The Oregon Cabaret Announces its 2021 Season
February 25, 2021 - December 31, 2021$29 – $43
The Oregon Cabaret Theatre will officially re-open and launch its 36th season on February 25th, 2021.
The first show of the 2021 season, The Spitfire Grill, was set to premiere in April of 2020, but was shuttered due to COVID-19 before it could open. In the show, Percy, a parolee just released from prison, arrives in a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill, the only eatery in a struggling town. It is for sale but there are no takers, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. The entry fees are one hundred dollars and an essay on why you want the grill. “We were ready to go when the pandemic hit. The set was built, the actors were ready, and I just felt like this story – the story of re-birth and a town coming alive again was the perfect way to start our 36th season,” says director Valerie Rachelle. “It’s moving and heartfelt with a beautiful score. Our version features actors playing their own instruments on stage, which has not been done before.” The Spitfire Grill opens on February 25th and plays through April 18th, 2021.
The Cabaret’s spring show will be the musical comedy The Great American Trailer Park Musical. In the show, a new tenant arrives at Armadillo Acres, Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, a stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband, the storms begin to brew. “I think that we can all agree that in the year 2021, we are going to need to share a good laugh,” says Cabaret associate artistic director Galloway Stevens. “I had the privilege of seeing the show a few times in Florida and it provides so many laugh-out-loud, belly-rolling moments. Absolutely pure escapist fun.” The Great American Trailer Park Musical opens on April 29th and plays through June 20th, 2021.
Playing from July 1st to September 5th, 2021, the Cabaret is bringing Southern Oregon audiences a musical tribute to a legend of Rock N’ Roll in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Set between 1956 and 1959, Buddy traces Buddy’s early rise to fame with the Crickets to that fateful night when the music died. Featuring hit songs from the era like “That’ll be the Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “La Bamba”, and “Johnny B. Goode”, Buddy celebrates the lives lost on that fateful night and the lasting impact they had on Rock N’ Roll.
The fourth show of the season will be the same show the Cabaret had planned for the fall of 2020 – Poirot: Murder on the Links, an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s second novel to feature the famous Belgian detective. Poirot arrives in France to find his client brutally murdered and lying face down in a shallow grave on a golf course. Before Poirot can find the murderer, the case is turned upside down by the discovery of a second, identically murdered corpse. “It was heartbreaking to have to cancel this show we had worked so hard on in 2020, and we heard from so many people that were disappointed they didn’t get to see it. The upside is we have some more time to work on the piece,” says adapter and Cabaret managing director Rick Robinson. “We had a workshop of the show early in 2020, and so many good things fell out of it and now there’s a full year to really polish the script so we’re ready to present it when this theatre is full again next September.” Poirot: Murder on the Links will run from September 16th to November 7th, 2021.
The Cabaret will finish its season with a world premiere play by playwright Carlos Zenin-Trujillo, Christmas, Contigo, running from November 18th to December 31st, 2021. For Iris Delgado Piñeira, the holidays mean the trip back to her family home in Hialeah, except this year she’s bringing a surprise, her boyfriend and soon to be fiancé, Bryan, to meet her parents and her aging Abuela. The Cabaret invites you to join the Delgado-Piñeiras as they fall in love, reconnect, rediscover traditions, and prepare a Noche Buena for the ages. “It’s a show about family, about the immigrant experience, about what we forget, and what we remember,” says playwright (and SOU grad) Zenin-Trujillo. “It’s a show about all of the trials and tribulations that go into creating a Cuban Christmas.”
“Our themes for our 2021 season are hope and resilience,” says Galloway Stevens. “There’s a light at the end of this tunnel and we hope to meet our audiences there in 2021.”
Handling of COVID Restrictions
The Oregon Cabaret will open its doors on February 25th, if allowed by state and local government. They will continue their policy of exceeding state mandates regarding cleanliness, safety and mask protocol to keep employees and audiences safe.
“We’re moving forward with optimism. We were able to complete runs of The Odd Couple and our Cabaret Series without incident in a socially distanced venue from July through early November. We’ll be ready to do so again at the end of February 2021,” says Managing Director Rick Robinson. “We are selling our venue assuming socially distanced seating for our first three season shows and then opening it up for our fall and holiday shows, Poirot and Christmas, Contigo. We hope to be open to full capacity sooner than that, but it is easier to add seats than to call a long list of people to remove reservations. 2020 has been a trying year at work for the Cabaret box office staff.”
2021 One Night Only Series
In addition to its core season of five shows, the Cabaret is also continuing its popular “One Night Only” series, though with the likelihood of a socially distanced venue for at least part of the year, the Cabaret has added a second night for all of these shows in order to accommodate all subscribers who want tickets. The bands, cabaret singers, and comedians that will appear in 2021 are:
Mar 2nd & 3rd – Liberace & Liza – David Saffert & Jillian Snow Harris share the stage as Liberace & Liza Minnelli, creating an exhilarating night of musical and comical fireworks.
Mar 9th & 10th – Kristen Calvin & Robbie DaCosta – This musical dream team takes you on a blast to the past, with an eclectic mix of feel-good songs from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.
May 3rd & 5th – Make it a Double – Join Cabaret regulars Lauren Blair and Jake Delaney in a celebration of infamous duos and duets through the ages from Fred and Ginger to Sonny and Cher. Two is always better than one.
May 10th & 12th- Tribute to the Life and Music of Loretta Lynn – Broadway veteran Livia Genise is back at the Cabaret in her one woman show as one of the most celebrated country performers of all time.
Sept 21st & 22nd – The Brothers Reed – Cabaret favorites The Brothers Reed are coming back to the Cab and bringing their tight harmonies, pretty riffs, and edgy humor.
Sept 27th & 29th – Crossing The Streams – Justin Waggle & Stephen Kline, Cabaret clowns and bitter rivals, have put their feud on hold to bring you the stories of a generation. Bigger, funnier, faster… they never had a choice.
The Cabaret is offering three types of subscriptions in 2021, all at the same prices as 2020. A V.I.P. Subscription is $165 for all 5 regular shows plus one “One Night Only” show. The Matinee Subscription is $155 for 5 shows on any matinee (including new-for-2021 Thursday matinees), and a Mini Subscription is $105 for any 3 regular season shows.
2021 season subscriptions are available online at oregoncabaret.com, by phone at 541.488.2902, by mail (P.O. Box 1149), or via fax. Individual tickets go on sale beginning December 16th, 2021.
Show Pricing and Other Details
Tickets for all season shows are $29 for previews, $43 for A level price seating, $39 for B level price seating, and $29 for C level price seating. C level price seating will not be available while we have a socially distanced seat map. There are Saturday and Sunday matinees for all shows in 2021, as well as select Thursday matinees (new for 2021). Tickets for One Night Only shows are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
The Cabaret continues to offer a fine dining experience to go with your live theatre, featuring a full menu of starters, dinners, brunches, beer, wine, beverages, and desserts. As of 2020, the Oregon Cabaret has its full liquor license, so cocktails are also available to enjoy before or during the show. Reservations are required for dinner or brunch. Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price. No reservations necessary for starters, desserts, or beverages.
The Cabaret also offers a 15% ticket discount for groups of 12 or more as well as discounted group dining packages – this rate is not available on Saturday or Sunday, and is subject to availability and current party size restrictions mandated by the state.
The box office is located at 1st & Hargadine in Ashland. Call 541 488-2902 for open hours, or order online at www.oregoncabaret.com. The box office is currently closed to walk-in traffic due to COVID-19 restrictions, but our box office staff is available by phone and tickets can be purchased at oregoncabaret.com.