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Iago (Danforth Comins), left, preys on the insecurities of Othello (Chris Butler) in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 'Othello.' [OSF / Jenny Graham]

Theater

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.

‘Annie Get Your Gun’: This blend of American folklore, romance, show business, the Wild West and unforgettable music by Irving Berlin tells the story of famed sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her exploits with the celebrated Buffalo Bill and his Wild West show. Look for Berlin’s classics “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Doin’ What Comes Naturally,” “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun” and more. Roy Von Rains Jr. directs, and the cast features Justin Tyler Martin, Eoghan McDowell and Sabrina Valenzuela. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 29-31, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1. Tickets are $29 or $36.

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 31, 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.

Next Stage Repertory Company: Craterian Performances’ acting company presents professional productions at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets and information are available online at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.

‘Love Letters’: This play is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors — Doug Warner as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Susan Maeder as Melissa Gardner — read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. Warner directs. Shows are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Tickets are $24.

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 previews at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, opens at 1:30 p.m. April 1 and runs through Oct. 27 in the Thomas Theatre.

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