Plays in local theaters: Sept. 2, 2010

ASHLAND CONTEMPORARY THEATRE: The community theater company presents "Illyria: A Musical of Twelfth Night," written by John R. Briggs and Eric Frampton, at CultureWorks, 310 Oak St., Ashland. Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 6. Jeannine Grizzard directs this rollicking musical set in the 20th century in a whimsical world resembling New Orleans. Tickets cost $18, $15 for seniors and $12 for students with valid identification. Tickets are available at Paddington Station in Ashland, the Grocery Outlet in Medford, online at or by calling 541-646-2971. The production is sponsored in part by a grant from the City of Ashland.

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. Call 541-535-5250. Tickets also may be purchased at

I Hate Hamlet: Playwright Paul Rudnick gives a nod to actor John Barrymore in this dramatic comedy. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 12. Tickets cost $18, $16 for students and seniors. Reserved seating is available for an additional $2 per ticket.

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

RIFFIN' & TAPPIN': An original OCT production featuring high-energy tap dance numbers along with jazz music and vocals will preview Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 8-9. The show will open Friday, Sept. 10 and run through Oct. 31. Curtain is at 8 p.m. See story, Page 3.

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

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.

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 through Oct. 31 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. Chong 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.

PLAY READING: A reading of Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, in the Mountain Theatre at Ashland High School, 201 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The reading will be performed by the cast of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of "Hamlet," including Vilma Silva as Rosencrantz, Jeany Park as Guildenstern, Dan Donohue as Hamlet, Greta Oglesby as Gertrude, Jeffrey King as Claudius, Richard Elmore as Polonius and Susannah Flood as Ophelia. The story is a look at "Hamlet" through the eyes of Shakespeare's minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. David Kelly directs. Tickets cost $15 for general seating, $25 for reserved and are available at Proceeds will benefit the Ashland School Foundation and the AHS theater program.

play reading: A staged reading of "My Town," a full-length play by Julia Sommer of Ashland, will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. The cast will include local actors Sarah Jane Nelson, Julie Oda, Paul R. Jones, David Dials, Renee Hewitt, Doug Fergus, Chirstopher Frownfelter and Chance and China Larsen. Sommer's play is a 21st-century version of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" that takes place in a small town similar to Ashland. Janet Rodkey directs. Tickets cost $10. A discussion with Rodkey will be available after the show. Call 541-552-1942 for information.

rogue opera auditions: Auditions for Rogue Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Performers interested in principal and minor roles, as well as the chorus, are welcome to audition. Bring a photo, resume and sheet music for the accompanist. Be prepared to sing two pieces for the principal roles and one piece for the others. Call 541-608-6400 or visit for information.

Call to actors and stage technicians: Actors and technicians may volunteer for Randall Theatre Company's "Return of Shriektoberfest," a haunted Halloween attraction to be held for 10 nights in late October. Volunteers may contact Robin Downward at and leave names, areas of interest and contact phone numbers.

Call to playwrights: Ashland Contemporary Theatre is seeking new short plays for its Quarter Moon 3 reading series planned for the weekend of Halloween. Plays should be no longer than 20 minutes. They may have a Halloween theme, but it's not required. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 10. The staged readings will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29-31, at the Bellview Grange, 975 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Plays may be submitted by e-mail or mail to Jeannine Grizzard, ACT artistic director, P.O. Box 3284, Ashland, OR 97520, Call 541-646-2971 for more information.

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