Plays in local theaters: July 14, 2010

ASHLAND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: The community theater company will present "Quarter Moon Two," three one-act play readings about the theatrical life, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 16-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at the Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. The one-act readings include David C. Hill's "A Purple Valise," Jeannine Annette Grizzard's "At the Mermaid" and Ruth Wire's "Carmel." Peter Quince directs. Tickets cost $10 at the door, or call 541-646-2971 for reservations. Visit for information about ACT.

camelot theatre company: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. The box office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances. See or call 541-535-5250.

RAGS: This Tony-nominated musical pays tribute to the Russian, Italian and Irish immigrants of the early 1900s as they passed through Ellis Island and into the sweatshops of New York City. Book is by Joseph Stein, lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz and music is by Charles Strouse. Camelot Artistic Director Livia Genise directs. "Rags" will run through Sunday, July 25. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $21, $19 for students. Student rush tickets cost $10 and will be available five minutes before curtain. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket.

AUDITIONS: Dancers and singers may audition for Camelot Theatre Company's production of "White Christmas" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 31. Bring a resume, dance shoes and a current headshot. Be prepared to sing and read from the musical. Perusals, sides, songs and conflict forms will be available. Dance auditions will be at 10 a.m., reading at 11 a.m. and singing at noon. Call the 541-535-5250, ext. 2, for an appointment. Rehearsals will begin Oct. 9, and "White Christmas" will run Dec. 1-31.

oregon cabaret theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. For tickets, visit the box office, see or call 541-488-2902.

I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE: OCT's production of this musical revue that skewers male-female relationships will run through Aug. 30. Kevin P. Hill directs and choreographs, and Damon Calderwood, Kimberli Colbourne, Allison Rich and Colum Parke Morgan star. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays and at 1 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $21 for Sunday evening performances; $27 for Sunday brunch matinees; $28 and $30 for Wednesday, Thursday and Monday shows; and $32 and $34 for Friday and Saturday shows. A gourmet dinner menu is available for evening shows and there is a brunch menu for Sunday matinees. Ticket prices do not include food or beverage.

OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See or call 541-482-4331.

Throne of Blood: The premiere of Ping Chong's adaptation of Japanese director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa's version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" will run Wednesday, July 21, through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Chong directs.

Twelfth night: Shakespeare's treasured comedy brims with antics and beloved characters, both prudish and crudish. The show will run through Oct. 11 on the Elizabethan Stage. Darko Tresnjak directs.

Henry IV, Part One: Shakespeare's drama sets King Henry and his line in a life-or-death struggle for England's political future. The show will run through Oct. 12 on the Elizabethan Stage. Penny Metropulos directs.

The Merchant of venice: Shakespeare's ironic comedy examines the quality of mercy when moneylender Shylock makes a harsh demand for repayment. The show will run through Oct. 13 on the Elizabethan Stage. Bill Rauch directs.

hamlet: William Shakespeare's psychological tragedy will run through Oct. 30 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Bill Rauch directs.

SHE LOVES ME: A love letter to the American musical, with book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, will run through Oct. 30 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Rebecca Taichman directs.

American Night: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ: Los Angeles-based performance troupe Culture Clash with writer-comedians Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Sigüenza team up with actors at OSF to present a comic mix of past and present, stereotype and truth. The show will run through Oct. 31 in the New Theatre. Jo Bonney directs.

ruined: Lynn Nottage's 2009 Pulitzer- and Obie-winning tribute to the resilience of women will run through Oct. 31 in the New Theatre. Liesl Tommy directs.

pride and prejudice: Joseph Hanreddy's and J.R. Sullivan's adaptation of the Jane Austen novel will run through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Libby Appel directs.

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