Plays in Ashland and surrounding region

Plays

THE HEART OF THE MATTER: A Mixed Company Production by Dori Appel, directed by Carolyn Myers and starring Brandy Carson, the show explores journeys of the heart. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, July 10, and runs at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11 and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at Barnstormers, 112 N.E. Evelyn Ave., Grants Pass. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors. Call 479-3557.

the 25th annual putnam county spelling bee: Jim Giancarlo directs and choreographs the musical by Rachel Sheinkin with music and lyrics by William Finn. Six puberty-stricken middle-school kids (and four guest spellers chosen from the audience) compete for the title of spelling bee champion. The play will run at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays with brunch matinees at 1 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 30 at Oregon Cabaret Theatre, First and Hargadine Streets, Ashland.. Tickets are $21-$32. PG-13 for mature themes and language. See oregoncabaret.com or call 488-2902.

all's well that end's well: Amanda Dehnert directs William Shakespeare's comedy of flawed and beautiful people finding their way in love. The play will run through Nov. 1 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

henry Viii: John Sipes directs William Shakespeare's story of the Tudor king who reshaped the world to his own needs. The play will run through Oct. 9 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

don quixote: Laird Williamson directs the world premiere of Octavio Solis' adaptation of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra's tale of the aging hero and his quest to become a knight. The play will run through Oct. 10 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

equivocation: Bill Rauch directs Bill Cain's re-examination of English history at the time of King James, the Gunpowder Plot, the Tower dungeons and William Shakespeare. The play will run through Oct. 31 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

much ado about nothing: Kate Buckley directs William Shakespeare's comedy about men and women and what it takes to make love happen. The play will run through Oct. 11 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

The servant of two masters: Tracy Young directs an adaptation by Young and Oded Gross of Carlo Goldini's farce about the servant Truffaldino who attends to two masters without either of them knowing about the other. The play will run through Nov. 1 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

macbeth: Gale Edwards directs William Shakespeare's tragedy that follows Macbeth's ascent to the Scottish throne and the carnage it leaves in its wake. The play will run through Nov. 1 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

the music man: Bill Rauch directs the musical with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. Con man Harold Hill arrives in River City, Iowa planning to bilk the parents. The play will run through Nov. 1 at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. See osfashland.org or call 482-4331.

shirley valentine: Helena de Crespo stars in this one-woman show by Willy Russell about a middle-aged housewife who decides to do something about her stagnant existence. The play will run at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 3 at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Tickets are $20 and $12 for students 21 and younger. See oregonstageworks.org or call 482-2334.

cabaret: Livia Genise directs the musical with book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The story is set in Berlin's Kit Kat Club as Hitler rises to power. The play will run at 8 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays through Saturdays, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays through July 19 at Camelot Theatre in Talent, Main Street and Talent Avenue. Tickets are $21 and $19 for students and seniors. Reserved seats are an additional $2. PG-13 for sexual innuendo. See camelottheatre.org or call 535-5250.

Events

Thursday, July 9

the karen lovely band: The rock and blues band will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at Eden Valley Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford. Light fare will be available, along with wine, beer and soft beverages. Cost is $5 at the door. Call 512-2955.

ashland city band: The 70-member Ashland City Band, under the direction of Don Bieghler, continues its annual summer concert series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park. The concerts will take place every Thursday through Aug. 13. Pre-concert entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 245-9494.

Friday, July 10

mercy: The band, featuring vocalist Lynda Morrison with Dave Day on guitar and John Lingafelter on bass, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Morrison's singing has been compared to Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Janis Joplin. Tickets are $10. Wine and cheese plates will be available for purchase all evening. See paschalwinery.com or call 535-7957.

poetry and music: Ashland Ayurveda presents international poet Kavindra and local musician Richard Raven Williams from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 10, at 1625 Camp Baker Road, Talent. Cost is $20. See ashlandayurveda.com or call 535 7382.

Sunday, July 12

ballet preview: Ballet Rogue will present a Ballet in the Park exclusive preview from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. The event will appetizers and raffle prizes, as well as the opportunity to see preview ballet performances. Tickets are $10 and are available at the winery and Paddington Station in Ashland. A selection of Paschal wines will be available for purchase either by the glass or by the bottle. Call 535-7957.

Monday, July 13

southern oregon repertory singers: The choir will present its 7th annual concert of readings and songs of Shakespeare at 8 p.m. Monday, July 13, on the Elizabethan Stage of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Actors Robin Goodrin Nordli, Michael Elich and Jim Finnegan will perform with the choir. There will be a free pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. in the Bill Patton Garden. Tickets are $18, $5 for students. Tickets are available at Paddington Station and Music Coop in Ashland, the Grocery Outlet, Medford and at the door. See repsingers.org or call 552-0900.

Tuesday, July 14

opera in the garden: California-based baritone Michael Morris and New York soprano Madeline Abel-Kerns will perform at the Britt Institute in the Gardens concert series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the Eden Valley Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford. Tickets are $10 and light fare will be available along with wine, beer and beverages. Proceeds will benefit 2009 Britt Institute summer program scholarships. Call 690-3852 or 512-2955.

jay leonhart: The bass player will present his one-man show, "It's Impossible to Sing & Play the Bass! (aka, The Bass Lesson)," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets are $25, $20 for Siskiyou Institute members. E-mail info@siskiyouinstitute.com or call 488-3869.

Wednesday, July 15

blues traveler: The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 156, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Opening will be Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Tickets are $39 reserved, $27 lawn and $17 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

thad beckman: The singer, songwriter will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at the Bear Creek Amphitheatre, Medford. Admission is free. Call 774-2400.

Thursday, July 16

flat string five: The band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Eden Valley Orchards, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford. Admission is $5. Light fare will be available, along with wine, beer and soft beverages. All ages are welcome. Call 512-2955 ext. 2.

andrew bird: The folk-rock musician will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Opening will be The Portland Cello Project. Tickets are $35 reserved, $25 lawn and $14 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

ashland city band: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at the Butler Band Shell in Lithia Park. Pre-concert entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 245-9494.

Friday, July 17

fabulous thunderbirds: The band will play at 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Rogue Theatre, 143 S.E. H St., Grants Pass. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more than 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds has performed its diversity of musical styles ranging from blues to pop. See roguetheatre.com or call 471-1316.

the curtain climbers: The group of aerial silks artists will present its superhero-themed show at 9 p.m. Friday, July 17, at The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant, 51 N. Main St., Ashland. Performers include Susan Chester, Kristi Chipowski, Cheyenne Swartz, Erika Bakke and Seanna Sharpe. Admission is free. Minors are welcome until 11 p.m. Call 482-6414.

Saturday, July 18

cowboy junkies: The Canadian alternative rock band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. Opening will be Alternative country band Son Volt. Tickets are $37 reserved, $25 lawn and $14 for children 12 and younger. See brittfest.org or call 773-6077.

salon concerts: Musicians of the Rogue Valley Symphony will present the final series of chamber music concerts to benefit the orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Congregational Church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford and again at 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Symphony wind players will be featured. Tickets are $15, available at the door, or in advance at the RVSO box office. Call 552-6398.

kevin carr: The piper will present "Kevin Carr and the Other Bagpipes" at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent. Tickets are $15 and are available at the winery. A selection of Paschal wines will be available for purchase either by the glass or by the bottle. Call 535-7957.

Sunday, July 19

ballet in the park: Ballet Rogue's annual series of ballet performances will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at the Butler Band Shell, Lithia Park, Ashland. See balletrogue.com or call 773-5118.