Known for its immersive theatrical performances, Speculative Drama has done some creative shows. "In the fashion of Oregon Shakespeare Festival meets 'Sleep No More,'" as publicity says, Shakespeare's "Hamlet" will be performed in a private home in Southeast Portland, Sept. 18-Oct. 12.
Only 10-12 guests can fit in the house, so organizers encourage people to buy tickets soon. Tickets are $27, $40 VIP. For tickets, see http://www.Facebook.com/speculative.drama. Once tickets have been purchased, the house address will be provided to customers.
The "Lake House" version of "Hamlet" explores themes of class privilege, family drama and madness through a contemporary lens. The show focuses on the intimate personal violence of indecision, madness and betrayal, bringing into focus the intersection of privilege and care. It's about how one person's inability to make adult choices can drown themself and those around them.
Speculative Drama was founded to explore the intersection of classic stories and immersive theater by artistic director Megan Skye Hale and creative director Myrrh Larsen.
'Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
Reminder: Broadway in Portland presents the story from the original film, including the music ("Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," "I've Got a Golden Ticket"). Willy Wonka opens his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 13-16; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17; and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18; Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., http://www.BroadwayInPortland.com, tickets starting at $25.
The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is offering guided outdoor Overland Tours and self-guided interpretive center visits at the center, located at 1726 Washington St., in Oregon City.
The guided outdoor tour lasts 90 minutes and allows visitors to walk in pioneers' footsteps, learning about wagon packing, prairie wildlife, frontier camping and more.
Tours start at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, and at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sundays.
The cost is $13 for adults, $9 for seniors and youth ages 13-18, $8 for children ages 4-12. Children ages 3 and under are admitted free, as well as active military personnel with ID.
The visitors center at the End of the Oregon Trail offers displays about the Oregon Trail and Clackamas County history. Also available for viewing is the feature film "Bound for Oregon," and genealogy assistance for descendants of pioneers, and interactive exhibits that include period games and crafts like candle dipping and making rag dolls.
Visitors can pack a wagon, dress like a pioneer, make butter and fill out a land claim. Outside the interpretive center, visitors can enjoy the heritage garden and Abernethy Green with pioneer lawn games.
Learn more online at http://www.historicoregoncity.org.
ZZ Top canceled
ZZ Top's Friday, Aug. 16, concert at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash., has been canceled.
The band is on its 50th anniversary tour, and four dates were canceled because drummer Frank Beard has been diagnosed with pneumonia.
Purchased tickets can be refunded at point of purchase. For more: http://www.sunlightsupplyamphitheater.com.
Kells Irish Pub had planned to go Latin with the third annual Havana Nights Summer Smoker, a night of boxing and cigars and fun, Saturday, Aug. 17. But, the event was cancelled, because organizers had concerns about holding it on the same day as an expected battle of protests in downtown Portland.
For more: KellsPortland.com.