "The Game's Afoot," "Hookah!" and "Victoria's Secret." Robin Downward plays Holmes and Jason Marks plays Watson. Michael Hume of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival directs. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, at 1 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Tickets cost $31 for weeknights, $35 for Friday and Saturday shows, $25 for Sunday evening shows and $29 for Sunday matinees.

OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See or call 541-482-4331 for show times and ticket information.

THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE: Playwright and television writer Julia Cho's comedy runs through June 18 in the New Theatre. Cho's story turns on the irony that a master linguist cannot manage to verbalize emotion in any of the many languages he speaks. Laurie Woolery directs.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel, Christopher Sergel's adaptation runs through July 3 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Marion McClinton directs.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY: American playwright Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning comic tragedy exposes the emotional destruction of a damaged Oklahoma family. The play previews Friday, April 22, and opens Saturday, April 23, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Christopher Liam Moore directs.

JULIUS CAESAR: Shakespeare's look at the complex nature of government and the fallibility of those in power runs through Nov. 6 in the New Theatre. Amanda Dehnert directs.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE: Shakespeare's tragicomedy runs through Nov. 6 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Bill Rauch directs.

THE IMAGINARY INVALID: Molière's farcical comedy, adapted by Oded Gross and Tracy Young, runs through Nov. 6 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Young directs.

THEATER OF WAR: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Theater of War Productions will present readings of two ancient Greek tragedies by Sophocles, "Ajax" and "Philoctetes," at 12:30 and 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the New Theatre on the OSF campus. The 12:30 p.m. performance features actors Ako, Chris White, Dee Maaske, DeLanna Studi, Jack Willis, Kimberly Scott, Ted Deasy and Vilma Silva. Kathy Simpson directs. The 7 p.m. performance features Alejandra Escalante, Brian Demar Jones, Danforth Comins, Frankie J. Alvarez, Miriam A. Laube and Richard Elmore. Jerry Ruiz directs. Theater of War presents the readings to military communities across the United States. The plays timelessly depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon soldiers by war. The events are aimed at removing the stigma of psychological injury and opening dialogue about the challenges faced by service members, veterans, their caregivers and families. The readings will be followed by a panel of military community members and a town hall-style discussion.

THEATRE ARTS AT SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY: Off South Mountain Avenue on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. See for show information, location and parking. Tickets are available at the box office — open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours before each show — or by calling 541-552-6348. Subscribers to three or more plays pay $17 per play, $15 per play for seniors.

THE SHAPE OF THINGS: Neil LaBute's drama opens Thursday, May 12, and runs through Sunday, May 22, in the Center Square Theatre. Elisabeth Campbell directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 12-14 and 19-21, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22. Tickets cost $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students.

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU: The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedic play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart previews Thursday, May 19, opens Friday, May 20, and runs through Sunday, May 29, in the Center Stage Theatre. David McCandless directs. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, May 19-21 and 26-28, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29. Tickets cost $21, $18 for seniors and $6 for students.

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