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Ashland Contemporary Theatre: Tickets can be purchased online at ashlandcontemporarytheatre.org, at Paddington Station in Ashland and Grocery Outlet in Medford, or at the door. Call 541-646-2971 for information.

‘Pankhurst — Freedom or Death’: To celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, Jeannine Grizzard’s new play uses British suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst’s own words to explore her personal battles. Set in 1913, Grizzard’s historical drama probes the deeper issues behind women’s militancy against a world of governance by and for men. Grizzard is the sole actor in the play. Peggy Rubin directs. Shows are set for 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 7-29, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way. Tickets are $15.

Camelot Theatre: 101 Talent Ave., Talent. Tickets and information available at camelottheatre.org or 541-535-5250. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour before performances.

‘Spotlight on Tina Turner and Janis Joplin’: Kristen Calvin and Jade Chavis step into the limelight as Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, respectively, two of the biggest rock stars of the ‘60s. Look for Joplin’s hits “Piece of My Heart,” “Ball and Chain,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Maybe,” and Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” “Proud Mary,” “River Deep Mountain High” and “Private Dancer.” Music accompaniment will be provided by guitarist Robbie DaCosta, bassist Jacob Rubanowitz, sax player Gordon Greenley, drummer Tom Stamper and Gwen Overland on keys. Roy Rains and Shawn Ramagos co-direct. The opens Friday, April 6, and runs through Sunday, April 22. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $26 or $32.

Collaborative Theater Project: 555 Medford Center, Medford. Tickets and information are available at ctporegon.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office.

‘Himself and Nora’: This new musical drama by Jonathan Brielle is based on the life and work of James Joyce and focuses on the 15 minutes between the time the controversial writer died and the time it took his wife to reach his hospital bed. Daniel Sessions Stephens directs. The ensemble cast includes Cody Pettit, Wyn Reed, Rhea Johnston, Catherin Hansen, Emy Rosales and William Coyne. The show previews Thursday, April 12, opens Friday, April 13, and runs through May 13. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Preview tickets are $15. All other tickets are $28, $22 for seniors and $18 for students.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre: First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. Tickets and information are available at oregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. A 20 percent discount is available for groups of 10 or more.

‘Million Dollar Quartet’: This jukebox musical written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott tells the story of the star-studded 1956 jam session at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, that included Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. When Perkins and his band arrived at the studio to record, producer Sam Phillips brought in Lewis to add a new wrinkle to Perkins’ sound. Cash and Presley stopped in for a casual listen, then the four musicians jammed together — caught on tape by engineer Jack Clement. Look for “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “I Walk the Line” and “Great Balls of Fire.” Todd Neilsen directs. Christopher Wren plays Perkins, Jared Freiburg plays Lewis, William Boyajin plays Cash and Christopher Fordinal plays Presley. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and select Mondays and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through April 15. Tickets are $22 or $36.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland. Showtimes, ticket prices and information available at osfashland.org or at 800-219-8161.

‘Othello’: Those who praised Moorish general Othello’s military successes now reject his marriage to Venetian Desdemona. The newlyweds are determined to overcome all obstacles, but Othello’s assignment to a new location draws them into the demonic web of his lieutenant Iago in Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy. Bill Rauch directs. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Sense and Sensibility’: When Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters are tossed out of their home by a selfish half-brother, marriage prospects become bleak, and when love — or what looks like love — comes calling for the girls, they are whirled into a tangle of gossip, scandal and unexpected fortune. Kate Hamill’s adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen is directed by Hana S. Sharif. The show runs through Oct. 28 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Destiny of Desire’: In playwright Karen Zacarias’ hilarious and provocative send-up, love and betrayal overflow amid a colorful cast of Mexican telenovela characters. Two girls — one rich but sickly, one poor and healthy — are switched at birth by a scheming beauty queen. Chaos ensues 18 years later when they meet, become friends and fall for men they are forbidden to love. Jose Luis Valenzuela directs. The show runs through July 12 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

‘Henry V’: Actor Daniel Jose Molina completes his immersive three-play transformation from reckless party-boy Prince Hal to the shrewd and ruthless young leader King Henry V. The new king audaciously lays claim to the French throne, courts a princess with whom he does not share a language and takes his place on history’s stage in a series of battles still commemorated in England to this day. Rosa Joshi of Seattle makes her directorial debut at OSF. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘Manahatta’: Securities trader Jane Snake is torn between worlds. Her return to Wall Street brings her to Manahatta (“Island of Many Hills” in Lenape), the homeland her Native American ancestors who were violently forced to evacuate in the 1600s. Meanwhile, her family in Oklahoma struggles to save their language, their culture and their over-mortgaged home. OSF presents the premiere of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s look at the tragic consequences of commercial exploits. Playwright Nagle also is a partner at Pipestem Law, a firm specializing in sovereignty of Native tribes and people, and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Laurie Woolery directs. The show runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.

‘Oklahoma!’: It’s a beautiful morning whenever Curly sees Laurey, but Laurey’s not so sure about Curly. And Will loves Ado Andy, but Andy loves ... well, everyone. Meanwhile, in the 1906 Oklahoma Territory, farmers and ranchers lock horns in a battle over water rights and fences. This musical — with music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein — brims with show-stopping songs and heartfelt storytelling. Its director, Bill Rauch, breaks new ground with same-sex lead couples and other LGBTQ+ casting that affirms the identity spectrum in an insightful celebration of love in its many forms. The show previews at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, opens at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, and runs through Oct. 27 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre.

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